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Change the world with music

No, this is not a post about some 1970s disco extravaganza.
75168In a post about the late Robert F. Young a few days back I mentioned his influence on a Japanese anime called RahXephon.
I was first interested in the thing when it was described to me as Evangelion’s smarter brother.

Confessions of an Anime viewer: I was never able to get Neon Genesis Evangelion. I know it was a huge success and a smash hit and all that, but I tried it and I did not like it.
The fact that there were at the time self-styled otakus shouting ceaselessly about how the series was better than anything that had gone before and anything that would come afterwards sort of cooled my already not-very-hot enthusiasm.

But RahXephon came with that comment, the reference to Robert F. Young’s masterful short story The Dandelion Girl and the discovery that it was somehow related to Churchward’s work about the lost continent of Mu.

So I gave it a try, and while I still have some misgivings, I’ll admit I was positively impressed. I do not normally cover anime on this blog, but once in a while, during the Silly Season… why not? Continue reading

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Summer Wars

I took the afternoon off to watch a movie about a bunch of kids fighting inside a virtual reality to save a huge game-world that is sort of a global virtual fun-house.
Only I did not watch Ready Player One.
I watched Summer Wars, from 2009.


Summer Wars is a science fiction animated movie produced by the same team that gave us The Girl that Leaped Through Time, and it’s a great story with a colorful cast of character and just the right amount of over-the-top implausibility to make it click. Continue reading