Anime Spotlight #40

What was your orientation ceremony like…?  Probably nothing like what these folks had to endure…!

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“An Anime Kingsman…-ish” basically encompasses Absolute Duo.  Magic-wielding students all over seek to attend the prestigious Koryo Academy to hone their skills and abilities.  However, only the best are allowed entry…and the Headmaster (who’s some lunatic chick looking not older than her students — of course!) selects for the best right on the first day — by making them fight one another right on the spot!

Thor (“Toru” in the Anime, ’cause Japanese…), being the main protagonist, of course proves himself worthy of staying in the Academy.  On the other hand, German transfer student Julie Sigtuna (because we can’t have a quality Harem/Magical-Girl Anime without at least one clueless loli) also makes the grade — and immediately has a “thing” for Thor.  Adding to that mix is another transfer, Lillith Bristol from England, who also wants Thor all to herself ’cause reasons….  Let the games begin!

Similar to Kingsman, the “flunkies” from Koryo aren’t just cast away forever.  They’re just sent to a nearby, lesser-known, less prestigious academy.  Koryo’s Headmaster only wants the best because she’s searching for the so-called “Absolute Duo,” whatever that is.

Oh…, did I mention Thor’s the only one in the show who manifests a shield instead of a weapon?  That’s gotta make things interesting for him, too!  Watch Absolute Duo sub/dub for the rest of the story….

 

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‘R.E.’

Next chapter for Fantasium: The Freemen.  Previous chapter can be accessed thru here:

https://roamingeopeton.wordpress.com/fantasium/

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I saw people who were disillusioned by the World they live in, and were deeply wanting things to change for the better.  However, none of them ever want to do what would truly be necessary to make those changes real.  They want the change, but they don’t want to take any risks towards that end.  They want the World to change for the better, but to have others take the risks and then let them know about the changes once the changes have happened.

I know those things, from personal experience.  I was one of those people, once upon a time.  I know that most people are too afraid to do what they know, deep down inside themselves, what they need to do make the real change in the World from the way things are right now.  They are too afraid to make that leap, because it means they will have to lose things they hold dear.

They will have to send their loved ones onto the streets, begging for their next meals because they quit their jobs and so had to sell their homes and other possessions.  They will have to face getting shot at by police officers for going full-on “I wanna truly be free” mode, and risk leaving their loved ones alone or, worse, in a prison cell for the rest of their lives.  They will have to fight the Good fight all on their lonesome, and in the end their efforts are likely to be in vain.

If all of these people were to have a means of coming together, and coming unto their true power as conscious, living beings, then real change will become nothing short of reality and Good can triumph over Evil once and for all.  I eventually decided that I would become the man who would catalyze that coming together of such people as myself.

I was always an “odd one out.”  By five years old, I had already realized the folly of such things as money and government.

I knew there was no logical need for humans to use money when every other animal on Eyaye can get by just fine without it.  I knew that all money does is prevent people from reaching their full potentials, prevent some people even from keeping themselves alive if they cannot pay for their own food or water, and also prevent people from exercising their own moral compass in life as they are forced to work jobs they hate in order just to keep themselves alive.

I knew there was no logical reason to partake in the systems of government, such as voting and paying taxes.  Like money, all government ever does is prevent people from attaining their fullest potentials as truly creative individuals.  No matter who people vote for, tyranny is always the result.  This is true regardless of which party one votes for, and regardless of which government presides over any given nation on Eyaye.

By age seven, I was pondering on the nature of Space and Time – and Reality and Truth in general.  I figured Time should pass by for each person differently, such that, from my perception of the “present,” my parents might, at that instant, perceive themselves days, weeks, months, or even years ahead, or behind, me and my specific “present.”  I figured our Universe should take the shape of a “ball,” where every point in Space lies on the surface of that “ball” and, within three dimensions, there would be no way to reach the “core” of it.

Having gotten nowhere in these things with my family or friends (whenever I even had friends), I chose swiftly to keep those thoughts to myself.  I had no real choice as a child and teenager but to participate as need be.  The problem with that was when I graduated from grade school and wanted to start trying to exercise my own, true freedom.

