A Good Friday Special: Of planetarian, Good Friday, and Hidden Sigificance.

April 6, 2007 at 11:37 pm 15 comments


A Note of Warning and Apology:

This is a long, probably boring, and definitely serious and thought-provoking article. It is also filled with religious subtext, allegories to the divine, proof that a loving God actually exists, and definitely spoilers. I might also be shaming people here. If you happen to be allergic to the divine, or are atheist, or suffering from heart problems, turn thine eyes.

This is, in its entirety, a serious post, and should not be taken lightly. I apologize for not writing about how awesome Heroic Age is, or Lucky Star, or the new spring season is full of awesome and win, or even the randomness my reader(s) have come to expect of me, or heck, even about 4chan memes and Damaged Goods (which is touching and requires 7 massive posts for it is epic win), or even how Touhou Tsukitourou has some of the cutest songs ever, but some things have to be said. And this, I believe, is one of this things.

Today is Good Friday, the day when Jesus died for our sins. It is a rather significant occasion for us Christians, for it symboylizes God’s love for humanity, wretched as we are.

Another thing more shocking to know was that Jesus was not just cruelly mistreated, as do with a lot of war prisoners nowdays, and even with people who act outside of what their religion has taught them, or the fact that he was silent throught the whole ordeal, like most men with character often do when being mistreated, especially thee samurai, but the fact that he was innocent. Yes, people, he was innocent from every charge the Pharisees hurled at him. A man who spent his life healing the sick, performing miracles, and leading a blameless, sinless life, and yet, he was most cruelly treated by his fellow man. The whole chain of events was so powerful, it left people in tears in it’s gore-filled, Hollywooded form.

That innocence is what I am going to cover today. The innocence of a little robot who was cruelly taken from her world, just like Jesus was all those years ago.

You might think I am crazy, comparing planetarian to the death of Jesus. Heck, a fair amount of content on my little mouthpiece certainly validates my earlier statement. I may go about ranting and raving about 4chan, buttsex and homosexuality in a humourous light, but I assure, I am fully serious about this. I might be the only one who sees parallels with a Japanese visual novel and the Divine, and I don’t care. God is everywhere, it’s just that we all refuse to open our eyes and see beyond what we want to see.

But enough digression. I have a lot to say, and not a lot of time to say it. I’ve delayed this article for more than 20 hours.

I don’t need to go through the story of planetarian. I’m quite sure a fair amount of you have read it. And if you haven’t, wiki up the details.

Up to speed with the story? Good. I’ll be going into some really heavy religious discussion that’s actually way beyond my head and certainly requires a pastor or some equivalent authority or higher to understand. Yes, evevn I don’t even fully understand all of it by myself.

I’ll be covering the four topics: the character of Reverie/Yumemi and her parallels with Jesus, the Junker and his parallels to humanity, and the act itself. No, not that 4chan thread. That’s icky. And not very true.

I think we all know Reverie. Her incessant chatter, her innocence, and her horrible death. But how is she comparable to Jesus, who did so much more, and suffered in silence? Well, odd as it may seem, I do see parallels.

First of all, as odd as it may seem, her presence always makes people somewhat relaxed. Sometimes, it even changes people. While not on the scale of Jesus, I think we all can admit Reverie has some form of minor influence on everyone’s life. Just a minuscule one, but one that was able to bring about great change. I’ll talk about change a bit later.

Secondly, her innocence. I find it extremely touching that her innocence is one of the majors that makes her death all the more poigant and emotional. She wasn’t fully aware of the situation at hand, but in her heart, she fully wanted to believe people woiuld come back again. Even if she knew otherwise. Like Jesus, she was innocent She had led a full and healthy life, helping people where she could, all the way until the end.

Finally, her death. while the mass media may numb us, and desensitize us to violence and death, it is quite impossible to fully desensitize us to it. I have mentioned earlier that even The Passion Of The Christ never failed to send people to tears at the depiction of Jesus’ death. But what similarities can we pull out from Reverie’s death, in comparison to Jesus’ ?

