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?
Well you can always read Dragonball Z and One Piece separately. But did you know that you can read them to together as well? In Cross Epoch the mangaka of DBZ Toriyama Akira and Oda Eiichiro got togehter and combined their worlds and characters. It’s a hilarious one shot with all your favorite characters from both mangas. Enjoy this mixed up world in which Hercule is king, Bulma and Nami work together, master Roshi and Sanji cruise around in a cowboy car, and Vegeta is a pirate. And of course don’t forget Goku and Luffy.
And while you’re at it check out the DBZ parody created by Toriyama called neko majin. It’s seven chapters and is really funny. You should read it if you like DBZ or are embarrassed that you watched the entire series and want to make fun of it.
Some interesting movies seem to be on the way:
For one there is the Persepolis movie coming to theaters around the Christmas season. It keeps the black and white and graphic novel quality of Marjane Satrapi’s original work. It has already been released in France and Belgium (lucky them). I really looking forward to this movie. It’s supposed to stay true to the graphic novel.
Now for the next movie, live action Dragon Ball Z. Now they’ve been talking about this one since I’ve been in middle school, but now they have a cast and everything. It stars Justin Chatwick and James Marsters. Its set to be released in the US in 2010. Is this going to involve a lot of big spiky hair? If it doesn’t it won’t be the same, but if it does, I think it might be a little scary.
A live action Speed Racer is also in the works. It’s directed by the Wachowski brothers and is set to be released in 2008. The movie based on the 1960s anime stars Emile Hirch, Christina Ricci, Susan Sarandon and Matthew Fox. Is it just me or has anime just become pop culture?
There are also rumours of such movies as Halo, Blood: The Last Vampire, and Spyro the Dragon, and for now that’s all they are. For now we have movies like the Golden Compass and Enchanted to keep us occupied. Let’s hope that these movie turn out good and not horrible, although I still can’t figure out how they’re going to do that with the live action Dragonball Z movie. I mean for the whole anime they look really constipated (Not to say that I haven’t watch DBZ, because I have). Are you going to want to see that in live action?
PS. Narnia: Prince Caspian should be on the way in 2008.
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