Being Wronged: Others and their Perceptions of You

If there’s one thing that Tate no Yuusha really shocked me, it was the revelation that…

Even if you have been wrongfully accused, you need to make the effort to deny it.

Motoyasu’s cliche power lvl 99^99

Of course, most of you indignant fellows would be glaring holes in me for saying such an outrageous thing. How is it that I am to blame for what is obviously someone else’s false assigning of blame? It should be that guy’s fault for blaming the wrong person!

Sadly, on the other end, the person is thinking that you are to blame. That you are at fault. That that is the truth. So unless you correct that perception of theirs, they will continue to think that way.

From their standpoint, they see that most if not all evidences point to you, you are guilty of whatever offense. Put yourselves in their shoes, and maybe you may think the same of another.

So the foremost important thing to do in this situation is to follow Fitoria’s advice (Episode 17). Whatever that is I forgot… (it was some time ago!) but the gist is to ask yourself: did you deny what they accuse you of? Did you try to find evidence of your innocence? Did you try to clear your name?

In Tate no Yuusha, in Naofumi’s rage at being betrayed, he plunges straight into hatred for the kingdom and the other heroes – although he initially tries to convince them it wasn’t him, their disbelief and the false evidences that pop up eventually shuts him down and makes him resign to being falsely accused.

This further points out the outright importance of defending one’s own innocence, values and reputation. If others do not believe you, you need to try to clear your name.

If there’s one thing most important to you, that would be your values must remain true. By not actively denying falsehoods against you, you risk your character being sullied by others.

Of course, one of the things is that the anime is exaggerated – I do not believe there exists such numbminded emptyskulls like the three heroes who do not see the possibilities of a scheme especially after how Naofumi was reacting. (Tell me if there are, they should watch more dramas for such cliche plots. Better yet, be exorcised.)

Smart guy can tell by just the look in his eyes that he’s innocent. So the three heroes are really…

Nevertheless, the anime highlights the importance of reputation. Having gave up defending his innocence and finding ways to clear his name, Naofumi has no choice but to struggle with people looking down on him and has difficulty working his way up. Amiable people relationships are crucial to moving up, even in or especially in real life, so having lost all honour or integrity over false accusations is simply unacceptable and cannot be given up upon.

Imagine grinding in real life for your first pay raise…

One of the best things in life is that we have a impartial court (well, in most countries) and we are by default innocent, unless we are proven guilty.

So it’s either that the prosecutor is correct, or his evidence is false. But stuff like that you can look for your defence attorney Phoenix Wright to Igiari (異議あり Objection!) for more examples of falsified evidences, twisting facts to construct a case to prosecute.

Anyway, back to topic, as fellow humans we need to understand that all humans make mistakes in judging people. Not to say you are at fault for them thinking that way, but there should naturally be some impetus for them to think that way. Unless, they are really trying to sully your reputation.

As a detective once said, there is only one truth! Thus, you can only be either in the right or in the wrong. However, from the other person’s perspective, you have done wrong. It is hence paramount for you to change that false perception if false, and reveal the truth that others are blind to because they are not you nor do they know what you know.

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  1. “In Tate no Yuusha, in Naofumi’s rage at being betrayed, he plunges straight into hatred for the kingdom and the other heroes – although he initially tries to convince them it wasn’t him, their disbelief and the false evidences that pop up eventually shuts him down and makes him resign to being falsely accused.”

    I don’t think you could have described Naofumi’s frustration in a better sentence, Ugh. I LOVE IT. This was a beautiful piece on Naofumi and false accusations. This series is my favourite of 2019, anti hero like Naofumi so easy to become swallowed up in his grief and frustration, well-crafted series. Loved your piece 🙂

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