The Meta of Meta – Guest poster 2D Teleidoscope

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Joining me for this commentary is anime blog seniority, 2DT of 2-D Teleidoscope.

Analytism: I have been reading blogs for a while now and whilst the pool of blogs I do read is not expansive, there is definitely a huge array of topics covered among them. A lot of these topics are of the meta kind; that is, they are posts which seek to address the hidden or perhaps ‘deeper’ meaning of anime and whatever various psychological or philosophical themes that make themselves apparent. However, after a conversation with a friend, I started to wonder whether such a practise was really what it says it is. My friend claimed that actually, any kind of meta-analysis is ultimately pointless Continue reading

Review – Another Ep 02

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Anyone else see something wrong here?

Episode 02 of Another is just as great as the first one. This episode is packed with motifs, themes and a lot of signposts. As per usual, the art is beautiful and despite what a lot of people have been saying, I think this anime is not trying to be superficial in its horror/ mystery, it’s the real deal. So in this episode, there is quite a bit of mystery and intrigue and to understand where the story is headed, I think we need to look at the hints being dropped into the pool of the audience. Continue reading

Reflection – Music and Culture

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Here is some chilled out music by a great group. In this post I will be looking at the contrast we find when we compare music from the west to music from the far east (Japan). I have various musical genres and will be comparing the respective societies. So you’re in for dinner (food for thought more like) and a concert. This is the first in a series I will probably start entitled “Reflection” wherein I examine various aspects of Japanese media culture.

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Anime Legends: Evangelion – The Mind of Shinji

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Rei has a lot of Soul

WARNING: Spoilers

As part of a series I shall run called “Anime Legends” – which will be detailed posts which analyse and reflect on the themes, motifs and ultimately more subtle meaning of certain anime legends – Neon Genesis Evangelion will be my first. With the eagerly anticipated fall 2012 coming of Evangelion 3.33, I couldn’t help but re-watch the Neon Genesis Evangelion series and of course the End of Evangelion movie. Many years on from having first watched these, I was reminded of just how much I loved this series, and why I did. This anime isn’t just an anime. It is an exploration of basic human emotion.

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