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Anime – Just for Children?

I ask for your indulgence for my intrusion on this wonderful site.

I have only recently discovered Anime, and I admit that I was reluctant at first.  I started watching on the recommendation of my friends (the other Senshi on this site).  I thought watching was a good way to re-claim my innocence and nurture my Inner Child.  Once I began watching, I found myself amazed at how deep these shows were on a metaphysical level, and I have been watching with even more interest as an adult.  I have found them extremely valuable in my studies.  

One might ask, what do animated children’s show have to offer in the study of metaphysics?  Should not one learn these important concepts through serious writers such as René Guénon or through books such as The Feminine Universe.  Should we not be studying Plato and Ptolemy to teach us these concepts?  Is that not a better way to learn metaphysics?

Miyuki finding Cinderella BookI am not suggesting replacing adult studies of these subjects with Anime, but I think that Anime provides an important supplement that teaches in a way that more cerebral studies can not.  The difficulty for Western adults is that we have been taught a doctrinally rationalist world view from early childhood.  When we study subjects such as metaphysics and astrology, we tend to do so as Modern Westerners.  We really have as much to unlearn as to learn.  There are basics that we have missed.  In learning these subjects on an adult level, we are trying to learn a language without having learned basic vocabulary and syntax.

Japan (and the East in general) did not go through the movement into rationalism that the  West did.  For a description of these changes, please see the article I wrote (in my civilian identity) here.   Of course, Western thought has found its way into the East and into Japan, but there is not hundreds (and thousands) of years of development of rationalist philosophy as there is in the West.  There are matters treated in these supposed children’s shows that confound even very learned Western scholars.

Primordial CinderellaAn example of this is contained in Episode 39 of Smile Precure.  In this episode, Miyuki-chan (Cure Happy) finds herself in the book which contains the Primordial Cinderella.  This is the Cinderella story from which all Cinderella stories are derived.

Cinderella Mishap Cure Happy (and the other girls) had to preserve the essential elements of the story: the wicked stepmother and stepsisters, the ball, dancing with the Prince, leaving at midnight, the glass slipper, and the glass slipper fitting the foot of Cinderella.  Other details of the story were changed due to interference by the Bad Enders and other mishaps.  The fact that the non-essential details of the story were changed did not cause any difficulties so long as the essential elements were preserved.

Glass SlipperOf course, having an adult understanding of these principles is good and helpful, but I also think that watching these shows helps to really reshape our thinking and to bring these concepts home on a very deep level.   They can help provide us the syntax and grammar that we did not get in a Western education.

So, please forgive me if I have introduced an overly serious element to this site.  It is perfectly good and acceptable to just watch Anime for fun.  For serious students of traditional sciences and metaphysics, however, Anime can also provide good, solid grounding in Traditional and Essentialist philosohy, which are valuable supplements for our studies.

Smile Precure Review

Smile Precure is a lot of fun to watch, and at first glance, seems to be for a rather younger audience than some of the other Precure shows, like Heartcatch Precure and Suite Precure.  This is a bit deceptive though.  Like all of the Precure shows, it is rich in metaphysics and moral wisdom.  It is quite wonderful show to watch for those of us reclaiming our innocence.  candy-in-book

The show starts off with a Middle School transfer student, Hoshizora Miyuki, walking to new school.  On the way to her new school, she meets Candy, who comes flying out of story book at her.   We later learn that Candy is a fairy from Marchenland, which is the land of fairy tales.  We also learn that Miyuki-chan really loves fairy tales, and likes them in particular because they always have happy endings.

This turns into the premise for the show, in that the Forces of Darkness in this show are the Bad Enders, who are trying to turn the world towards a Bad Ending.  It is the job of the Precures to restore the world to a Happy Ending.

Black InkTo a Western cynical mind, this may seem like Smile Precure is “fluffy” and light.  To us here at Musume Senshi, this is a very profound and relevant theme.  To begin with, fairy tales have deep metaphysical meaning and speak to Universal Truth (see The Symbolism of Fairy Tales).  The Happy Endings that are a part of fairy tales do not just speak to the Universal Truth of ultimate reunion with the Divine, but they also speak to what we need to hold on to in order to maintain our innocence.  Happy Endings are real and are inevitable.  The Modern world tries to tell us otherwise.  It tells us that a belief in fairy tales is naive, and that we need to accept a loss of innocence as we grow up. mirror-akanbe

 Interestingly enough, this is just the lie that the Bad Enders in Smile Precure try to get everyone to believe.  The tactic of the Bad Enders is to smear black ink on the blank story book pages.  They then create an Akanbe out of a nearby object.  The word, Akanbe, in Japanese, is a rude face made by children, pulling down their eyes and sticking out their tongues….and this is exactly what the Akanbe look like.  This is also quite symbolic for what the Modern world teaches us to do, deface beautiful things and make rude faces!

When the Bad Ender smears black ink on the story book, all of the people around fall down and become depressed, thinking that there is no point to all of their good efforts.  Isn’t that just what happens when we become cynical.  It is that cynicism that creates the Bad Ending, and is what gives energy to the Forces of Darkness.

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In order to defeat the Akanbe, the Precures must first realize the value of the efforts that the Bad Enders are mocking!

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In addition to all of that, Smile Precure is quite bright and happy, with lively happy music at the beginning and end of the show.  This is a wonderful show to watch for us trying to restore our innocence.