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INtellectual Exploration / Re: Bingo Meme Thread
« Last post by bwbScram on Today at 01:03:30 »
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Animation / Re: Segments of Animation That You Find Interesting
« Last post by bwbScram on Today at 00:12:28 »
At last the final puzzle piece fills in and the image of Mita Park and we pan up to see Misaki’s hat blowing in the breeze, an oddly serene conclusion to such a high energy intro.

tl;dr, Welcome to the NHK’s OP is surreal and evocative and more than a little funny in a dark sort of way. It truly is a lot of sound and fury that actually happens to signify quite a lot about the characters and themes.

Sorry for the length of this, but OPs can have a lot to examine.
inb4 I give Eva the same treatment
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Animation / Re: Segments of Animation That You Find Interesting
« Last post by bwbScram on Today at 00:09:05 »
Match cuts cont...

I'm honestly not sure what this is
Misaki's trademark parasol
Feathers from a wing; that of an "angel"?
A cellphone; I tend to think of Yamazaki and Hitomi when it comes to this one
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Animation / Re: Segments of Animation That You Find Interesting
« Last post by bwbScram on Today at 00:04:49 »
This gives way to a series of symbols representing various parts of the show; again this list will take up two posts.

The frog from the previous cut
The drug Sato only takes in the novel and manga
An ace of spades, presumably from the deck of cards that Sato and Hitomi used to kill time during high school
The logo of the Mouse Road MLM organization
A close up of lips, probably belonging to another of Misaki's idealized fantasy girls
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Animation / Re: Segments of Animation That You Find Interesting
« Last post by bwbScram on 2017-06-27 23:57:21 »
to an anime character in that same pose on Yamazaki’s shirt.

We get a slight breather as Yamazaki moves aside for Misaki, so let’s try to figure out what that all means. Some of the match cuts are pretty obvious. Sato is on Hitomi’s mind, and as his first crush (and first lay), the connection from her to the heart makes sense as well, but the sexual imagery seems to come out of left field after that. The thing is, I think we’re looking at Sato’s thought process here, the same neurotic, disjointed train of thought that came up with the NHK conspiracy in the first place. He makes odd logical leaps, jumping from Hitomi to various sexual fantasies until it just doesn’t really matter who he’s thinking about at all. Then Yamazaki breaks him out of it in an appropriately awkward way, another thing that often happens in the show and the his attention is drawn back to Misaki I the part where the two often meet. On Misaki’s shirt is a stylized hikkikomori that is obviously Sato, who we then see in a frog costume gleefully dive off a cliff into some water in a direct reference to the climax in the final episode.
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Animation / Re: Segments of Animation That You Find Interesting
« Last post by bwbScram on 2017-06-27 23:54:47 »
Regardless of your interpretation, what follows is a rapid fire barrage of match cuts connected by a thin thread of logical association. In order…

From the puzzle piece to Sato
to Hitomi’s hat
to a shredded heart
to the heart tattoo on one of the fantasy women
to some of Hitomi’s more… alluring features
to a sunprint bikini model in a provocative pose (list to be finished next post, used up allocated number of images)



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Animation / Re: Segments of Animation That You Find Interesting
« Last post by bwbScram on 2017-06-27 23:51:03 »
Here we see Misaki holding up a puzzle piece, as though trying to find a place for it. The obvious interpretation for what this means comes in the next shot, where we see Sato wearing a shirt with a similar piece on it. Sato is clearly a little empty inside and Misaki is trying to fill that void. But that’s not the only way to look at it. The flat blue of the piece’s backside makes it look as if a piece of Misaki is missing and as we zoom in, that emptiness grows to consume her. That definitely reflects what happens to her over the course of the series.
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Animation / Re: Segments of Animation That You Find Interesting
« Last post by bwbScram on 2017-06-27 23:42:56 »
Cut to Misaki on the street after a rainstorm, and note how even when looking down on her, the animators have managed to use the reflection in the puddles to frame her against the heavens. In fact, whenever Misaki is looking at the camera, and thus, knows that Sato’s and our eyes are on her, she contrives to put the sky behind her. She goes out of her way to sell this image of salvation, but when the veil drops and we get a glimpse into her mind, we see that it’s just a façade. Misaki’s own expressionist framework is a closed of box of a room with nothing but stairs and a shelf to define it. The pink gradient in the background hints at innate compassion, but it’s walled in my dark, angry red, hardly surprising when you consider Misaki’s abusive life at home. It’s clear that she feels trapped and isolated and even though she has nowhere to go, she makes a run to break free right before being pulled back to some semblance of reality.
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Animation / Re: Segments of Animation That You Find Interesting
« Last post by bwbScram on 2017-06-27 23:39:50 »
The thought of that image sends Sato’s deranged mind into overdrive and as he goes out of control, his normal room is taken over by the anthropomorphized furniture that he hallucinates whenever delusions about the NHK conspiracy crop up. His mind is literally blown all over the screen and we get a glimpse of his innermost thoughts. It’s no coincidence that this core images take the form of abstract expressionism. This is how the agoraphobic Sato sees himself and the world around him. He is alone, frightened, and paralyzed within an endless expanse of identical, uniform dots. That’s how he sees other people and clearly, he does not fit in with that. The dull grey and uniform pattern evoke a sense of tedium while the murky crimson of the dots creates a tense, agitated atmosphere around the image. If there was any remaining uncertainty, this shot shows Sato to be a depressed and stunted man.
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Animation / Re: Segments of Animation That You Find Interesting
« Last post by bwbScram on 2017-06-27 23:38:35 »
As soon as Misaki is awake, she goes to leave the room, filling the screen with the striped pattern of her shirt. The title of the OP’s theme, Puzzle, appears on the fabric, and one of her fantasy girls knocks away a puzzle piece to give us a way back to the realm of fantasy. Here, we view Misaki as she wants Sato to see her; that is, a literal angel, the embodiment of his salvation, basking in sunlight before the gateway to the outside world.
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