Shin Mazinger 08: Aphrodai Comes Through
Sweet! Finally, even if it was just through self-mutilation of the robotic arm, Aphrodai A actually manages to help Mazinger out!! In my opinion, this is truly the anime moment of the week.
Understandably, Sayaka was quite puffed up at her own performance:
I think it’s pretty hard to deny that Baron Ashura seems almost the protagonist of the show in the last few episodes. After being treated to “their” psychological drive and motivations earlier, the center piece of this episode is Hell and Grandpa Kabuto’s discovery of the Ashuras deep within Bardos.
Call me freaky, but the scene reminded me a lot of Aristophanes. Or rather, it reminded me of Plato’s dialogue “Symposium”, in which a fictional “Aristophanes” comes up with a myth on the origin of the sexes.
In this tale, primitive people were basically balls of flesh running around. These balls of flesh came in three genders: male, female and androgynous. Zeus was upset with them and cut each of them down the middle. Each half is permanently seeking its lost counterpart, and therefore there are homosexual men, homosexual women, and heterosexual men and women (the androgynous ones). No real connection with Mazinger here, except for Zeus.
Still, the male Ashura and the female Ashura could be seen as counterparts of each other, but their reunion costs each of them one half, so the complete Baron Ashura isn’t a ball, but a human of normal dimensions…[Please check out the “Symposium”, it’s hilarious and deep at the same time!] If I’m not mistaken, BTW, it is the halves that were touching each other that survived: the warmth of their eternal love saved them…oohhh…
As a last comment, I’ll wager right now that Dr. Hell’s downfall will involve disunity between his generals. These Five Armies to work too independently of each other. Not to mention Count Brocken seems to be happier gossipping with the boss than actually fighting!!
I recently read a good, long book on the Nazi politico-military machine. So far Dr. Hell’s hordes are less dysfunctional than the Nazis (!), but I see them heading that way. Gohring was a total gossip, and so there’s an immediate parallel with the aerial commander Brocken. Also, whenever you see a Nazi agency helping another one out, it’s usually when the second one is in big trouble, thus giving an opportunity for the first to show off to the Fuhrer. Maybe like Pygman with Ashura.
In the end, though, I gotta hand it to Ashura, who’s working “their” butt off to win. Too bad the Baron/Baroness is on the wrong side of this history.