Saturday, April 20, 2013

Out of [chat]



This is depressing as hell.

7 comments:

MA17 said...

There's this aesthetic called mono no aware that focuses on feeling simultaneously good and bad about impermanence. I'm sure it must be in the same category as nostalgia for the way it feels good to remember something, but there's an important twinge of pain and sadness in it as well. It inflicts a good pain, like Fry's dog Seymour in that episode of Futurama. What happens to Seymour is obviously sad, but it also kind of feels good to feel that sadness, even if just from the perspective of appreciating how effectively the aesthetic has been used.

I think this short taps into that aesthetic as well. The way she sees the world when she can't actually see it doesn't necessarily go away forever when she has her dog there to see for her, but I would assume she doesn't often get to see it that way, and she'll probably see it that way less and less as she gets older.

And then she'll think to herself, (as I suppose most of us do now) "how wonderful it was to live in the world before I understood it".

MA17 said...

Also, I see mono no aware as a key component to understanding and enjoying Cowboy Bebop. I assume that's at least part of the reason why they dabble with some blues motifs, and why the ending theme song is what it is.

_J_ said...

I was less concerned with the impermanence and more concerned with

- guy steals from a blind girl.

- the only entities that helps the blind girl, in any way, are the stick and her dog.

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