Comrades, we need better anime literacy on this board. I've made this thread to help direct people to good leftist anime. Listen to me or not, but I have watched a lot of anime so these are my serious recommendations. If you watch these shows you will also be broadening your tastes and escaping from seasonal consumerism. I will specifically recommend leftist/revolutionary anime. 510 posts and 169 image replies omitted. Click reply to view.
>Belladonna of Sadness
This 1971 film has a lot of sexual content, but it is one of the most beautifully drawn anime of all time and is a great audio-visual experience, with varied styles of art over the film. It includes incredibly experimental and interesting shots. Plot wise it tackles the sexual, religious and feudal heirarchy with great visual storytelling. It flips the idea of sexual corruption as bad, and turns satanist hedonism into a revolutionary force which only positively affects the villagers.
Tomino's Gundam is a masterpiece because of how good the characters are. They are astoundingly well developed and feel real due to characterisation present in almost all episodes. Tomino's style of storytelling is obtuse, and the subext is not narrated out like in most anime, which many people really enjoy which is why the show has such a strong fan base. The themes of the original show are extremely well expressed in the last third, and a number of scenes towards the end are absolutely fantastic. As for the leftist analasys, Gundam is anti-fascist, with a possible Trotskyist degenerated worker's state analasys on the antagonist faction, who were originally a revolutionary anti-earth eco-fascist group until they were taken over by a ruling familly. However, their ideology is not wrong as the Earth Federation opresses the space-underclass as well as destroying the planet. There is a lot to unpack here and the evil principality is well humanised despite being clearly in the wrong, except for Char who did nothing wrong. Tomino is known to have some sexist takes, but this isn't really present until the 90s and before that his anime all have strong women.
It is the ultimate revolutionary anime. The entire show goes about combating conservatism and reactionism in a highly bombastic way, without making them seem evil. Instead, conservatism is just wrong and impossible to maintain. The show is epic, with very strong pathos and emotion in some very memorable scenes. It also wierdly has a bit on establishing a revolutionary government and revisionism.
Its literally about a socialist revolution and anti-imperialism, something which few western media depict even in a sci-fi setting. I have shilled it enough in other threads but this is a must watch for any socialist anime fan and its only 4 episodes so you have no excuse.
>Fang of the Sun Dougram
Its a long anime about a guerilla war against colonialists and their puppet government. The art and animation is awful but some of the characters are legendarily good and the plot is among the best in the medium. I only finished it recently and haven't had a good think about it but I completely recommend his one to people who enjoyed LoGH and Maoists.
>Shin Sekai Yori
This one is interesting. My reading is that the show is about how reformism won't work and how people from the ruling class who oppose the system are transformed into the very upholders of that system, including the parts of it which killed their friends and enslave other humans. It unironically seems third worldist, with only the opressed race being able to rise up in revolution. I would definitely like to discuss this one with others.
>Kill la Kill
Anarchist naturist anime.
Please recommend other anime which are leftist (or not) to add recommendations for other people. I will respond and start discussion.
I remember showing my friend some of my favorite pages from Sabu & Ichi in terms of paneling and he said "this is the comic medium version of something like FLCL".
I love the way he draws characters, animals, creatures, robots etc too. I'll admit he wasn't the best at drawing stuff under tight schedules or just had bad days sometimes (yeah, some of the anatomy in the Yapoo manga is really goofy) it's so lively and the dude was so versatile. Henshin Ninja Arashi (great moody gritty art) and Banchou Wakusei (fantastic cartoony art) were only 3 years apart and Fantasy World Jun is just nonstop experimentation and trying out new shit.
I also have a big soft spot for the art in the first Cyborg 009 arc; top notch atmosphere.
I hate the word "toxic." It is a cringy word used by liberals which (un)intentionally implies that masculinity by itself is harmful.
Virgin "toxic masculinity" hater.
Chad "hegemonic masculinity" opposer.
Yes, I WILL argue over semantics. I'd like to interject for a moment. What you're referring to as Linux is, in fact, GNU/Linux…
How do you adapt Das Kapital into a manga? It's like adapting a fucking dissertation on neoliberal economics, WTF?
It's about some guy starting a cheese factory while his childhood friend becomes a whore.
>>19690>It's about some guy starting a cheese factory while his childhood friend becomes a whore.
