Anime - Japanese Animation
Baka - Japanese word for idiot or fool
Loosely put an Anime Baka is someone who's crazy about Anime. However interpretation's may vary. I tend to think of Anime Baka as meaning something like drooling fan boy/girl.
Wrote this a long time ago. Too short for an article:
Perverted - Hentai in Japanese. But the word pervert means deviation from normal or accepted. So, how can all guys be perverts?
Did you ever notice that the sex scene in the movie is generally at about the same realative place as the guitar solo in a song?
Anime - Koi Kaze 4 of 5
This has got to be one of the most tragic romances I've ever seen. It's about as gut wrenching as Grave of the Fireflies. Perhaps I saw it without enough food or something. I'd kinda like confirmation.
First off, the subject matter is very very taboo. It makes Marmalade Boy look like a walk in the park. If you don't recognize those references, this story is about incest, not maybe incest or probably incest or bad guys incest, but full on full on "I love you so much I don't care if I die" incest.
I should note here, as before, that brother-sister love is not considered in quite the same light as it is here. I rather doubt we'd find a movie with this plot line, let alone a weekly TV show. I think it may be a historical theme in Japan. This is a cultural difference and one that is sprinkled thought the world of Anime and Manga.
I will warn that the ending is rather Japanese and as such does not clearly define everything, but there is somewhat of a resolution. I have learned that leaving things without a complete resolution is a normal Japanese technique. The purpose seems to be to let the characters go on in your imagination. The story is the journey, it is not the destination/ending. That is the eastern way. The western way is the ends justifies the means. This shouldn't be confused with Anime's that ran out of budget and or didn't make it otherwise.
This story is about two people who are completely miserable. That's what it's about. I don't think they can ever be completely happy in this life. They can never have everything that they want. If they choose each other, they loose everything, their family, friends, everything. If they choose their lives they loose each other. There can be no true resolution. Yes, suicide is discussed by them quite rationally.
The story is about Saeki and Nanoka. Saeki works for a company that helps singles meet and marry. Nanoka is a freshmen in High School. Saeki is 12 years older than Nanoka and has not seen her since she was a baby. Their parents divorced at that time. He lives with their father and she grew up with their mother.
They meet by chance on the train and both are immediately smitten, but in the Japanese way say nothing. Later Saeki is given a pair of tickets to an amusement park as he leaves work and Nanoka happens to be walking by. On a lark he presents them to her (he is rather depressed at the time) and they go to the park and have a good time and share each others stories and tears.
It is a wonderful story, but then when they are leaving the park, their father meets them and announces how it is wonderful that they recognized each other after so many years.
Someone recently told me that romance is not just about happy feelings, it's about feeling. It's about feeling pain. Actually I think that the someone is a character in this. For me this story was emotionally gut wrenching. I hope you don't all think I'm a weirdo.
I've now noticed that GENEON has dared to put this out on the American market. I'll purchase the official version as soon as I can. I'm not sure if Bevy will hate it or love it, but the story bleeds.
It runs 12 episodes. I imagine people in Japan of all ages were glued to their sets each week. It's based on a Manga that has five volumes. The first looks to have been published in the US within the last month. I intend to read it.
Look for the manga review.
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