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Friday, August 27, 2004

08:25:38 pm , 181 words, 2786 views     Categories: Animation

Hosoda satori

It dawned on me reading an article by this person what it is about Hosoda's directing that made it seem so "humane" to me: food. In all three of his Digimon pieces Hosoda goes out of his way at various points to incorporate scenes of eating or drinking - and what inevitably follows - even when there is no dramatic necessesity for doing so. There are dozens of food-related references throughout the films, and something to do with food is going on in the background a large proportion of the time. What is more beautiful and disgusting and pleasurable and human than eating? It's a deceptively simple idea, but it's amazing how much it helps to build empathy for the characters.

Nothing much else to say today, so here's an entry from my diary:

June 13, 1AM.

Bought some milk at a convenience store today. Guy at the register jokes to the guy in front of me, "You look strong, you don't need a bag." Guy leaves, I walk up, guy at the counter says, "I'll get you a bag for that."

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