In the book Ship Breaker written by Paolo Baciglupi, the main character Nailer was a boy doing ship breaking. He is a brave and smart because he had corrected the map and led a crew through the ocean, and tried to fight with his dad that was very strong. “Your map is still wrong’ Nailer pointed to the water of the edge of the island, where the Teeth lay.” (Bacigalupi,282) The story have many places that are similar to the song that was in an anime called Charlotte made by Maeda Jun in 2015. It is about a world that people have super powers, but the main character have the power to steal other people’s power. His brother’s best friend had died out of other people’s power, so he promises a girl that he would travel around the world to take all of the power. They both had something unexpected that happened to them, and they both are trying to save some thing.
The main character Nailer found a girl in a broken ship that might led him to a better life, but he could get all the treasure if he killed the girl. The girl that came with him tried to convince him that he should kill the girl and take the gold “Don’t be stupid. This is only a scavenge if she’s not standing on it saying its hers. All the silver we found? All this gold on her fingers?” (Bacigalupi 97). He had to choose what he should do, and he chose the girl. After he brought her out, he starts to think if he had done something wrong “If he was honest with himself, Nailer could admit he had no idea what he was doing.” (Bacigalupi 108). He was just like the character in Charlotte that had to choose from doing it or not.
The song in Charlotte is about the main character trying to save the world so he can accomplish the promise he did with a girl. It is similar to Nailer because he lives in a bad environment, and he had always been looking at the ships that he would never be on it. “I was watching a distance dream” (Lia, 4) Like Nailer, the main character also had to choose from 2 choices, to do it or not. He chose to go, but he later thought that he might have a better life is he did not try to do it.
What will I choose to keep?
What will I give up on?
Who do I think I am
To try to decide that?
What will I choose
Is already decided
I ask the gods if they’re sure
That there’s no mistake about it (Lia, 5-12)
Like Nailer, he accomplished the promise and went back to the original place. The only thing that is different is that Charlotte’s main character forgot everything and Nailer left the place he was in.
Bacigalupi, Paolo. Ship Breaker. New York: Little, Brown, 2010. Print.
Tristalli, Amarok. “Bravely You – Lia (Charlotte | シャーロット OP) Lyrics, 歌詞 | Lyrical Nonsense.” Lyrical Nonsense. Amarok Tristalli, 2016. Web. 16 Apr. 2016.