We finish off our month of commentaries by talking about Video Girl Ai, and how the ending came to be.
This is one of my favorite OVAs ever. It’s absolutely one of the best in the format, IMO. Seeing it for the first time in the mid-90s when it was still newer was a real treat.
While the anime definitely does address loneliness aids, I also think that it’s aimed directly at the folks that have tried to love and are feeling disillusioned with it. I don’t want to get into spoilers but a lot the stuff in the show point to that to me. The final scene speaks to that as well though it’s a bit more concrete in the Japanese dub because of some linguistic stuff.
I always love these commentaries.
EDIT: My apologies for the typo.
As far as the hat goes, I’ve been watching since before it was put up there, it just seemed to scream ‘notice me’ the second I found myself thinking ‘this speech is something he might say.’ I’m glad you went in the direction you did with this one.
This was perhaps your most mature review so far Sage, and I loved it. I’m glad you came out about the whole “Loneliness Aid” thing. Your speech was actually quite touching & heartwarming, and it seemed like you realized something important when you were speaking.
Truthfully, I’ll admit that I’ve got 2 wall-scrolls hanging in my room. One’s Belldandy from Ah My Goddess, and the other is an ensemble of characters from Bleach. I’ve never seen them as Loneliness Aides, but reassurances that there are people out there like me, who know there’s always something to patch up wounds, and to shield them from the horrors of the world.
Once again, thank you Sage.
I know it may sound like a very difficult task but… did you consider making Nuts and bolts for every episode? That would be great!
It’s funny because I feel the same as Sage did before- but not just toward the people. I feel it robs the dignity of the work and the artists as well. When you see Starscream on a body pillow- and yes, that’s a real thing- it fundamentally affects your subconscious baggage of the character, work, and the fandom as a whole. I’m a nutso for artistic integrity a bit and maybe I’m being insensitive but that’s my real issue with body pillows and exploitatively sexy statues and the like.
The question that then extrapolates is if your viewpoint of a character is more important than another’s.
This was probably one of my favorite reviews of yours to date. I really relate to the loneliness thing. Be it my self confidence, the fact that I’m constantly moving, or what other factors I’m not seeing, I’ve been pretty damn lonely. I related to this OVA a bit more than I wanted to. As weird as it sounds I don’t think people really think about girls being like this, I mean we have the term ‘fujioshi’ but its not as commonly used. I wouldn’t consider myself a fujioshi since I differ from their prescribed taste in shows and media generally, but I still get it. I get loneliness aids and why people have them, and admit some times I dont think it wouldn’t be so bad to have a body pillow at night just so I have something to hold on to.
I do like this review personally. I used to look at body pillow buyers as pathetic, but I would be lying to say I never get lonely or never found a way to cope with loneliness. I also thought the industry was pretty predatory, but if it actually helps them than hopefully they feel less lonely with those aids.