Friday, February 5, 2016

Anime Can Be Philosophical Too!

Over the past week, Feveret Human & I have been binge-watching anime, Attack On Titan to be precise. It's my favourite anime to date, even bypassing One Punch Man!

Sure, One Punch Man has its deep moments & awesome random shenanigans, but Attack on Titan pierces much deeper into things - it reminds me how powerful art & media can be. What I really like about Attack on Titan is the internal conversations the characters have with themselves. It opens up a whole different perspective that one might not have considered before.

The show basically revolves around the war between humanity & man-eating Titans. Naturally, the humans formed a large defence team to protect themselves. Through soliloquies, the viewer gets to know the contrasting emotions & experiences that the soldiers have to go through before, during & after battle. How they still need to deal with internal politics within their squads, face the brash opinions of the community, all while struggling to be true to themselves.

At the same time, there are many symbolical messages too. But I'll stop giving away so many spoilers for now! :D

I don't usually enjoy watching action flicks, & avoid them if I can. But despite its goriness, Attack on Titan did a brilliant job in conveying many important life messages.

Some parts really reminded me of the Bhagavad-Gita; the part where the battle has just started & Arjuna is having doubts about why he should go into battle. Because like most of us, he was taught to be peaceful & to not harm others. So he was torn wondering why he has to fight with & kill his fellow men. But Krishna said that everything is eternal. When you kill someone, you only destroy his physical body, you can never destroy his soul (I understand if this concept seems very extreme, dear reader, I myself was so shocked when I first read this that I avoided the Bhagavad-Gita for years!). & if the innocent & righteous did not make a stand & fight against the evils in the world, then the evil will continue their reign & continue harming others. Sometimes war is necessary to stop evil in its tracks.

Life is a big battle. Of course, don't forget that it is also a big candy shop at the same time. Sometimes you have to fight for what you want & what you truly stand for. Even if sometimes two 'wants' present themselves at the same time, you have to decide which is more important to you, or which does the greater good. & the funy thing is, sometimes these two are present in both your options, but in varying degrees. Sometimes people may not only not understand your decisions & actions, but also misinterpret them. Are you willing to risk your reputation to do what you want to do? How badly do you want to fulfil your dreams & your purpose in this lifetime?

What are you fighting for? At the end of the day, even if everybody is against you, what do you want? Even when the chips are down, & the circumstances keep pushing you back; once your mind is still - what do you want? & as long as you are not harming anyone in the process - go chase your dream. Live your life. You only have this one chance.

& be kind. You don't know what internal demons others are battling. Be kind wherever & whenever possible.

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