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Anime Spotlight #12

Tachibana Hibiki:  Fisting the Cabal and their plans one Noise at a time!

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That’s basically Senki Zesshou Symphogear (or, “Swan Songs of the Valkyries”) in a nutshell….

However, this Anime is actually a lot more than that — once you start to really watch it (even for a Magical Girl-type Anime).  First off, it’s an Anime version of a Musical; the protagonists must sing in order to make use of their empowered “outfits,” and at least one of them must continue singing in order to keep these outfits at full power.

But wait, there’s more!

“Symphogear” is one of the most pro-humanity kind of Anime I’ve seen yet, but even more interesting is that this show goes almost David Icke-levels of depth into the Occult.  You pretty-well gotta watch one of Icke’s 4-6 hr-long talks on YouTube to be able to fully appreciate all the Occult references made in the show’s three-going-on-four seasons so far.

Back to Hibiki:  This isn’t the first Anime I’ve seen where one main protagonist and their actions basically make the entire show.  Prior examples include Amane from “Ange Vierge” and Akane from “Vividred,” but Hibiki puts them both to shame!  She alone is responsible for all the foes that become friends over the course of the three-to-four seasons, and so far most of them have turned, and that is primarily because she refuses to fight other humans especially when humans can be reasoned with and thus understood.  When she does fight, it’s to protect friends and civilians alike by disabling human enemies — not by killing them!  In fact, not a single human death in all of “Symphogear” has ever occurred at the hands of a protagonist; not a single one (yet — suicides don’t count).  Hibiki and Genjuuro are mainly to thank for that; that said, there is now one instance of a protagonist willfully causing major bodily harm in the form of Yukine blowing off Sonia’s brother’s leg in Season 4 in order to prevent him from succumbing to an Alca-noise.

I’m a big fan of Happy Endings, and as such “Symphogear” is big on such Happy Endings.  I always enjoy shows where most, if not all, of the protagonists vanquish Evil and survive to live another day; even better are the shows where the protagonists don’t kill off the “bad guys,” because — like it or not — even bad people are still people.

Anime Spotlight #10

More pantsu…:

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This show takes the ever-popular “magical girl”-type Anime and removes all the “magic” from it; here, the “power of friendship” drives advanced tech instead of wizardry.  Series-wise, ‘Vividred Operation’ is an interesting mix of ‘Dimension W,’ ‘Momo-kyun Sword,’ ‘Strike Witches,’ and ‘Sailor Moon.’

Akane is the “Amane” (see ‘Ange Vierge’) of ‘Vividred,’ if the latter weren’t locked in stasis for much of the series; without Akane, Kuroki and the “Alone” succeed in their plans and Dr. Isshiki’s hopes to stop them are doomed to fail.

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Obligatory ‘Gurren Lagann’ reference…

Setting aside all the “docking” and “naked”-ness, ‘Vividred’ was actually fun to watch.  The moral of this story is also quite simple and powerful:  Humans, you see, require water, air, light, and friendship in order to survive.  If we look lightly upon friendship or upon life, we lose our right to live. ~Isshiki Kenjirou

The only effective way to face anyone who’s lost their will to live is thus with friendship and compassion!

Anime Spotlight #1

This’ll be something else that I can hopefully post about on a regular basis (gonna try for weekly, but we’ll see…):  I’ve recently been hooked into watching anime, and I feel it’s about time I began talking a bit about some of the best shows I’ve seen thus far.

For this first post I’d like to shine the light on the epic, pro-humanity, mecha-bearing anime called Gurren Lagann!

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The full name for the series is Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, but this title in fact refers to one of the “final forms” that is taken by the main mecha (gunman) in the anime – known as “Gurren Lagann.”

This gunman is actually two individual gunman:  “Gurren,” which is the name of Kamina’s (the really cool-looking guy) acquired gunman, and “Lagann,” which is the name given to Simon’s (the kid with the goggles) gunman.

Now, onto the “meat” of the post…:

The power of the human race!

Gurren Lagann, on the whole, can be summed up rather straight-forwardly:  Kamina (recognizable by the funky-looking shades he likes to wear) essentially drives the entire show forward.  It’s his unquenchable desire to see humanity prosper and reach the stars that eventually stirs some fellow villagers to go above ground, following the initial gunman attack, to begin with.  Even when he dies around halfway through the first season, it is most likely Kamina’s unwavering resolve to do the impossible, I think, that drives the remaining Dai-Gurren coalition to continue to fight on and ultimately emerge victorious against the “Anti-Spirals” – their final adversaries.

Kamina, essentially, embodies the imagination, curiosity, and spirit of the human race at its absolute best and greatest; he’s the sort of ideal that, I’m sure, a lot of us would like to possess ourselves.

That’s probably the most meaningful reason to watch Gurren Lagann….  Yoko’s not a bad reason, either…!