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12 May 2005 @ 08:03 am
new appleseed anime looks really awesome!
Paris hilton on southpark is awesome. she keeps coughing up cum.
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fusakofusako on May 13th, 2005 09:30 am (UTC)
Yeah. That is one of my favorites of the Shirow Masamune works. Its much more classically philosophical than "Ghost in the Shell".
There are some major revisions to the story I noticed from the synopsys right off, but they seem really clever. I'm not one to decry "accuracy" adaptations in cross-media conversions - I like to think of it as a narrative "remix".
From the description, it seems like the context surrounds political colonialism in a period of paradigm shifts catalyzed by technological inequities (as was the original manga). Does it seem rather canny that this film has been made with the state of things now? I don't. What's more intriguing is that the original story formed in the mid-to-late 80s geopolitical topography, which speaks to me of 2 things: that the latency in the film adaption of the story is drawing inadvertant parallels between now and 20 years past, and that Shirow presaged the themes of ideological struggle 20 years into the future!

That said, in my own opinion I've always felt that Shirow is somewhat sympathetic to authority figures, such that his personal philosophies on human nature seem Hobbesian and legitimize a patronizing approach to civil society. That kind of Law of the Father crap that has been so endemic to Japanese society...
Still, I love that his manga derives so much inspiration from critical discourses. Re-readings are really rewarding that way.
MegaMan: Command Mission!megaman on May 13th, 2005 03:15 pm (UTC)
I agree. I also think you should watch the Stand alone complex.
Also, I think you're going to hate not being in school. I have already lost almost all my ability to articulate ideas like that. God. being an adult sucks.
Genegdw on May 13th, 2005 08:00 pm (UTC)
I also agree. It's been 6 years probably since I really sat down to read through Appleseed, but I think Shirow was in no small part influenced by the repercussions of the fall of the Shah in Iran and the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. The breakdown of the colonial system that occured in the late 20th century was filled with similar asymmetrical conflicts(especially in the Eurotheatre that Appleseed seems to gravitate towards); I'd say rather than presaging current events, Shirow was incorporating contemporary political themes that never really went away (for the rest of the world), but, post 9/11 & Gulf2, have once again become foci for US media. I would definitely agree however that recent technological developments, esp with telecommunications, portable computing, ROVs, and optics (plus their political and social ramifications) have made fact out of a lot of cyberpunk fiction.

I also agree with Chris that SAC and SAC:2nd GIG are well worth watching; great action, & the series format gives significantly more room for intelligibly exploring the sociopolitical themes than the movies or even the manga (neither Appleseed or GITS were that long).
fusakofusako on May 13th, 2005 11:04 pm (UTC)
That's true - the confluence of the original story is probably more attributable to legacy than premonition. However, the manufacturing of "good citizens" vis a vis the Bioroids strikes me as distinctively concordant with the neocolonial law-and-order (world policeman) attitudes of both the Reagan/Bush and current administrations. To me, Olympus' social engineering oriented towards fostering a secure "peacetime" anticedent to world war and geopolitical strife seems like satirical commentary aimed at said neocolonialists. That is to say, while the subtext of the series is dedicated to critiquing the tenability of "utopia" along the lines of technological-centric (Enlightenment) Progress, I can't help but feel that the questioning is really directed at the power players who throw their lot in with this political-philosophy and its promises. I think he's dramatizing a criticism of the technocratic position, even though he's fairly sympathetic to its worldview himself.