How can you leave behind someone you love when that is not an option? In fact, I think you never do. Love is the simplest but also the most complex feeling in human existence. When you love someone in a real way, that feeling never goes away, it never dies.
How can you keep loving something that you can't see or touch? How can you feel empty about something that was never tangible or quantifiable?
Loss hurts, absence hurts, but death is a natural part of life and sooner or later we must embrace it, either through a personal encounter with it or the loss of a loved one.
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A lot of adult-oriented animation feels painfully mean-spirited and bland, so it warms my heart to see shows like this that are not only visually appealing, but also experiment with the medium!
Each of these shows manages to bring something unique to the table:
SHOW: The Midnight Gospel
WHERE TO WATCH: Netflix
The Midnight Gospel is the first show I’ve seen to predominantly feature podcast excerpts. Its style is delightfully trippy, and the animation is very fluid. If you wanna get philosophical or just chill out in a simulated Universe, this show may very well be for you.
SHOW: Moral Orel
WHERE TO WATCH: HBO Max
Moral Orel consists of beautiful, Clokey-esque claymation (a rarity!), and pushes the medium to a really creative extent—the best example of this probably being this incredible 1st person sequence. It serves as a masterful satire of religious fundamentalism, (without bashing religion itself) and is an excellent show if you can stomach the subject matter. It’s incredibly depressing.
SHOW: Bee and Puppycat
WHERE TO WATCH: YouTube
In the same vein as Midnight Gospel, Bee and Puppycat implements a gorgeous aesthetic that makes it stand out among its peers, following an endearing protagonist and her disgruntled sidekick as they complete intergalactic odd jobs. It’s also relatively family-friendly, and one of my biggest comfort shows!
SHOW: Paranoia Agent
WHERE TO WATCH: YouTube
Paranoia Agent is directed by Satoshi Kon and I think that alone is enough to assure you it’s a masterpiece; in this 13-episode miniseries, Kon illustrates the detriments of escapism and self-delusion by means of a masterfully crafted anthology. You owe it to yourself as an animation fan to check out his body of work!
Not all these shows are for everyone, and some of the subject matter they tackle is extremely dark/unsettling. Overall, these guys deserve a little more attention, as they’ve done amazing things for the medium! If you’re one of those people who still insists that animation is solely for kids, give some of these a shot.
I hope you’ll change your mind.
Feel free to start a RESPECTFUL conversation in the comments! Despite the topic of this post, I’d also prefer if you kept it relatively PG 💖
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So you know the whole trend going around with drawing your first fictional crush and your current fictional crush fighting? 😳
Well i just decided it'd be fun to take it to the next step.
Here's some of my favorite characters/crushes dialogue between eachother.
This was the best 3 hours I've spent of my day, I'm laughing so hard. It also took me on such a time train, like allllll the way back to 2015. Wow.
Name of characters in order: Wheatley (Portal), Narrator (Stanley Parable), Tenya Iida (BNHA), Yoosung Kim (Mystic Messenger), Clancy Gilroy (The Midnight Gospel), Kaeya (Genshin Impact), 707 (Mystic Messenger).
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I remember watching Midnight Gospel with my uncle once and it was super interesting, but I'm kind of confused about the plot other than Clancie (spell check?) is a magician(?) who goes to other universes via computer simulation. Can you offer other info that might help me understand better? I kinda like the show and it sucks I'm so confused by it. Thanks!
No problem! You got the basic premise right; protagonist Clancy Gilroy has a computer/vr thing that lets him spiritually inhabit an "avatar" to visit other worlds with, in which he interviews the inhabitants for his spacecast, The Midnight Gospel. The audio of the interviews are actually pulled from Clancy's voice actor's real life podcast, The Duncan Trussle Family Hour, but the show adds elements of story and animation. Overall it's a drug trip in animation form but the themes of meditation and spiritual acceptance totally make it work ^^
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