And one of his first villains was a pig that dressed like Mao Zedong, your point? yes Frieza is like a Real estate broker, yes there are some vague leftist and anti-leftist ideas, but it's more by accident than by intent, as almost any other villain of his demonstrates from Pilaf, to King Piccolo, to Raditz to Vegeta to Cell and Baby and Buu. The vast majority of his characters are apolitical bad guys and Frieza is excessively sadistic and moustache-twirling, his being a space capitalist is more of a chance thing for plot than anything real.
>Every gay character that he includes also happens to be a pedo
Do you not remember General Blue? I had Otokosuki in mind as well, but at least Trunks was legal(or older than Bulma was at the start of the series when Master Roshi did his thing).
There already is a graphic adaptation of Road to Serfdom; I wouldn't put that past them.
He, like Oolong, is a caricature of aryan nazis, he dies like a chump and is never talked about again. As for the 'gayness' it's just a stereotype about nazis being closet fags. >Otokosuki
A barely present character that's also a caricature of leather gays and is clearly a gag character.
I'm specifically referring to his pedo activity in the Dr. Slump crossover episode. I rescind my point about Otokosuki because at the very least Trunks was older than Bulma was when Roshi was after her, so he's not more of a pedo than the usual cast.
most media literate american
[reading a made-up story] oh man i am just ITCHING to pass judgement on these people!
The law of revolution
Sickness is the mirror of health
Discretion for the proletariat!
Prejudice is for the bourgeoisie!
>>20072>Discretion is for the proletariat!
Missed that oops
Btw cute anime I enjoyed it
many books to you Comrade Main
>>19894>his pedo activity in the Dr. Slump crossover episode
I honestly cannot recall that episode.
https://www.zeonic-republic.net/?page_id=10526>words like ‘innovation’, ‘revolution’, ‘reform’ are as misleading as communism—they tend to push us towards a totalizing way of thinking, synonymous with socialism, which inevitably leads to totalitarianism.
Yeah Tomino's gone off the deep end with this one lol. But he's never been particularly communist to be honest, none of Gundam really is.
Tomino never ascribed to any specific ideology even in his college years; lots of old creators were left wing but he wasn't really. Don't like the "we need to claim every popular creator as communist" meme especially when you have old stuff like The Legend of Kamui & Sakura Gaho to translate by actual marxist creators.
>>21157 >Don't like the "we need to claim every popular creator as communist" meme
I've never been in that camp, it's always been annoying to me tbh. Tomino is Tomino.
I mean, he was wrong about that. Most Marxists even agree on that currently.
>>22331>he was wrong about that
was he though ? rate of profit still falling. I don't think he ever gave a timetable
that's not what marx said tho, it was not a lack of investment, but the necessity of investment which would drive a falling rate of profit due to rising fixed costs and forcing monopolization.
yeah except it sucks. netflix made a bad anime
Can only speak to anime I've actually seen, but this is my list of shows that are actually worth watching
Anime with a good materialist analysis of societies:
Girls Last Tour
Progressive Bourgois Universalist anime
Neon Genesis Evangelion
Godzilla Singular Point
Vampire in the Garden
Full Metal Alchemist
Kill la Kill
Spy x Family
One Punch Man
Gay Conservative/Regressive Bourgois Anime
Jojo's Bizarre Adventure
Eminence in Shadow
Attack on Titan
Made in Abyss
Sword Art Online
What's fascist about Made in Abyss?
I just saw demon slayer. Animation is nice. Story is OK. Character design is meh (typical anime tropes). Voice acting (Japanese) is the usual anime oniichan shit mixed with good voice acting. Storytelling itself is so-so, a bit repetitive and slower development.
In general, I give it a 6. Not Marxist or leftist at all. The setting is feudal Japan and they take that shit seriously.
is it just me or was demon slayer kind of rushed? Like the author just randomly decided wipe out half of the demom leadership and the strongest demon guys were quickly disposed of. Recently I have had this feeling that newer manga and anime is trying to get to the action and resolution for main conflict too quickly and this doesn’t allow characters and the setting to be properly developed.
Typical neocon resistance against the "outside threat." Later on was co-opted by the monarchist Simon and later by the fascist Rosseau.>Kill la Kill
Damn it, wanted to mention it myself, CLOTHES ARE A FORM OF OPPRESSION BY AN INDUSTRIALIST SOCIETY!
literally did nothing wrong
>>22430>>Gurren Lagann>Typical neocon resistance against the "outside threat."
Holy shit, most media literate leftoid.
It makes me feel good about myself therefore it is leftist.
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