“Be my Baby”

Vandread

Ah, I have fond memories of this one. Vandread must be one of the handful of animes to actually show a real childbirth.

Even more awesome was that Ezra’s baby saved Nirvana by the virtue of her cries. That was truly a very powerful message that they wanted to send. A truly wonderful and powerful one.

13 Comments

  1. issa-sa Said,

    May 18, 2008 @ 4:04 pm

    OH yes, the baby episode… Though I had many puzzling questions about how the baby could’ve come to be in the first place, I’m glad the series did answer that.

  2. Owen S Said,

    May 18, 2008 @ 4:08 pm

    Did I mention that Vandread has the best episode titles ever? Short and sweet, yet absurdly huge in scope once you actually watch the thing. “White Love” remains one of my favourite episodes/episode titles, and dammit, you’re making me want to rewatch this so badly.

  3. albert_2mb Said,

    May 18, 2008 @ 9:23 pm

    Aishiteruze, baby!

  4. lolikitsune Said,

    May 18, 2008 @ 9:51 pm

    >>one of the handful of animes to actually show a real childbirth

    I can count the ones I know of on one hand :P

  5. Nemo_N Said,

    May 19, 2008 @ 1:13 am

    I know it has been said many many times, but dammit, what happened to THIS Gonzo?!

    Also, Kuro, are you watching Zettai Karen Children? Just wondering.

  6. Kurogane Shiroikaze Said,

    May 19, 2008 @ 1:47 am

    @Nemo_N: Yeah, I am. Why?

  7. Nemo_N Said,

    May 19, 2008 @ 4:52 am

    @Kurogane: Oh, well, it’s just that I was expecting a post about it; your take on shows is usually amusing so I was kinda looking forward to reading your thoughts about it.

  8. biltwick Said,

    May 19, 2008 @ 7:18 am

    Ah yes, Vandread, definitely an interesting premise and good comedy, but the Broken Aesops kept piling up for me as time went on, and some of the main character’s actions really grated on me (Hibiki and Rabat especially).

    As for ‘powerful message’ with the baby, it’s hard-wired into animals to look after their offspring. A better lesson is to accept OTHER beings (including aliens, sentient A.I.s, cyborgs, genetically altered humans) as worthy of respect; in that sense Vandread follows the flaw of many ‘Golden Age’ sci-fi series by showing altered humans/nonhuman consciousnesses as being less than human (Macross 7 has similar takes on condemning cloning as ‘unnatural’).

    I’ll stay with Code Geass thanks, good stuff there.

  9. Svmy Said,

    May 19, 2008 @ 8:52 am

    I still think Bart’s episode was the best one in the series, but alot of other episodes were close enough to be called best as well :D

  10. Kurogane Shiroikaze Said,

    May 19, 2008 @ 10:36 am

    @blitwick: Granted, Vandread might’ve not been a totally perfect show, but when someone decides to come and harvest my balls to use it for themselves, I’m not going down without a fight!

    In that sense, I kinda don’t see what do you mean by the show not “showing respect” to altered/non-human consciousness, especially when the said consciousness is all about killing us all and harvesting our body parts for their use!

  11. The Sojourner Said,

    May 19, 2008 @ 11:07 am

    @Kurogane

    So you think the bad guys will harvest Otakus for their fine balls?

  12. Newprimus Said,

    May 19, 2008 @ 11:23 am

    @biltwick

    “As for ‘powerful message’ with the baby, it’s hard-wired into animals to look after their offspring. A better lesson is to accept OTHER beings (including aliens, sentient A.I.s, cyborgs, genetically altered humans) as worthy of respect; in that sense Vandread follows the flaw of many ‘Golden Age’ sci-fi series by showing altered humans/nonhuman consciousnesses as being less than human (Macross 7 has similar takes on condemning cloning as ‘unnatural’).”

    I’m not sure I recall a powerful message, other than that the power drain would’ve continued if there hadn’t been a baby’s cry. The subsequent message said that a baby’s cry would’ve been a sign of a healthy human society for them. If my memory serves correctly, so point being I think you’re thinking about something different.

    As for “accepting other beings,” what part are you speaking of?

  13. Kurogane Shiroikaze Said,

    May 19, 2008 @ 3:12 pm

    @The Soujourner: Those karitori fleets would harvest anything with four limbs and a head, either dead or alive. I’m pretty sure they would take our fine otaku balls as well.

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