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!

Sailor Moon. : pics
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!

Star Guardian Lux shines eternal

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Anime Spotlight #37

Akko, and a lot of “Shiny” things…

“You’re a witch, Akko.” — Little Witch Academia and the ...

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.

My BFFs!! by Onigensou
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.

TV Anime 'Frame Arms Girl' Episode 4 Screenshots and ...

“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.