Anime Synopsis: No. 6

Thursday, 15 September 2011, 8:00 | Author : Ludovico
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In a near-futuristic society surrounding an unsettling building called the Moon Drop, the genius Shion celebrates his twelfth birthday with his friend Safu in the midst of a typhoon.  When Shion opens his door late that night to hear the wind-driven howls of the Moon Drop, he gets an unexpected visitor – the injured fugitive Mouse.  Against all better judgement, he decides to harbor the criminal, inadvertently taking a stand against the authorities.

Anime tends to tread down one of several well-worn paths.  Schools, ninjas, monsters, all common fixtures of modern anime.  The Orwellian dystopia?  Much rarer, and it’s a breath of fresh air to behold.  Life is good for Shion, but there’s an uncomfortable undercurrent of repression – wristbands and implants monitor their comings and goings, there’s suggestions of experimentation on convicts, and there’s even a few mentions of the Ministry of Peace (Minipax).  I would support this show just for its distinctive anti-authoritarian theme, but the art and direction seems top-notch as well.  Well worth checking out.

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