Mar 24 2013 01:14 PM
Noein I've seen, and though aimed at kids like almost all of these storylines, it did a great job of using accurate science... accurate for what is currently known or theorized without going into SG material like some tv shows occasionally do such as Fringe here in the States. Noein just gets silly at times near the end, but without more knowledge by the production staff/writers, it is rather hard to depict hyperdimensional space/time etc. As for Haibane Renmei, which is of a different sort of etheric storytelling of the afterlife, though using a few basic symbols such as 'angels' wrongly (which is the norm anyway, as it does seem to be a tradition in manga/anime, though a few authors do seem to understand the archetypal symbolism somewhat and make better use of them)... anyway...where was I? Haibane is just great storytelling and done very well... and yes, the story is, as are our lives, fast in the beginning, slow in the middle and either speeds up in the end or just fades away one day at a time.
I'll have to take a look at Fractale, Shangri-La and Psycho-Pass... on the subject of psychos.... that opens up an whole field of consciousness as they are 'born' that way and until we have a much better understanding of human genetics, nothing can be done but control them, sounds like this series does it not? The problem is that they are the most successful in our civilization because the lack of a conscience helps them reach the top of our greedy society, where 'greed is good'. Shin Sekai Yori's not a utopian storyline, but rather the opposite, a dystopian one and the rise of the psychopaths is a big part of that control and disfunction as the circle of life/civilization comes to a close and prepares to start all over again. If you know any history, you come to realize, like all do, that there is a cycle of civilization that many ancient cultures refer to... Gold Age, Silver Age, Bronze and then Iron is the classic Hindu reference, which is similar around the world. This 'endtime' theme is common in anime as it is in many films in the USA these days, not to mention the accompanying global cataclysmic destruction, knowledge of which is usually burned along with all the other knowledgeable books in the libraries in the past and not so distant past of our own civilizations.... another word for when republics grow up and turn to empire-building, which is where the USA is currently upon that cycle, and being led by a bunch of psychos leads to the usual rot from within and without as all such empires have experienced... the virus spreads until the host is killed, and doesn't cantus seem like a virus in this storyline?
I don't know the creator of this book that the anime and manga is based on, but he has won awards in the horror genre, so that is applicable to our 'end-times' scenario and the aftermath that is portrayed in Shin Sekai Yori... the cycle has restarted and after such 'Flood' type cataclysms, humanity has to start over once again, and that does take an eon or two, as generations pass and the knowledge of their parents is lost and what is left is turned into stories, myths, fables, which tell of many things and warn of many others like in Little Red Riding Hood, but without understanding the symbols, that message/warning gets lost and the lessons in the cycle begin all over again as they did before. That is the same pattern found in all these dsytopian storylines as this one has. The question is asked of every generation: Have they learned? Do they remember? Who am I? WTF is going on and why?! Life itself is the means to the ends, the Grail Quest of those who seek the Truth. A game of hide and seek, once the questions are asked, the answers begin to be found and as the 'grandma' (she really looks too young to be called that IMO
) tells our main character Seki of her life and her lessons and is herself ready to let go and start over again... reincarnation... as 'grandma' didn't seem too knowledgeable herself in that that strike on the sub-humans, Squeler's people, should have been undertaken sooner and much more thoroughly etc. So 'grandma' still has lessons to learn here though I thought that part of the story was weak, as the village seemed to have no security at all and the whole part about 'feedback' I thought weak, as it seemed mostly for crowd control on the part of the elders and as such, wouldn't be put upon themselves for simple security concerns as Squeler's attack well demonstrates. "Do as I say, not as I do". Those in power don't limit themselves along with their 'herd' of followers, they only use such tools on others, the 'sheep' (using the biblical analogy) the rest of their kind. They never use it on themselves, same as laws are for us, the 'herd', the masses etc and not for them... as the WallStreet bailouts, pay a fine and do no 'time', lack of criminal charges, TSA, CIA et al criminal doings, US military taking over the world... all of which is labeled as 'good' because we are doing it. Everyone participating in 'evil' is now a 'hero'. How stupid is that, yet not a word in the mainstream controlled media, religion, schools etc. And the way Squeler is tortured is classic in such CIA torture centers like Gitmo... and always have been, as it was Hitler's Gestapo buddies that came over and taught us how to 'operate' and we've had plenty of Israeli help as well as of late... the whole 'birds of a feather' analogy... all the psychos stick together, protect all the other 'members of the club'. Regarding torture, those doing this are usually a little demented, 'evil' etc to begin with or psychopathic so the goal is not to kill, but to cause as much pain as possible without killing them, as they feed off of their pain, they enjoy watching it... remember those stories of the Bush/Cheney group watching the torture videos at the White House? They do it because they like it, so they have professional psychiatrists and physicians that keep their victims alive so the 'fun and games' can continue. If I remember correctly, the US tv show "Firefly" had a couple of episodes in which they dealt with such an individual.. and the plotline was similar to ShinSekaiYori in that it was a thousand years or whatever later after the human race had to find another solar system to move to... and the empire building began, same as Star Wars, and the human experiments began et al. Control the mind and you control the body analogy.
