Scattered Thoughts – Archetypal side of Hisone to Masotan

     You probably have heard about Hisone to Maso-tan (otherwise I wonder what brought you there). The other part of the title might seem too mysterious, because I’m not talking about the so called character tropes (you know, tsunderes and stuff). We’ll get to that. Lately I’ve been reading some Carl Jung and similar stuff for fun and that actually has been quite educational, thought provoking and, well, fun to some extent. For those of you who don’t know, Jung was one of the minds behind contemporary psychoanalysis (you know, Freud and stuff). One moment it suddenly dawned to me that there’s a deeper layer that can be extracted from HisoMaso. It’s not just a tale about the confrontation (particularly woman’s) between love and work.  Well, I still know next to nothing about psychology and similar matters but I tried to dig deeper and my thoughts and interpretations seem to sort of make sense, so I guess good for me.

Hisone to Maso-tan poster

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Musings and Reflections – Summer 2018 Week 12

One phrase impressions

Shingeki no Kyojin 3 – Attack on (an exceptionally beautiful) Titan.
Hanebado!
– Preparations before the big match.
Yama no Susume 3 – Finally some happiness.
Banana Fish – Halloween? Now?
Sirius the Jaeger – Orbs and boxes/arcs and vampires and stuff.

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Dear Diary

”Mikasa

Dear Diary.

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Musings and Reflections – Summer 2018 Week 11

One phrase impressions

Shingeki no Kyojin 3 – Crystals and weird titans.
Yama no Susume 3 – Even mountaineering isn’t omnipotent.
Banana Fish – A well-deserved breather.
Sirius the Jaeger – Random orbs and random flashbacks.

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Scattered Thoughts – Dissecting Tomie

     Yep, the title is a pun. A bad one. You’ll get it. Let’s move on.

     I’ve already written about Junji Ito and anime adaptations of his manga. Gyo was a failure through and through (Ufotable, what have you done?) and quite recent Junji Ito: Collection, while it had several stronger stories, was equally forgettable at best. It turns out that Collection also has 2 special half-length episodes that I recently watched, episodes that feature probably the most famous character Junji Ito ever created – Tomie. Knowing what a catastrophe Collection was, I was inevitably cautious but at the same time I tried to remain as optimistic as possible. Tomie, one of the first published stories (in 1989) by Ito so far has inspired 8 live action films and a TV drama. You’d think that the source material should be strong and compelling enough so even the terrible production of Studio Deen shouldn’t be able to destroy that, right? Ito is far better at writing short stories, so Tomie truly looks like one of the best options out the huge catalog of Ito’s manga. Yet, after watching the specials I can do no better than to laugh at all the improbable events and question who on earth could’ve created such a ridiculous, silly, unbelievable and, well, bad story.

Tomie beautiful manga

The gorgeous star of the show

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Musings and Reflections – Summer 2018 Week 10

One phrase impressions

Shingeki no Kyojin 3 – Half action half puzzling developments.
Hanebado!
– Boys do exist in this universe!
Yama no Susume 3 – Maintaining Hinata’s problems.
Banana Fish – Yeah yeah, manservice and stuff.
Sirius the Jaeger – Aaaah, boring. Once again.

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Musings and Reflections – Summer 2018 Week 9

One phrase impressions

Shingeki no Kyojin 3– Lots of explanations and little action.
Hanebado!
– Didn’t expect so much silliness.
Yama no Susume 3 – Ordinary stuff.
Banana Fish – Being in this show is suffering.
Sirius the Jaeger – Sorry, but it’s pretty boring. Again.

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