Sunday, December 03, 2006


Subject: Noir
I really don't know where I can take the commentary of this show beyond what I've aready written so many times in the past. I'm going to try for the sake of the 'zine I'm contributing to, but for the sake of myself, I think I've covered it a million times already. How could I not.

In the last couple of episodes, this show gets really, really philosophical and almost pendantic with it's posturing. Life, death, survial, and whatnot are all intertwined in the philosophy of exististence that the show tries to evoke. The issue at hand makes the war a secondary, nay, "thirstary" issue when it boils down to it. But with the real life state of war the way it is right now, it's hard to just relegate it to the level of fancy that "MADLAX" purports to. You have to watch it through the conclusion to put the reality of the situation in perspective.

And so it winds up that I watch another round of my second favorite anime and find myself unable to affect any change, let alone be able to correctly interepret any of the symbolism and meaning present in the narrative and artwork itself. I think I know what's going on, and I'm pretty sure that I can follow the narrative, but it's obvious that unless I fill in the literal what-to-fors, I'm just posturing.

Still, it can only be said that I want the complex aspects of this otherwise simple show to be understood and accepted by those whoe stuck with it during it's airdate. It's an amazing and fullfilling story despite it's shortcomings, and it should relaly be more accepted by the usual market-focused puveyors of the mass market. In many ways, that's what the show is about, isn't it?

EDIT: Wait, WTF??!? This is probably the most PWI technobabble I've issue in many, many months... Well, whatever...


Anonymous said...

I meant to ask before, since you've been recently using it frequently on your posts, but... what exactly is "PWI"?

*** MartAnimE

Fellini 8.5 said...

"Posting While Intoxicated".

I think it's turned into my over-repetitive in-joke. :P