In the end, no words were necessary to bring this thoughtful, emotionally resonant work of art to a close. So much was resolved not with words, but with gestures, looks, and the thoughts that have no need to be said aloud.
Edit: I just found out that the last episode of this show is now out. I will submit my final review tomorrow.
What is it with this ilk of anime and the fascination with Human Instrumentality grand, individuality-erasing unification, anyway?
Some plot points are answered in this crucial flashback episode, and we begin to understand the significance of the show’s title.
How long has it been since I wrote an actual, well, anime review? It’s fitting that my first regular, non-video entry has to do with my favorite show so far this year.
At some point, this show about exchangeable bodies was going to have to talk about gender and all that it entails. So we have these episodes.
Commodity bodies galore, in this long awaited episode of Kaiba.
I was trying to figure out why, with this episode in particular, this series felt strangely familiar. That’s when it hit me: structurally, Kaiba is beginning to resemble Antoine de St-Exupery’s fable, The Little Prince. (Full text and illustrations of The Little Prince can be found here.) That would help explain the increasingly episodic feel of the story thus far and even some of the art style.
This astonishingly affecting and effectively told episode of Kaiba shows that the issue of memory and identity isn’t just something that tickles the intellect. It goes straight to the heart of who we are as humans.
Our bodies, and not ourselves? This most unusual anime–if it can even be called that in the usual sense–is certainly intriguing, but it’s also far too early to tell what to make of it.
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The spring 2008 season of anime has begun! What will I look at this season?