I have no idea if I’ll do Kyoto Animation justice after all that happened this year, so here goes nothing.
Are we like you? I can’t be sure
Of the scene as she turns.
We are strange in our worlds,
But we are young
– Supergrass, “Alright”
In a standard narrative of special teenagers, the special – be it a superpower, ability to slay vampires, or magic – is held in high esteem, especially upon discovery. There’s a reason why, “Yer a wizard, Harry.” rings true with so many readers. After all, who doesn’t want to leave their figurative cupboard underneath the stairs and be introduced to a world of magic?
Who doesn’t want to be special?