Saturday, 7 March 2015

My journey with Haibane Renmei



Before I even started watching this show, I had a feeling that I'd like it but never did I expect it to resonate with me to such an extent as it did by the time I finished it. Haibane Renmei provided this serene experience in the first few episodes and made me question my perception of a simple life. 

A Haibane's(people with wings as depicted in the above picture are called Haibane) daily life is not very different from what I do everyday yet I find myself stressed out over my life while I find the life of a Haibane 'dream-like'. The difference was simply in my perception, "I wish to live the life of a Haibane? Screw that, I probably already am" or so I thought - this is the sort of introspection that the show invoked and I was just half way through the show. There's more to this than meets the eye of course, I could go great lengths to ponder over the symbolism in the show which could lead to dealing with 'depression' or 'life and death' itself. 

Well, I don't expect what I'm saying to make sense right off the bat but the point is that the show is deep and thought provoking. Symbolism is comparable with Neon Genesis Evangelion to give you a gist.

If I haven't made myself clear yet, go watch Haibane Renmei as soon as possible! that being said, remember to savor each episode.

Haibane Renmei was adopted from Yoshitoshi ABe's doujinshi and it aired it 2002. I'm definitely hunting down all of his works after this: Serial Experiments Lain and Niea_7 are on priority.

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