“You’ve Got Real Life In My Anime!” example #5234621

By TheBigN

There is an interesting read that’s in last week’s (I think) ESPN the magazine on racism in soccer, specifically focusing on how racism has permeated throughout Italian soccer fandom. One interesting tidbit is a note on cultural conflict between Northern Italy and Southern Italy where as the article seems to put it, the north is very right-wing, traditional, and focused on preserving tradition, which somehow the south seems to threaten by being the “less wealthy” of the two, as well as the portion that has more immigrants migrate there. And there’s one specific right-wing political group, Lega Nord, mentioned whose goal is to have the North split from what they see as an “economically dependant” south. Which reminded me of Gunslinger Girl’s main antagonist faction The Five Republics Faction, and this article helped provide a lot  more sociopolitical context in the many factors that lead to the complicated setting of the series, as well as some of the motivations behind the characters especially in the last couple of volumes before the final one that’s recently come out.  Granted, all this information was available beforehand if you knew where to look, but I didn’t think that an article on sport would lead me to it though.  You never know, I guess.   I’d recommend reading the whole article even if you aren’t a fan of the show or of soccer, as its incisive writing regardless.

And now for something a lot less serious. From Aida Yuu's twitter.

And now for something a lot less serious. From Aida Yuu’s twitter.

2 Responses to ““You’ve Got Real Life In My Anime!” example #5234621”

  1. 1 dm00 June 16, 2013 at 12:25 pm

    I got real life in my Moyashimon the other day when I ate fermented shark. If you can get it into your mouth before the smell happens, it’s not too bad: pungent, peppery, with a texture like swordfish. Eaten with smoked lamb, it adds a sort of mustardy taste.

  2. 2 higgsbosoff June 19, 2013 at 6:37 am

    Actually, being Italian and knowing about Lega Nord is what made Gunslinger Girl unwatchable for me – as I couldn’t help but go through all the grimdark angst and ultraviolence with an expression ranging from badly suppressed snickering to open laughter. The contrast with reality was just too comical. Lega Nord MPs are the Italian equivalent of the worst Rednecks USA has to offer: racist, ignorant and crass.
    Also, there is one actual example of a terrorist action perpetrated in the name of Northern independence. In 1997, when the Lega Nord was at its worst, a group of men who called themselves “Venetian Serenissima Army” (as a reference to the old Venetian Republic) assaulted the San Marco bell tower in Venice with a homemade tank and a few firearms. Some of them barricaded themselves in the tower, the others stayed in the tank, and they asked for independence of the North.
    The action lasted all of one night. The next morning (presumably after having breakfast and deciding they wanted a little morning exercise) the special forces broke out inside the tower with an helicopter. The would-be independentists threw their weapon away at the mere sight of the police and let themselves be arrested. Downstairs, in the middle of the square, the commander of the special forces mimicked the gesture of throwing a grenade towards the tank. The guys barricaded in it got immediately out and started running, scared to death. Thus ended the one and only attempt ever made to make the North of Italy, or at least part of it, independent with a paramilitary action. No cyborg thirteen year-old girl whatsoever were involved.
    That’s the problem with Italy – all of his history, including some of its darkest moments, is inevitably stained with farce. The most accurate representations of our country I’ve ever seen in anime is the one given by Hetaria.

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