– This is a really great, beautiful and immaculately executed show, and one of the few anime that I’d feel comfortable recommending to someone who doesn’t go in for all the weeaboo stuff.
– The city of Glie could almost be out of a George MacDonald fairy tale.
– My biggest fear was that the show would in its last act capitulate to all the M. Night Shyamalan-type temptations that a story with this sort of secluded and mysterious setting has. But it deftly avoids relying on any sort of “gotcha” style twists.
– This is in part because Haibane-Renmei isn’t really some sort of metaphysical thriller, but is instead about the lives of its characters. It’s about broken people seeking healing, about how we deal with loneliness and the various sorrows that life can throw our way, about being The Freak, etc. This sounds like it could be sappy and cloying, but it works, because the characters are either You or People You Know, and there are no easy answers.
– In particular, it’s interesting how a lot of the seeking and redemption that goes on is mediated by symbolic/ritual encounters which are not entirely understood by the characters. In short, the religious angle isn’t just limited to all the angel wings and halos.
– I also like how the setting recreates the feeling of childhood: being in a world where you are without autonomy, under the control of people and institutions you don’t entirely understand. Things work, but they seem like magic and often don’t make sense, or are frightening.
– The blurb on my box-set makes a point about how this show was influenced by the work of Haruki Murakami, a writer whom I have not read. Anyone know how far the resemblance carries over?
(edit: Gratias ago, TWWK and Don)