Same warnings coming from mass consciousness.. the mass mind of humanity warning us about what is going on around us, whether we know it or not does not matter. It is reality, deal with it and this is the situation Seki finds herself trying to understand as her elders in the village practice selective memory control to keep watch and control of their 'herd' of humanity... So, the lessons repeat until learned and grandma seemed to have realized that her people weren't learning them too well, thus the problems repeating from the fiends to the humans needing to kill off their opposition, the sub-humans, be they Querrats or whatever, that challenge them as well as the lack of emotional control that led to the torture of Squeler in the last episode. They really are no better than the sub-human races around them, that their forefathers designed genetically and which we are learning to do again today in our 'reality'. Same lessons repeating and this is said to be the Atlantean lessons again, and look what happened to their civilization and look what happened to all that technology, we can't even figured out how the survivors of those cataclysms built the Pyramids around the world, and when such mental midgits can't control or understand, they destroy so no one else can be better than they see themselves to be... sort of sounds like Squeler, no?
I think if one of these authors knew a little more about such 'secret history', then they could really dig deep into the human situation, but then there are many 'hidden hands' from the SG side of the equation to keep us in the dark... burning the books, the libraries (mentioned early on in this series), rewriting the history books like all ours have been, the 'sacred' as well as the profane, until it becomes the norm and everyone is taught it and then teach it to their children... one generation after the next under mind control, conditioning etc... in our schools, media, religions, music and entertainment especially... the 'beat' changes like our clothes, but the underlying message remains the same, just compare past songs with present ones... same, just a question of how 'profane' they get and they usually get more 'in your face' profane as the civilization approaches its end like we are today.
Most of these stories end with the cataclysm/torture etc as a temporary thing and afterwards things go back to normal, such as Tokyo Magnitude 8.0, and that is a problem if the lessons aren't learned as Seki hopes for at the end of this story. She hopes that in a millennium, that humanity has 'grown up' completely and not just physically as is always the case hoping to get off the Wheel of Life here in Purgatory, and the only way 'out' is to learn and make a choice, which is actually what I was hoping for earlier when the kids first left and found that false mishino thing from the ancient library, full of knowledge from which they could have learned a very lot about the past and the present and perhaps the future, but their elders taught them to look away and forget, reinforced by mind control and memory modification. That wasn't very friendly was it?
I think if this horror writer knew more, this story could have gotten much 'darker' indeed as the truth usually does before one 'wakes up' and sees the 'light' of truth that leads them out of this version of 'Platos Cave'... but the essence is still there because we are all expressions of the archetypes anyway, just a question of how much we can learn and reveal along the way, or if we succumb to the programming and pressure of our civilization and remain asleep in the cave for another spin of the Wheel.... which is where we find these characters at the closing of this story. I don't know if there is much more in the book, but the one chapter of the manga I looked at gave more information along the way, my guess is the book does also and perhaps this anime series would have been better if they did as well.
But still, it is at least a nice look at the real situation... 'the man behind the curtain' here in Oz, and that's always helpful and not found in most stories of any kind. It's like a giant puzzle and we find little pieces along the way and hopefully we later learn to put them together to get a look at the 'big picture', but we realize that our little glimpse is meaningless... 'the more you learn, the more you learn how little you know'... so we have to find others upon the same quest and putting their pieces together and if we continue to seek, we might find someone trying to put everyone's pieces together to get a glimpse of the whole. [ Laura Knight-Jadczyk]
As we approach the final 'curtain' call (which is what the whole Mayan 2012 thing was/is about, only the temporal variables are never locked in place, so the timing is never exact, just estimated and that was from a few thousand years ago as well), the wheel closes in on the Iron Cycle and prepares for the next 'Golden' Age, but to do so requires a 'cleaning'... cataclysm... those 'sheep' that have learned to become shepherds for their own souls move on to the next level of the 'game' or 'school' and the rest recycle to relearn the lessons once again, thus the stories of 'end-times', dystopia, greed, war, death, disease and disorder are mirrored in all of society, in all the arts, politics and religions etc. I think this is why anime seems to have peaked and in decay, same as all the stories in film, tv, theatre.. all reflect the mass consciousness of what's approaching... the end which is the new beginning, after the wheel gets reset through the usual process of death. Usually ~90% dieoff occurs in this part of the grand cycle... ice age, magnetic pole reversal, land shifts, tsunamis that come with the comet cluster, after the companion star passes through, then the usual plagues that follow... the usual Dark Ages, only this time the cluster has been rejuvenated by the binary brown dwarf star as it passed through the Oort Cloud, which is said to occur next year, and who knows what will occur beforehand as the planet prepares for the shift... so as they say, 'something wicked this way comes' and these anime storylines have warned us, haven't they?