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In/Spectre – Fiction vs Reality

Disclaimer: I don’t really talk about what happens so I’d like to think it’s spoiler free but I still think you might want to watch the anime just in case because I talk about what they do to solve cases.

The whole idea of In/Spectre revolves around the fact that people often listen only to what they want to hear. The truth is not something people seek. What people want, is to get rid of their uneasiness. They want to hear something that would put them at ease.

While some people might say that they won’t stop till they find the truth behind the matter, many of such people are driven because they cannot believe the truth that has been given to them.

While their suspicions might prove to be true eventually and they can get evidence to back their claims, it really boils down to the simple fact that the “truth” that they were fed either didn’t add up logically or was something that they simply couldn’t accept. However, even if they found the real “truth” that more people can get behind, who can know for sure except for the people who were directly involved?

While many people talk about fake news nowadays and how the elderly might be more susceptible to being fooled by fake news, how many of us are possibly being fooled ourselves?

Of course, you might be able to tell them I’m trying to sound sophisticated by rambling but think about it. The news that we are fed on a day to day basis. Do they really mean anything?

Well, this could just be me speaking as someone who can’t be bothered to keep up with news but, is news trustworthy? I mean, big corporations and well-known news sites spread reliable information based on what they have gathered. However, information passed on by fellow humans are bound to have certain biases. Of course, there are some factual things that we naturally assume that they wouldn’t lie about but those very facts are things that we cannot check for ourselves.

Why? We simply do not have the ability to do so.

In the end, many of us are but individuals with limited capabilities. There are few things we can truly prove to ourselves. We simply take the truths that are given to us as facts simply because we can’t be bothered to truly question reality as it has been given to us.

Of course, having said all this, I’m not saying it’s a bad thing. Heck, I’m probably one of the laziest people out there. I don’t question anything and take things at face value. I go about my daily life just doing whatever to get by day by day.

However, it is precisely because I live my life that way that In/Spectre was particularly interesting to me. Despite being dialogue heavy and very little action, it was a “mystery” anime where the solution or rather, the truth of the case was always simple to figure out. The whole show was about how to create a lie that could be accepted as the truth.

While lying is generally seen as immoral and honesty a virtue, the lies that were spun harmed no one. In fact, they saved many. The lies that are told in this anime are not lies that are told in drama, slice of life anime where it stirs conflict between two parties but rather, lies that would appeal to every party out there and help them feel at ease.

In the end, how much of what we know is true and what is false?

Ultimately, it’s a foolish question to ask ourselves considering the fact that we are unlikely to be able investigate and find the truth for ourselves. Even if we did investigate ourselves, we would not be able to discern if what we have found is truly the truth or simply the truth we feel we can believe in due to our personal biases.

The anime In/Spectre clearly showed how with the same evidence, people can come to different conclusions. Anyways, unlike in the anime where we can clearly see the real truth for ourselves, we would never be able to be so sure of the truth in reality. Unless of course, we were directly involved and at the scene.

Putting aside all the serious talk, I also really liked the anime because the main girl was real fun to watch as she was a carefree yet smart (?) girl who was always doing things at her own pace. Her interactions with those around her were particularly fun to watch.

Have you watched In/Spectre?

If you haven’t I think you probably should, hopefully I didn’t really spoil anything for you guys.

– K.A.L.T

Sorry for this rushed post, could you tell I rushed it?

The weekend is fast approaching and I only just realised that I had not gotten any posts ready yet for this week. Hopefully you at least found this to be an okay read. If there’s anything you think I should have expanded on, please feel free to share in the comments below because I know that my posts are mostly still very amatuerish.

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