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Today I am enjoying a new anime - for the first time in uh forever. It's a dystopian anime about a society of people with psychic powers. It follows some young children in the society, a group of friends, Saki Watanabe, Satoru Asahina, Maria Akizuki, Mamoru Itou, Shun Aonuma, and Reiko Amano. Everything seems perfect in the small society in which they live, but sometimes children go missing from school and asking complicated questions is strongly discouraged.

I'm only afraid that the ending will seek to tie up all the loose ends and it will end up getting silly. Some of the whys and wherefores are already a little unnecessarily bizarre. I just finished episode 10 and it was a heart-wrencher. I know I'm hooked when I know I'm being strongly manipulated to feel sad, but I don't mind.

So, anyway, Shin Sekai Yori. That's the link to Crunchyroll.
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I just read a lovely fanfic called Around the World by author Reapingfolk

This story is told from Son Rui's perspective, which I thought was a refreshing change and added depth to the simple tale. I liked the way the author captured Rui's personality and also, especially, the way she wrote Chiaki. She managed to portray his inability to completely hide his feelings for Nodame behind his tough exterior.

Time of Eve

Jul. 4th, 2009 03:40 pm
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One of the best animes I have seen recently is called Time of Eve. The story is set "In the future, probably Japan. Robots have long been put into practical use, and practical use of androids has just begun."

A young man named Rikuo becomes suspicious when he notices that his family's robot is making unscheduled trips during the day. He and his friend, Masaki go to the location in order to find out what the robot has been doing. They discover a café named Time of Eve with a noticeboard at the entrance that says "No discrimination Between Humans and Robots."

Among other things, this means that the robots who frequent the café turn off the 'halo' they typically have above their heads, so that while they are in the cafe they are basically indistinguishable from human beings.

One of the patrons, Akiko, enthusiastically sums up her reasons for visitng the café:

Here, you can talk with everyone, right? So you learn lots of things, right? Like . . . other people’s feelings, I guess. Just talking about my home, for me, humans and androids are all family. But no matter how much they look like me, inside we’re completely different. So a lot of this is what goes on in my mind. “What do you think about me?” So that’s why I’m here. I want to talk to them and understand them. After all, we’re family.

The anime is mostly about the day to day lives of the two teens, who are now struggling with the realization that androids are not as straightforward as they seem. Masaki seems to be suspicious of them from the start, actually, while Rikuo is shocked at the revelation.

I find the story very believable, since androids are basically treated like any other machine and people seem to be suspicious and jealous of any true human displays from them, any shows of individuality, talent, or emotion. It's interesting to question yourself about which patrons of Time of Eve are human and which are not, all the time realizing that it probably shouldn't make as much of a difference as it does, since all of the characters are equally interesting and 'human.'

I've only seen episode 5 and I look forward to seeing more.


Nov. 23rd, 2008 09:28 pm
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So I've slowly watched, ARIA over the course of a week or two and it's so relaxing. It's about a new planet called Aqua, created by changing the surface of the planet Mars. The story takes place in Neo-Venezia, a city full of canals, like its namesake. The story follows several girls who are learning to become gondoliers. As the city largely caters to tourists, this is a very important industry. The world that Kozue Amano created is the most captivating feature of this anime. Aqua is a true Utopia. If you ever need a deeply relaxing escape, I recommend you watch it.


Everything about it is absolutely sweet, the girls training to be undines (gondoliers, tour-guides, and singers, it seems) are sweet, the theme is gentle and calm. The entire story is even narrated as a series of emails from Akari, an undine in training, to Ai, an adorable little girl she meets at the beginning of the series. They correspond, in poetic language, throughout the course of the show. The biggest worry of the girls is how well they are absorbing their training and whether or not they will be able to become full-fledged undines and how soon.

Aria characters

Some of the most exciting events in the series are a few gentle trips into the past, taken by Akari, where she mostly witnesses events in the history of the planet she is learning to love (she's only lived there for a year and a half).

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