But, how are you gonna make money?  Acquire yourself a house?  Start your own family?!’ I would be told, or at least implied at.  I had no real idea on what I wanted to do for a career, and not only that I never was especially adept at one or two select disciplines available in most Archivist-run cities and countries.  All I had to really go on was a little feeling deep inside me that whispered I should stay away from the System as much as possible, even if it means I have to become homeless and beg and scrape and worry for my next potential meal.  I had to search near and far for the Truth, even if it killed me.

In the end, I took a deep breath, sucked-up my worries of bewilderment, or disappointment, or even ridicule, and, once I was personally ready, finally did set out to do what I somehow knew I had to do.

An old saying goes something to the tune of:  ‘Ask questions, and answers will come.’  I took that to heart as I graduated, and when I did those answers definitely did come.  They came, and they never stopped coming; at one point, I was so swamped by it that I almost wasn’t sure what planet I was on anymore.

I recovered, though, and not long after that I went on a “Spiritual Journey” that ended in my (re)discovering the ruins that once were named the “Peregrine Academy.”

There, I found Akei and Aguyu.  The place itself was being overrun by jungle, and slowly falling apart as a result, but these two little girls were laid down on granite slabs as if they were just taking a short nap.

My presence awoke them, and since then they’ve practically clung to me like dust to glass without even an inkling of leaving me be anytime soon.  They always call me “Headmaster,” even though I want no such title (and I always tell them not to call me that).

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I had them tell me everything about themselves, and everything they knew about this place, what happened to it, what happened to them, and anything else they may know.  It took them a month, but I came to know the whole story as it pertains to this Academy and what has happened to the World prior, and since, the Peregrine’s mysterious disappearance.

A whole new reality was opened up to me, even far more than it was when I first arrived at the Academy.  Akei and Aguyu are Angels (their wings gave that away) – beings asserted not to exist by the Archivists and their ilk.  Specifically, Akei is a “Valkyrie of the Light” and Aguyu is a “Valkyrie of the Dark”; a “Valkyrie” is just a “level” of Angel, one step up from “Fae” (the lowest level) and one step down from “Archangel” (the highest level).  The levels are achieved through persistent accomplishment of one’s “life-work.”  Each level reached comes with a set of wings and a suite of new powers, with Fae having no wings and limited abilities, Valkyries with one pair of wings and semi-immortality (and enhanced powers over Fae), and Archangels gaining two pairs, immortality, and nearly godlike capabilities.

Akei and Aguyu have been close friends practically since birth, and from their behaviour one would’ve thought they were twin sisters.  Back in the day, they were apparently charged with selecting and protecting the Academy’s “Headmaster.”  This Headmaster was supposed to be a human with “unique potential,” as they’ve told me, and that I was the most striking example of that in anyone they’ve met so far.

With all this knowledge and wisdom I’d collected, I decided that it was then time to put it all to good use.

I learned how to “Sun-graze” (acquiring bodily energy directly from sunlight instead of indirectly via food), thus proving such a practise was, indeed, possible.  I steeped myself in as many martial-arts techniques as I could get my hands on, including the “fantastical” aspects like Astral Projection (temporarily separating one’s metaphysical self from the physical body) and the “Iron Jacket” (making one’s body invulnerable to any and all kinds of damage or harm) thus also proving their validity in practise.

It’s all about state of mind:  If you believe strongly enough that you can do anything, then in time you will be able to do anything.  However, if you believe strongly enough that you’re powerless and that what’s possible is only what you’re told by others is possible then that’s all you’ll ever see about the World and all you’ll ever achieve in your life.

The Archivists want everyone in the latter state of mind.  They want everyone believing the World around them is solid and real, obeys set laws of reality, and that anything that may lie outside these strict, physical bounds is asserted outright as absolutely impossible.  They want everyone to accept as gospel whatever indoctrination the Archivists give them to accept without question, and as such anyone who dares try to “think outside the box” is henceforth labeled a “Rabble-rouser” and shunned from all society forever.

