so i would say this is a very shounen show, with the male-gaze shots and battling.
it is done rather well, and the background of it, and characters, although not perfect, work well.
another plus is the vast amount of references – this show is based on a novel.
i’m actually quite surprised at the amount / depth of references. although, i must say, it’s not something past someone researching stuff to come up with…
but it’s interesting to see philosophers, traditional five-element chinese medicine / metaphysics / philosophy, demonology, psychology, japanese history/folk-lore all being reference.
as a philosophy major, i did not think that this was a good explanation of immanuel kant’s categories. it would have been better of using phenomenology or plato’s ideas as a better explanation (although, granted, they are all related in a way)
i imagined the seiyuu doing this line… i wonder how many tries it took. maybe it took just one.
arayashiki – the japanese translation/term for the buddhist idea of the eighth-level consciousness – the store consciousness. i would like to think that this company was named this on purpose, which would be an interesting statement of how these phantoms are a perceivable manifestation of this storehouse consciousness.
she so far has been using the ke cycle to fight. the use of the five elements, especially of her physical touching of the body part near the physical organ that is associated with that element – remarkably well researched and implemented. i applaud.
philosophy of language.
i’m not sure if this is supposed to be a reference to the buddhist idea of store-house consciousness / arayashiki, or perhaps carl jung’s collective unconscious, or maybe something else altogether – it is all similar though.
i will be honest – watching this show makes me feel smart that i know what the references are and what is going on without having to look thinks up. i did look up marchosias, though. i think it also showcases my anime-blogger-abilities.
it’s not a great show, but it is interesting enough to watch.