Twelve Days

[Six] Talkin’ ’bout my generation (A Silent Voice)

“While I was location-hunting in Gifu I started wondering what Shoya was like at that point: a kid who feels invincible but also deals with perhaps unfounded frustration. This song appeared in my mind with a bang.”

Naoko Yamada on the use of The Who’s “My Generation” in A Silent Voice

Naoko Yamada makes many precise directorial choices in her film adaptation of A Silent Voice, including but not limited to the use of flower language and other non-verbal forms of communication to form emotional snapshots of the lead characters.

The most polarizing choice was her insistence that the film lead off with The Who’s “My Generation.” This naturally created a licensing nightmare, for which Yamada took full responsibility according to multiple interviews prior to the film’s release. “My Generation” also became the primary citation of the movie’s detractors, who said that the use of the song indicated a misunderstanding of the original manga’s meaning.

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[Seven] Metamorphie Faciesse! A visual love letter to Akko’s growth. (Little Witch Academia)

Viewers of Little Witch Academia the television series will inevitably hear “Metamorphie faciesse!” in Akko Kagari’s voice, even when reading the words on a computer screen. This spell is repeated countless times in the span of a single episode and then revisited upon multiple later occasions as a key spell in Akko’s limited inventory. Akko’s transformation into a somewhat capable witch is a slow process. So slow, that it caused a subsection of initial viewers to stop watching the show, with the complaint that her growth was too gradual.

The series penultimate episode and finale shed light on Akko’s magical struggles. It gives a concrete, physical reason as to why her development took so long — although her flighty personality certainly doesn’t help speed things up — that makes sense and even ties into greater questions the series has regarding art and anime.

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[Eight] A bigger man than I am now (The Eccentric Family Season 2)

“I, Shimogamo Yajirou, hope to return from this journey a bigger man than I am now.”

-Yajirou Shimogamo to his family, The Eccentric Family 2, Episode 9

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[Ten] Lotte’s sincere enjoyment (Little Witch Academia)

I loved Little Witch Academia in its entirety. It’s a series with interesting commentary on art, creation, and the anime industry as a whole, presented in a fun and fanciful package but no other episode is as complete and enjoyable to me than Episode 4, which follows Lotte Jansson and her love of the book series night fall.

Sincerity is difficult to come by sometimes. Fortunately, we have Little Witch Academia‘s Lotte to show us the way.

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