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Postby Eva Yojimbo » Wed Jul 04, 2007 2:03 am

I'm referring to Lain, Haibane Renmei and Texhnolyze. At first these 3 works seem entirely different, but all 3 had a lot of the same personel working on them (character designs by Yoshitoshi ABe and produced by Yasuyuki Ueda on all 3), and I found an interesting theme to them:

Lain: Earth
Haibane Renmei: Heaven
Texnolyze: Hell

If you think about these three series these concepts are definitely a theme for each. The "angels" in Haibane, the "underground" city in Texhnolyze, and the concept of connectivity through Mother Earth in Lain. Perhaps this is a loose theme, but I thought it was interesting when I got to thinking about it.
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Postby THE Hal E. Burton 9000 » Wed Jul 04, 2007 9:51 am

Maybe a "spiritual" trilogy, like a spiritual sequel/prequel usually reserved for video games a la Goldeneye and Perfect Dark or sometimes rarely in film like Blade Runner and Soldier.

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Postby BrikHaus » Wed Jul 04, 2007 10:01 am

This is interesting, Jimbo. Another thematic trilogy I found a long time ago was: Cowboy Bebop, Outlaw Star, and Trigun.

First, and most obviously, they have the space western feel to them. All three take place in the future, and feature a group of people wandering on an aimless journey. Two in space itself, going from planet to planet, and one just on a different planet. Second, bounty hunters have a heavy presence in each show, as well. Finally, each show rather nicely portrays the strong bonds of friendship, and how a group dynamic can collapse when one of those people goes missing or leaves. I suppose these similarities could be viewed as rather superficial, but they are there.
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Postby Defectron » Wed Jul 04, 2007 10:26 am

Another thematic trilogy I found a long time ago was: Cowboy Bebop, Outlaw Star, and Trigun.


I can understand lain, Habaini Renmei and Techxnolyze being viewd as a trilogy, but these werent even made by the same people. Their just vaguely simialer anime. If your going to call these a trilogy then Eva, Rahxephon and Eurecka 7 could also be called a trilogy. If your going to do that, then almost any anime you can think of will be a member of some trilogy which doesnt work well.
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Postby Ornette » Wed Jul 04, 2007 12:04 pm

BrikHaus wrote:This is interesting, Jimbo. Another thematic trilogy I found a long time ago was: Cowboy Bebop, Outlaw Star, and Trigun.

If you're going to say that, I say: Kino no Tabi, Mushishi, Haibane Renmei

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Postby The Eva Monkey » Wed Jul 04, 2007 1:37 pm

What's that psychological precept that states that the human brain innately forms pattern and meaning in things that don't inherently have any as a means to understand the world? Because I think that needs to be factored into this discussion.
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Postby Eva Yojimbo » Thu Jul 05, 2007 1:18 am

The Eva Monkey wrote:What's that psychological precept that states that the human brain innately forms pattern and meaning in things that don't inherently have any as a means to understand the world? Because I think that needs to be factored into this discussion.
That's why I said "unintentional trilogy". I don't think it was on purpose, and I don't think the creators actually had that in mind, but it is weird how it worked out, because the earth/heaven/hell theme in each is pretty obvious. Even the TONE fits each.
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Postby zephyr72 » Fri Jul 06, 2007 3:56 am

I always felt that haibane renmei had more to do with redemption than heaven directly. The village to me seemes kind of like a purgatory. I`ll agree with you on lain, and i haven`t seen texhnolyze.

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Postby Eva Yojimbo » Thu Jul 12, 2007 11:49 pm

zephyr72 wrote:I always felt that haibane renmei had more to do with redemption than heaven directly. The village to me seemes kind of like a purgatory. I`ll agree with you on lain, and i haven`t seen texhnolyze.
I don't mean it literally. Because yes, Haibane Renmei is set more in a type of purgatory than in an actual "heaven". But the aesthetics of the series certainly have a "heavenly" type atmosphere. Every character is nice and do their best to help the others out. The Haibane have halos and wings, etc. It's not exactly the setting you think of when you think of "purgatory".

Texhnolyze = As dark as lain, but follows a more logical narrative. Visually stunning, but very complex and slowly paced. I actually think it's more disturbing than Lain and perhaps even NGE to some extent. A brilliant but difficult series.
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Postby Phaze » Fri Jul 13, 2007 1:55 pm

That's pretty cool.
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