Well, AX 2012 is just providing a whole gamut of experiences I can link to the anime I'm watching.
I didn’t actually go to the panel, myself, but one of my pals went to a “History of Hentai” and came out feeling truly educated. Edified, even. As you’d figure, part of the presentation brought up the notion that the infamous “Dream of the Fisherman’s Wife” print was what started the whole tradition of tentacle hentai in Japanese pop art (a legacy that could very well be traced all the way up to shit like OVERFIEND.)
Sure enough, this episode briefly alludes to that specific painting as part a lightly-amusing overall send-up of historical erotica in Japan. So far, this has bee0n the quality I’ve enjoyed the most about this show. Not the sexiness (there actually isn’t a lot of it. Nah, I’m talking about the sort of… learned flippancy about the genre. It’s not an outright farce, and it’s not even that tongue-in-cheek. It’s more like these guys have done the historical research, obviously, but they’re not nearly as stuffy about the subjects as other shows in the genre would be.
I’m actually kind-of curious, now, about how true this revelation about a white slavery trade with Holland is. The linkage to van Gogh’s art style makes for an interesting story, but it could very easily be something they just made up and subsequently snickered about anybody who took it at face value.
This over-eager secret policemen character needs to be a regular part of the cast. “Well, blow me down!” indeed. He’s a hilarious foil for this Fuu-Mugen-Jin outlaw triangle that’s getting into its own good groove finally.
Watch this episode, "Artistic Anarchy” here and decide for yourself, then read my comments on the previous episode here.