For Those of Us Who Don’t Believe in God
To forgive or not to forgive?
One of the stories in Endo Short Stories volume 1.
Tajima is a director who puts on a play about a convict who is going to be executed for his crime. The play focuses on the conversation in the jail between the convict and one of his victim who barely escape with her life. Will she ever forgive the convict? Does the convict even seek for forgiveness?
Just like “The Crows, The Girl, and The Yakuza“, I don’t consider the art to be beautiful. It is to be expected from Hiroki Endo’s style. But as a manga fan who focuses more on the quality of the story, I’d still recommend this manga.
The author asks you a simple question: “Do you believe in God?” For those of us who don’t believe in God, death equals void. We turn into nothingness. If there is no such thing as God, where can we find forgiveness?
A life without being loved is always painful. The frustation that comes from being abused is infinite. People would even kill to ease the frustation. But to any degree one would go, those people hope to be able to forgive. So that they can move on with their life leaving their unpleasant past behind. At the same time hoping for forgiveness for their bad deeds.
[Reviewer: Amir Syafrudin]