After your busy week last week, I hope you have a chance to relax in the next few days before your summer picks up again.
One of the things Charles and I have been doing is following one of the rabbit trails that Netflix has suggested to us. In this instance, the choices are derived from our interest in Miyazaki movies. Some of these suggestions have led us to good discoveries, some to … less good ones. Let me tell you about some of the best.
A few nights ago, we watched The Girl Who Leapt Through Time. This is a story about a girl who discovers she can throw herself backward through time. She uses this power frivolously for awhile, causing unexpected pain and misery to people around her, but when she tries to fix these problems, they only get worse. Finally, she realizes she must make a sacrifice to get things back to normal. A moving story with a number of funny moments, like when she goes back in time just to eat some pudding her sister had stolen in an earlier timeline.
One of our favorites has been Haibane Renmei. This is a miniseries about a girl with wings who is hatched from an egg. With no memory of who she is or where she came from, she must learn to navigate the rules of her new world and to find her purpose. The show is quiet and mysterious, a bit melancholic but very sweet and beautiful.
Steamboy is one of the first we saw, and there is much I don’t remember about it. I do remember, though, that it was set in the 1800s in an alternate universe England. The protagonist is a boy who is a mechanical genius. His father, also a genius, has disappeared, and he soon finds himself pursued by sinister strangers, caught up in the conflict that has swallowed up his father. He must choose the right side, defeat the supervillain, and save the world. Lots of adventure and excitement, and the aesthetic is pure steampunk.
This rabbit trail has been a lot of fun to wander down. It’s given the both of us a chance to experience stories and ideas we might not have otherwise found – unusual treasures to savor (pardon the mixed metaphor) and to enrich us. If you get a chance to see one of these, I hope you enjoy it, too.