The Curious Implications of the Stardust Witch Meruru OP
Stardust Witch Meruru, or Hoshikuzu Uicchi Meruru, is an anime within the world of Ore no Imouto ga Konna ni Kawaii Wake ga nai.
Previously, viewers were unable to watch the full OP directly, having to endure off-shoulder shots and cosplay events to catch glimpses of it.
But now with the release of OreImo BluRay Volume 9, the Meruru OP can now be studiously scrutinized, so as to ascertain the true nature of this deceptively harmless show.
This is what can be gleaned from Meruru’s short introductory eyecatch.
1) There’s an unrealistically optimistic protagonist – a young girl, so as to pander to the lolicon demographic.
2) She wears a cute skin-bearing outfit that is as inappropriate for a young girl to wear as it is unsuitable for the rigours of battle, colour-coordinated right up to the unnatural pink hair.
3) There’s some sort of mutant rabbit thing that serves as the adorable comic relief mascot.
In summation: at first glance, Stardust Witch Meruru appears to be nothing more than a badly done, stereotypical Magical Girl anime.
As the OP continues, a discerning viewer can pick up on certain visual and lyrical cues as to the true nature of this story.
In this sequence, one could be easily misled into thinking that Meruru is merely ‘dancing’. This assumption comes about from the myriad depictions of modern art, some of which resembles Meruru’s actions.
But in actual fact, Meruru is not dancing. Neither are those modern art dancers who perform similar styles. After extensive examination, their so-called ‘moves’ can be determined to be nothing more than involuntary muscle spasms.
Also, consider the lyrics to this segment. They consist of nothing but the meaningless syllables ‘me’ and ‘ru’, which the hapless girl repeats ad infinitum for no reason whatsoever.
I am forced to conclude that Meruru suffers some degree of brain damage.
Comet-kun’s arrival on Earth is highly suspect.
Now, ‘Comet-kun’ is a moniker that he had given to himself, as far as we can tell. But his attempt to understate his initial contact as a natural occurrence by using the word ‘comet’ is pure deception.
Note the the distinctly unnatural shape of the so-called ‘comet’. No asteroid or meteor is shaped that way, and no object that travels through space can maintain that sort of pristine outer shell without extremely strong shielding.
Also, consider that Comet-kun has picked a shape and colour for his entry vehicle that connotes ‘cuteness’ and ‘harmlessness’.
It is evident that Comet-kun is a species of an alien race, intent on the destruction of Earth using a mixture of subterfuge and impossibly advanced technology that we can only comprehend as magic.
We could have given Comet-kun the benefit of the doubt. It would be hasty and impetuous to assume that all alien races wish to do us harm.
But Comet-kun’s intent is undeniably crystal clear. Two young girls witnessed his approach, two young girls who were in the wrong place at the wrong time. Comet-kun manoeuvres his craft directly at them, no doubt to remove all witnesses.
In the aftermath of the crash, note the swelling on the girls’ heads. Cranial fractures and massive cerebral contusion.
This event results in the first death of the anime. We never see the blue-haired girl ever again. Fortunately, or unfortunately for Meruru, she survives, and is so crippled that she can only react to the death of her friend with a smile.
As an intelligent being of a highly advanced alien race, Comet-kun sees a golden opportunity and acts on it.
Rather than orchestrate the subjugation of earth directly, he imbues the girl with immeasurable power. A young girl, whom at her age is unlikely to have already learned to think about the consequences of her actions.
What with the brain damage and the trauma of seeing her friend dying before her, not to mention the probably breaking of her fragile psyche after interacting with an otherworldly being, Meruru is now in all likelihood an unstable sociopath with a gun. A gun that shoots nuclear missiles.
Then, posing as Meruru’s lovable sidekick, all he needs to do is imbue other unfortunate souls with powers and sic Meruru onto them.
No justification needed. All he needs to do is to grant these disposable opponents with costumes that evoke Meruru’s childhood fears and let her homicidal nature do the rest.
I imagine Meruru had a fear of octopi, and Thanatos Eros was an interpretation of an oppressive or intimidating adult figure, just as Alpha Omega must have been made manifest from a rival childhood acquaintance.
The ensuing battle will more than likely result in the desired destruction of Earth’s settlements.
And the stronger the foes, the greater the devastation.
I did wonder why Comet-kun would risk the annihilation of Meruru by giving her enemies equal power, but then I realized that it was simply a matter of survival of the fittest, and in any case he would be able to make use of the winner anyway – since they’d be as mentally scarred as Meruru was in the aftermath, if not worse.
Truly, one is forced to applaud the sheer audacity and brilliance of Comet-kun’s plan.
And once his work was done, Comet-kun could simply ferry his new biological weapon off to another world.
Stardust Witch Meruru – the tragic tale of a young girl committing xenocide on horrific scales, the unwitting pawn of a malevolent alien being.
Oh, as a little addendum – ‘Meruru’ is obviously not her real name. Perhaps Comet-kun simply named her that for the two nonsense syllables she kept repeating. Food for thought.
Is it such a mystery why Ruri disapproved of it, and why Kyousuke was so appalled?
Although Kirino is too pure and naïve to see the terrifying implications and can hence enjoy the anime’s superficiality. Bless her sweet, gullible soul.
Fun fact: ‘Killer’ is transcribed as キラー, or Kirā, as popularized by Death Note. No, it’s got nothing to do with Meruru at all.