Cogito Ergo Sum - Philosophy In Anime and Manga


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Slain_slate | Oct 19, 2018 11:32 AM
Fuck gender ideology, f*ck political correctness

_Morpheus_ | Apr 9, 2018 2:39 PM
Just finished watching Houseki no kuni. You could derive some interesting comments about the relation between mind-body-gender from it, with reversed Buddhist overtones in the background. It certainly has an interesting plot behind its back. Have you watched it ? What did you thought of it ?

TheInvisibleSelf | Mar 29, 2018 7:24 PM
This club should be more active. I just watched submarine 6 and would love to talk about it with someone.

Crusader_8 | Dec 18, 2017 10:45 PM
Yeah It's difficult to find good anime that's philosophical rather than psychological (or anything else). The only time anime seems to get philosophical is when it gets eastern-philosophical, with rare and few exceptions.

PleiadesRising | Oct 4, 2017 3:53 AM
Haven't posted here in a while. I guess that's to be expected when most of what I've watched up to this point weren't philosophical in any meaningful way. But that's not entirely true.

One anime that struck me was Harmony. I noticed it's genre-tagged in MAL as "psychological", but it does have some interesting philosophical topics it covers, e.g. self-hood, consciousness and origins. It even quotes Foucault, which I thought was fitting, but not exactly in relation to that quote. Foucault wrote about knowledge and the constitution of the self, which is I think why this anime owes its intellectual origins to him, but goes even further back to Nietzsche. Why him? I don't want to give too much away, but anyone who has read "On The Genealogy of Morals" ought to be familiar with his thesis on the origin of guilt and its relation to consciousness and memory. This is key to a central part of Harmony, especially as the story progresses near the end.

Okay, before I get out of hand, Harmony is worth watching if you're familiar with Foucault, and especially his intellectual predecessor Nietzsche. Once you get a grasp of what it's doing and where it's going, the ideas it presents are a bit unnerving in their implications and consequences.

Crusader_8 | Sep 28, 2017 9:53 PM
I still have Kino's Journey sitting on my shelf... I'm afraid to watch it since everything I've heard and seen about the show to this point comes across as pseudo-intellectual

Suffering_Desu | Aug 22, 2017 9:48 AM
Hopefully the new Kino no Tabi season will bring some life back into this club

Antanaru | Jun 1, 2017 8:57 AM
Well, I don't remember when was the last new thought provoking anime maybe aside from Death Parade and how much can you talk about the same 90s and 2000s stuff so...

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