Hello! Nice to meet you, I'm Robin! My mother named me Robin after the European Robin bird popularly associated with Christmas (as I was supposed to be born on Christmas day, though I was in fact born a few days earlier). I like my name (despite many people questioning how a girl can have such a name) it makes sense I am named after an animal, as I think I have a closer affinity to animals than I do humans. I enjoy long cycle rides (hence the url) practising yoga, learning Latin, everything about the many animals that we share this earth with, and also being a part of a multitude of fandoms.
(Grammar and spelling are not one of my strong suits).
-"You are very powerful, provided you know how powerful you are".
is a Japanese anime television series created, directed and written by Kenji Kamiyama. Kenji Kamiyama directed the Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex anime television series (along with its second series Ghost in the Shell: S.A.C. 2nd GIG and lastly its movie, Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex - Solid State Society. Aka my most favourite series in anime EVERRRRR)
After working as a background artist for productions such as Akira and Kiki’s Delivery Service, he joined Team Oshii at Production I.G, contributing the screenplay of Blood: The Last Vampire and working as animation director for Jin-Roh. In 2002 he made his directorial debut with MiniPato, followed by Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex and Ghost in the Shell: S.A.C. 2nd GIG. In 2007, after almost 6 years of work on the Stand Alone Complex world, he directed the TV series Guardian of the Sacred Spirit and Higashi no Eden (TV series & two movies). Basically he is a mahuUUuusive LEGEND!!
The plot follows a young Japanese woman, Saki, who inadvertently meets a young man, Akira at the end of her celebratory visit to America after graduating. The pair meet under very unusual circumstances where they both look mighty suspicious to neighbouring police in front of the White House. Saki is first seen throwing a coin over the gates of the White House (it is later revealed this is a Japanese tradition where throwing coins can grant you a wish) when she is approached asking what she is doing Akira runs into the seen naked waving a gun and a phone (which you later find out he has used to wipe his own memory) in an attempt to save Saki and distract the polices attention.
With police on there trail Akira acts fast; with Saki keen to leave the country and get back to Japan ASAP along with his own keen interest to find answers to his own identity there the story really starts.
With many typical plots twists each as devious as the last we see Akira go on a path of self discovery and finally noble obligation. If you watch the anime you’ll realise my intended play on words there ;).
With an unusual phone loaded with ten million yen and 11 others like him hand picked by the mysterious Mr Outside Akira must fight to survive certain death with some help from his new found friends at the NEET supporting freedom fighters online organisation Eden of the East… But more importantly he must fight to save Japan from certain collapse and destruction… Both physically and through people’s outlook on life along with political ideologies etc.
All in all a very good watch most worthwhile. However, despite not having seen the following two movies which complete this stand alone complex, I feel that this series could have been better developed in a two series in depth plot with one or two movies to complete instead. It feels a little like this cool storyline was built up and then quickly overcome. Seeing as there were some very interesting characters built up I feel they could have been used more productively and effectively if used more to their full potential by the use of a second series.
Nonetheless I may still change my mind after completing King of Eden and Paradise Lost. I have to say in some ways it reminds me almost with the background philosophy of Paranoia Agent yet with the action added that I felt P.A. was lacking, (which they probably lost a little of the charcter development they could have had like in P.A. which is most in depth) maybe slightly less dark undertones portrayed however.