In the modern age of anime where sexuality is never shied away from, Kuzu no Honkai manages to subvert carnal desires into a more dark and painful place.
Tragic for all the wrong reasons, Iok Kujan manages to be someone who causes devastation the more he hunts after his unreachable goal.
My favourite type of fantasy setting is one you can get lost in. The idea of it feels surreal and you can immerse yourself into not only the story but the world around it almost acting like a secondary character of sorts.
So instead of dedicating my time to two posts where I will just state that the respective show is not worth the watch as a general recommendation, I thought it might be more fun to compare and contrast what each show did right and wrong.
Pure objectivity doesn’t really exist even if you think it does, it’s because we are a quilt of our experiences. Different threads from across our lifetime help to define who we are. Yet why do we strive to be objective, why do we not just let our emotions go on a magical ride on Falkor in the Neverending Story?
In one scene, Bondrewd becomes the terrifying reality of those hunting further down in the abyss and as a foil to the adventure Regu and Riko have taken so far. A man obsessed with the abyss to the point of losing his humanity in pursuit of its depths.
He is not the worst element of the show, doesn’t create all the problems in plot consistency, he is merely just a terrible person whose world broke down in the end becoming the antithesis of what he wanted to be, a knight.
Anime is anime, you are you, and those things may seem different over the course of time but still hold true to the same basis. If anime changes, it changes. If you change, you change. Simple as that, a label shouldn’t define what type of fan you are.
Fascinating as a social experiment and even more fascinating as a watcher, Big Brother no matter the season will keep me watching for these great people to create yet another narrative I want to see.