This crocodile died today, and so will you

Screenshot of @yuukikikuchi‘s Instagram account.

The premise of 100日後に死ぬワニ (The Crocodile Who Dies in 100 Days) is simple. You follow the life of an anthropomorphic alligator and his friends in real time, starting from around December until today. Nothing much happens in the story. The alligator works, texts his friends, and watches TV.

But each day ends with a countdown of when this alligator will die. And in a way, according to Mafumi Usui, a psychology professor, the same applies to us:

実は私たちはみんな、「100日後に死ぬワニ」です。学校も職場も生活も変化します。いつまでもは続きません。そして人はみな、いつか死にます。

We are all, in fact, crocodiles who will die in 100 days. Our schools, workplaces, and lives will also change. Nothing lasts forever. And we all someday will die.

たとえば私は、「22年後に死ぬヒト」です。

For example, I am “a human who will die in 22 years”.

今ちょうど60歳なので、男性60才の平均余命は22年。私は、22年の余命宣告をされています。

I’ve just turned 60. On average, a 60 year old man has 22 years left to live. So it’s been pronounced that I have 22 years left.

いや、22年はあくまで平均であって、それは明日かもしれませんが。これは、どんなに若い人も、平均余命が長いだけで、構図は同じです。

Well, 22 years is just an average. I might die tomorrow. That applies to everyone, no matter how young someone is. Their long lifespans are just an average.

人は、一日生きれば確実に余命が一日短くなります。けれど、普段はそんなこと気にしていません。

As we live each day, so do our remaining lives shorten by a day. But we don’t usually notice this.

This weekend, the cherry blossoms are in full bloom in Tokyo, as they are in the comic. The coronavirus crisis might have stopped people from celebrating graduations and matriculations under the falling pink petals, but it is perhaps fitting that millions of people had their eyes on Twitter tonight, collectively celebrating the life of this anonymous alligator.