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Chaos; Head 11 – the two faces of an Otaku.

Nisijou Takumi the wheel-chair ridden VS Nisijou Takumi the deep otaku, which one is the real representation of the general otaku population?

Which one is better?

Neither. They’re just two faces of the same group of people.

Nisijou Takumi the wheel-chair-ridden, or “shogun”, probably loaths himself, that’s why he created the other one. But the other one isn’t a great person either. I don’t know what the game’s explanation is, but I know this: for an otaku audience, the “healthy” Taku serves two purposes:

1. He’s something that the audience can identify. He sits in his base (cage), surfs the net all day and keeps seira-tan figurines; he’s terrible with people and he feels like he was created into the world to be lonely and rejected; also see Shinji in Eva.

2. He serves as a pet on the back of the audience, especially when he decides to save Rimi. Even though he’s been acting like a Shinji, he gathers courage and finally pulls out of the sword of the stone and stops being the reluctant hero. He’s like what Otaku wish to be – someone who likes Otaku things and cowers most of the time and yet, when it’s time, he’ll stand up and fight – see Densha Otoko Test performed in Akiba on Youtube.

Shogun also serves two purposes for the intended audience:

1. He serves as a reminder that there are worse conditions than being an otaku. I mean, hey, at least the healthy Taku gets out sometimes, goes to school, and have Rimi who practically upholds him (does this really happens in real life or I’ve just been unlucky not meeting it), oh, not to mention he’s to meet all these girls in the outside world and becomes the savior. But look at Shogun, he can only gives hints and messages and he’s either in bed or in a wheelchair – not to mention he looks like he’s 90 years old!

2. He’s a warning and the physical representation of most otaku’s inner character – shrivel, shrunken and weak. He’s the real Takumi; he can’t go anywhere and he has to use the power of delusion (not imagination, delusion) to create someone who’s not even popular, hot/cool, athletic and the like. If he had an ounce of healthy character and self-respect left, he’d create a young god. However, as an Otaku, I see the parallel of his physical body to the inner characters of a lot of otaku – inward pulling, outside rejecting, stays in a safe shell, social skills shrunken. I mean, Shogun only had two girls – his sis and RImi – as friends! But in real life (yeah, I definitely never had the luck to be cared like that), he’d be alone and dying in the ward.

As for the rest of the story; it’s the end game and Taku finally gets the courage to fight, even if he’s really only care about saving the princess and notice this, he cares to fight only because someone loves him first.

As someone who’s trying to recover from otakuism, I heartily recommend anyone who’s like that to go out and reach first; maybe someone will take your hand after 1000 demons reject it!

Hey, I never said people were great!

The episode summary and plot? Well, if you cared to read this you probably watch the episode already! If you didn’t…well go watch it!

Chaos: Head 9 – A weak, cowardly, Shinji Tyler Durden.

So, how many people that have been following this show without having played the game already guessed?

Well, silly me, I sure didn’t.

Knowing that this Takumi is as real as Kishimoto wearing the school swimsuit, all of the sudden it gets clearer.

He’s the baby that Sena’s mother held in the experiment. He has the power of imaging destruction, and if we can believe what Kishimoto says, he’s probably the resurrection of the demon king, and the demon king gave power of delusion, and…

Yes Otaku, what you’re going through in life is a trial; you’ll be better than ippanjin around you when you get through it.

I wonder if Mike will have a field day with this episode?

Too many plot twists already and I’m getting tired. Just let it end.

Chaos; (gives) Head (trip) 06 – finally I’m confused

I honestly don’t know if that’s a good thing, but finally the real head trips begins.

Crazy people being manipulated by a machine in an Otaku’s backpack?

People marching with signs, shouting “get rid of the demon”?

Not quite brown noise (thank goodness no bowl movements is shown) that knocked everyone down on their feet?

Taku finally breaking down, starts to trust Rimi, but signs (especially with the touching music and her hesitant attitude) starts to point that perhaps he’s not the psychotic killer after all?

What the fuck is one thing, but what the hell is going on is another. Here’s what I know so far:

1. Aoi Sena really does have a sword, and she’s trying to track down whoever is behind the strange events, and she doesn’t think Taku is behind it.

2. Di-sword is real, and it is the key to the mystery

3. Taku treats his sis like crap and I hate him.

4. Taku has become more whiny and Shinji-fied but maybe he’s just a scared Otaku (we all know how brave Otaku usually are)

5. Kozue’s character may never develop since it’s already episode 6 and the series is slated for 12 eps.

6. Something may be affecting the entire Japan, from deep within the governing political party.

Clearly, the show has shifted from the potential bad ending (that Taku is just insane) to something of a supernatural event. The moon, the low energy point (Fengshui stuff), the possible low energy point in the middle of the Shibuya cross intersection (where Taku saw Shogun), and girls who are greatly affected by the brown noise (like Ayase) and girls who don’t seem to be affected at all (Rimi).

If I really didn’t say anything, that’s because I’m utterly confused at this point and can only point out stuff that stands out to me.

Perhaps it’s the demon of daydreaming attacking Shibuya, and only Taku, with his superior daydream power, can save the day? Who knows?

At this point, too much confusion and the plot is starting to get tangled, and Taku is starting to get really unlikable (oddly, I have a high tolerance of characters like that; Shinji was the only character that ever ticked me off), thus I’m not entire hopeful for a descent ending. We’ll see.

Moving on…

Face Off 4: Ray and Mike Speculate on Chaos;Head

Mike: Is it just me, or is Taku’s viewpoint getting more and more closed by the minute? Basically, since we only see things from his viewpoint, it’s starting to feel increasingly unhinged and even claustrophobic and oppressive in a way—like you feel like you’re trapped in his warped state of mind.

Ray: Wow, you state it so elegantly. But that seems to be the case in a nutshell—we’re following someone who’s becoming increasingly insane, or at least, close to the breaking point.

Continue reading Face Off 4: Ray and Mike Speculate on Chaos;Head

Chaos; HEAD 04 – If we can take this seriously…(by Ray)

Then we’d be Tyler, or psycho, or just a teenage guy with serious delusional issues and an Otaku (already two strikes) but let’s that it seriously anyhow…

If Taku is not merely delusional, and something wrong really is going on around him with he being the center of it all, then he faces 2 really serious issues:

Continue reading Chaos; HEAD 04 – If we can take this seriously…(by Ray)

Chaos; Head episode 03 – Greek God and Destruction and all that jazz (RAY)

Note: Look for Mike’s review later. You know my style so do not expect any deep analysis!

All right, ending number 1: Taku is the demon god. The girls are here to take the demon god out.

Ending number 2: the demon has not yet “Descended” on him, but that will happen soon.

Ending number 3: he’s the sacrifice.

So, the line between reality and fantasy blurs as he realizes that he was the one fleeing the scene but nobody else was there. To me, that’s clear enough. But of course, we’re talking about a graphic novel and perhaps he’s not the guy who did it.

Of course telegraphing sucks, but then again, anything can happen in a graphic novel, Japanese style, right?

A huge cover up is going on (duh).

Of course no sleepwalking happened.

Having not seen Higurashi or Perfect Blue, I can only say that Taku is probably not Haruhi and whatever he wishes doesn’t necessarily come true, that murderous Otaku (like me)…Or…

It’s all speculative of course but nice animation, music and cute girls with large swords. That’s keeping me satisfied.

Surprise me, surprise me, please…