Okay, so I know that I haven’t made many posts yet. I’m not much of a blogger, so I guess I’ll just reminiscence over animes/mangas/comics I’ve seen in the past year or so.
One series that I really enjoyed was Persona Trinity Soul. It’s based off of a Japanese video game in which characters are endowed with a special alternate personality called Persona. This personality manifests itself as a virtual mecha, which allows its owner to do all kinds of cool stuff: fly, suck the soul out of people, and of course, awesome fighting skills. The anime itself is a psychological thriller about a family, all of whom have persona, and their quest to understand each other while battling a secret underground organization plotting to collect the energies of all persona users. There’s lots of interesting plot twists, but I don’t want to ruin the story. You gotta watch it for yourself!
I just read this extremely Bizarre story about a Japanese Man campaigning to marry comic book characters. Only in Japan.
A JAPANESE man has enlisted hundreds of people in a campaign to allow marriages between humans and cartoon characters, saying he feels more at ease in the “two-dimensional world”.
Comic books are immensely popular in Japan, with some fictional characters becoming celebrities or even sex symbols.
Marriage is meanwhile on the decline as many young Japanese find it difficult to find life partners.
Taichi Takashita launched an online petition aiming for one million signatures to present to the government to establish a law on marriages with cartoon characters.
Within a week he has gathered more than 1000 signatures through.
“I am no longer interested in three dimensions. I would even like to become a resident of the two-dimensional world,” he wrote.
“However, that seems impossible with present-day technology. Therefore, at the very least, would it be possible to legally authorise marriage with a two-dimensional character?”
Befitting his desire to be two-dimensional, he listed no contact details, making it impossible to reach him for comment to explain if his campaign is serious or tongue-in-cheek.
But some people signing the petition are true believers.
“For a long time I have only been able to fall in love with two-dimensional people and currently I have someone I really love,” one person wrote.
“Even if she is fictional, it is still loving someone. I would like to have legal approval for this system at any cost,” the person wrote.
Japan only permits marriage between human men and women and gives no legal recognition to same-sex relationships.
Japan’s fans of comic books, or “manga,” sometimes go to extremes.
Earlier this month, a woman addicted to manga put out an online message seeking to kill her parents for asking her to throw away comic books that filled up three rooms.
Light in Death Note
Nathan in Gossip Girl (Chace Crawford)
I wonder who Chuck Bass resembles. Any ideas?
Chirin no Suzu which is “Ringing Bell in English” is an 47 minute Anime from 1978 produced by the one and only Sanrio. It’s a dark tale about revenge for children that begins with the super cuteness that sanrio brings with its name. Think Unico and Hello Kitty. Chirin is a lamb whose mother is killed by a wolf. He then seeks out the wolf in order to become strong and seek revenge. Along the way he must learn about the unfairness of life and how hard it can be.
For one, Chirin was so set on becoming a wolf that he showed his detication by following the wolf. One example in Claymore, Clare follows Theresa and in turn Raki follows Clare with gratitude. In both cases neither Clare or Thersa wanted the child tagging along, the same as with the wolf. Eventually they develop a sort of respect for the strength, stamina, and spirit it shows to follow them around. They then accept the follower.
Another commonality is attacking with the head. Granted, Chirin is a sheep and has either hooves or his head to attack with, he was charging through trees. How hard can a head be? It’s like Goku in Dragonball who defeated enemies with his hard head. Also, like in Dragonball Z, the wolf is a strict master very much like Piccolo.
I wonder if Sanrio came out with anything nearly as dark or sad as this again. This was truly a tragedy. Revenge is a dangerous thing that hurts the avenger, possibly more than they were hurt at first. Another tone in this short movie is the danger of non-conformity. Chirin is not and never has been like the other sheep and look what happens to him. He seeks strength (as they seem to do in every anime) and gets it but at what cost?
Before Anime there was:
Wartime Japanese Cartoon and no this is not Mickey Mouse
Prewar and during the war, Japanese cartoons looked very much like there American Disney counterparts. In this 1933, UGOKIE-KO-RI-NO-TATEHIKI(1933), and this 1943, Kumo to Chirippu, cartoon it is easy to see Disney’s influence. It wasn’t until the postwar when Japan really developed their own style, what we call anime. Of course you tell its Japanese with the music, language, and content, but the art looks just like pre war Disney. In Kumo to Churippu, or the Spider and the Tulip in English, the spider has the characters (drawn in Disney as well at this time) the exaggerated features of a black person, but I doubt the Japanese had really seen any at this point and just wanted to add those features to the spider. These features show up later in anime, in which case at least one mangaka (Osamu Tezuka) has apologized for being ignorant of people in this way.
Here’s Disney in 1933 still in black and white. By 1943 Disney was in color although some were still in black and white and was largely focus on war as was Japan. Disney of course was portraying Japanese and Germans in a rather racist manner because it was during the war and propaganda’s has to happen.
I’m sure everyone’s noticed the hair of anime characters. Its often spiky, large, and has bangs. Not to mention that the hair comes in outrageous colors. Sometimes their are buns and sometimes even afros. Basically the crazier the hair the better. This seems to be the theme for hair in the 80s as well (for clothes too). Come to think of it, looks a lot like Japanese fashion in some cases.
Here’s some 80s hair:
Flock of Seagulls
Now for some anime hair:
Well I showed some of the extremes of both the 80s and anime hair (although dragonball Z has notably crazier hair than shown). Which do you think is crazier or more extreme 80s or anime hair?
Princess Tutu was an anime that at first I didn’t believe I would like. It sounded rather childish, well except for people’s comments that it was darker than it appeared. But I needed something to watch one day and I wondered what could be dark about Princess Tutu. The name sounds like it belongs to something nice and happy, but as I watched the show everything I thought about it proved to be wrong.
It may not have the best art in an anime, which detered someone I know from watching the series, but it had awesome music from operas and ballets. Every episode opened with the music to one. It also made me really interested in swan lake, considering that it is based off that. It also made me realize that I had not seen ballet in a long time and I kind of missed seeing it. It of course is darker than the title would suggest and is sad like swan lake.
Here’s an amv called Hold Me that I think shows the spirit and pain of the characters and the lack of control they have over their lives. Basically its my favorite Princess Tutu Amv. The good Swedish song helps and the timing of the video.
Watch this anime if you like romance, ballet, opera, fairy tales, magic girls, and epic battles against evil and the struggle for free will.