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"Anime Was a Mistake"
A quote appearing more and more thanks to influence from Hayao Miyazaki, one of the most famous, if not the most famous, director in the anime industry of Japan. In an interview, he said "Almost all Japanese animation is produced with hardly any basis taken from observing real people, you know. It’s produced by humans who can’t stand looking at other humans. And that’s why the industry is full of otaku!" Otaku brings about a negative connotation in Japan and even in America. ‘Otaku,’ which translates directly to ‘house’ in Japanese, usually gives off the idea of somebody who stays home indulging themselves without ever experiencing reality. Do you think anime is problematic?
I loved this series, but it’s also difficult for me to explain why because the characters are so bland. But I can also understand that, because the plot is meant to be bigger than the characters. The scenes with Twelve and Lisa almost seem like filler, and I think that’s just the role they play; some sort of romantic getaway from the reality of Nine and Twelve’s plan. Sadly, though the anime wasn’t groundbreaking it was still extremely visually appealing. I wonder if the creators were aiming to create a bland feel sometimes, to try and make it look like something ordinary, which would flow well with the plot because of the irony or juxtaposition with Nine and Twelve’s wish. Nevertheless, it was definitely something I enjoyed, though not something I might be able to write an essay on if I tried to.
Though I loved Makishima as a villain and the relationship between him and Kogami, the ending of the first season was just really inconclusive to me, mostly because we don’t see their final scene together. It also made Kogami look like the kind of ‘I’m just out for revenge’ character. I probably need to rewatch the series to develop a better analysis, but Kogami seems more like the antagonist because Makishima actually cared about society while Kogami only wanted vengeance for his friend.
I really liked Neon Genesis Evangelion when I first watched it. After having watched a lot of different anime series before this one, I was very surprised at the depth of the characters. What caught me the most was probably the idea of truth, and how subjective it is. In a way, it makes the theme less depressing and more enlightening.