Sadly, I’m running a bit short of time the fall evening, so I’ll have to make this one brief. However, I do not come empty-handed. Tonight I’ve managed to round up for you the part 1 and part 2 OVAs for the English subbed release of Battle Angel Alita, apparently released in the US as ‘Gunnm‘ (which was news to me, actually).
Below you’re likely to find a 5min preview of Kim Moon-saeng‘s masterpiece Wonderful Days (released dubbed in the US as Sky Blue), one of the most top-notch and best produced examples of Dystopian anime I’ve come across in ages (Thanks Matt!). Sadly, the original Korean subbed version, in all it’s stunning feature length goodness, appears to be only hosted by Veoh; who want you to download their particular player. Stuff like that always makes me more than a little squirrely.
This is one of those exceedingly rare times that I’m going to tell you its worth it.
Ok, ok. You may have already seen this one as it was fairly widely released in the US. But that doesn’t detract from its loveliness. What does detract from its loveliness is the fact that it somehow ended up as a PS2 game. I’m still scratching my head over that one; done properly it could have turned out to be a tour-de-force, but ended up being a bit of a rote shooter. Nevertheless, the storyline (once it gets going) is a dystopian dream. Not, of course, the bits with all the shooting but rather the character development over the course of the series, which is on par with many of the longer running anime out there. Mafia controlled mega-corporations, human enhancement, gutter-punks rising to riches, all abound in Gungrave.
Now then, let’s try something in a slightly different vein. Thus far the dystopias we’ve examined are some of the more tried and true definitions, those in which the experience is grounded in the familiar; food, shelter, politics, war, social unrest, class inequality. These things we can all relate to in a personal, visceral form (to a greater or lesser degree). Tonight we’ll throw some new material in. Noein takes many of the the traditional tropes you might expect from standard anime fare but grows on them by presupposing one fundamental idea. That our construction of Time is relative and subjective. Oh yes. It’s a treatment of Quantum Mechanics in anime form.
Ahh, now this should be interesting. I’ll go out on a limb (I swear, no pun intended.) tonight, as this is one I’m only now delving into (though it seems highly recommended). If you’re here with me tonight, then I’ve brought Hirotsugu Hamazaki’s Texhnolyze along. Class warfare, prosthetics, and consideration of a culture which has become overly obsessed with technology and the necessary human consequences of such, seem to be the order of the day. A bit like Repo in the anime form. Let’s watch together, shall we?