September 7, 2010
Original Post: Kino no Tabi 02 The Horror of Being Human
September 7, 2010 at 1:23 amThis is easily one of my very favorite anime episodes of all time. […] I love the details about the traders: a coming marriage, a festival for the return home, the stories and music and culture that belie the cold, calculating logic that rationalizes human trafficking as a way of life. Maybe there isn’t much distinction between hunting rabbits and human slavery in a certain kind of logic; Kino’s Journey certainly isn’t the kind of narrative to make overt moral judgments like that. But its the same logic that made these men turn on their savior at their earliest convenience. There is the cruelty. The evil of mercenary pragmatism only humans are capable of.
Kino is trained and armed way beyond your average passerby, surely something her experiences as a traveler in unpredictable lands has taught her. However those skill aren’t the reason she helped them. I think, like us, she just didn’t suspect those men to turn on her. Remember the last line of the episode, Hermes asks her if she would do it all again, and she doesn’t answer.
August 8, 2010
Original Post: The Feat of “In-universe Parody” & What it Does for Shows (e.g. K-ON!!, Genesis of Aquarion)
August 7, 2010 at 5:34 pm
Body Swaps: a variation of the in-universe character parody, and a common trope in comedy manga/anime. Maybe not true caricatures, but the displacement of personality and body makes us notice the individual quirks more. There’s usually a rule about the characters having to hide the switch for the duration, so they have to try being the other person.
– Utena: Utena and Anthy for a day
– Excel Saga: Excel and Hyatt in the last episode
– Cardcaptor Sakura: Syaoran and Kero for a day
– Dragonball Z: Captain Ginyu with others
Possession: like body swaps, only one-sided. Through ghosting or mind control someone acts out someone else in that person’s body. Sometimes a hilarious exaggeration, sometimes completely off.
– Kamichu: Yashima regularly possesses Mitue to communicate with muggles
– Yu Yu Hakusho: While he’s dead, Yusuke takes Kuwabara’s body
– Le Chevalier D’Eon: D’Eon’s sister’s soul cohabitates in his body
– Inuyasha: does this a fuckton
Imitation: the most basic form of mimicry, sometimes aided with disguises.
– K-ON!: Ui impersonates Yui
– Fullmetal Alchemist: Envy impersonates others
– Lucky Star: Konata caricaturizes her friends frequently
– Infinite Ryvius: the DVD extras caricaturize the cast
– Ouran Host Club: in mocking or for a punchline
– Turn A Gundam: of course
Of special note was Asatte no Houkou, whose entire premise was two characters swapping age which entirely changed the dynamics of all their relationships.
Not nearly an exhaustive list, but one that gives a wide variety of in-universe impersonations, how they do them, and the impressions they make.
June 15, 2010
Original post: On Our Backs, In Our Hearts
June 14, 2010 at 9:47 pm
In the Rurouni Kenshin manga, there’s a short chapter that I will always remember as one of my favorites, about Sanosuke and the kanji on the back of the shirt he always wears. In that chapter was a poetic line (or so I remember) about how children grow up watching the backs of those that they follow. Simply put, people grow up by following what those ahead of them do, and it spoke to me of leadership, responsibility, and legacy, that there’s always someone watching your back and following your lead. Uncommon wisdom from a truly special manga.
December 2, 2009
Orignal post : Anime and Manga Related Moments 2009: Those Who WON’T Make the List
December 2, 2009 at 10:38 pm
This is a terribly obvious thing to say, but watching great shows regularly has been incredibly rewarding. Right now, everyone’s bemoaning the crap seasons, how the economy and moe is declining the industry, even predicting the death of the medium itself. And right now, I love anime more than I ever have, with a reverent knowledge of the classics and deeper appreciation of the trailblazing efforts of those that pioneered the medium in the past, and those that continue to test the boundaries of visual storytelling today. […]
October 10, 2009
Original Post: Harsh! Consuming Media Not Related to Our Interests
October 10, 2009 at 2:14 pm
For years I had heard the stories that older generation anime fans told concerning the franchise, regaling tales of Robotech, Carl “The Butcher” Macek, and of course, DYRL. My first proper introduction to the Macross-verse was ‘08 anime Macross Frontier (aside from an ill-conceived foray into Macross Zero and some random episodes of the original Macross Cartoon Network once showed). Yet I never put much thought into finding the movie (It’s so old! I told myself), and it was only through sheer chance and dumb luck did I stumble across the torrent when I was browsing my usual BT sites (thanks Live-eviL!). I decided, what the heck, let’s give it a shot.
So I watched it. When it finished, I stopped, breathed slowly, took some moments in silent contemplation to collect my thoughts, got myself a tall glass of water, and then watched it again. And again the next night.
I used to think, That’s such a strange name, “Do You Remember Love”. A pop idol singing a song to end a war? Only in anime. Yet after a span of 2 hours, it was all made clear to me. I finally understood the meaning of its title. “Do You Remember Love” is a love letter to the dreamers, a gift to those who love epic stories, gorgeous and detailed animation, and beautiful, moving music. The guys at Anime World Order podcast once said that DYRL embodied everything they loved about anime, and even though we were separated in watching the movie by decades, and our experiences wildly different and years apart, somehow, I felt the same.