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small image Thoughts on No Longer Human

June 15, 2012 11:55 pm by small image

Since I found the story of No Longer Human so interesting in its Aoi Bungaku anime adaptation, I decided to rent the original book and give it a read. The story was written by Osamu Dazai in 1948, and the English translation I read was done by Donald Keene in 1958. I thought I’d share some of my thoughts on this work of literature, and note a few things regarding the anime version (which we watched during our first month of Anime Watchers Club).

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For the final installment of this month’s show for the Anime Watchers Club, we will discuss Aoi Bungaku’s adaptations of “Run, Melos!” by Osamu Dazai, and “The Spider’s Thread” and “Hell Screen” by Ryunosuke Akutagawa. How do these stories compare to the first three tales of Blue Literature?

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Our journey through Blue Literature continues, and this time we have two stories to discuss! “In the Forest, Under Cherries in Full Bloom” and “Kokoro.” These stories were quite different from our first one, “No Longer Human,” but I found them quite fascinating in their own ways.

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Welcome to our first installment of the Anime Watchers Club! I hope those of you who were able to watch the first four episodes of Aoi Bungaku found it interesting. Be sure to comment on what you liked, what you didn’t like, any observations you’d like to share, any questions you have, or any topics of discussion you’d like to bring up.

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Announcing the YumeState Anime Watchers Club! The premise is pretty simple. Each month we’ll have an anime picked out to watch, and everyone who wants to participate will watch that show… and then discuss it with us in our weekly anime watchers posts! In general, we will pick anime that are completed, short enough to finish in a month, and are a bit less watched than the really popular anime out there. If a show ran for two seasons, then we’ll probably watch about 6 episodes of the show each week; if the show ran for one season, then we’ll watch around 3 episodes per week. And every week on some pre-established day, a new post will come up with our thoughts on that week’s episodes. That’s your chance to leave your comments as well–just be sure to move along at the same schedule as the rest of us! (Or if you do go on ahead to watch the show more quickly, just be sure to not post any spoilers.)

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