Cruel anime

December 10, 2008

So what is "cruel anime" and what does Honey and Clover has to do with it?

So what exactly is a "cruel anime" and what does Honey and Clover has to do with it?

Some time ago, Wabi Sabi wrote a fascinating article on the seductively cruel aesthetics of Zankoku Bi (beauty of cruelty). The element of cruelty I want to talk about today is more concerned with Artaud‘s Theatre of Cruelty. There are plenty of food for thoughts here that I fully intend to explore in future posts, but for now the definition we shall be looking at is this:

“Artaud spoke of cruelty not in the sense of being violent, but the cruelty it takes for actors to completely strip away their masks and show an audience a truth that they do not want to see.”

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