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The Anime Graduation Paper and Me Part 5

Posted on January 17, 2007 at 5:27 am by ()
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And so, the story is continued.

So it is only natural for there to be anime aimed towards an older audience, with the following examples all but crushing the idea that anime is aimed only towards children. One show that is considered a classic by all but a few anime fans would be Neon Genesis Evangelion. Unlike Doraemon, another one of the “classic” anime, Neon Genesis is far from a family friendly show that follows everyday life. Neon Genesis Evangelion is a mecha show (mecha meaning a show revolving around giant robots) with much violence and thinking. Neon Genesis Evangelion follows Shinji Ikari as he reaches a new Tokyo to meet his father, whom he hasn’t seen in a very long time. Upon his arrival, he is immediately greeted with destruction as an Angel -note the irony that a destructive monster is called an Angel- is ravaging through Tokyo. It turns out his father called him not to meet him, but to simply use him as a pilot. Naturally, this information is hard to swallow, but after much reluctance he decides to pilot the Evangelion. As the series progresses, Shinji’s mentality is attacked by not only those around him and his current situation, but by himself. He is not by himself as there are others in his position and even his friends are under constant duress. Though there is the setting of school, like in Arthur, the similarities stop there. Even today, there are still many debating over the true meaning that director Hideaki Anno meant to convey when he was creating the series. And still even more unlike Arthur, though there is a clear underlying message, it can be and is being interpreted in many different ways. Many state it is about the morality of man and that it is a true warning to the people while many state that it was just a way for Hideako Anno to convey his emotion and depression. Either way, Arthur’s message of morality is vastly different from that of Anno’s about the destruction of mankind.

Another anime of similar feel, and explored more in depth by Susan Napier in her book, would be the anime Ghost in the Shell. Like Neon Genesis Evangelion, Ghost in the Shell has a similar philosophical feel after initial viewing. The protagonist of the series would be Motoko Kusasani, a cyborg. Motoko is part of the Japanese National Public Safety Commission and specializes in crimes related to technology so it is not all too uncommon to see gun fight scenes and violence. But as Napier points out in her book, one can derive pleasure from this series from the dialogue alone. In one scene Motoko questions herself and her human-like qualities. Because she is a cyborg, is she really a human? The movie as a whole questions the morality of the convergence of humanity and technology, something one can surely assume that a toddler cannot adequately answer.

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  1. 1. Pip

    January 18, 2007,6:55 am

    I came for the pictures and stayed for the graduation essay.

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