Animetic Aberrations

A series of anime interpretation videos with philosophical undertones.

What does it mean to be a child? What does it mean to be an adult? What does it mean to be a human?

You start with living in a controlled environment, provided with everything you need, but trained for some ultimate goal beyond your comprehension. You slowly grow up and, working together, you learn and become better at what you do. You also get interested in others — at first physically and subconsciously, but then mentally and consciously. There also come revelations and decisions, everything is new and special and means the world to you, but the thing is... at some point that world makes you realize that the story is, actually, not at all about you.

The world existed long before you, and it never cared about your existence. There are things far beyond your control — from primeval forces of nature to social constructs invented long before you were born. Growing up — moving from childhood to adulthood — means realizing your own insignificance, accepting it, and setting your own feasible goal. You as a human are not a sobbing victim who needs cheering from everyone around you to keep your identity; neither are you a hero with burning magma in his veins who will save the world from ever-present evil — you, as a human, just... are.

And around you, there are also people who just «are». They will be very different, and it may be hard to get along with them. But you will form bonds, and with those, you will embark on your own journey into the unknown, towards your goal — the legacy only you can leave for the next generation. But this journey also means that people who cared about you will lose you — they may cheer for you, but from now on, they will have to live with that loss. That's just how things are — in fact, they've always been and always will be, since this cycle shall repeat forever.

Long ago, art meant imitating real life; not so long ago, art meant creating its own logical «life». Today, there is good anime which is indeed art, but the best anime is that which is half art and half life. Great anime transcends pure entertainment and throws a bridge between the imaginary and the real, but to do that, it cannot have a truly fulfilling ending: you may cry at Gurren Laggan and cheer at Kill la Kill, but to reflect, you need Evangelion.

Today we live in a world where anime creators faced modern anime as children themselves, and when they grew up, they not only knew the medium inside out, but also kept a strong sense of self-awareness that captured the whole process of moving from being a child to being an adult. In 2018, they no longer tell the usual and the evident, what everyone expects from a work of fiction and wants to hear to feel happy and entertained; consciously or subconsciously, they tell more — the real, the actual relatable experiences that leak from life into their plots... like happened with Darling in the Franxx. That's why when you'll be done watching it, you won't be «Awesome! What's next?»; you'll be «Well, damn, that hit close to home».