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  • Member: ProstrateConstantly
  • Title: Pink Moon
  • Premiered: 2018-01-14
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  • Song:
    • Nick Drake Pink Moon
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  • Comments: Boku no Pico is among the most fully realized artistic achievements to come out of animation. In its most contemplative moments, the OVA is able to elevate itself to a psychological portrait/analysis of the central characters (and furthermore the culture in which the work resides) in a way that feels direct, personal, and traumatic from the creators, while maintaining the objectivity necessary for true exploration (a Brown Bunny for the sexual deviants of the internet age). Unlike so many works touted as "dreamlike", Boku no Pico unconditionally earns the term, with the entire work playing out as if a direct feed into the forbidden thoughtdreams of the modern basement. Of course, the most significant visual feat is the OVA's final shot, which single-handedly conveys some of the most interesting thematic elements about idealization through art and subculture of the work (the figure of Pico as unattainable nirvana/the distillation of fantasy as a driving poetic force [of course paramount for any work in this genre]) in a way that creates an iconography that burns into a collective consciousness. This shot alone is more significant than the majority of multi-hour/multi-volume works being produced contemporarily, which is of course because of the trendy misconception (trendy in the loosest sense, this has been around since Melies) of film as a narrative medium rather than visual. Some of the strongest visual achievements in Boku no Pico lie in the utilization(rare)/subversion of the obligatory establishing shot. For instance, notice the shot at about 0:18 in the AMV, that traces an erect building upwards to reveal the dreamlike/heavenly imagery of sunlight through leaves, pictorially elaborating upon the ideological standpoint of sexuality as redemption. An earlier shot of Mokkun's erect penis (not included in the AMV) emerging from a cactus obscuring half of the frame (showing a bravura example of compositional obstructions rarely seen this side of Anno), which seems out of place in the otherwise softly composed scene (the work's use of white effervescent outlines again highlighting the unwavering commitment to the land of dreams) jarringly introduces a critique of hentai's use of self-insert sexual prowess and empowerment. More than just a deconstruction of the nature of pornographic imagery however, the work draws upon this to focus in on the nature of perception and individuality. Consider the evolution: from the first scene of intimacy's use of the cactus shot, and the early portrayal of Pico as a mystical, distant mirage, defined for the audience solely by Mokkun's own perception, to Pico's attire when seen at the cafe, shown as being identified and controlled by his grandfather, to the symbolism of ice cubes, the primal physical revulsion of which is played upon to foreshadow Mokkun as yet another foreign source of corruption, to the crossdressing that leads to Pico's first realization of others' control over his identity ("what am I to you"), to the pair's meeting at the cemetery, in reference to the death of innocence (which is to say the naive viewpoint that self-image is something created by the self and not by others. At this pivotal scene Pico realizes the futility of establishing any sort of self-identity and succumbs to embody Mokkun's view of him), to their final embrace on the beach, which embodies true acceptance of this new identity ("It's like I'm... turning into Mokkun's ochinchin"). While normally this would be portrayed as soul-crushing, the work paints this in a constructive light, although not one without pain. There are two reasons for this, one being in the creation of Pico as a wholly subordinate, perfect angelic figure, cemented by the final shot, and also to argue that individuality in the modern age is not only futile, but inferior. Watchers are encouraged to not only want to be with Pico, but to be Pico, for, at the very least, Pico has an established place and purpose in the world, defined by forces not his own, but this alleviates the responsibility and burden of being a free individual. In this way Boku no Pico delivers on both fronts as a perfection of escapism for its target audience, while simultaneously providing an analysis on both the nature of this very concept as well as the people engaging in it.


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