Medaka Box uses an interesting conceit: the main character, Kurokami Medaka, is a “perfect” person. She’s the best at everything, be it athletics, smarts, you name it. She’s popular. She has a perfect body. And I can’t stand her.
Why would anyone dislike a perfect person? Because she’s perfect, of course! Nothing is perfect. As Bob Dylan would say, everything is broken.
But Medaka isn’t broken. She has everything anyone could ever want, and then some. But not being broken is, in and of itself, broken. I’m not sure if a creature that isn’t broken can even be considered human. They’re more like a machine: they observe the world and choose the only possible reaction, the perfect one. It’s like in the Matrix, where humans simply could not accept a world that wasn’t broken. By being perfect, Medaka is nothing but a shell of a human.
“Living like an empty shell is not really living, no matter how many years it may go on. The heart and flesh of an empty shell give birth to nothing more than the life of an empty shell.” ― Haruki Murakami, The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle
A creature that’s perfect isn’t human. If such a creature exists, it can only be a god. And to this end, Medaka’s family name, Kurokami (黒神), indeed means “Black God.” She is more god than human. And who can befriend a god? A perfect god can only be worshiped or feared. A black god can’t be friends with a broken human.
Christianity poses an interesting solution to this problem by offering a God in two parts (well, three, but let’s set that aside). God the father is perfect, like Medaka: he is to be feared and worshiped, but not befriended. Christ, the son, is fully human and hence fully broken, as shown by his death. So unlike Medaka, the Christian god can be both perfect and a broken human: a friend.(Spoiler Alert) Discussion of the Medaka Box manga follows. But the anime is awful anyway so no one should care. Later on in the manga, a new character, Kumagawa, is introduced. Kumagawa is the king of minuses: he is as broken as broken can be. He fails at everything. Yet because of his utter weakness and brokenness, he is the only one who stands a chance against Medaka.
…but God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise, God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong, God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are. ― 1 Corinthians 1:27-28As with the Christ, it is Kumagawa, the most foolish, weak and lowly person in the world who shames the wise and brings the mighty to their knees. Kumagawa did “lose” to Medaka, by his own admission, just as the Christ “lost” to death and the devil at his crucifixion. But Kumagawa may see his loss in a different light than Medaka. Medaka is perfect, popular, and beautiful. Kumagawa is completely and utterly broken. As for me, I love the broken things.