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Anime with an agenda or message?
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Posted 12/9/13
Have any of you ever watched an anime that had a political or social message attached? Maybe it was subtle, or maybe it was practically propaganda...either way?

The last anime I watched that felt like a subtle message was being pushed on me was Gatchaman. It was, overall, a light and fun show, but somehow under the show I felt like there was a "people are way too obsessed with social media" type message, though my feelings became mixed once it began to get used to the protagonists' benefit.

It's not the best example, but that's why I'm asking all of you.
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There are so many series settings that feature, propose,illustrate and allegedly endorse functional and dysfunctional post apocalyptic Utopian societies alone that the list would quickly become be exponential.I wonder if it's geared more as a device for genre and plot and less for occult political philosophy.Or maybe it was just Tuesday and they ran out of milk.
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Sailor Uranus drove a Toyota 2000GT and her favorite car is the Ferrari 512M, so I made it my political mission to change the social structure of the world by walking instead of driving whenever I have the opportunity
Posted 12/9/13
Niea 7 comments on racial discrimination, stereotypes and alienation. It's a really cool quirky slice of life anime though.
Posted 12/9/13
I thought welcome to the NHK had a message saying don't be a lazy ass
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The majority of anime have a message attached to them. One glaring example that I can think of is Serial Experiments Lain. That's one of those that you have to watch and figure out yourself, though.
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Yeah, too many to count. Gargantia had several agendas. Even old anime like Space Battleship Yamato had one.

And the obvious one: School Days. If Nice Boat didn't send a message, I don't know what did.
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Posted 12/9/13

deadpanditto wrote:
If Nice Boat didn't send a message, I don't know what did.


The message: "Play the game so you can prevent this from happening!"

So I did! But it wasn't easy. Makoto's pretty determined to screw himself over.

As far as anime that have political messages, anybody else remember the uncensored (i.e. cringingly anti-Semitic) version of Angel Cop?
Posted 12/9/13
There are couple in this season alone. The one which has surprised me the most was I Couldn't Become a Hero...., underneath all the fan service there is a big business is bad business yadda yadda... message
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Hmmm i guess phyco-pass kind of sent out the message that with the advance of technology we lose our privacy and people could become too reliant on technology that they kinda become like livestock and are unable to take action if the technology fails....
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Attack on Titan. I don't know what the message particularly is, but every time I watch it, I feel like I'm being manipulated or having some system of values forced onto me.
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Oh that is DIFFICULT. I don't consider having a Message and having a Theme the same way. Stories in general have an Aesop to tell you, and while that can be considered a message, it's not an agenda. And that's a good thing! They're trying to entertain you while teaching their characters things that change these characters. That makes perfect sense. From AoT's message of "people die when they are eaten" to Mobile Suit Gundam's message of "People die when you attack them with Giant robots with frickin-lazerbeams attached to their heads"
So....anime has taught me people die, but not when they are killed. That famous line was only said because the speaker did NOT, in fact, die when he was killed.

Now, I've seen a number of Manga with agenda. Altho the most often agenda is to teach something, usually obscurish titles however so no anime's out of them.

Uuuuuuh...I think "End of Evangalion tried to get across a "I hate you fan's" message out to us WHILE having a "piss of the fan's and forever confuse them" agenda.

I believe the last episode of "Golden Boy" was spent trying to teach the audience about animation and how much work goes into it. It's not propaganda but HEY, it's a message!

Look, the only thing that comes to mind is "rise of the colored empire" by my man Goddard(if that's even how you spell the damn name)
And if you don't get the reference, you're probably not as big a fan of the Great Gatsby as I am.
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Angel Beats had a message.
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Angerudusto wrote:

Attack on Titan. I don't know what the message particularly is, but every time I watch it, I feel like I'm being manipulated or having some system of values forced onto me.


I agree with this one. I feel the message is that we, I mean all of us right now, are doing something wrong and it will cause the catastrophe that happens in Attack on Titan in the future. Its very similar to the whole Godzilla message.
Posted 12/9/13
Political?

Legend of the Galactic Heroes. It has sheer detail and analysis regarding the effectiveness of good/bad democracy and autocracy among other things. It did suffer from a bit tell and not show at times. Very ambitious, there'll never be an anime like that for a long time.



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