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My Interpretative Reflection : The Ongoing Tale of Oshikiri

Caution: Contains elements of horror that may be unsettling for some readers

Emika Oka (Mika)
3 min readNov 25, 2023

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Mio’s role as an intervenor emphasizes the importance of bystanders in preventing and stopping conflicts, it’s a collective responsibility to address and curb bullying.

The experimentation on Mio and Aoyama by Oshikiri’s counterpart reflects on the abuse of power. Those with authority might exploit and manipulate others, touching on the ethical implications of unchecked power and the potential harm from that.

Different versions of a person existing in countless dimensions is a contemplation on the complexity of human nature, acknowledging the multifaceted nature aspects within individuals.

The conflict between the two Oshikiris for control mirrors the societal pressure to conform and the inner battles individuals face in reconciling different aspects of themselves.

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The Ongoing Tale of Oshikiri

A scared girl rushes through Oshikiri’s house, fearing he’ll catch her. Oshikiri recognizes her as Mio Fuji, a classmate. He questions her about the late-night visit, but she screams and ran away, mysteriously vanishing as he tries to grab her.

The next day, Mio acts like nothing happened. Oshikiri thinks that his house might be a doorway to other dimensions, suggesting the frightened Mio he saw last night was from a parallel universe.

A bully named Aoyama taunts Oshikiri and they start to find when Mio intervene’s and stops the fight.

At home, Oshikiri contemplates the alternate Mio and her fear. Suddenly, he hears Aoyama’s voice. Aoyama transforms into a giant, then dissolves.

Next day, Aoyama acts like nothing ever happened.

Oshikiri and Mio grow close. Mio learns about Oshikiri’s castle-like house and wants to see inside. Oshikiri agrees but says it has a portal to another dimension with their doppelgangers.

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Emika Oka (Mika)

Sharing her unique perspective on the world as a hearing-impaired autistic person with bipolar disorder despite the challenges.