It’s because the Archivists themselves live within a perception of Reality about the size of a postage stamp, that they wish all this upon us; because their perceptions are so narrow, in order ever to be able to rule over us they need to shove us into a perceptual box that, in comparison to their own box, is about the size of a postage stamp.

Akei and Aguyu told me of a time prior to the Peregrine’s disappearance, when her “Watchers” ensured Good prevailed on Eyaye.  The Apothecarian, the Wild Child, the Merry-maker, and many others….  Now, there’s only ruinous imitation – the Pharmacy, the Entertainers, the Circus.  The Pharmacy keeps people ill for profit, the Entertainers keep people hypnotized for profit, and the Circus keeps people poor for profit.

“Counter-mimicry” is the term Akei used, quoting the Peregrine herself.  She also explained how such a term was originally a defining trait of Lady Dark and her various subordinates.

“Counter-mimicry….  “Mimicry,” in that the Dark tries to reproduce what the Light possess innately; “counter,” in that the Dark is always the inversion of Light.

As helpful as Akei is in helping me learn so much of what I’ve acquired, knowledge-wise, it was certain things Aguyu had mentioned that eventually spurred me into some sort of action.

“I feel so heavy…,” was one of the first things she said upon waking up from her hibernation.  At that time, I still didn’t know very much and so her words didn’t really register with me.  As time passed, and I awakened my True self ever more, I began to feel the same kind of heaviness in me.  I came to understand it as the sheer force of Darkness coating Eyaye, a Darkness so dense I wondered whether the Underworld had actually surfaced.  Something big and bad was preparing itself, and in the dispersion of the Watchers after the Peregrine’s absence it would probably have to be I who works to assemble a team of “light-fighters” to try and stand against this Darkness.

The Peregrine Academy is virtually perfect for such a cause, as it possesses five levels of classrooms and dormatories (that need serious fixing up), an outdoor field (overrun by the jungle) for outdoor-type stuff, and secret “crypts” capable of hiding many people in case of extreme emergency.  There’s also Akei and Aguyu, the only two beings who chose to stay behind here in the hope of seeing a renaissance in this place.  It also helps that very few even know of this Academy’s existence anymore.

The big step for me, in trying to recruit members to this “cause,” was in finding a way to find recruits worthy of the “cause” itself.  I decided first to send Akei out to the three City-States and pick out promising individuals, the idea being that she’d converse with them and if they felt like moving over she’d then transport them back here where I could give them whatever training they desire.  But, it went dismally slow (with only two recruits over the course of two years).

My next decision was to send Aguyu out to find any secret Archivist hangouts she could find, and try to rescue any disenfranchised individuals there and if they wanted to become a recuit she’d then transport them back here (same as before).  Three more recruits were acquired in that year, but, perhaps more importantly, it made us known to the Archivists due to our “affecting” their “human supplies.”  Soon after, our cause, the “Freemen,” was being uttered by the Archivists in collective disgust – even placing a bounty on us for anyone who could tell the Archivists anything about us.

No one would really know anything, though….

Aguyu’s “mission” has actually given me invaluable insight into the hidden workings of the Archivists and their monolithic machine of manipulation.  They seize children from parents caught up in their tyrannical Peace-keepers institution (mainly, it’s the children of impoverished or mentally unsound parents), and from there the children are sent to one of many “penthouses” to be used as slave labour, sexual perversions of their masters, or even the barbaric human sacrifice role.  Regardless, these poor kids are rarely, if ever, seen again alive.

Every once in a while, an “insider” has a change in heart; these people are easily noticeable in the Media as those individuals who are suddenly deluged with damning accusations primarily by random nobodies who seem to just come out of the woodwork.  Predominantly, these accusations are of things that happened ten to twenty years ago but the “victims” were, as it’s claimed, “too afraid to say anything at the time.”

Indeed, that’s true in a way; at the time, they’re “saying something” would mean their immediate death; once the other insiders give them safe quarter, though, then they’re able to speak out – with, I presume, some coaxing into coming out as well.

Five recruits so far is a workable start.  Three boys, and two girls.

