Colloquim: Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon 9 – End

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This week, our participants are down to John Satodraggle, and Foshizzel (who provided pictures), the hardiest of the hardy. 

John Sato: Episodes 9 and 10 of Horizon were so full of classy content that we here at Classy have been in a veritable stupor just trying to process it all, but one detail that stands out above the others is the attention to cultural clashes. Continue reading

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Colloquium: Kyokai Senjou no Horizon 7 + 8

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This week we’re once again down to only the most rugged and foolhardy crew of bloggers: draggleredballJohn Satoand Foshizzel (who provided pictures). Enjoy!

draggle: For a show which is normally so logical and easy to watch as Horizon, this was a difficult pair of episodes to follow. Well, parts of it were simple to follow: Double-Bloody Mary, her love affair with the ninja and impending death due to the recreation of history were pretty straightforward.

It’s the negotiations where things get complicated. And this, I feel, is intentional on the part of Hoirzon’s creators. Continue reading

Colloquium: Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon 5 + 6

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The depth and creativity of Horizon makes it a much more challenging beast to analyze than Queen’s Blade, and our intrepid colloquiumers are dropping out like flies. This week we’re down to only the most rugged and foolhardy crew of bloggers: redballJohn Satodraggle, and Foshizzel (who provided pictures).

redball: In episodes 5 and 6 of Horizon we find most of our cast embroiled in battles in multiple dimensions, while the hero Tori and heroine Horizon are on a date. As always in Horizon, we must not take these events at face value. While it may seem tempting to believe that the battles themselves represent the ebb and flow of the date’s success, I believe that instead these seeming independent events are tied together in order to teach us about dualism.

That every man ought to endeavour peace, as far as he has hope of obtaining it; and when he cannot obtain it, that he may seek and sue all helps and advantages of war— Thomas Hobbes

Simply put, dualism is the existence of opposing forces acting on a single body. Much like Horizon, dualism has many interpretations and can be applied to multiple disciplines. The primary disciplines of dualism are moral, mind-body, and physical. All of these are referenced in these episodes. Continue reading

Fetal Anime Syndrome – An In-Depth Review

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I have the distinct pleasure of reviewing a strange story of tolerance and acceptance of those with disabilities. It is set in a town with an excellent program for the multiply handicapped and follows a protagonist who is one of the less disadvantaged students. As the story progresses we are shown the humanity of these children and we learn that the golden rule still applies – even to the handicapped. Perhaps even more amazing is that all of this was told through the lens of a visual novel. I am, of course, reviewing the 2007 – 2008 Key series, Clannad. Continue reading

Colloquium: Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon 3 + 4

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We continue providing you coverage of the classiest and most intellectual anime of the season. This week we are joined by draggleReisengredballJohn Sato, and Foshizzel (who provided pictures).

What has been will be again,
what has been done will be done again;
there is nothing new under the sun. — Ecclesiastes 1:9

draggle: If we don’t learn from history, we are doomed to repeat it. In Horizon, this is true in a literal sense: since mankind forgot their own history, they are purposefully recreating it. The only difference is that the characters in Horizon see this as a good thing. Continue reading

Eiken: The Argument for Celibacy

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Looked at normally, Eiken is much like a fever dream, or a nightmare, or some kind of demon-induced hallucination. The horrific glory of the show can hardly be matched. So why blog about it on Classy? While we plan to define exactly what a “classy” anime is, for now let me posit this definition: A classy anime is one which has its true value hidden beneath a face of mediocrity or even “badness.” Queen’s Blade: Rebellion was hidden underneath a mask of misogyny and sexism (ironic, considering its true substance) and Horizon is surrounded by a seemingly impenetrable fog of incomprehensible plot and backstory. Eiken is much the same. Practically a horror show on the surface, this 2 episode OVA series only reveals its true colors when looked at as a cutting satire on our current sex obsessed culture.

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Colloquium: Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon 1 + 2

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Last season we revealed the deep symbolism in Queen’s Blade: Rebellion. This time, we’ll explain the intricacies and depth of Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon. Our returning Colloquiumers draggleEmperor JSnippetTeeJohn Satoredball, and , and Foshizzel are joined by a new participant, AbsoluteZero255.

I still haven’t a fucking clue what this show is about!… I never, ever want to experience this kind of brain melting confusion ever again! — Caraniel

draggle: After finishing an episode of Horizon, many people tend to come out a bit confused. That is, I believe, understandable. The show is based on a series of novels which begins with a prologue of nearly a thousand pages. There are countless characters, with more and more introduced every episode. And the mechanics of the show are unbelievably complex, with many competing factions, each with their own characters, ships, armaments, and special powers. Continue reading

Welcome to The Classiest Anime Weblog

Hello dearest World,

It is our pleasure to present to you nothing but the finest in japanese modern visual culture. Our mission at The Classiest Anime is to determine the finest of all anime and provide you with in-depth analysis on these select works. We have assembled the most illustrious team of bloggers so that we may offer you the most thorough reviews possible. As of inception, this blog features the works of draggle, Emperor J, Foshizzel, John Satoredball, Reiseng, and SnippetTee, while Mushyrulez and AbsoluteZero255 have committed to future works.

We hope you enjoy our inaugural series of colloquium posts on the modern masterpiece that is Queen’s Blade: Rebellion. Our current project is an in-depth analysis of Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere. We look forward to many more projects, and we hope you will join us.

Colloquium: Queen’s Blade Rebellion 11 and 12 [End]

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NOTE: This is a repost of the Queen’s Blade: Rebellion series originally hosted on Draggle’s Anime Blog. It is reposted with permission. To view the original post please click here.

This week’s post is a collaboration with Emperor JredballReisengSnippetTeeJohn Sato, and Foshizzel (who provided pictures).

draggle: Taken literally, the ending to Queen’s Blade: Rebellion makes no sense. The rebels and the Queen join in battle, and then… everyone leaves. Our heroines journey to the forest temple, where they transform into rainbows and fly into the ceiling. The twin peaks fall away to reveal a phallic spaceship.
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Colloquium: Queen’s Blade Rebellion 8, 9 and 10

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NOTE: This is a repost of the Queen’s Blade: Rebellion series originally hosted on Draggle’s Anime Blog. It is reposted with permission. To view the original post please click here.

This week’s post is a collaboration with draggleredballJohn SatoSnippetTee, and Foshizzel (who provided pictures).

redball: We’ve joined together once again to imbibe in the grand story of Queen’s Blade. Each week we learn more about the world in which the show takes place, and this week was no different. I must say that, after watching three episodes in a single evening, I for one am practically drunk with new and exciting information. I’d like to ask you to please pardon us if we’re overloaded, but that extra episode gives us a lot to process. With that, let’s dig in.
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