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Which Chinese cartoon made your noggin whirl round and round the most? Which one confused you the most? And which one has stuck with you the most?

For me, they are Serial Experiments Lain, Perfect Blue, & Evangelion. For all of those criteria. And I love them for it. I think about them to some extent like everyday or every other day, either due to relevancy today, or the characters resonated with me so much (like Shinji & Asuka). So, which shows/movies messed around with ya brain?

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Shin sekai yori (From the New World) has been pretty thought-provoking and is ranking pretty high in my list of favorite anime for that very reason.
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Was actually just going to suggest Shin Sekai Yori as well! Definitely thought provoking, and in my opinion one of the best utopia/dystopia anime I've seen. Very much worth the watch if you haven't seen it yet.
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Heh. I'd love to give you a high-minded answer like Grave of the Fireflies or a Satoshi Kon flim.

But no. It's Little Busters! I keep picking at that thing like a hangnail. I know there's deeper stuff out there, but the story is interesting, with just enough implications to keep someone as easily distracted as I am preoccupied while doing yardwork.
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Serial Experiments Lain. A lot of people don't seem to understand.
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memnalar wrote:

Heh. I'd love to give you a high-minded answer like Grave of the Fireflies or a Satoshi Kon flim.

But no. It's Little Busters! I keep picking at that thing like a hangnail. I know there's deeper stuff out there, but the story is interesting, with just enough implications to keep someone as easily distracted as I am preoccupied while doing yardwork.




Honestly I thought I would stop thinking about it once I finished the now fully translated vn but nope it just made me think about it waay more. Give the visual novel a read if you haven't already it's on steam.
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Gurren Lagann. Well, maybe it didn't make me think the most, but it did start me thinking in the first place. That it ends up on the side of religious existentialism fascinates me.


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Serial Experiments Lain. A lot of people don't seem to understand.


I imagine a lot of people in fact don't understand, as technological alienation and simulation aren't the easiest things to explain; that isn't all that surprising. What is it you feel they don't understand? I myself don't remember it well enough, but as I'm reading Baudrillard at the moment maybe I'll watch it again sometime soon.
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I don't know about thinking the most, but one of the first series to make me think about it after the credits rolled were the AD Police spin offs from the original Bubblegum Crisis series. Bubblegum Crisis had some thought provoking content as well but it was mixed in with a bit of cyberpunk by way of almost magical girl-esque staging. AD Police skipped the frivolity and just got right down to the meat. Both are all time classics and favourites of mine, but AD Police was the one really inspire some thought.
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auroraloose wrote:

I imagine a lot of people in fact don't understand, as technological alienation and simulation aren't the easiest things to explain; that isn't all that surprising. What is it you feel they don't understand? I myself don't remember it well enough, but as I'm reading Baudrillard at the moment maybe I'll watch it again sometime soon.


It was mostly a reference to the first line of the OP and also a joke about how the only complaint I ever see is "this show is too confusing."

But to try to answer your question seriously, I'd say that SEL is a show that leaves many things up to interpretation. Things like character motivations, Lain's reason for existing, what Lain does at the end, etc. have vague explanations that would leave anyone confused at first. I actually watched the series again immediately after watching it the first time and picked up on a lot of details that I didn't notice on the first watch. Particularly about Lain's family, her unique abilities, what the Knights wanted with her, things happening in the background in the Wired (aka their internet). The series gives you the tools to draw your own conclusion but those tools are sometimes hidden underneath multiple layers. I feel like this series is definitely worth a second viewing for anyone who wants to understand it better.
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Evangelion because you can watch it several times and find little things you missed in the action and they make you question what you first assumed.
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memnalar wrote:

Heh. I'd love to give you a high-minded answer like Grave of the Fireflies or a Satoshi Kon flim.

But no. It's Little Busters! I keep picking at that thing like a hangnail. I know there's deeper stuff out there, but the story is interesting, with just enough implications to keep someone as easily distracted as I am preoccupied while doing yardwork.




Honestly I thought I would stop thinking about it once I finished the now fully translated vn but nope it just made me think about it waay more. Give the visual novel a read if you haven't already it's on steam.


Are you the devil? You're the devil, aren't you?


Thanks for the heads up.

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serial experiments lain and all of the titles that come from that same creator (don't know his name) i can't really enjoy. i never grow attached to the characters enough to really dissect what is going on. i just don't like the writing at all.

a series called spice and wolf made my head hurt watching it a few years ago. it has a lot of economics/trading information in it. i was watching it on a pretty crappy website, so maybe the low quality and terrible subtitles is what did me in. would like to rewatch one day to see if i can understand it more.
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I associate anime with the spontaneous outpouring of emotion it so often elicits, and to the extent that an anime did so, it used to be that the anime that made me feel the most made me think the most. A good example would be Death Parade. It would make me consider what was most important in life, and so on, and so forth. These days, I have my priorities in life in order, and I already understand the form of life that I can wake up to without having to question daily, and so anime no longer makes me feel as much, and hence, it does not make me think as much. That, and the desire to not feel as much or think as much, is probably why I've stopped watching anime completely.
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