June 13, 2009 / Filmwell
Run an informal poll asking otaku to list today’s greatest anime director and two names …
Among gypsy diversity, one common thread – aside from an art that gives voice to the very Life Force – is a deep well of suffering: gypsies know well the troubles that chase all inassimilable Others down a neverending road, but they also share more universal pains.
In the face of imminent disclosure, a mocking irony is often the shield of choice to defend one’s fragile sense of self-worth. That’s what makes SPECIAL so special (might as well get that out of the way): the filmmakers absolutely refuse to treat their hero (that, too) as an object for the viewer to feel superior to.