1. She felt pain.
It is quite evident that Reverie’s death was rather violent, just like Jesus’ . While it is quite evident that robots feel no pain, pain comes in many forms. Jesus felt not just the physical, but also emotional pain, upon seeing himself shamed and maltreated by the people he came down to save. While Reverie never felt pain when half her body got blasted to bits, being unable to see your loved ones is one of the most painful things anyone, or anything could ever experience. Heck, even the cold-hearted /b/tards had an outpour of emotions, something that /b/tards have in short supply, when they heard Nurse-kun’s story. If that isn’t a powerful-enough example, I don’t know what is.

2 . She was innocent.
Like Jesus, she led a faultless, blameless life. And up till her moment of death, she had hoped, with all her heart, that people would come to the planetarium, even though she knew otherwise. Don’t prod me for the details. I don’t really wanna play it outside of the assigned date. But her innocence, which is one of the factors linking her to Jesus, is readily apparent here.

3. She changed someone’s life.
The question has been posed: What makes Jesus’ death so special, when compared to the deaths of many other great people, like Mother Teresa, or Gandhi? Again, I feel I will be posed this question, why Reverie, instead of others? What’s so special about her death? While I’ll leave the answer for the former to the Bible, I’ll personally anser the second and third question. It is quite true Reverie never died for humanity’s sins, when compared to Jesus, she had changed someone’s life, that is, the Junker’s.

But Enough About Reverie. Now we move on to the Junker.

I liken the Junker to the Apostle Paul. Like Paul, he was a sinner, determined to kill in order to survive (albeit Paul was persecuting early Christians according to the Jewish law, and the Junker did it for survival.). Both had a runin with something that changed their lives forever. And both carried the love of their respective beliefs all the way to the end. While the way it got done is extremely different (in the case of Paul, he was hit with the Divine Grace of God, the Junker, he saw the night sky), both were redeemed in the same manner. If these two characters could pull off a 180 degree change in their lives, albeit with a lot of help from the divine, what’s stopping us from doing the same?

Now we move on to the act itself.

I’ll take a cue from the Apostle John and skip the description of how Reverie got destroyed. The act itself isn’t all that horrifying (no thanks to the mass media), but what is more horrifying is that an innocent being has been killed by one of the most cruel means to die. This transcends even the Rape of Nanjing and the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki put together. It is more cruel than all the war crimes put together. Heck, even the Holocaust is just a nightmare when compared to the crucifixion of Jesus. That was the day when even God averted his eyes in shame.

Whereas Reverie’s death isn’t that epic, I liken it to that, for she was the last twinkle of hope in that landscape of death. And by being snuffed out so suddenly and cruelly, it hearkens to the same shameful act all those years ago.

I do realize I am crazy for even trying to draw parallels between these two events, but I know, deep down, that planetarian is not just a decent visual novel. I feel that it’s trying to tell us something, but no one has ever bothered to try to decipher it. It is a shocking look at our world today, and a glimpse into the future we do not like to see. Ironic as it may seem, coming from a country where a siginificant part of the population is in the dark about the Divine. Or rather, being led to believe in the wrong kind of god. I still don’t know all of it myself, but I do know that if I don’t try, I’ll never forgive myself.

That’s one of my gifts to the world, and I hope no one rejects it. Even if I may be called crazy and be disbelieved, then again, most of the great prophets and scientists were termed crazies before they were given the recognition and praise they deserved.

I only do this in the service of the father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost.

Entry filed under: Anime, Christianity and Anime, Planetarian.

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15 Comments Add your own

  • 1. omo  |  April 7, 2007 at 12:13 am

    I’m not too familiar with Planetarian, haven’t never played past the demo. I don’t think I can really comment on the substance of your message

    But I just want to encourage you to do more crazy stuff like this. People might find it ludicrous that I (or you) pin Manabi as a living example of a proper Christian individual in the 21st century, but when I see the fingerprint of God in what little (well, actually quite a bit) positive humanist messages displayed in an anime/manga/whatever, it really adds to the meaning of the works.

