To get the discussion started, it really took me by surprise how dark this short story was. Where planetarian and Hoshi no Hito present a more hopeful outlook in a bleak setting, Jerusalem is all about that crippling despair. Maybe this small story didn’t change anything for anyone, but I appreciate that it was told nonetheless. It shows how perverted the world can become when selfish individuals decide to bend something like fate to their whim. They created killer robots by tricking them into believing they’re eradicating demons. There’s so much analogy to the blurred line between hell and heaven here, where one man’s paradise is built upon greed and bloodshed. I guess the saving grace of this story is that the man earned his just deserts, as when his paradise truly became hell, his broken nun lovingly returned him to the hell he created in the final moments. While our protagonist may have also received a shity end, you get the feeling that if there is an afterlife, it’s made very clear who went to heaven and who went to hell.
But really, there’s so much to talk about here. It’s still all sinking in.