M. I. Arregz was my first recruit. Back then, he was an aspiring poet and songwriter wandering the streets of Hullwick, east of Hullheach, playing songs for food money.

Thiere, who now calls herself the “Warrioress,” was picked up in Arathaesson, the southern-most town of the so-called “Femdom,” where she had her family torn apart by her mother who was too drawn into what the Empress there was selling to all women in that land.  Her father, while he could, taught her as much as he knew about swordsmanship and told her someone would need to find a way to do something about the Empress and “Her” tyranny.  His last gift to her was an authentic Golden Guard suit, which she wears almost all the time.

Raac and Raghul were the first “lost children” to be recruited; twin brothers not older than twelve, their names implied they were probably taken from the Good Kings’ land.  Having no leads on their original family, Aguyu brought them back here where they have since eagerly taken to my special training sessions.

Finally, there’s the girl we call simply “Princess”; she was a secret sex slave for one of the ruling Free Kings, and like the twins she had no known family to go back to.  She didn’t even have a name, that she could remember (she was called “Ishkaniz” by her owner, which is, let’s say, extremely demeaning); her “high-maintenance” behaviour once at the Academy earned her the nickname “Princess” – by Aguyu, no less.

Very recently, M. I. Arregz has been looking for like-minded musicians to form a band with and start “touring.”  So far, only one other has accepted his invitation:  A young man named Galen.  Galen’s a drummer, which is an interesting mix with Arregz’s violin and enchanting vocals.  They’re managing to pull off that combination, though.

My own nickname, “R.E.,” was given to me by Arregz, from my real name’s initials.  “R.E.” also is the abbreviation for the phrase “Rayas Eviz,” which is the mantra of Lady Light:  “Let there be Light.”  Now, those initials are being associated with myself and my “Freemen” initiative; in Archivist-owned lands, this is accompanied by loathing and adversarial mentalities.

Other freedom-fighting groups have recognized the Freemen as well, even though none of them will join us outright; that’s alright, as some of them are not as amiable compared to others….

In the place of the ancient Watchers, We Freemen are slowly fixing up to be a worthy opponent to the Forces of Darkness.  At some point, our numbers will be sorely needed if we’re ever to have a future worth living in.

Anime Spotlight #39

Clockwork Planet!

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Typical Naoto…

This Anime takes place in a far-future Earth, long after the Earth as we know it has all but lost its biosphere leaving Humanity and all other life perilously in danger of all-out extinction.  Until… a man, and skilled watch-maker, named “Y” — or is it “Why”?  I dunno… — stepped forth and saved the World by converting it into a planet-sized clockwork — hence Clockwork Planet.  Y also created two (that we know of) highly-advanced clockwork gynoids, named RyuZU and AnchoR; both end up pledging themselves to Naoto, though I’m glad AnchoR didn’t pledge herself to him the way that RyuZU did (I’ll say no more here…; just watch the show!)!

In many ways, this Anime is very Steampunk-ish and in particular there definitely is no shortage of gears and other clock-related parts in the show.

Naoto and Meister Marie are the two primary protagonists, and both are adept, in their own way, when it comes to clockwork.  Naoto is intuitive, while Marie is headstrong.  Naoto uses his superhuman hearing to locate gears that just don’t “sound right,” while Marie draws on her extensive knowledge of her discipline which is aided greatly by her practically photographic memory.  Together, these two become virtually invincible.

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Marie is a member of the Meister Guild, the Freemasons of Clockwork Planet; those in the uppermost echelons of the Guild have alterior motives to the vast majority of Guild members like Marie who simply want to do the right thing.  Marie’s unreliably indominable will to do right by the World no matter what invariably leads her to clash with her superiors almost throughout the show.

As with several prior Anime shows I’ve posted on here, Clockwork Planet is yet another example of a show that appears one way to most viewers but will offer a healthy dose of Red Pill wisdom to those already receiving their Red Pills on a regular basis.  Either way, it’s still worth watching!

