Dissecting Japanese Imperialism in Gunbuster

Topic started by Turambar on July 23, 2012. Last post by Turambar 2 years, 1 month ago.
Post by Turambar (233 posts) See mini bio Level 10
After the first two episodes of this season's Muv-Luv Alternate: Full Eclispe, it was hard to avoid noticing the similar thematic elements it had going with the classic Gunbuster.  There is the idyllic school setting prelude to a blood bath of a war, the masses of faceless space monstrosities, and the rather hilarious acronym names given to them.  Most importantly though, there is the abundant usage of of Imperial Japanese imagery and verbiage in both shows.  That last bit reminded me of the following.
 
This is a series of essays written about a year ago dissecting Gunbuster and viewing it through a Japanese Imperialism lens.  Knowledge of Gunbuster is not a prerequisite to understanding the content of the essays, but previous viewings of it as well as historical knowledge of Japan during the World War II period will help.   (Note: I did not write any of these, nor contributed to any of them.)
 
Introduction
Episode 1
Episode 2 (NSFW)
Episode 3
Episode 4
Episode 5
Episode 6
 
If you enjoy this form of analysis of any form of media, not just anime, the above pieces are definitely worth your time.
Post by takashichea (12,326 posts) See mini bio Level 25
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Way to think deep with these shows, Turamblar. You remind me of Thomas Lamarre who wrote an article called Platonic Sex: Perversion and Shojo Anime. He wrote about Chobits and its sexuality and gender. I didn't read the article because I haven't read Chobits. Can't get spoiled yet.

Post by Elfenlied1012 (557 posts) See mini bio Level 15

I will read this when I'm more awake this sounds pretty cool.

Post by Turambar (233 posts) See mini bio Level 10
@takashichea said:

Way to think deep with these shows, Turamblar. You remind me of Thomas Lamarre who wrote an article called Platonic Sex: Perversion and Shojo Anime. He wrote about Chobits and its sexuality and gender. I didn't read the article because I haven't read Chobits. Can't get spoiled yet.

I didn't write this series of articles, merely found them supremely interesting.
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