The Premises of “Real” and “Fake”
While watching The Cabin in the Woods with my sister and some of my friends, it certainly had been a horrifying experience indeed, to the point that my sister was forcing her eyes closed at times, and even took off her glasses so to purposely avoid looking at the screen.
It’s weird though, since I know she likes bloody anime like Mirai Nikki, Another, High School of the Dead and so on. She even plays Saya no Uta, which makes me wondered why is she so scared of The Cabin in the Woods? I asked her a little later, and she said “Because anime’s not real, it isn’t as scary.” I argued back that both anime and movie isn’t completely real either way, since both are created imaginatively by the minds of men.
Then, further thoughts lead me to Nisemonogatari, and especially it’s concept of real and fake. Anime may be fake, but the emotions displayed in the anime, are truly genuine. For instance, can one even smiles like this in real life? If you ever seen an anime girl giving her beloved one a packet of chocolate, or if she receives a gift in return, chances are, she will be showing that facial expression. Her smiles in return are always the most innocent and cheerful; the most genuine expressions one could ever hope for.
For anime’s portrayals of crying and tears, is likewise, fake, but at the same time, can be also more real then real cries. Tears of joy, tears of regret, tears of sorrow, anime showed us the cries of different perspective, each cries expressing their own unique genuine emotions. It is easy to feel and sympathize the feelings of these powerful expressions, due to it’s relentless.
All these amounts to Nisemonogatari’s uncanny concept: fake, can be more real then the real thing. When a never-ending imitation attempts to be real, it will never succeed because it’s fake originally, however, it’s genuine objective of wanting to be real, is “real”, which perhaps, makes it more real then the real thing itself.
Judging from my contradictory observations, an anime and the movie can be both real and fake at the same time. In the end, just how do one perceive the level of truth and deception? Just what is absolute truth, and what is imitated falseness? I think there probably won’t be a clear, accurate answer to that, just like how the mystery of souls will always be a mystery.