 

Anime Spotlight #38

I recently re-watched some Sailor Moon episodes, and holy crap was I surprised at the things present in the plot when the girls weren’t being girly and shit!

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The originals….

This show’s another long trip down memory lane.  Back then, the extent of my watching of this Anime was only so far as catching bits and pieces of it on TV every so often when I was finding something more interesting to watch.  More recently, though, with all my esoteric knowledge gained over the years, I decided to chance viewing the series again to see if it got anymore interesting.

Well, it did….

I’ve mentioned David Icke, in passing, with Kill la Kill and Symphogear, and once again I find stupid-high levels of occultism hiding in plain sight — at least, within the episodes I was able to re-watch.  I managed part-way into the second season of the show, before Tuxedo Mask’s random appearances and Sailor Moon’s princess-y behaviour began outweighing all the symbolism I was finding.  Showing up at opportune moments, throwing a rose (with surprisingly miraculous properties) with a word of encouragement, and then flying off again gets Scooby-Doo old after a while!

The first two villains Sailor Moon had to fight had modus operandi that eerily shadow occurrences in modern society.  Jadeite, for example, was forever responsible for big, flashy buildings meant to target demographics via advertising propaganda — casinos, cram-schools, and fitness centers, anyone?  His successor, meanwhile, opted instead to target an otherwise ordinary individual, drastically increase their creative output, and then crash-and-burn hard — Justin Bieber, Amanda Bynes, and Amy Winehouse, anyone?  Either way, these minions are always working to collect Human energies to feed to their slumbering overlord — Archons and Demiurge, anyone?

At least one cool thing came out of Sailor Moon…:  Star Guardian Lux!

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Anime Spotlight #37

Akko, and a lot of “Shiny” things…

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As is typical of my Anime-watching ways, it’s what lies just beyond the usual plot elements that most people look forward to in Anime shows that particularly interest me here.

As is typical of Anime from Studio Trigger, Little Witch Academia is filled to the brim with symbolism and esoteric references that will usually go over most people’s heads.  For example, Chariot’s “Shiny Rod” possesses seven nodules — seven being the number of the divine — arranged in the shape of the Big Dipper — a constellation considered by some ancient cultures to resemble a wagon/carriage, hence Chariot’s own name by analogy.  Alcor, Chariot’s pet bird, is one of Mizar’s three companion stars, where Mizar (in Arabic refers to a cover used for wagons) is a Chikadee in Mi’kmaq lore (Alcor is the Chikadee’s cooking pot).  Other cultures have seen the Big Dipper as rod-like, hence the wand itself.

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from Onigensou

 

Little Witch Academia is an Anime Harry Potter, in many ways.  Several of the characters have names that map their character — the best example of this being Diana, whose silvery hair symbolizes the Moon and whose purpose, as decreed by her family, is to perform an important ritual on a very important Full Moon.  The main protagonist, in this case Atsuko (“Akko”), has two best friends who follow her everywhere and help her out whenever possible (note also that Akko has Harry’s dark hair, Sucy has Hermione’s dirty-blonde hair, and Lotte has Ron’s flaming red hair — even Akko’s “rival,” Diana, has Draco’s silvery hair).  Finally, Akko, like Harry, is raised in the non-magical world and so comes into the magical world completely clueless as to what this other world is all about.

To prevent further potential spoilage, I’ll leave you all to watch the show itself to experience the rest of what this show has to offer you — which is an awful lot.  Enjoy!

Never forget:  Believe in yourself.  That is your magic!

Anime Spotlight #36

On the lighter side of things.

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“Frame-arms girls” are an actual thing — they’re Figma-type figurines that stand there wielding various plastic weaponry (usually, these weapons are as large, or larger, than the doll holding them).

But, it’s the Anime based on these figurines that I’m covering here.

This show stars “Gourai,” a Frame-arms girl capable of wielding almost any weapon she gets her hands on.  She is delivered to the residence of a ditsy teenager named Ao — her father is a higher-up in the company that manufactures these figurines like Gourai.  She unboxes Gourai, somehow activates the girl, and from there a whole lot of interesting stuff happens.  While the girls are sometimes hard for Ao to handle, in the end she doesn’t care because their virtual battles are making her money.

