Kuramori. Haibane of the Abandoned Factory. Rakka's Job
Reki’s birth recalls her words when Rakka was due to be born. She didn’t want Rakka to be born in such a messy place as she herself was. As was Reki’s job, given by Kuramori, Reki was there to greet Rakka. She was there to prepare Rakka as best she could for the coming of her wings, and the related fever.
After seeing Kuramori’s return from the forest, my original thinking that Reki had touched the wall turned toward thoughts of Kuramori being the one. The communicator’s words, on the other hand, suggest Hyohko was the one who touched the wall. Reki would have taken the medicine to him, and watched over him.
The communicator also talked about what happens to a haibane unprepared for the time of the day of flight. Did Kuramori reach her day of flight, or was she unprepared? What happened to Kuramori?
Another thing the communicator says is that his words about Kuu going ahead to be an inspiration for the other haibane to follow, that these words are a reflection of what is in Reki’s mind. He also speaks of Nemu’s burden waiting to see the arrival of Reki’s day of flight. How is he able to read into the minds of the haibane? Is it through the halos in some way? He also told Rakka that Kuu’s laughter was simply the wall repeating what was deep in Rakka’s mind. What is the purpose of the communicator telling Reki what she believes about Kuu’s day of flight? Does he plan to effect Reki’s day of flight, to allow it to come for her before it’s too late? How much may the council meddle in the affairs of the haibane?
Within the wall, Rakka has to wear a special robe. My first thought is its similarity to a radiation suit, but there is no guard for Rakka’s face. The robe may be so she does not touch any part of the inside of the wall, or else she’ll fall ill again. She’s able to touch the temple wall going downstairs, but six robes are kept for those going within the town wall itself.
Why is touching the wall a punishable offense? Wouldn’t the following fever be enough of a deterrent? Did Rakka get off easy when she was given cleaning duty? Reki must have thought back to the punishment she and Hyohko received. The punishment wouldn’t have worked the same for Rakka, however, so what kind of punishment did Reki imagine? And as a side thought, what happens if a human touches the wall? Nothing?
The halo worn over a haibane’s head is made from materials, light leaves, within the wall. This explains the glow of the halo. What happens to a haibane who doesn’t wear a halo? What if a haibane without a halo touches the wall?
Two messages are given to Rakka by the communicator as he leaves her to her new job. First, she must not remove the robe. This must be to keep her from touching the wall with her bare skin. The other is to not be frightened by anything which happens around her. Rakka questions if something is living within the wall, but my guess is the communicator is speaking in reference to the wall’s ability to channel ones thoughts. If the wall reflects Rakka’s thoughts, if the wall echos voices, Rakka could easily be mislead over what she’s hearing. The communicator said the robe would protect Rakka from these things.
The communicator tells Reki that a bird has forgiven Rakka’s sin. This suggests that it’s an outside force which leaves one sinbound, and also the same outside force which forgives ones sin (or not). How does this work with the riddle of the “Circle of Sin”? Where did the communicator hear the riddle to begin with? From a past haibane? From a past communicator? Read in a book? I figure by now that he has to be human, regardless of what appears to be wings at his back, or else he’d be rather overdue for his day of flight.
Midori tells Reki to quit smoking. Hyohko had said the same. This brings into question both why she started smoking, and why both Hyohko and Midori are concerned over it. If Midori has feelings for Hyohko, it could be that his concerns are her concerns, even if his concerns are over the one he had feelings for, the one who may very well have run away with him, and watched over him after he touched the wall.
Rounding out Reki’s position as caretaker for the new haibane, and her efforts to help Rakka through being sinbound, is the where Reki had done the same. Reki being sinbound isn’t touched upon during the scenes of her as a child, with the exceptions of Nemu’s reaction to Reki’s wings, and Kuramori placing the coat over Reki’s wings while in town. The communicator speaks of Reki being envious. Reki was there for Rakka, she knows what Rakka has been going through. But there’s something different. Rakka isn’t Reki. They’re two different people. They act differently and react differently, even if they’ve had the same experiences over losing someone and with being sinbound.
One recurring weakness in English dubbing is voices for kids. I’ve accepted the voices for the young feathers. They’re not all that bad, really. But what was with younger Nemu’s dub voice? Even younger Reki’s voice sounded a bit off, but Nemu’s just sounded plain weird.