This week’s episode was FABULOUS MAX.
This is probably the most straightforward of Ikuhara’s works (to me at least), but its still done in such a way that with his style, it seems a lot more than that. In some ways, it’s like Madoka (aside from the clearly Shaftian/Silver Link vibes the whole thing gives off).
If you open your mind up, you can enjoy it without the symbolism because you can understand its themes and its characters but still nothing is spoonfed to you either.
So in other words, I think he is intentionally giving you everything at once like Shaft does, because it is a shorter series and he wants his message to reach more people.
I think he’s actually serious about reaching Japanese lesbians themselves, regardless of whether or not they watch anime because they’re the ‘invisible minority’. Or that’s my hope anyway. It’d be nice in all honesty, Japanese society’s overall refusal to acknowledge LGBT as a thing is seriously problematic.
It’s like how Gundam made more people tune into anime way back in the 70s-80s and that made the industry grow…maybe…I dunno, Gundam of Yuri…when Ikuhara says stuff like that, he’s probably bluffing.
The Invisible Storm was something really cool to see. It’s making me more and more wary of what’s gonna happen next. Damn social exclusion and ‘those who do not conform to social vibes are evil and should be eaten’. I like how the court scene switched up to Ginko and Lulu pleading for the opportunity to save Kureha instead of just eating her, and the whole power-up she got with that yuri approved gun which came from…LOL.
So yeah, looks like he’s going the Penguinbear (goddamn that pun/title) route. Hoping that he’ll restrain himself a bit so I don’t have to do a double take when I see the ending. But this is Ikuhara we’re talking about…oh boy.
I still don’t think its clear who the real antagonist is but we won’t know that for awhile. I wonder about Yuriika-sensei though…she’s giving me really bad vibes.
Also Mitsuko…goddammit please don’t die…oh who am I kidding…she’s gone. Best girl is gone. ;_;
I feel like watching some of those horror movies that apparently inspired some of the backgrounds in this show. Maybe I’ll do that this weekend.
Another thing I realized is that this show is getting a lot of flack from people who are either A. Not familiar with Ikuhara’s works, B. only like Class S yuri and C. Condemn it as fanservice because the show is directly about female sexuality which is something that’s rarely portrayed in anime in a positive light, as well as even taken seriously. This show is probably parodying that by being darker than his earlier works right from the start, but still absurd and surreal in his presentation.
I liked when Mitsuko talked about maintaining ‘a closed society’ because that is more than likely a jab at Japanese xenophobic cultural standards. Thereby, he’s criticizing the close-minded people who can’t understand or won’t open up to his works, just like the people who overall refuse to accept lesbians or anyone that lives ‘deviant, amoral and animalistic’ lifestyles against the social norm unless they become part of the Invisible Storm.
GOD that’s perfect. He’s criticizing the very existence of ecchi and kawaii aesthetics being okay when separate but not together, when its just like people getting off to lesbians because ‘its just a phase’ and ‘girl on girl is hot’ but not actually supporting or acknowledging their love like they would any other fictional or realistic couple consisting of a man or a woman. The hypocrisy of fearing the unknown when to what you call unknown, you yourself can be considered as such. SHIBARERU DAROU?