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A frequent opinion I see on Japanese message boards is that the biggest reason for the different attitudes towards robots in Japan and the west is religion.
Japan has its roots in animism and the Japanese believe that even things can eventually grow to have souls. Robots, being made in man's image, are regarded as being able to gain souls close to humans'. Hence they tend to be depicted as heroic.
Meanwhile in the west robots are seen as heartless, soulless machines, a mockery of life, a symbol of man's hubris, encroaching on the territory of god. Hence they tend to be depicted as evil.
What does /m/ think of this?
I'm about to do something very wicked
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(Getting a lot of errors making this post, I apologize for any duplicates.)
If you're not aware, Xabungle is fully subbed, there's a thread about it here >>8168510. I'm pointing you there because this thread isn't about that and there will be spoilers, just thought I'd warn you guys before I started.
So with Xabungle being fully subbed, I've been sitting down to watch the show more often. As I go through the episodes, something becomes very clear to me in that most of the works Yoshiyuki Tomino has directed have been about a very pivotal event in any one civilization's history. In Zambot it was contact with the Gaizok, in Daitarn it's about an internal struggle with a rebelling invention, in Gundam it's a civil war between Earth and Space, with Ideon featuring a focus on first contact going horribly wrong and Xabungle featuring a society attempting to move on from a great struggle.
This brought me back to Ideon. With the title mecha being a relic from a previous civilization, combined with jokes involving its design making it out to be some kind of "God of GMs", it got me thinking.
What if these shows really were all connected?
Now, this is all speculation. Even worse, it's speculation with really old stuff that I'm pretty sure most of you haven't seen much of and those of you who have seen most of it probably forgot a lot of the details since it's been so long, but humor me for a little bit as this all started off a mistake I had on the order of things from Ideon.
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There's anyone here who really appreciates Ishinomori as a manga artist/author and not only as the Kamen Rider~Super Sentai creator? He's my favorite mangaka and I'm not really into toku.
So, I rarely see people talking about his manga work, even though some of them are finally being translated. Discussions about Cyborg 009, Kikaider and 009-1 are also welcome, since these series are faithful adaptations of his comics.
So, can we have a Shotaro Ishinomori thread?