Twelve Days of Anime #09 – Bread Suicide


Jinrui wa Suitai Shimashita was never really my favourite series, I loved the way it explored notions of humanity, and even the incredibly forces of technology and culture, but as a series it never grabbed me. There were however many strange things that this series involved which fascinated me, from the constantly smiling fairies, to Watashi herself, the eternal cynic and only character who really knew what was going on. One of my residing memories of the series, other than Watashi and the fairies was however the wonderful animated bread that suddenly decided to commit suicide. The idea that this bread was given a personality to educate people seemed both bizarre, but perhaps quite sensible in a world where most of humanity seemed entirely ignorant about their surrounding landscape and society itself. It was this darkly comic moment that helped to shape part of my enjoyment of the series even if I was never fully grabbed by the concept or the characters. That such a moment, as shocking as it was could be funny helped to establish the importance of dark comedy in such series and its ability to demonstrate the absurdities or society, culture and indeed, life.  Read more of this post

Sukitte Ii na yo 11 – Friends and Enemies


Mei and Megumi are incredibly similar when we take their pasts and attitudes towards others into consideration, but regardless of such similarities they are exact opposites in terms of how they have approached the problems in their life. Mei, with the help of her new friends and Yamato has decided to face her fears and learn to trust others. Her painful memories and feelings of rejection and betrayal had a clear impact upon how she approached society, believing that everyone would eventually betray her so there was no point in even trying to make friends. At the beginning of the series we see a girl who has rejected society and social contact, instead she drifts through life like she were a ghost. Meeting Yamato, Asami and Aiko changed all that and throughout the series we have seen Mei gradually open up to these characters and begin to enjoy life to it’s fullest. Part of the reason for this change has been Mei’s inherent understanding of what it means to be alone and treat like a ghost. Her encounters with Aiko and Asami have helped to demonstrate how compassionate and understanding a character Mei is. Through her painful experiences she has helped Aiko and Asami get over their own complexes and realise what is important in life, and in doing so has built strong and lasting bonds with them. Read more of this post