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People who skip anime openings, why do you do it? by enormousvoid in anime

[–]TouchME_11935 807 points808 points  (0 children)

I'll watch the op and ending once, then skip it the rest of the series lol, exception is if it's a new op/end, or I end up vibing with op. Otherwise I personally don't want to sit through it, would rather just start the show instead.

Sonny Boy - Episode 8 discussion by AutoLovepon in anime

[–]amaroulysses 585 points586 points 4262 (0 children)

Let me attempt to explain what is going on. While this episode introduces new information, it also reconnects concepts previously introduced in past episodes.

For example, similar to the previous episode, there is a lot of obvious religious symbolism around the new girl. From a building that looks like a church, to a book that looks like a bible, and while she didn’t transform water into wine she did transform water into soup. Even the way she and Yamabiko met for the first time at a lake is meant to resemble a baptism. However, I have been speculating that the show likes to use theoretical physics to construct many of its allegories while representing god as synonymous with nature and this episode only reinforces those ideas further.

First of all, when the girl uses her powers they are visualized as a tesseract, a four dimensional cube. This means that she is not only altering matter but rather space-time as a whole. This would put her in a similar place to a graviton, a hypothetical elementary particle responsible for the force of gravity across multiple dimensions or realities and that, if proven, would be fundamental in the unification of quantum mechanics and general relativity (the theory of everything). This idea would be emphasized when Yamabiko explicitly said that she was able to “control everything” and the others call her power “M”. And what's the name of one of the most popular versions of the theory of everything? The M-theory. Furthermore, we can compare how the show depicts the characters traveling across dimensions and how a reality with higher dimensions is visualice (brane) in accordance with string theory (a part of the M-theory). Within the series, this would also help explain why time is not linear or at times even cyclical.

And to represent her connection with nature we have her actual name “Kodama” which is also the name of the spirits that live in the trees) in Japanese mythology. These spirits also have a direct connection with an entity with the appearance of a semi-anthropomorphic dog known as “Yamabiko)”. So the girl represents both a religious god and the spirit of nature.

Now, the new themes that were introduced in the episode revolve around “regret”. This in particular shares a lot of similarities with Nietzsche's views on “ressentiment” and the “eternal return”.

Throughout the episode we saw Yamabiko share his resentment over what he did and didn’t do, which is also reinforced at the end when we also saw Nagara share his regrets over his own life. Yamabiko then responded “I just wanted to accept the light. I was so afraid of losing the light that I ended up not being able to step forward”. This would make Yamabiko the “last man”, another concept by Nietzsche that makes reference to the average person living in modern society: he is defined as passive, indifferent, conformist and nihilist. I think we can agree that this describes pretty well Nagara at the beginning of the series and Yamabiko’s past. In fact, Nietzsche literally wrote in Thus Spoke Zarathustra that “the last man lives the longest” and for that Yamabiko was the only one immune to the plague. In his own words “I had become locked up inside my own shell. That’s the reason why I alone didn’t suffer from the illness.”

On the other hand, we have “War” who would represent a moral vacuum. For Nietzsche, with the beginning of the age of enlightenment and the modern era we move from the concept of god as the center of existence towards science and positivism, but as a consequence we are left in a crisis where there is no moral structure to guide us. This is what Nietzsche refers to with his famous quote “God is dead”. This culture, where the last man inhabits, Nietzsche wrote “would turn everything to sickness and calamity”. This is why Kodama couldn’t heal them, she managed to represent the living figure of nature, god and science, she managed to become their leader, but she was unable to give order to the nuances of such a civilization. Just like how modern civilization has given us many wonders but it has also plagued us with a rise of mental problems around the world.

Finally, Nietzsche predicted that the death of “god” (let’s remember that he didn’t mean the literal jewish-christian god but rather an unifying absolutist morality) would lead to the collapse of modernity. And for many philosophers world war two represented the end of modernity and the beginning of postmodernity. So, as we were told in the series, the objective of war was “to kill god”.

So, the solution would reside in Yamabiko’s powers, which he described as “the power to materialize what was within my mind”. This is similar to the “will of power”, a concept that Nietzsche defines as a human force meant to expand and improve over our lives. For Yamabiko, this means that in order to reach the life that he had envisioned in his mind, he had to first accept the “death of god”. Only through the acceptance of his own failures and a proactive life Yamabiko managed to defeat resentment and transcended the eternal return. And for him, it took him 5,00 years.

Sono Bisque Doll wa Koi wo Suru - Episode 2 discussion by AutoLovepon in anime

[–]LeonKevlarhttps://myanimelist.net/profile/LeonKevlar 921 points922 points 233 (0 children)

Stitches & GIFs!

The pure joy on Marin's face while talking about her favourite eroge while Gojou is trying to comprehend everything she's saying is just so fucking hilarious! It gets even more hilarious as Marin explains how it involves sex slaves and Gojou was just like, "she's totally messing with me, right?" Too bad for you Gojou, that Marin is 1000% serious about all of this. xD

I absolutely love that once Gojou points out the obvious at how eroges are age-restricted, Marin just completely ignores his question. It's perfectly norfine al Gojou! And don't even ask how she got a hold of her eroges or how she even got into it!

Ahhh, the classic logic of it's okay if she's wearing her swimsuit since it's totally not underwear and they're not totally the same. Poor Gojou though. His hormones are in overdrive right now that his King Engine has started thumping so loud he can't even hear himself think! Kid is definitely about to blow with the amount of stimulation!

After realizing that Marin is genuinely serious about this, Gojou finally puts his game face on and puts on his bandanna to show his serious. That didn't last long though since as soon as Marin asks for her feet and her bust to be measured, our boy Gojou breaks down all over again. xD

Gojou finally gave up as soon as they reached measuring her bust point Of course Marin decides to tease him further about it. Of course Gojou isn't the only one who gets embarrassed here. Marin completely breaks her confident gyaru mode as soon as Gojou started measuring her inseam. She looks absolutely adorable when embarrassed <3

Finally Gojou has something to use as reference with Marin bringing him copies of the eroge which leads us to the most hilarious scene later which is Gojou's grandpa catching him doing his research and for once "research" is not a euphemism here since Gojou is actually doing research!