For those who like slice-of-life Anime, this show has a lot of that.  For those who like magical-girl Anime, this show technically has a lot of that as well.  It’s a fairly good time all-round, regardless.

 

Anime Spotlight #35

Speaking of yandere….

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Covering Darling in the FranXX reminded me of Mirai Nikki — “Future Diary” — so I figured I would go ahead and make note of this Anime as well.  Especially when both shows have very similar male-female protagonist couples in them….

Yuno is the Japanese transliteration of the Roman goddess Juno, who herself is fairly “yandere” in behaviour — according to myths about her.  Yuuki(terou) is the Japanese transliteration of the Roman god Jupiter, Juno’s brother and king of the gods — in this case, Yuuki becomes “leader” in the competition designed to determine who will replace “Deus Ex Machina” (means “God from the machine” in Latin) as almighty ruler of the Universe itself.  In effect, Mirai Nikki is an Anime re-hash of the Graeco-Roman legend of Jupiter and his siblings replacing the titans as rulers of the Universe.

Now, onto what immediately comes to everyone else’s minds when they think about this Anime:  Yuno, and her yandere-ness.

While avoiding spoilers as much as I dare, it is probably no stretch to say that Yuno is the most infamous yandere in all of Anime right now.  Thanks to what she received growing up as a child (not unlike Zero of Darling), as a teenager she has zero qualms about killing anyone who gets in her way; her only anchor is Yuuki, who just happened to be in the right/wrong place at the right/wrong time to catch her attention.  If he doesn’t give her an order, she’s practically a one-person monstrosity; too bad he can’t even rely on her to obey him all the time….  We can rely on Zero to always follow Hiro’s orders (it’s when he doesn’t give her orders that she tends to do whatever), but the fact that we can’t do the same with Yuno is part of why she can be so frightening to watch.

What is it with pink-haired girls and relative insanity, anyway?

 

Work of the Week #47

I’ve been trying out Daz Studio recently, and having fun with it along the way.  I managed to create a likeness of the Peregrine (of Fantasium), among other things:

If I remember correctly…:  Genesis 2 Female was used for the body (dialed to full elf/fairy-mode), Charm Hair for the hair, and the clothing was all from the various Genesis Female clothing items available.

I’ve been working on my other fictional characters, so perhaps they’ll be posted in future Works.

Anime Spotlight #34

Tits on a Mech!!

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Welcome to Mirai Nikki-meets-Gurren Lagann-meets-Logan’s Run (if it were an Anime):  Darling in the FranXX.  Unlike nearly every other Anime I’ve covered here, this one is actually still going with Ep. 14 having aired just this past Saturday (and a, decidedly, much-needed Ep. 15 due to come out this coming Saturday).  For more info on the shit-storm Ep. 14 caused, please see virtually any otaku’s blog or channel….

Because, it seems, I never watch Anime for the same reasons most everyone else does, it’s only natural that my take-away of Darling be departed to some degree from most everyone else’s take on this show.

Firstly, I keep getting this awkward feeling of a foreboding, or the like, in relation to the Parasites in contrast to all the adults and, specifically, the entity named “Papa.”  A Logan’s Run– or Soylent Green-kinda foreboding feeling about this Anime….  Who’s this “Papa,” anyway?  How do these kids keep dying?  Is it as benign as they just keep dying to the klaxosaurs, or do those who are able to survive to adulthood “disappear” never to be seen again (ie, they’re incinerated or something)?  Maybe the same has happened to Naomi?  Or, did she just die when the klaxosaur attacked the craft she was in?  What happens to the children who disappear while in the Garden?  Are they incinerated, or what?  I’m discomforted by all the things the adults are hiding from the Parasites, and equally discomforted by the Parasites, save for Hiro and Zero, just accepting the silence without question.  Then again, all save for Hiro, Zero, and Ichigo lost the ability to question anything a long time ago (along with their individuality — something very reminiscent of Kiznaiver).  This aspect of Darling is what I’m personally hoping to see more illuminated in coming episodes.

