WARNING: The next comprises spoilers for The Irregular at Magic Excessive Faculty, “Reminiscence Arc,” now streaming on Funimation and Crunchyroll.
Magic is a pressure that exists on the planet of The Irregular at Magic Excessive Faculty, however solely a small handful of individuals are able to utilizing it to govern matter as magicians. Whereas magic is one thing an individual needs to be born with, folks also can change into augmented magicians via gene manipulation and a magic equation. One such character is Minami Sakurai, who’s a second-generation augmented magician of the Sakura sequence. She’s additionally associated to a first-generation augmented magician named Honami Sakurai.
Whereas Honami solely seems within the “Reminiscence Arc” of The Irregular at Magic Excessive Faculty, she’s nonetheless an vital character whose actions in the course of the occasions of this story helped form the current timeline of the sequence. Along with having an vital position in a serious battle, she’s additionally the character who raises vital questions on the established order of augmented magicians that just about parallels that of the replicants from the Blade Runner franchise. Regardless of being a supporting character, she is the emotional core of the story.
Honami is launched in “Reminiscence Arc” because the bodyguard of Miya Yotsuba, who was the chief of the Yotsuba Clan on the time. Whereas Miya is vacationing in Okinawa along with her daughter Miyuki and her son Tatsuya (who can also be handled like a bodyguard), Honami serves comparable features to her niece within the current and makes use of plenty of the identical powers. Like Minami, Honami additionally takes care of housekeeping duties, escorts Miya and her youngsters to varied locations and shields them from hazard. Whereas Honami is loyal to her proprietor and Miya does in actual fact deal with her with kindness, Honami can also be conscious of the truth that she isn’t any completely different from a slave.
After she escorts Miyuki and Tatsuya to a automobile on their manner to a cocktail party, Honami will get a second to herself to not solely take into consideration her place on the planet, but additionally that of Tatsuya’s, whom she will relate to. Regardless of Tatsuya being a member of the Yotsuba Clan by blood, the actual fact he was born “a deficient magician” — per his mom’s phrases — triggered him to be downgraded to an identical standing to Honami herself, which she thinks is flawed. Though Honami is totally unaware at this level that Tatsuya additionally had his powers augmented by his mom and aunt when he was youthful, Honami remains to be proper to be horrified by his dehumanization.
When Honami learns the reality about Tatsuya’s powers, she decides to go to his support throughout an assault on Okinawa by the Nice Asian Union. Not solely does she threat additional shortening her lifespan to make sure victory to each Tatsuya and the Okinawa Naval Base, however she even implies that she desires to result in her personal demise. She finally ends up confirming this when Tatsuya makes an attempt to save lots of her life a second time (having resurrected her throughout an earlier assault) and she or he stops him from doing so. When explaining her choice, Honami confides the reality about her existence to Tatsuya.
Starting with the actual fact she was purchased by the Yotsuba Clan earlier than she was even born, Honami has at all times been conscious of the actual fact she would by no means have management of her personal life. As an augmented magician who was bioengineered with a really quick lifespan to serve Miya Yotsuba, she was robbed of many life experiences others get to take pleasure in, and one thing about that made her profoundly sad. Moderately than proceed present as an instrument for another person’s use, Honami rationalized that if she could not have management over her personal life, then she wished to a minimum of management her personal dying.
Particularly, Honami wished to die as a human being who made a heroic choice that was not knowledgeable by her sense of obligation to another person. She wished to go down preventing for what she believed in and to have her needs honored like some other human. Along with being memorialized, Honami requested to have her cremated stays scattered within the ocean as a closing image of freedom.