El Cid's Anime Rants

Thursday, March 10, 2005

Emotional Pornography

Oh my gosh. This is class numero two where I cannot stomach the anime we're watching. I mean that quite literally. I walked out. I couldn't take it.

I know many-a-fan out there are going to not like what I have to say, but these are my opinions none the less. It's my freaking blog, so go away if you don't want to hear some SHE, The Ultimate Weapon bashing.

Now, I'm generally an optimist. I try to give things a chance before I cast a thumbs down. Life's better this way. You discover things (and people) that most people never enjoy/appreciate because of their judgmental nature. Take anime for instance. I love anime, and many people are quick to dismiss this very thing. I also like french fries dipped in ice cream. Sounds odd? Try it; you'll like it. I also like sleeping naked. . .but that's entirely unrelated.

With that said, I must say that SHE, The Ultimate Weapon made all that is man inside of me want to scream like a little girl. This was just awful. The first episode started off bad enough, with this little girl (Chise) who has a crush on this older looking dude (Suuji). This girl is small, slow, weak, and runs out of breathe very easily. *tear* The older guy doesn't seem interested in her, but she's dillusional into thinking they're a couple. The extremely shy and timid girl however seems to have bigger balls than Suuji when she proclaims her love outright. And then after a completely unromantic and irrational talk between the two, this spineless twit agrees to be her boyfriend. I just couldn't believe that ANYONE would buy this b.s.

But apparently, I'm in the minority. Apparently, them Japanese think this is the greatest thing since electric toilet seat warmers. But I don't understand why at all.

Today we screened another episode, and all it was was more "emotionally hurting/confused" people doing completely irrational things. One guy joins the army to protect a fake girlfriend. A dying girl professes her love while the guy disrobes her and checks out her bod. Another mortally wounded character (this time the guy) fondles a girl in hopes of revitalization. WTF? I guess "emotionally confused" equates to "I've always had a crush on you but I've lacked the self confidence to do anything about it, but heck, now that one of us is dying (because of emotionally induced stupidity) can I touch you're boobs? "

Utter crap.

And on top of that, the girl is a military machine. That's something else that pisses me off. This kind of character, along with Neon Genesis Evangelion's Shinji annoy me so much. They're both characters who posses awesome power to end the fighting, but are too hung up on their own petty issues to do anything about it.

These characters and other series lead me to believe that one of the main agendas in anime is to make love and not war. While this is very picturesque, it's a little naive and down right hippy. Its interesting that Japan, of all nations, seems really bent of this anti-war sentiment. Now war is awful, and should be last resort, but let's have a history lesson. Once upon a time, Japan was one of the most hell-bent war hungry countries. When they picked a fight with us, we put them in their place, rewrote their government, and now look how things turned out. They're peaceful and rich! Good ol' Macarthur.

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But like I said, this was a last resort effort on our part. Don't instigate a fight, but don't take it up the arse either.

And thus ends my world politics. . .ahem, I mean my anime rant for today.


  • At 9:40 AM, Blogger FeZrAm said…


  • At 10:59 AM, Blogger Kessie said…

    I totally agree with you about the two series we watched on Thursday. *gags*

    I have not the slightest idea why Ram liked SaiKano though.

  • At 1:47 PM, Blogger Rodrigo said…

    Yes! Thank-you Denise! I'm not crazy.

  • At 6:45 PM, Blogger Kessie said…

    Points for you for being able to explain Evangelion, even a little bit. I had the unfortunate luck to have to watch the last two episodes with the text inversed and the show upside down (very old computer). I think my file was really trying to spread their creator's insanity.


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