Hell Screen: Aoi Bungaku 12

So it's off to google a few pages to get ready for the final Aoi Bungaku episode, Ryunosuke Akutagawa's “Hell Screen.” I shouldn't have to do this, I suppose. I could simply take what the anime gives me and work with that, but it's more interesting to see how it embellishes the original. On the … Continue reading Hell Screen: Aoi Bungaku 12

The Spider’s Thread: Aoi Bungaku 11

Aoi Bungako 11 is the story “The Spider's Thread” by Ryunosuke Akutagawa, supposedly a tale for children. From a translation or maybe a synopsis I found online I expected some Buddha, and lovely colors, and a story about a bandit trying to get out of hell via a spider's web. Well, I got the colors … Continue reading The Spider’s Thread: Aoi Bungaku 11

In the Woods Beneath the Cherry Blossoms in Full Bloom (Aoi Bungaku 5-6)

The story is told in two episodes, and it's about as far as you can get from the “No Longer Human” story. For one thing, it's a lot less murky. Our hero Shigemaru, doing the usual bandit things, abducts a woman whom he immediately falls in love with. He's her immediate sap and when she … Continue reading In the Woods Beneath the Cherry Blossoms in Full Bloom (Aoi Bungaku 5-6)

Some Kampfer, Nyan Koi and Introducing Aoi Bungaku

Quite a contrast this time around … Aoi Bungaku is apparently four stories, and we start with the cheerful “No Longer Human,” where we follow the misadventures of a young man, “unable to comprehend the way humans work.” He has cynically joined the resistance, is about to be cut off from his allowance, is on … Continue reading Some Kampfer, Nyan Koi and Introducing Aoi Bungaku