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    pseudorandom is offline Senior Member Always Around
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    To those to you who recommended Haibane Renmei -- and frankly I've forgotten who you were -- a hearty "Thank you." I borrowed the DVDs from a friend and snorked them down in a weekend, then bought them used and snorked them down again. Good Stuff. And happens to hit a couple bulletproof kinks of mine.

    For those who aren't familiar with it, the title translations as "Haibane Association" or "Ash-Feather Federation". It starts with a teenaged with no memory of her past hatching out of a coccoon to meet a handful of young women, older and younger than her, all with halos and small, grey-feathered wings: the Haibane. That evening Rakka, named after her coccoon dream of falling through the sky, sprouts her own wings and her own halo takes hold, and slowly starts to learn about the Haibane, the Old House they live in, and the walled town that takes care of them.

    It's a very light-handed drama: each episode, it feels like nothing much happens, but you're startled that it's already ended -- and you're sittting on the edge of your seat. The sense of oddness and dislocation slowly grows until it almost becomes menacing -- even as characters both earn and avert their own redemption. The harshest criticism I have for it is that it starts out as Rakka's story, but ends up being another character's.
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    i've only watched the first episode. it's nicely animated, though the storyline didn't really capture my attention (which is why i stopped right after)

    the wing thing looked pretty darn painful =\

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    yeah, that did look pretty painful. i watched a couple of episodes and watched the ending. it looked interesting but for some reason anime can't keep my attention.

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    I loved it. It was a really interesting, but confusing, world showed in that anime. I loved the opening scene so much that I watch it every other day or so. The one were she falls from the skies and talk to a crow(raven?). Fucking awesome.

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    It's drawn more like a raven, but they call it a crow in translation. I gather Japanese uses the same word for both, and all other black corvids. I like both that and the regular opening sequence, both with falling scenes of different sorts.

    There's a lot of implications about that world that could have be better explored. Such as, that when Haibane ascend, they become part of the powers maintaining the wall, or that's what I took. One of the few anime I've regretted how short it was.
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    Yeah, karasu. Means crow or raven. Love Ravens. Awesome creatures.

    And I think a lot of it was meant in to be se symbolic in some straightforward way. Maybe that's why it felt strange? Symbols made so apparent that they seemed symbols no more?

    Don't forget to download the artbook btw. It's sweet.

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    I'll have to look for the artbook. (This is different from the booklet that came with the first DVD?)

    The symbols are, I gather deliberately, not nailed down by the creators -- because they wanted to generate fan interaction and speculation. Seems to have worked. Me, I'm driving myself bats trying to figure out, given we're pretty much told how Reki died before becoming a Haibane, how the others died. And sliding off a frustrating near lack of clues.
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