Introducing Abandoned Factory

February 28, 2010

Welcome to the Abandoned Factory Anime Review!

As you might realize, this review is named in honor of the anime Haibane Renmei. If you haven’t watched it yet, I highly recommend it. Haibane Renmei is an incredible combination of thought-provoking story and moving performances wrapped in beautiful visual and musical artwork. Perhaps the most remarkable thing about it is that it is only 13 episodes long. Within those few episodes the viewer is introduced to a world that is difficult to forget, where beings (outwardly resembling angels) live, wonder, and eventually take flight. Very few anime are anywhere near as good as Haibane Renmei, but many shows are quite enjoyable.

My intention with this blog is to remark on anime that I encounter — pointing out the good and the bad as I see it. My immediate motivation for starting this blog is my excitement for the upcoming Spring 2010 season. I will be following several shows this season, and decided, rather than merely leaving comments on bulletin boards and the blogs of others, as I have in the past, I would collect my thoughts in one place — here in the Abandoned Factory Anime Review.

As I am just starting this blog, my style is likely to evolve, but I do intend to offer what other sites cannot: my insights and opinions.

11 Responses to “Introducing Abandoned Factory”

  1. Scamp Says:

    I’d seen your name pop around the comment sections of blogs and I figured it was only a matter of time. Good luck~

  2. Shinmaru Says:

    I like the thought you put into your comments, so I’ll definitely keep up with your blog! Good luck!

  3. joojoobees Says:

    Thanks, I appreciate that. I’ve already been visited by several of the folks I read regularly, so I’m pretty happy that I opened this space after all.

  4. ikuyasakuto Says:

    I like your motivation to write down your stylish blog so we are together going to fun here to point it out whether good or bad or whatever when it comes to anime things, haha.

    • joojoobees Says:

      Thanks, I look forward to seeing what you have to say. I noticed that you are reviewing one of my favorite series ever, Haibane Renmei, as well as the show I am most interested in this season, Durarara!!

  5. chii Says:

    ^_^ like what you’ve done with the place so far and can’t wait to see what else is in store.


    • Joojoobees Says:

      I appreciate the kind words, although I doubt this place will ever get as involved as your site. I really admire the dedication that shows in what you’ve done there.

  6. Oh cool, new blog. All the best to you!

  7. hashi Says:

    I’ve enjoyed your comments on my posts, and now I have a whole blog of them to read. Good stuff.

    Now, why didn’t I realize what your name referred to? Haibane Renmei is one of my top shows.

    Having spent some time in Tamil Nadu last year, I enjoy your blog image. I recognize Shiva in the foot and the snake, but don’t get the whole story.

    • Joojoobees Says:

      It is from the story of Kali, the darkest representation of the Devi (Goddess). As a manifestation of Devi, she is Shiva’s wife, but her form is horrific (well, his can be as well). A short version of the story:

      One day the universe was threatened by a terrible evil. The gods begged Devi to take action. After considerable fighting, Devi released her most fierce form, Kali. Sri Kali, enraged, destroyed the evil threatening the universe, using her dance of destruction, but continued destroying everything in sight. The gods, frightened now by the imminent destruction of the universe by Kali, begged Shiva to do something. Shiva layed himself at Kali’s feet, and her maddened dance of destruction threatened to kill him as well. Kali, however, came to her senses as she realized that, in her insane rage, she was dancing furiously on her husband’s corpse*. Thus she stopped her dance, and the universe was saved.

      You can get a good sense of the context by viewing this image.

      In a sense, Kali is the original Tsundere. Or you can think of the message being (to quote John Lennon), “Love is surrender.”

      *Shiva is always a corpse. The word itself means corpse, and Shiva is ash white because he is smeared in the ashes of cremated corpses.

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