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What anime/manga would count as "surreal"?


i don't even clearly understand what that word means




>adj. having the qualities of surrealism; bizarre
>a 20th Century avant-garde movement in art and literature that sought to release the creative potential of the unconscious mind, for example by the irrational juxtaposition of images and the creation of mysterious symbols.
>Surrealism, an anti-rational movement of imaginative liberation in European (mainly French) art and literature in the 1920s and 1930s(...) The term surrealiste had been used (...) to indicate an attempt to reach beyond the limits of the 'real'. Surrealism seeks to break down the boundaries between rationality and irrationality, exploring the resources and revolutionary energies of dreams, hallucinations, and sexual desire. Influenced both by the *SYMBOLISTS and by Sigmund Freud's theories of the unconscious, the surrealists experimented with *AUTOMATIC WRITING and with the free association of random images brought together in surprising juxtaposition. (...) The adjectives surreal and surrealistic are often used in a loose sense to refer to any bizarre imaginative effect.
Source: Ford of the oxen university press


To me surreal just means it's confusing. I don't "get" it and I think that's the point. It's like throwing random stuff out there and then connecting them together vaguely and hoping it comes out nice.
Is this about Sonny Boy? I don't understand what's going on there, but the individual subplots are kinda cool.


Surrealist art is supposed to be emotional over logical. It's like the phrase "just turn your brain off" but used to positive effect.


>emotional over logical
>just turn your brain off
Oh so the post is asking about anime/manga that I can enjoy with my brain turned off?


no... surrealist art is very emotionally driven where your brain is active in trying to decipher intention out of ambiguity.
Nekojiru-So for example, Lain or the confusing parts of Evangelion.



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Nekojiru fits well with the surreal label. It reminds me of a phase when I was watching some calmly-innocent videos of an old man(who had undergone several personal and public crises) who talked a lot in symbols and never with a thread or point. One main point in surrealism must be that the patient(narrator, protagonist) is the epicentre of his universe and will inevitably fail in understanding that the world goes beyond his understanding, beyond of what few symbols the person has clung to, the mystic and parapsychological elements like angels and other ancient figures are far too convenient to abandon them for what's real: natural wastes(though the notion of humans being made of stardust sounds strangely poetic, in a different way from the biblical dust) in forms which have found ways of adapting to life and even to modern obstacles.


Mamoru Oshii is the one who defines Japanese Surrealist animation.


Mind Game (2004) based on Robin Nishi's manga has some surreal moments that's the best I got sadly.


dead leaves


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my beloved mushroom


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I wish the old SHAFT was still around. Their artsiness would have been perfect for a Shimeji anime.


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Old SHAFT is still around, lurking in the dark waiting for their time to come back.


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I keep hearing good things about this homo anime. How are the Commie subs? Decent, or is it the usual joke shit?


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Shinbo defines the SHAFT style. His stuff before joining SHAFT is really out there as well.


They're fine, all they do that people would be against is translating the loli word as you would expect of commie.


What about Oishi? I'd say that his style is also a part of what defines that distinct SHAFT look.

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