Aoi Bungaku ep. 1 – Another Spectacular Madhouse Show

There always seems to be at least one spectacular Madhouse show on the air that goes totally under-the-radar. It will get subbed late every episode if it gets subbed at all, and only a handful of people will remember it. The last one that just ended was the epic and amazing Souten Kouro, which has about 12 of 26 episodes subbed currently. Before that was Casshern Sins, which actually managed to get subbed (probably because the dialog was incredibly simple) and more miraculously got licensed for release next February. Before that, we had the show that most resembles Aoi Bungaku, which was the totally amazing Mouryou no Hako (sporting what I consider the greatest first episode ever made) that was apparently subbed through 12 of it’s 13 episodes (anyone know why that is?) It took over a week for Aoi Bungaku 1 to get subbed, which is not that bad, but we’ll have to pray the trend keeps up.

Aoi Bungaku is pretty trippy – it’s a psychological mindfuck that has no intention of showing it’s hand to the viewer. The series is set to adapt four separate novels done with four different character designers and directors. I knew beforehand that the character designs for the first segment were done by the superb Takeshi Obata (Death Note, Bakuman, Hikaru no Go), but I only just found out that the first segment is also done by one of my all-time favorite directors (!!!) Morio Asaka (CardCaptors Sakura, Chobits, Galaxy Angel, Gunslinger Girl, Nana) who, as usual, is storyboarding and directing. You can’t go wrong with that combo!

Of previous Madhouse shows, Aoi Bungaku feels like a combo between one part Mouryou no Hako, one part Texhnolyze, with a little bit of Paranoia Agent tossed in for good measure. It’s got the artistic strangeness and completely confusing plot of Hako – to be honest, I can’t talk much about the events of the episode unless I were to give you an exact summary. The show isn’t really too keen on throwing any bones and is largely just hoping we’ll be enraptured by the mystery and see where it takes us – which it is very successful in! I’m extremely interested!

Might be stunning if there were better quality videos...

Might be stunning if there were better-quality videos...

I also started feeling the Texhnolyze connection after my favorite scene in the episode, which was, of course, the stylish sex scene. I love to see sex scenes in anime, possibly because I have an incredibly perverse mind, and probably because I see sex as the most important thing to humankind. I find it incredibly silly to leave sex out of any kind of human tale, and like Texhnolyze (which also had a very stylish sex scene in the first episode – with similar consequences!!!) this is a tale that really gets into the characters head without so much telling us what kind of person the character is so much as letting us try and tie the strings together ourselves. Which is difficult when the strings all seem to be from totally tangled yarn.

This show has the third Paku Romi role of the season (which is the second good one. But the good ones more than make up for the bad one.) I’m not sure how much she’ll be around, though, considering her fate in this episode. Apparently Mamiko Noto is going to show up as well, and I pray that she is going to be a soft-spoken character because, as proven by Kimi ni Todoke, I can’t take her in large doses! Nana Mizuki will be there, too. I’m not sure who played the main guy because I’m not sure what his name was, but I found his voice really unsettling. It just made my skin crawl.

Anywho, this show looks amazing, and could very well be one of the best shows of the season. It could also be the most disappointing show of the season if the inclusion of other artists and directors drag it down. We shall see.

Related Posts:

Hyper Parfait loved the episode, and so did I! Yeah, the girls raping him as a little boy was…. well, fucking awesome.
Star Crossed Anime Blog unsurprisingly likes it quite a bit. He blogged ep 2 already, but I’m not reading it yet!
METANORN thinks the main guy looks just like Light Yagami. I actually thought this was one of Obata’s most unique design series. She should check out Hello Baby! She also blogged ep 2 already, but I’m not reading it yet!
Crazyanimegirl didn’t even know what was going on and was still impressed! That’s how you know it’s good! She later watched the sub and was just as impressed.
Moe Sucks knows there are going to be comparisons to the original. I am one of those guys who always likes the adaption more (exceptions: Jing, Gunslinger Girl il Treano) so it doesn’t bother me.
Mainichi Anime Yumi does some great comparing to the novel, but he needs to know that No Longer Human will be episodes 1-4, not just the first two. Hope that helps!

13 thoughts on “Aoi Bungaku ep. 1 – Another Spectacular Madhouse Show

  1. You publish really fast, no surprise. I’ve written about this show and will publish it in 2 days. I think I went further than the impressions that the articles you’ve linked to have though my intention is to hype the show as much as I can.

    • Hehe, I’m just trying to stay current as well as keep my log moving. There’s a hell of a lot of posts I have queued up and I’m trying to shove some of this shit out the door! anyway, I greatly look forward to your post! I didn’t even know you were watching this!

  2. “Mainichi Anime Yume does some great comparing to the novel, but he needs to know that No Longer Human will be episodes 1-4, not just the first two.”

    I’m a girl, by the way =P

    And thanks for the update! I’m glad it’s going to be 4 episodes long =) You said that Aoi Bungaku will adapt four novels but I heard from other sources that it will be six novels. Four sounds more reasonable for a 12 episode series though.

  3. I’m looking forward to this once it gets subbed. Only one group is picking it up. It really is under the radar. The best ones always are. ;) I’ve always liked the shows which require you to step back and think it over. Giving it a dark theme only adds to it’s allure. =P

    • Well then, good news! The first ep IS subbed! After all, I can’t understand Japanese myself lol. Go watch it now! It’s great!

  4. I seriously wonder why sometimes really good shows are ignored… Well it’s a good thing that ep 1 is finally subbed.

    I started watching this one because of the good stuff I hear about the novels, and so far it exceeded my expectations. And yes, I hope No Longer Human will be 4 episodes long. I’m sure 2 episodes won’t be enough for it.

    • Usually they get bored because no one expects them. They’ll be based off of manga that no one outside of Japan has heard of and too little information about them gets released before the shows come out.

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  6. “Of previous Madhouse shows, Aoi Bungaku feels like a combo between one part Mouryou no Hako, one part Texhnolyze, with a little bit of Paranoia Agent tossed in for good measure.”

    -> I love those shows so Aoi Bungaku being a mix of those is AWESOME *_*

    That rape scene was really disturbing . . . yet I was awed. This show gives me weird feelings. Haha!

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