Grief and Loss in Anime: a case examination of Puella Madoka Magica Magi, Mawaru Penguindrum and X

Grief and Loss in Anime: a case examination of Puella Madoka Magica Magi, Mawaru Penguindrum and X

Whether you are recently introduced to anime or you are a seasoned fan, it’s highly unlikely you haven’t watched or simply heard about the first two shows in the picture above, because twitter, forums and blogs were abuzz and overly hyped about them last year. Now, it’s highly possible you don’t even recognize the hunks in the bottom and the anime/manga they are from, unless you are an obsessed fan of CLAMP or a MADHOUSE admirer. All three of them have as central themes the loss and how people face them. The important issue here is how these series present the themes and how well they handle them…  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