Post Reply Linebarrels of Iron and Growing Up
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Posted 11/7/08
I think this show is one big metaphor for maturing.

1) From being the kid, the one protected all the time, powerless, (Childhood, his figurative "parents" being Yajima and Risako" one who protects him and one who worries about him.)

2) Suddenly gaining power, and abusing it quite badly (adolescence, being a snotty conceited teenager, also, with the black haired girl representing sexual desire, after all she IS naked half the time. One might even say the linebarrel is phallic imagery, suddenly appearing when breasts are groped.. if you catch my drift.)

3) Well.. actually he's not all that mature yet, as I've only watched up to episode 3, and haven't read the manga. But at least by episode 3, it seems he's sort of come to terms with his inner feelings of inferiority a little, or at least realized them, and admitted that he doesn't want to be the naive and childish "Hero of Justice" but simply wants attention, and to be recognized, and hailed as a hero, regardless of the "justice" bit."

What are your opinions on maturity and Kouichi's character? Also, have you noticed any other metaphors for growing up in this show?
Posted 11/7/08
Episode 6 was all about "growing pain".
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oh, after watching an incredible ep 4, I noticed another, Kouichi's feelings toward his metaphorical parents are very Freud. Love for Risako, and admiration/envy of Yajima, or wanting to subconsciously kill him, as evidenced by their fight. However, he outgrew his hatred. This show got a lot deeper suddenly.
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Posted 11/12/08
I do not think it is very Freudian. Freud talked alot about sexual phases but i do not think any apply here. Of course the main themes of the manga in a lighter sense are nudity (which can be refered to as sexual stimuli) and violence (aggressivity). Even if Freud's two main points are struck dead on by the anime's development, i believe they made the protagonist as a genuinely conceited brat.

Motivation wise, we see that his entire struggle is to survive by himself without the help of others. When he is given a means to his end we can notice that he shuts out everything else. His lack of empathy and concept of consequence is actually quite normal as he seems to be in his early teens. Devel. Psychologist actually found this out a few years back that while biologically people in their teens develop a much wider range of emotional affect and a more causal type of thiking (cause ---> consequence) some people do not develop at the same pace.

My idea is that maybe the protagonist just hasnt matured biologically to allow his cognitive skills to follow. While he does seem to mature throught episode 4 5 and 6 it is to me just a failed attempt. He is clearly still unable to place imself in a wider scheme. He is very egocentric where he cannot be anymore since he is part of a team now and the lives of others now depend on him. And it seems that is main purpose is to regain respect and possibly love from the black haired chick which again is camoflage for maturation.

Seeking to be acknowledged by an adult for whatever reason while failing to see the bigger picture where his actions will reflect the whole world seems like a childish way of thinking. That said, i highly doubt this anime is anything more then an attempt to remake the dreadful Shin from gundam seed destiny (fkn crybaby, emo, child). At one point everything will change but as was said in episode 6, he relies too much on the machina and not enough on himself and his own power. While the show indicates that mind over matter is important, Kouichi uses his factor abilities only to the point that muscle over matter exists. He will plateau out in the next 3 episodes and then its a race to become enlightened and defeat enemies to save black hair chick i guess.

I like your way of thinking though, as a psychology grad student, i do try to analyse pretty much anything but hey its just fun discussing it.

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Posted 11/14/08
in the first two episodes he was being a hero for all the wrong reasons it was a All-about-me type of thing, but after the death of his friend that is when he realized that its not a game and this is real stuff so then thats were we are now with his slow progress to maturity
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Posted 11/19/08
not so much growing up, but setting up the story and characters thats all. He has to have a reason to be the Hero of Justice APparently, killing Yajima is what motivated him to do so. I dont think its a metaphor for growing BUT, he does grow up in the beginning, leaving plenty of room for the plot to twist and romance to grow. etc etc.
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Posted 11/28/08
starting fast growing is in episode 3 when his friends dead
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Posted 1/4/09
I kinda agree in the sense that he is maturing mentally and how his mentality changes over time.
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