My-HIME: On Love

If My-HIME has done something right apart from the gorgeous music and beautiful character designs, is how it presents the theme of love and a refreshing view to what is ‘true love’. Akane’s and Kazu’s romance, Shizuru’s and Natsuki’s love, and Tokiha Mai’s relationship with her brother, Mikoto and Yuuichi are what I’ll keep in my heart after years have passed. Continue reading

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For your own good: childhood traumas and bad parenting in Mawaru Penguindrum

The tools used to create that ‘pure’ love
Only blood-related family members can be trusted. Family members never lie. Pure and beautiful love exists only among family. ~ Yuri’s father
Anti-freudian Sanetoshi, go!
Don’t you think families are a sort of fantasy, a curse of sorts? Think about it. Just how many children suffer because they are bound to their family? Parents who treat their children as objects in the name of love, abusing them. They only love themselves, yet kids must love their parents solely because they are family, and love their siblings. ~ Sanetoshi

 

In Mawaru Penguindrum‘s episode ‘Savior of the World’ Yuri’s past is revealed and it’s not a beautiful one. More than all the other characters’ past, Yuri’s is the most loaded with heavy symbolism and dipped in the blue of sadness, melancholy and despair. The dialogues are shoved into the viewers’ face and provoke them to deconstruct the notion of family as shelter. Sanetoshi chats with Kanba and echoes Alice Miller‘s work and that of other modern psychotherapists. Ikuhara sure has read a lot of psychology.  Continue reading