FLCL is one of those shows I love for the sheer base aesthetics of it. Yeah, yeah. There is the whole puberty/growing up angle underlying the story, the sexual tensions and metaphors abound, and there are also all the references to otaku and general pop culture, and I can appreciate all that, but I originally… Continue reading FLCL: Medical Mechanica—Childish Adulthood
On how a culture of hiding the body turns it into a fantasy for desire.
Life isn't a safe space. It cannot be. The world exists to make us neither comfortable nor happy, and no one else has a duty to ensure that we feel that way. Liberals and the identitarian* "progressive" Left have been obsessed with the notion of "safe spaces" for about the last decade. I'm not going… Continue reading Safe Spaces, Political Spaces, and Infantilization
If you have not watched this film yet, watch it first. An enigmatic animation which leaves much to wonder, this film is set up magnificently from beginning to end. From the unique art style of Yoshitaka Amano to the soundtrack by Kano Yoshihiro, this film already grabs your attention by the sheer force of its… Continue reading Angel’s Egg (天使のたまご): A ‘Reflection’
To say that the art of this animation is beautiful and refreshing is an understatement. The watercolor brush style is superb and unique in a world of anime dominated by flat colors and smooth lines. The story itself is certainly a timeless one of the yearning for happiness in a world mediated by notions of happiness… Continue reading The Tale of Princess Kaguya: Divinity, Freedom, and Happiness
This animation is a favorite of greens and Bookchinites to be sure, but it goes far beyond such ecological concerns. As an animation it is very good, it has the typical Miyazaki character designs. As a story, however, this film is superb in that it is far more complex than most who watch it realize. There… Continue reading Princess Mononoke: Struggle and Life
On the theme of enchanted nature, its absence in modernity, yet its necessity.