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If you think Plastic memories and Death Parade have a lot to think about then you should watch Ergo Proxy, texhnolyze, serial experiments lain and eva
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youngchop wrote:


kawaii_gangsta wrote:

Puella Magi Madoka Magica has me constantly thinking about the laws of the universe and time. The way they explain everything seems so dark. Makes me feel like the root of all life is just some conspiracy or something.


I feel you.
I love anime that goes beyond time & space.
I really appreciate anime when they touch the subject of beyond this world shit


Can you explain the whole thing with the chairs in that anime?
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I didn't enjoy Ergo Proxy and Texhnolyze like I should had.
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I didn't enjoy Ergo Proxy and Texhnolyze like I should had.


The key to enjoying them is going in whit the expectation of having to think what's going on in the bigger picture, if you expect it to be anything that'll tell you it's story then you'll most likely not enjoy it
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TheOmegaForce70941 wrote:


qualeshia3 wrote:



I didn't enjoy Ergo Proxy and Texhnolyze like I should had.


The key to enjoying them is going in whit the expectation of having to think what's going on in the bigger picture, if you expect it to be anything that'll tell you it's story then you'll most likely not enjoy it


I enjoyed without knowing why I enjoyed it. I can't explain it.
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I can't think of an anime/manga that changed my world view.I watch Anime/Manga for entertainment and not for awe inspiring geo political enlightenment or pungent social comment.There are many dedicated venues available for just that sort of endeavor.
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If that is your opinion on Psycho Pass, you should consider watching Shinsekai Yori.
That anime changed the way I look at things, like how normal things might have an important history.
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It comes down to how well any deeper meanings within an anime are executed and whether any of it is lost in translation (IE not being Japanese). Having deeper meanings and themes in anime can be enjoyable however, if executed poorly then the show appears pretentious or makes it look poorly written or half arsed. On the flipside, not having any deeper meaning and being completely mindless can be just as enjoyable see PASWG.
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What is Good without the possibility of Evil? Relief without Tension? Pride without Shame? Humans are fundamentally creatures whose greatest attributes are best realized when placed in relief against the trials and alternatives that contrast with them. It wasn't until the first humans ate the forbidden fruit that they truly understood the value of their existence, and the Goodness that they had before. Nay, they did not even understand Goodness itself. It is only through the possibility of failure that one can exalt in success. And what is the greatest success, the greatest good?

Love.

It is this realization, then, that leads one to the grand understanding of this world -- the pinnacle of human achievement and ideals: Tsundere. This is the one great truth of human existence -- that the love of the Tsundere is the culmination of all that towards which humans strive: The pride of accomplishment, the knowledge of your lover's fortitude and total devotion to you, the pure honesty that results from the lover doing everything he/she can to reason away their love for you, and finding their reason lacking. While some may say they love you, and many may mean it, it is only the Tsundere that has tested and attempted every disproof of their affection, and arrived at the conclusion they that must be in love. For this reason, the Tsundere's love is greater than any other love in existence, for it is undeniably genuine, and unbridled in scope once realized. A Tsundere that has overcome the Tsun-Tsun is indelibly focused in the world of the Dere-Dere, a Dere-Dere which, rising in relief from the tribulations that lead to the trailhead, resemble in form that of Everest rising from the Grand Canyon, or a clear river in the most arid of desert plains. There is no more adorable nor righteous existence in all the universe as the Tsundere -- a truth which every man and woman on the planet knows instinctively and completely. This is the one basic truth for human happiness, and anime is the bible which proclaims it. To ye who revel in your doubt -- repent, be happy, and welcome to enlightenment!
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Teen Romance SNAFU- Complex relationships between men and women on top of indolence and becoming an adult in todays society. This anime definitely has humor but also it calls out the daily bs people hide behind and much more etc etc etc.........................................................
Posted 6/2/15
It's fine when it's not too much, but when it become an animated Kant lecture I usually turn it off
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I believe that one could find some philosophical nuggets in just about everything in creation (including cheese-its, cheese-its are like little edible libraries of Alexandria!). That being said, you do get some interesting looks from "normal people" when you use anime-based sermon illustrations (frankly I don't give a rip, believe it tomodachi).
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I definitely agree on Death Parade and Psycho Pass. I also liked Parasyte's commentary on enforcing human values and laws on other life forms, it reminded me of District 9.

In terms of worldview changes, one anime that has had me do a lot of self reflection would be Natsume Yuujinchou. It isn't a philosophical show really but its portrayals of kindness and friendships have had me thinking a lot about my own and how important it is to not only be aware of what others do, but be appreciative of it too. Ore Monogatari as well, Suna is an amazing friend and both Takeo and Yamato's kindness and nonjudgmental attitudes are lovely and certainly something I'd like to try to be too.
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When I was a little younger, it definitely blew my mind. Now that I am a little older, it makes me think on the philosophy while trying to find my own answer for it.
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i dont think so. i think it'd be dangerous if "texts" can change your world views. it's like some people get so influenced by books like the bible or koran that they're willing to kill others because of it.

texts (including anime) for me is about entertainment, and about me receiving the ideas of others, which at times can be interesting. but i don't let that idea change my views of anything.

take for example, shoujo anime... they have this idea that every guy is Mr. Perfect... you can't have that idea in your head, it's dangerous... real life is not like that. It's fun to watch it, but it shouldn't change your views of what romance is.

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I either agree with it, or i can relate to the idea, but i wouldn't let that idea control me. like in death note for example, one of the philosophies is that, The more you try to rid the world of evil, the more you become the epitome of evil yourself (Light).

It's like a representation of real life... this ISIS group... they want to rid the world of unholiness or whatever... so badly that they've become the epitome of evil and don't seem to realise it.
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