Ah Eva. If you haven’t been mindf**kd before, and you’re not sufficiently interested to read the Gormenghast trilogy, worth a watch.
Essentially, this details the tale of Shinji Akari, the latest identified ‘child’; a handful of young folk with the ability to pilot EVAs – orga/mechas. These are increasingly necessary as the world was slaughtered en masse some years previously by a mysterious impact, and now ‘angels’ (massive creatures, apparently predicted in the dead sea scrolls) are out to finish the job.
Shinji s painfully awkward, occasionally giving the feeling that he could finally give himself over to the fight, but instead just whines (as we all would in that situation, but how dare he remind us!). We follow his rebuffing by Oska Soryu Langley, Rei Ayanami, Misato Katsuragi, and so on. As with chobits, I focused on the vignettes. Thats not a generalism – in these stories, any character that gets too much screen time turns into a pervert Oedipus/Electra complex character that beats themselves with a stick, or are apparently oblivious of all social mores. The side characters generally cut off before that point.
Oska – annoying as hell, why couldn’t she be lead?
Essentially, I can’t recommend it, because if you see it on the basis of that, you will kill me. Its part anime right of passage, part Gainax travesty, and part one of the greatest conspiracy mecha psychological, disgusting strange little box of horrors.
Oh, Kaiji and Kaoru.
Not a first time anime.
52 Episodes! A movie! The original manga still going! Millions of doujinshi.
This is also a rite of passage, but a good kind. Edward and Alphonse Elric, after the departure of their alchemist father attempt to resurrect their mother after she dies. Not only do they fail, tragically, but they leave with less than they came with – edward, his arm and leg, alphonse, his entire body. In a quest to reclaim their lost limbs and lives, they seek the knowledge in alchemy offered by the war-driven State Military, in this otherwordly Germany-like place.
Its clever, witty, tragic, funny, illiciting of horror and illiciting of hope. The ‘magic’ system is thoughtfully portrayed, neither a barrier to drama nor something put into its place. Its schizophrenic switch between terrific times and terrifying climes will keep you guessing if it will end one way, or another, if it is one thing or another.
Ah, Maes Hughes.
If you haven’t seen any anime before, this may not make much sense. If you have, you’ll wonder who followed you and your friends around with camcorder.
The opening titles of the first episode are for a fictional in-show that appears to conform to every anime stereotype in existence throughout its course. When looking at the Members of Genshiken, the Society for the Examination of Audio Visual Culture, one sees every otaku stereotype.
We have the ostensible lead (more on that story later), who is joining the club as the story opens, having problems accepting his own otaku-ness. We have Madarame, the hardcore otaku, who has no shame in his interests – quite the opposite. We have Kuga-pi, the speech-impedimented artist who really doesn’t like to show his stuff. We have Oh-no, the cosplay clubber, and Tanaka, who makes her outfits. Finally, there is the ‘Chairman’, who looks oddly like Bill Gates and apparently tapes everybody.
Then we have Kohsaka, the second-least obvious member : he is popular, good-looking, unabashed and a peerless polymath of the technical. Being perfect, he could never be a main. Therefore, we have Sakie Katsukabe, whose story is told to the eyes of the theoretical protaganist. She is sarky, angry, and filled with anti-otaku intent. She informs the world as the other side of the gap our lead stands across.
Overall, Genshiken is hilarious, poignant, beautifully animated and extremely well written. Over the OVA, we pick up Ogiue, an otaku who despises otaku, and Kuuchi-chan, who is just . . . wrong. Ingenious, the second season steps up the art quality visibly, and comes to a redolent finish that finishes the college lives of the clubmembers (for the most part) and does so with a panache of execution that exists throughout the season: it exactly nails sensations and situations one can never quite articulate as they are put here.
When I say its not a first timer, I mean they might not get the references. The jokes are fairly universal and the drama definitely is.
Ghost in the Shell: (Movies, Show and Movie based on the Show)
Ah, its like: CSI, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, Blade Runner (and difference between the manga, movie and show is analgous to the dif between DAD of ES and BR), Alias and the Matrix, except the last was based on Gits, not the other way around.
In general, these tales follow Motoko Kusanagi and her team. The series examines politics and crime in a cyberpunk world where androids with white blood and humans with the same blur lines and put into question the soul and intelligence. It is far less episodic than, say Cowboy Bebop, but there is those same elements of isolated stories that question the scale of the universe.
Next Week: Conclusion. Have finished Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann. Oh, yes. Oh yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes . . . . .