A couple of days ago, I suggested to my sister that we watch an anime from my enormous Want to Watch list on Anime-Planet.com. Basically, anything which I’ve found remotely interesting and have yet to watch is on there. I’m especially interested in the classics. So, her choice of Texhnolyze rather pleased me at first.
Watching the first few minutes immediately made me realize that this was a very sophisticated work. The setting is incredibly dark, and they do not employ dialogue–to be more precise, speech of any kind–for the first half. One is particularly struck by the griminess and darkness, which creates a rather empty feeling in one’s gut. This pleased me at first, since the setting and mood come across as very original–even if they draw out silent scenes of the cityscape and dark rooms for too long. Then, a woman’s appearance initiates a long sex scene (I skipped most of it) to which the episode continually reverts in between scenes concerning a certain drifter (who actually speaks!) and a girl wearing a fox mask, who leads him to a kind of gang. So, the hollowness in my stomach increases along with the lack of emotion, inhumanity, and depravity of the characters. A gun fight occurs, and the person whom we take to be the main character is cut down by a katana at the episode’s end.
So, let me make it clear that I’m discarding this show not because its bad–it displays a ton of originality and sophistication, but because it’s evil. One shouldn’t meditate on the dark side of the human character for too long, and plenty of other shows examine the darkness in humanity without becoming inhuman, e.g. Serial Experiments Lain. I rather feel like comparing T. S. Eliot’s The Wasteland to this show. The lack of meaning Eliot finds in the modern worldview creates a similar feeling to the hollowness of Texhnolyze, but such things are better read than watched.
At any rate, I decided to prevent further harm to my psyche and stopped watching right there. I’d recommend that none of my dear readers watch it. For those of you who have seen it, is there any positive or interesting message to the show that one discovers further on? Does the mood lighten or become less hollow?