My initial thought was; what the hell, I can’t say that! There is a million anime out there I haven’t seen that I want to see. But then I was browsing YouTube and happened upon one of my favorite artists; Kishi Bashi, and I remembered something. If you have never heard of him you have missed something. He is amazing in so many ways. He has been on tour all fall and winter and while he’s done that he’s also been making a film. A film about positive social change through art, music and empathy, to quote the man himself. He got the idea to the movie when he started to read about Executive Order 9066, a presidential order which made it possible for America to incarcerate Japanese Americans during World War II.
Why am I talking about this? This has got nothing to do with anime. I know, I know. I am coming to that. So, I follow Kishi on Instagram and one day he uploaded a picture of an anime he had just been watching, on the plane to Japan. This is what he wrote:
I fought back tears on the plane as I watched this spectacular movie. It paints an eye opening portrait of the average wartime Japanese, making huge personal sacrifices for their country and ultimately humiliated by their defeat. I recommend it to everybody […]
This is a movie I want to see. I have it, I just need to find the right moment to watch it. A moment when I can be alone and not be disturbed by those around me. Because I think this might be one of those movies that leave you with a lot of questions and feelings, wether you are Japanese like Kishi is, or not. In This Corner of the World (Kono Sekai no Katasumi ni)