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Written by Rick Babeg and Ian.
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What makes anime fun as hell to watch and then write about is the crazy stuff that it likes to do. Unless you’re from Boonies, Pennsyltucky, incest is considered taboo. In anime, however, it’s considered the most normal thing in the world besides Goku screaming for no goddamn reason.
Before you lower your head and sigh, “oh, Japan”, incest in anime has been around for quite a while. Back in 1986, Yagami-kun’s “Family Affair” ran in the anime-centric Japanese magazine, Young Sunday. It’s a manga about a boy trying to wine and dine his mother. It was quite popular even though Young Sunday was a Seinan (an adult male’s magazine). Yagami-kun’s “Family Affair” even found a strange audience in teenage girls. A great aspect of the show was that the mother in the series actually had a great relationship with her husband. It’s not her fault that her pervy son was trying to destroy him.
Incest in Japan, as a whole, goes back a bit farther though. You have to look at Japanese royalty much like you would England’s. Japan had a similar ideality about imperial bloodlines; it was all about purity. If you’re wealthy and powerful, then your family tree doesn’t really need to branch. Alas, all orgy/family reunion hybrids must come to an end eventually. Unlike England, who tries to have a sense of humor about it now, Japan still bows their heads in shame while trying to hide their past away.
Not Anime, though. Anime is a medium used as an open forum to air out any and all ideas and opinions. At the end of the day, Anime is still considered to be “commoner” entertainment. Lower class people have no problem talking and laughing about crazy stuff because they also understand it. In an attempt to modernize, Japan has been desperately trying to remove itself from its class system. They’ve actually been doing it fairly well. But just like making a good pot of tea, it takes time.
Sorry for not posting to often, been recently so busy my head is spining. We have a new trailer to talk about it's a classic from the 90's.
Funimation is releasing Lain on Novermber 13th, this is a classic of the time it was released. I saw it at on Anime Unleashed years ago and it was the most important show in my teenage brain. Lain is rough and existenal as all hell, but important, if you are an older fan this is the show that got you hooked.
Acclaimed artist Yoshitoshi ABe (Haibane Renmei, Texhnolyze) brings to life the existential classic that paved the way for blockbuster films such as The Matrix. Follow along as fourteen year old Lain driven by the abrupt suicide of a classmate logs on to the Wired and promptly looses herself in a twisted mass of hallucinations, memories, and interconnected-psyches.
Sentai Filmworks announced on Saturday September 1st, at it Animaine panel. Three new titles. Penguindrum, Ninja Scroll and Letter Bee Season 1.
Release Date - December: Blu-ray Disc and DVD
Mawaru Penguindrum (or "Rolling Penguin Drum") is a weird, experimental, magical girl-type show by Ikuhara. The Takakura trio--consisting of brothers Kanba and Shoma, and their sister Himari--live in crippling poverty and have the threat hanging over their heads that Himari doesn't have much longer to live. One day, after a trip to the aquarium, Himari finally collapses dead on the floor. Just as the brothers grieve over their loss, Himari suddenly comes back to life.
Now the Takakuras have their sister again, alive and well. However, the same entity that gave Himari her life tells them her price: she wants the family to get her the "Penguin Drum." What is this object? What is the story behind the strange penguins that only their family can see? And what does the highly-animated transformation sequence have to do with anything?
Writer Notes - I love Ninja Scroll. If there are three things that got me into Anime, Ninja Scroll was one of them.
Ninja Scroll will be on Blu-ray and DVD in December.
Jubei must kill the Devils of Kimon to get the gold and one of the devils he has already killed before.
Coming to DVD in December as well.
Anime Network put up there first on demand promo for Persona 4. The stream for the show starts on September 7th. The Blu-ray/DVD comes out on September 18th. Seriously I need to stop writing about this show.
When Yu Narukami’s family moves to the rural country town of Inaba, he’s expecting a lot more peace and quiet than he’s been used to in the big city. Instead, the peace has been shattered as a rash of mysterious murders and kidnappings sweep the countryside. With the police stymied, Yu finds himself joining with a group of eight other teenagers in a desperate bid to solve the mystery. A mystery that is somehow connected to both the local weather patterns and a strange video game world which Yu, his friends and the enigmatic killer can all enter. Journey beyond the Velvet Room as the hit PlayStation 2™ game becomes a spectacular anime in PERSONA 4 the Animation!
Don't miss the brand new English Dub for the hit series, Persona 4 The Animation. Featuring the original cast from the video game! (English release)
Watch Online or On Demand with Anime Network. Check our website for TV schedules and availablility: http://www.theanimenetwork.com/Whats-On/Anime-Network-Video-on-Demand
Japanese Audio w/ English Subtitled version available to watch online for FREE: http://www.theanimenetwork.com/Anime/Persona-4/Watch
Oh happy day, I love Persona 4. It's bad, problematic bad, I am the last person who should be writing about this show. It was my favorite show of 2011 and I have been a fan of the game series since Persona graced my PS1, messed up localization and all. I am going to shut up now. LONG LIVE TEDDIE!!!!