Don't Eat With Your Mouth Full

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Let it Go
My latest anime is Neon Genesis Evangelion, which has been recommended to me on numerous occasions as a deconstruction of the "mecha" genre, much as Madoka is of the Magical Girl genre. The trouble is, I've never seen a mecha series, so have no point of reference. However, having got just over halfway through the series I'm happy to report that it has leapt well clear of the "angel monster-of-the-week" slough into which it appeared liable to sink early on, and is diving instead into unknown territory. I gulp, and follow.

As if in reproof of my project of building happy moments week by week into a handsome album called Satisfactory Life (see recent locked post), one character just suggested that "No one can justify life by linking happy moments into a rosary." Well, that told me. (I note that the series' creator, Hideaki Anno, wrote it in the wake of depression, which does not surprise me.) On the other hand, I'm not sure I need to take lessons from an anime that subtitles one section, "Those women longed for the touch of others' lips, and thus invited their kisses."

So, laughing in Anno's teeth, I shall record that this morning I visited our local branch of frozen food store Cook early in order to buy a moussaka for mine and my mother's supper tomorrow. It was already quite warm at 10.30, but as the assistant handed me back three pound coins my palm was refreshed by the sudden thrill of chilled metal.

"Why, even your change is frozen!" I exclaimed, emitting a batsqueak of jouissance.

"Now you know where we keep the money overnight," she replied enigmatically.

I'm not sure that NGE is so much a deconstruction of mecha anime so much as weird take on one. I mean, I'm not sure what tropes it's deconstructing, if it is. Definitely report back when you've finished it. The ending is... I'll just say, memorable.

I shall!

No one can justify life by linking happy moments into a rosary

Or, as Clive James puts it:
Perfect moments should redeem the day
Their teeming richness ought to be enough
To take the sting out of the other stuff
A perfect bitch it doesn't work that way

(Perfect Moments, and I'm afraid I've rather spoilered it by quoting the last stanza, but it is so appropriate...

Re: No one can justify life by linking happy moments into a rosary

That is indeed very apt - and I didn't know the poem. Thank you!

I know it from the singing of Pete Atkin; in my opinion, the songs he and Clive James co-wrote are James's best work.


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