By Dani Cavallaro
The topic of reminiscence has performed an important position in anime all through its evolution as an paintings shape and as renowned leisure. Anime's dealing with of reminiscence is multifaceted, weaving it into different symbolic motifs, narratives and aesthetic issues.
This examine goals to supply an in depth research of a number of anime titles in which varied features of this cultural phenomenon are articulated. It explores anime movies and sequence that exemplify the precise signatures put by way of specific administrators or studios at the therapy of reminiscence, whereas additionally highlighting the prominence of reminiscence in anime just about particular philosophical, creative, and old contexts.
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This idea is no less central to Kashimashi — Girl Meets Girl (TV series; dir. Nobuaki Nakanishi, 2006). An initially semicomical tale of gender reversal that grows increasingly bittersweet as the narrative progresses, the series proposes that memories are encoded in and through people’s corporeal forms. In the case of Kashimashi’s hero/ine, this is exempliﬁed by the graphic coalescence of memories associated with the initial male self and memories subsequently accrued by the female self in a cornucopia of stylish montages and intercuttings.
In its utilization of the ancient legend, the anime performs an ironical mnemonic inversion. In the epic, the titular hero is portrayed as a ruthless oppressor who learns the value of mercy by opening up to the inﬂuence of Enkidu — at ﬁrst his prime enemy and subsequently a soul so dear to his heart that an erotic attraction is hinted at. In Murata’s show, Dr. Madoka toys with the pseudonym “Enkidu” from an early stage in his career but does 36 Anime and Memory not ofﬁcially adopt it as his preferred designation until he has turned into a mass murderer and embraced an alternative career as the despotic leader of an army of clones.
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Anime and Memory: Aesthetic, Cultural and Thematic Perspectives by Dani Cavallaro