This post isn’t intended to be a thorough reading of the text or its characters, concepts, and themes; but rather a light examination of those things. More specifically, the idea of heroes at odds with themselves.
Why did it take me so long to finish watching Higurashi? I remember watching the first season over two years ago, because it felt appropriate for October.
Code Geass is a really entertaining show that charmed me like nothing else back in the day. At the time I was not prepared for the complexity of the characters and epic story. I say complexity, but what I really mean is simple, yet nuanced. There are many layers to Code Geass that, if you’re not a fan, I doubt you’ll care to notice or appreciate as much as I do. However, this is not to say that I think those who do not enjoy it in this way (or at all) are invalid in their experience and reading of the text.
I like Chitose Karasuma. I don’t mean her treatment of her brother necessarily (she’s unappreciative, mooches off of him, and outright dismissive of the work he does for her), nor her disregard for her friend’s care and loyalty toward her (she doesn’t appreciate Yae’s kindness, and pays no respect or acknowledgment for her praise).
Ex-blogger extraordinaire ghostlightning wrote a post called ‘Would our anime heroes enjoy anime?’ back in 2008, and it wasn’t until my viewing of Re:Creators that I would give the idea much thought. Though had I read his post way back when, I’d probably have reflected on it a lot more because it’s such a fun and interesting concept. Go read his post if you haven’t already by the way, it’s an interesting and awesome read!
I don’t know what compelled me to finally dig up the grounds of anime legacy and unearth this series, apart from perhaps a give-in to my long felt build up of guilt for having not watched such a classic. But I’m glad I did, because it was, despite some of its arguably dated aspects, an engrossing watch. Berserk is, I feel, a rarity, in that it doesn’t play around and try to bullshit the viewer. No, it treats you as it treats Guts. Like. A. Fucking. Adult.
This post serves merely as an indulgence for art in terms of setting and world-building of the beautiful backdrops in Made in Abyss. I promise no technical expertise in my observations, just an appreciation of what I consider some of the best background art I’ve seen in anime.