The means of piloting a FranXX is a pretty neat concept, to me.  Essentially, it’s a microcosm of how healthy male-female relationships are meant to be:  The girl generally controls the mech’s body (this may translate into women being willing to take on obstacles alongside her man, as well as standing up for him if he may need it), while the boy generally serves to guide the girl along and shares the burden of operating the mech with her (this may translate into men providing support for their women when they feel like breaking, as well as helping her along the path to her goals whenever she may get lost).  The stamen cannot do what the pistil does, nor can the pistil do what the stamen does — just as in real male-female relations.  At any rate, I admire the dynamic here.

And then there’s the Yuuki and Yuno of Darling:  Hiro and Zero Two, respectively.  Zero even has the pink hair for the role (and Hiro the dark hair).  Hiro and Zero symbolize two “Jian” — a bird that, in oriental mythology, is born with only one wing, and so only by partnering with a soulmate for life can they ever actually fly (for a great example, see Xayah and Rakan of League of Legends).  Technically, each FranXX partnership here symbolizes two Jian; but, Hiro and Zero are meant to symbolize it most accurately since they’re only able to pilot a FranXX when they’re piloting one together.  Hiro and Zero are practically swimming in symbolism, actually.  Zero is the “Oni” hoping to become Human, while Hiro is the “White (or, perhaps, Dark) Knight” who, perhaps foolishly, falls for her; they end up loving each other, but in the end such opposing entities keep being pushed away by their very natures; the Beauty and the Beast is a very similar tale.  Because Hiro and Yuuki are very similar characters, and the same goes for Zero Two and Yuno, this means that Hiro also represents the god Jupiter while Zero represents his yandere sister Juno — and all the symbolism that is associated with those two deities.  I guess that would mean Ichigo represents the tsundere goddess Minerva….  It’s also interesting that Zero drenches all her food in honey, perhaps as a metaphor for the fact that she’s trying to hide her vile nature from the world (and herself) by “sugar-coating” it.

Finally, I guess I could focus a tad-bit on Ichigo….  As of Ep. 14, it seems like she’s become the biggest villain in Anime history; but, I’ve no real idea where this is coming from.  To me, she’s only acting in accordance to what’s happening around her and to the way she feels about her fellow Parasite team-mates.  I expected nothing less from her that episode, and from the prior episodes.  She’s team leader, so she needs to have her team’s missions, goals, and safety foremost in her mind and in her actions.  She also, obviously, loves Hiro, so she especially is concerned for his well-being.  Her biggest fault is in being tsundere, and nothing more.  Zero, and even Kokoro, have her well and truly beat when it comes to SHTF in this Anime; Kokoro breaks Futoshi’s heart because she’s surprisingly selfish, and Zero’s too deep in her delusion of becoming Human to realize that being Human is a state of mind and not an outcome based solely on how one looks or how one is born.  I was actually pleased with how Hiro handled Zero when she was trying to strangle his entire team in front of him; well done, Hiro!  Perhaps, that’ll be enough for Zero to snap out of her coma and actually start loving Hiro back for once.

We’ll see, though….

Anime Spotlight #33

When you’re playing a dying VR game, and you fail to log out when its servers all go offline….

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While the game was still active, Momonga and his guild comprised the highest-level, most skilled players the game ever had.  The mansion their guild inhabited was set up as a dungeon to end all dungeons in the game, with NPC’s (the “Pleiades”) patrolling each level that were usually more powerful than most every other player in existence.

Then came the day the VR-supported MMO game was to close its servers for good.  After fiddling with Albedo’s programming, Momonga decided to sit about to wait out the shutdown just to see what would happen.

Unexpectedly, he became the Overlord of a whole new world within which his mansion was plopped into.  NPC’s now had their own will and character, and now Momonga had an Albedo who will forever be madly in love with him (and no way for him to undo it).

As the only remaining guild member, Momonga changes his name to “Ains Ooal Gown” — the original name of the staff that embodies his guild.

The remainder of Overlord is his adventures in this new world….

 

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