ANALYSIS OF “TRIGGER”, OPENING THEME FOR ZANKYOU NO TERROR. WARNING: REALLY LENGTHY POST. FEEL FREE TO CRITIQUE. ^^
Ejected from the world, we were on the edge of an unbelievably thin needle.
Catching my balance, my fingertips touched you, and I learned that I wasn’t alone.
Bestowed upon us was only a single crooked wing…
"Ejected from the world"
-This obviously pertains to how Nine and Twelve were ejected by the society. Until now, it has not been fully revealed just what on earth is Rising Peace Academy as an institution apart from the fact that it conducts research on humans. My friend nobu-shi has posited that they may be working on human intelligence. Just note the intellectual superiority of Nine, Twelve, and Five. Because of this intelligence, they have been deemed as different. All of them, especially Nine and Twelve, have chosen to distance themselves physically and emotionally from society because of this difference.
-While deviance and superiority (particularly on the intellectual aspect) have been qualities wanted by humans, the series actually shows just how it has paved a tragic path for our two protagonists. In Nine’s flashbacks, note how the woman shoves the fact that they were mere instruments who do not need any attachment to society, they do not even deserve names—one of the most salient attributes of a human. They were reduced to the cold identity of a “number”.
This verse also implies their struggle to live within a society where they feel that they do not belong. The usage of “needles" and "single crooked wing" as metaphors indicate just how fragile their lives are. By being terrorists, they knew that they could die at any moment. One single miscalculation would make them get pierced by the needle. Still, there is hope. It may be crooked but they were still given a single wing—they could still live. They are not alone. So who is the source of this hope?
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