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Redline’s Damn Romantic

August 24, 2011

Still thinking about Redline (Because it’s THAT AWESOME. If you haven’t seen it yet, you suck.). Something that’s been on my mind is JP and Sonoshee’s history.

I haven’t read, like, every single Redline review or whatever, but those that I have read haven’t really said anything about how JP was inspired by Sonoshee. Do we ever see an anime (Or any form of fiction for that matter) where a guy looks up to a girl with those sort of hero-worshiping eyes? We get a brief flashback to where young JP’s watching Sonoshee race, and he’s completely enamored by her tenacity to get back into the race after she crashes. As far as we can tell, it was that moment that made him get up off his own lazy punk ass and really dedicate himself to racing. Sure, he was mancrushing on that macked-out pimp rider with the two rally girls decking out the back seat of his supercar, but that was just some childhood fantasy that was nothing but a dream. It was seeing this girl do everything in her power to not give up in the middle of a race that kicked him into gear and helped him become successful.

Yeah, do we see that very often? We see plenty of guys looking up to guys and girls looking up to girls, and every now and then you’ll get a girl admiring a guy in that sort of inspirational way, but more often than not when a guy is worshipful of a woman it’s in a purely sexual manner. Yeah, JP obviously has a thing for Sonoshee, and in the end he “gets the girl,” but there’s still that element of him looking up to her as a racing inspiration.

That’s some cool stuff there. It’s just a throwaway plot point, but it says a hell of a lot about JP and Sonoshee’s relationship and makes it that much more interesting than most anime pairings. And it’s a hell of a lot more romantic to see a relationship that’s built just as much on genuine admiration.

I’m telling y’all, action anime tend to do a far better job at creating interesting romantic couples than series whose entire plots are centered around such. I’ve said it before, but the episode of Black Lagoon where Rock and Revy bitch at each other, finally star to “understand” each other, and then end everything by sharing a cigarette was a thing of a beauty, and we’re talking about a series that’s rifting off of 80’s and 90’s action movies. If you want your romantic fix, don’t watch some harem shit or some “let’s save the princess and win her over” shit. Nope. Go watch an anime where shit blows up. That’s an environment far more conductive to real romance.

Explosions = Love

7 Comments leave one →
  1. August 24, 2011 11:25 PM


    If Boy + Girl + Love – Morals = 0

    And Love = Explosions

    Then Boy + Girl + Explosions – Morals = 0 because they’re DEAD (from the explosions).

    • Landon permalink
      August 24, 2011 11:34 PM

      So the moral of the story is that being a good person makes you bulletproof. So if I shoot you and you die, you deserved it.

  2. zammael permalink
    August 25, 2011 12:18 AM

    Awesome film. And I’m as cynical as they come.

    Had the Wachowski brothers the balls to make Speed Racer this insanely great, it could’ve matched even their legendary Matrix. Alas courage and creativity is utterly foreign to Hollywood these days.

    • Landon permalink
      August 28, 2011 1:41 AM

      I actually LOVE the Wachowski Speed Racer movie, if only for the visuals. I’d say it’s Redline-lite– the sort of thing kids should be weaned on before “graduating.” And it introduces them to some trippy, psychedelic visuals, and kids need that sort of exposure to make them better people. Heehee

  3. August 25, 2011 12:35 AM

    I guess it makes the couples more realistic, because in real life nothing is ever perfect. Also, in real life, most of the time things don’t blow up, but…

    I guess it’s more of a bonding thing – as much as you think that just spending time with your crush in highschool is romantic, that doesn’t bond you as much as HOLY SHIT GONNA DIE HOLY MOTHERFUCKING FUCK IS THAT A FUCKING NUKE RUN THE FUCK AWAY YOU MOTHERFUCKER

    • Landon permalink
      August 28, 2011 1:42 AM

      Yeah. Love isn’t love if you haven’t shared a “running down a hallway while being chased by an explosion” moment. Divorce rates are significantly lower if you’ve done that at least once.

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