Nijuu Mensou no Musume
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Join Date: May 2003
Location: Tokyo, Japan
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Consider me interested Tofu.
Please enlighten me
OK. I'm going to put this in a spoiler tag because you should have seen ep 6 before reading this. BTW, the L-E fansub is out for ep 6.
So essentially, in the unique hybrid breed of Shinto/Buddhism practiced in Japan, there is a concept of there being two worlds.
One, the "hidden world" or kakuriyo, is the true world. This is the world of deities and it is more or less perfect.
Mankind lives in the "reflected world" or utsushiyo. This means that our world is merely an imperfect reflection of the "hidden world". This is the cause for many of the flaws in our world.
Mankind remains more or less ignorant that this world is not the true world. A great analogy for this in Western philosophy would be Plato's Allegory of the Cave. If you haven't read this and studied it in your studies, do yourself a favor and pick up a copy.
The usage in the title of episode 6 is very revealing. Literally it means "dreams of the utsushiyo". Essentially, going into episode 6, Chiko was rather innocent and happy. After she watches her comrades get slaughtered before her eyes, she is suddenly thrust into the reality of this world's existence. She has been thrust out of the cave and into the sun, following Plato's analogy. At this point in Chiko's development, she wishes or "dreams" about being able to return to her naivety, her own "utsushiyo". Hence the episode title.
Of course, if you've read Plato's story, you'll know that mankind adjusts to the light and realizes the truth of the world. I'm sure that Chiko will undergo a similar development.
Likewise, though I haven't been able to get a copy yet, the manga is supposedly about travels of Chiko and Twenty Faces's gang in the period up until his disappearance. I'm assuming this takes place in the 2 years they skipped in the first 5 episodes of the anime. It does make sense, if that's true. The "night of the Utsushiyo" or the title of the second manga series would allude to the period leading up to when she was thrust into the kakuriyo - or out of the cave.
If anyone has actually read the new manga series and can correct this somehow, please let me know. I'm very curious.
Also, it is implied though not stressed in Shinto/Buddhist thinking that the "kakuriyo" is also our afterlife. This is not of tremendous value to us in this context but they do make some allusions to "I'll see you in the next world", etc, in the story.
Anyway, that's the significance of the word "Utsushiyo" as it is used in this series.
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