Yesterday’s lack of energy carries through to today. It’s very frustrating to have things you WANT to get done, but are unable to because you just don’t have enough juice. It’s less “I must provide timely content for my audience!” and more “I want to work on this!”… and being unable to. Eghh.
Well, instead of working, I sat down and finished watching BGC2040. It falls into a common anime pit: getting too damn philosophical for its own good. Granted, it’s better about this than most, but by the end we’ve abandoned all practical reality and jumped headfirst into unexplainable metaphysics and psychological point of view kombat, so when it’s all over you can go “Well, uh… I guess they ‘won’?” and scratch your head.
I’m hoping to avoid this for UE. Oh, it’ll have its fair share of surrealistic powered combat. But in the end I want it to be about people, not ideologies. People fighting for their own lives and loves and what they believe in, rather than fighting for a neotopian postmodern ideal of transmutated conceptual forms of life and other things that look great on a thesis paper. That’s not to say I wanna ‘dumb it down’ — I just don’t want to disconnect the audience from the emotion of the work by dumping a heaping helping of artistic pseudointellectualism on them.
(You know, this is one of the reasons I really love FLCL. It plays hard and fast on every level. If you’re not interested in studying Naota’s sexual alienation and adolescent troubles as represented by the various robots and what situations they emerge from, you can just enjoy the science fiction plot with Atomsk and Medical Mechanica. If you’re not interested in the surface level science fiction plot, just enjoy the wacky colorful images playing across the screen. The anime delivers at every layer, which means it satisfies the spirit, the adrenaline gland AND the funnybone at the same time without sacrificing one for the others.)
Anyway, I generally enjoyed BGC2040 (Nene no kawaii!), and it did give me some good ideas of where to go with UE. I liked that the Ultimate Badguy was unleashed a whole 16 episodes before the finale — it meant a good, slow buildup with the occasional encounter and lots of planning before they actually Saved The Day. That’s why I shuffled the UE titles around a bit, so A Quiet Apocalypse hits well before the last episode. Not 16 episodes before, but enough that I can give it some slow burning.
Now if I could just hook up a car battery to my nipples or something and jumpstart myself. I’ll ride it out for a few days… maybe this weekend is the key.