“What should I watch now?” Thus is the question we, as anime fans, will ever wonder, for ever and ever. With an endless list of shows available for us to watch, it is sometimes complicated to filter out which ones are good and which ones would be better off disappearing into a deep abyss. This column serves exactly this purpose; in whichever category appears from one week to the next, the best shows will be picked out, leaving you with a good amount – enough to watch anime for entire days without pondering over the incessant question that attacks all anime fans.
Now, this may be a bad categorization, seeing as “weird” is a word which can leave us with enormous amounts of ambiguity… When it comesto anime, however, I believe thatwe can narrow this down quite a bit in identifying ‘weird things’ as in “shows which go outside of the norm completely, leaving any anime and non-anime watchers completely traumatized. Not that such a title leaves out ambiguity completely, but it does narrow down things quite a bit. For this category, I personally went with what I believed to be the complete extreme of ‘weird.’ For anyone who likes to be disturbed, this category is for you guys – enjoy.
Synopsis: In the near future, a revolutionary new psychotherapy treatment called PT has been invented. Through a device called the “DC Mini” it is able to act as a “dream detective” to enter into people’s dreams and explore their unconscious thoughts. Before the government can pass a bill authorizing the use of such advanced psychiatric technology, one of the prototypes is stolen, sending the research facility into an uproar. In the wrong hands, the potential misuse of the device could be devastating, allowing the user to completely annihilate a dreamer’s personality while they are asleep. Renowned scientist, Dr. Atsuko Chiba, enters the dream world under her exotic alter-ego, code name “PAPRIKA,” in an attempt to discover who is behind the plot to undermine the new invention.
What is Paprika about? Well, some people would agree that it’s about dreams, the human psyche, but let’s be honest here; the best thing about it is its cluster fuck of weird shit. The main reason why most people watch it, anyways, is for this reason. Hyperboles aside, Paprika makes the rest of Japan seem normal. That is why I put this show on the spotlight today; for, although this is a movie and not a TV series, the intellectual depth to the movie associated with its craziness makes it one hell of a headache to watch, yet leaves you with a deep interest to watch more of it. Although not a personal preference of mine, Paprika is definitely a good 2 hour watch which you should not regret.
Jinrui wa Suitai Shimashita
Synopsis: For years, declining birth rates have forced what’s left of the human race to cede more and more territory to other beings who have appeared to take advantage of the emptying ecological niche. Now, only a handful of humans remain among the remnants of civilization and Earth is dominated by faeries —tiny, ten-inch tall creatures of surprising intelligence. But humanity’s importance isn’t over quite yet, as young Watashi learns as she makes the decision to return to her hometown and assume her grandfather’s position as an arbitrator between the races. Unfortunately, the job isn’t going to be anywhere near as simple as she expected, and it’s going to take a wisdom far beyond her years to achieve her most important mission.
Why is this show weird? More like, why is it not weird? The first episode features creepy ass fairies dancing around everywhere, exploding and talking bread, and has a pacing which gives you absolutely no impression that this is a first episode. Now, imagine 12 episodes of this shit with flying chickens and more creepy fairies, and you’ll get somewhat close to what Jinrui wa Suitai Shimashita is like… kinda. Despite all this weirdness, you’ll also get many deep themes which definitely fit the Seinen genre. Overall, this show is definitely disturbing, intriguing, but also intricately complex and very well designed. As confused as every episode should leave you, Jinrui wa is definitely worth the watch none the less, and I would recommend it to anyone looking for stereotypical Japanese weird things which appear in no other country.