Jan 24, 2012 10:49 AM
Joined: Dec 2011
Is it just me or could this whole series benefit more from really prolonging the scenes in which the characters are put face to face with their "alternate" selves?
This is, imo, the best part of the game, ditching the goody-goody images and accepting the not-so-perfect-but-completly-verosimile-human inside them, and rushing through it in the anime too seems a shame.
Jan 24, 2012 10:58 AM
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Jan 24, 2012 8:15 PM
Joined: Dec 2007
The funny part is, they are not just "alternate personalities", they are fears, shadows, hidden desires, regrets. Literally everything dark in their minds, or what they are depressed about. Say Rise, for example, wasn't just showing a slutty side, she was showing her anger at how she was perceived, a ditzy slutty self-loving twit. It's not that she had a hidden side like that, but she's her fear, the fear she's perceived this way which is why she says there's no "single" personality that is her, she can't really clamp it down to "this single one is me" because she doesn't know who she is yet. She's just a teenager trying to find herself while the world tries to encase her in labels, like the idol, the ditzy girl, the slut, the plain shy girl,etc.
And Kanji is the most misunderstood one of the gang and even the game mishandles him a little in the dungeon. He's not really gay. He just wants to be accepted and he has a deep trauma of being rejected for being interested in "girl pastimes" and also being shunned by girls. So his "Shadow" miscontrued it into the common miconception "I don't like girls so obviously I'm gay and I want guys to accept me". Kanji says it very seriously in the game: "I just want to be accepted." And the anime really just turned it into a joke. Yuu, in the game, accepts him and treats him pretty well, as does Rise and Kuma too.
Anyway, just trying to put into words things the anime just glossed over. This is very easy to misunderstand even in the game because through most of it you don't know the truth behind the world of Shadows and what Shadows truly are. In a few episodes they should be reaching the decisive point where a very key situation comes down to whether they realize that not everything in that world can be taken as truth and that Shadows like to deceive and lie.
Modified by Leon-Gun, Jan 24, 2012 8:22 PM
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