    That said, there is literally endless amount of things we can say about the crucification of Jesus and the heart of the Gospel, so your just contributing just your drop in the bucket.

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  • 2. lolikitsune  |  April 7, 2007 at 1:13 am

    @_@

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  • 3. thebign  |  April 7, 2007 at 2:27 am

    I might have to go play this game now. :3

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  • 4. Anonymous  |  April 7, 2007 at 3:43 am

    A++ would read again.

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  • 5. XXX  |  April 7, 2007 at 10:03 am

    Interesting enough though. I respect your ability to give such a meaning to this, regardless of whatever may lie behind it.

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  • 6. Doraneko  |  April 7, 2007 at 4:50 pm

    I don’t really approach the story from a religious perspective, though I can see where you’re coming from. But anyway, it is by far the best Japanese literature work I have ever read, and I appreciate your effort in promoting it to a greater audience.

    Also thanks to you, my interest in searching for Reverie stuff in the Japanese sites has been revived. And guess what, I found an unreleased doujin ending by no one but Suzumoto Yuuichi (the original author) himself ^^. I feel so impressed and moved to meet Reverie again. Even though it is a short story, Planetarian’s infamous power of moving people speechless retains. I just printed the story out and read it from the start to the end, and then from the end to the start for countless number of times. All in all, it is a very satisfying ending.

    For those who wouldn’t touch any visual novel with a tenth foot pole, let me assure you that the few hours needed to complete the story is a lifetime experience.

    Unlike the conventional Japanese visual novels that are more or less in the form of dating sims, in which your only work is to fap your favourite girl, Planetarian is a serious story done in the form of linear narration with themes on humanity, war and other issues. The innocence and tragedy of Reverie will certainly touch the deepest part of your heart, regradless of your cultural background or faith. You seriously shouldn’t miss it, especially when English translations are easily accessible. (More information is available at the translator’s site.)

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  • 7. Zeroblade  |  April 9, 2007 at 4:46 am

    @Doraneko, I so need that alternate ending NAO.

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  • 8. Charles  |  April 10, 2007 at 11:49 am

    Well…. although the theme song of Planetarian is “Hoshi no Sekai”… it’s also known in English, albeit different lyrics, as “What a friend we have in Jesus.”

    Coincidence ? perhaps. But, Is uppose that’s the beauty of the Christian touch.

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  • 9. marconius  |  April 23, 2007 at 5:49 am

    Very interesting parallel, and it looks like something that I may have to check out, especially considering the parallels of Christianity in the story.

    I always look for various anime examples that show elements of the Christian faith. I don’t think they’re diametrically opposed; I think they can be rather complementary. The romantic ideals of beauty, an existence that transcends this one

    I’m looking forward to reviewing this. I’m downloading the demo from the following location:
    http://planetarian.insani.org/get.html

    I discovered this blog doing a google search, and I have to say you have some of the most unique and insightful observations I’ve discovered so far about anime. Keep it up.

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  • 10. Anonymous  |  June 20, 2007 at 10:09 am

    lolwhat

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  • 11. Anonymous  |  June 20, 2007 at 10:18 am

    >lolwut?

    fixed

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  • 12. drmchsr0  |  June 25, 2007 at 2:48 am

    LOL CLANG CLANG CLANG

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  • 13. Heinkel  |  March 2, 2008 at 10:22 am

    This guy’s mental.

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  • 14. Anonymous  |  July 2, 2008 at 10:01 am

    >Heck, even the Holocaust is just a nightmare when compared to the crucifixion of Jesus.

    Yup, definitely mental.

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  • 15. Shaz  |  August 24, 2008 at 8:49 pm

    >”This transcends even the Rape of Nanjing and the bombings of >Hiroshima and Nagasaki put together. It is more cruel than all the >war crimes put together. Heck, even the Holocaust is just a >nightmare when compared to the crucifixion of Jesus.”

    No.

    Nice idea for an article though, even if I don’t see the parallels myself.

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