Anime in my Coffin
The other night I was having trouble sleeping, and my mind wandered off god knows where. Before I knew it I was revisiting a fact I learned recently: famous Japanese Christian author Shusaku Endo asked for two books to be buried with him when he died. The books, Silence and Deep River, are some of his most compelling ones, but more to the point, they were his favorites.
I reckon most of us haven’t produced books (or anything else for that matter) we like so much that we would gladly take to our graves. This is not to say that we haven’t produced things, though. I can tell you in all sincerity that were someone to put a collection of my poetry in my coffin I would become a vengeful ghost and haunt them until they removed those dreadful pages. Seriously.
Anyway, as I lay there trying to sleep, I somehow stumbled onto the question of what anime I would like to be buried with. I was thinking in terms of those ancient cultures (Egypt, notably) which believed that the dead would travel the afterlife with whatever was left them. If there was only one anime I could take to the grave, what would it be?
The answer came very quickly: Interstella 5555. This anime movie is not, strictly speaking, a child of Matsumoto’s mind at all. But it’s at least his grandchild, as the writers were fans of the master. There’s something about the scenes and even just the plain images presented that encapsulates the Leijiverse for me, and the Daft Punk soundtrack is precisely what I would like for background music as I coursed the stars, I, hip zombienaut. If someone asked me what music album I’d like to be buried with I’d reply Discovery (essentially the soundtrack to Interstella 5555), so my choice would kill two birds with one stone. Also, choosing a long series would make me look really silly..imagine being buried with a pile of Ranma ½ DVDs or something.
Which anime would you like in your coffin? (Death can come at any moment, children. Choose now just in case!)