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October 25th, 2006

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02:45 pm - Seems Japan's grudge against America is still deep-rooted in their culture
Watching one of the newest animes to come out, Code Geass - Lelouch of the Rebellion (Code Geass - Hangyaku no Lelouch),  I find myself snickering right from the start.  Here's an edited version of the plot summary from Anime News Network:

"Japan has been invaded and conquered by the Britannia Empire.  Japan is now known as "Area 11" and it's citizens known as "elevens".  The Britannia Empire takes away Japan's autonomous power (in other words, Japan's right to sovereignty and rule) and imposes it's own rule. The Britannia Empire enforces it's rule through the use of 'Nightmares' (giant humanoid machines - think Gundams). The Empire's rule has never faltered, but nowcracks have begun to show..."

A regular war-type anime right?  Oppressed people, fight back against oppressor, blah blah blah.  Until you see their map of exactly where this "Britannia Empire" is in accordance with the real world:

No explanation needed right? xDDD 

And the people that fight back against the Britannia Empire?  Those that refuse to obey the Empire and insist on remaining citizens of Japan, not "Area 11", and insist on being Japanese, not "elevens", what're they lablled as?  Take a guess *snicker*

Dear lord I love going political using animes, it's so amusing.  The number of times Japanese anime takes hits at America is astounding if you really look for it, and the way they portray Americans is even more hilarious.  Big, bubbling bafoons that wave their brute strength around with no sense of tact, strategy or subtleness seems to be the image the Japanese have of the Americans.  Oh let's not forget the money factor, Americans are constantly portrayed as money-driven regardless of humanitarian costs (now gee, why does that sound familiar? >D).  You should see the way the Ruler of Britannia is portrayed (can't remember if they called him King or Prince).   Oh he's not throwing his brute strength around, nope not this one, only completely fake and unsympathetic to the people and their sufferings (again, why does this sound familiar, hmm...).

I think I'm going to like this anime.

[EDIT1] (these'll probably grow as I finish watching the first 2 eps):  Shinjuku became "Shinjuku Ghetto"  according to Third Prince Clovis (Ruler of Britannia! I found his name~  All kneel!!)

[EDIT2]:  .....Whoa......massacre....complete...total...massacre.......

[EDIT3]:  *blink* I'm....kind of confused...but then again that's typical when it comes to war-related animes since wars are never as simple as black against white (even in anime lol).  Change the world huh....ii yume...unfortunately, unlike Lelouch, we have to change the world without any supernatural powers to aid us haha.

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Date:October 26th, 2006 12:33 am (UTC)
o_O;; Well, that's certainly interesting. I wanna see!

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