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Artikel mit dem Stichwort ‘YAKUSHIMARU Hiroko’

Playing together, winning together

Montag, 26. Mai, 2014

After discovering the works of director Nobuhiko Ōbayashi with his 1983 movie Toki o kakeru shōjo (The Girl Who Leapt Through Time) on the video on demand service Wii no Ma: Cinema no Ma, I came to understand that his early 1980ies movies seem to be intrinsically linked with the rise of otaku culture, that has become so popular in the West, and one of their favorite media, the video game. Toki o kakeru shōjo released close to the Family Computer (Nintendo Entertainment System in the West), Nintendo’s first console, which is also the reason why this movie was the first to be chosen for relase on the above mentioned video on demand service.

Another one of Ōbayashi’s movies from two years earlier, Nerawareta Gakuen (School Under Fire, 1981), also contains at least two striking connections with Nintendo. Let’s take a look at this scene from the movie, in which the protagonist Yuka Mitamura helps her class mate Kōji Seki win a kendō tournament using psychokinesis, a power she believes to have received from god.

Nerawareta Gakuen: Tournament Scene

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The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (Toki o kakeru shōjo) Part 5: The Parody

Samstag, 19. Oktober, 2013
Impaled Professor: Collection of short stories containing Scenario: The Girl Who Leapt Through Time.

Impaled Professor: Collection of short stories containing Scenario: The Girl Who Leapt Through Time.

In June 1983, one month before the first screening of the movie adaptation TSUTSUI also returned to his story and published a parody of it called Scenario: Toki o kakeru shōjo in SF Adventure, a popular SF magazine of the time running stories of that genre. It was later collected in Kushizashi kyōju (Impaled Professor, 1985) and is only about 10 pages long.1 Pages 155-164. TSUTSUI assumes his readers already know the original story and only uses some key scenes to retell it. Instead he introduces new story elements taken from the contexts of contemporary society like school violence and let’s his characters comment on the upcoming movie version.

Scenario: The Girl Who Leapt Through Time: The original script for the movie.

Scenario: The Girl Who Leapt Through Time: The original script for the movie.

In the same month, KENMOCHI’s script for the movie was also published using the same title: Scenario: Toki o kakeru shōjo. The word scenario in the first instance refers to the screen play and TSUTSUI’s parody approaches the style in which such screen plays are usually written, describing what the camera shows and giving the lines of the characters. Yet it only loosely follows this format and there are some major differences. In the second instance scenario refers to a potential outcome, like the future envisioned in the original story with a highly advanced educational system. Which doesn’t seem so likely with a present that sees violent outbreaks of students against adult authorities and teachers in particular.

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  1. Pages 155-164. []