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It shows that hard-hearted people are willing to change, even if they don't show it. I feel that they are the ones who need the affection the most, for what they had to go through, and how afterwards they try to toughen up so that nothing can affect them.
It's nice that people can change, and yes so their karma changes too. It doesn't mean they're now worth more than people who were good all the way, in fact, it's really the opposite. Ironically, in manga, authors sometimes like to reward a change from bad to good more than a consistently good person. I've nothing against that - I'm all for freedom of literary expression, and god knows I love Wuthering Heights - but it becomes unnerving when people begin to believe it's better to be a reformed criminal than a law-abiding citizen all your life. I'll say it here: no, it is not.
Quote from Fareki
They are the most misunderstood, and therefore, the one who's most lonely. It's like caring for a friend or family member with a mental illness. Would you leave them alone if you were the one who could help make them better, as is Midori's case?
Yes, that's why we have social workers to deal with delinquents. Honestly, these character archetypes are like the pastoral: perfectly beautiful replete with blooming flowers in Spring, but then again, no one writes about the wilting grasses and chilly winds of Winter.
If you need any more convincing, just imagine yourself IRL getting hooked to a high school dropout/drug addict/convict, getting beat up for 10 years for the possibility that he might someday see the light and realize the love in the world. Not happening, baby.
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