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12 Days of Anime #9: Hitler, Nietzsche and a Hellephant

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Happy Science is . . . weird. For those who don’t know, Happy Science is a religious movement in Japan that has often been compared to a cult. Perhaps similar to Scientology here in the United States? Where Scientology gets involved with making shitty science-fiction movies starring John Travolta, Happy Science is content to produce (often shockingly well-crafted) animated movies that presumably extol their specific virtues. I say “presumably” because I never quite know exactly what Happy Science is trying to say. The most common theme in their films is that there is a character who is the reincarnation of every well known spiritual leader in history, from Jesus Christ to the prophet Muhammad to Buddha and so on.

Another common theme of Happy Science movies is that they are two-thirds boring nonsense, and one-third utter insanity. That insanity is what makes Happy Science movies worth watching. It’s like seeing a great troll: I have no idea whether it’s actually serious or not. I’m just . . . blindsided. Perhaps you are right now, too, because I imagine your attention has been fixated on, yes, Adolf Hitler in the above screenshot. That is indeed the architect of World War II you are seeing, and he has an important part to play in what is perhaps Happy Science’s weirdest movie, The Laws of Eternity.

Basically, a group of kids get a tour of Heaven from a Native American after using a spirit phone invented by Thomas Edison. If you’re a hardcore geek, perhaps you believe Edison stole this phone from Nikola Tesla, who would have led us into a golden age with it. Unfortunately, two of the teenage spirits trip and end up in Hell, where they are met by the spirits of Hitler and, for some reason, Friedrich Nietzsche. (I guess because of the whole “God is Dead” thing?) The tallest, whitest, most handsome teenager battles Hitler and Nietzsche to get his friend back. How? He summons an angelic mecha, while Hitler and Nietzsche command a demonic elephant. It’s utterly fucking ridiculous, but also AWESOME, because I’m pretty sure I had a dream about this once in my life. Maybe the Happy Science folks had a dream about it, too. Who knows?

The point, of course, is that watching an angel mecha fight a hellephant is awesome. This is actually a much better way of convincing me to join a cult than any presentation of spiritual policy. I am in your hands, Happy Science. Treat my body and my soul well.

You would all like to join the cult of Happy Science, too, yes? Have a peek, friends!

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  1. fathomlessblue
    Posted December 17, 2012 at 8:42 pm | Permalink

    Blasphemy; only the Church of Phi Brain can save your immortal soul! Don’t believe his lies, children!

    • Posted December 18, 2012 at 3:07 am | Permalink

      What he doesn’t tell you, my flock, is The Church of Phi Brain frowns upon non-British! It is a racist religion.

  2. Billish
    Posted December 17, 2012 at 9:52 pm | Permalink

    Gold. Everytime Freddy yells “God is dead!” I crack up.

    • Posted December 18, 2012 at 3:05 am | Permalink

      I really wish I could record my reactions to these the first time I watch them. It would be almost as funny as the movies themselves.

    • Posted December 18, 2012 at 9:53 am | Permalink

      Every time anyone yells that, I suppress a laugh

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      Posted January 16, 2013 at 10:25 pm | Permalink

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  3. Jeevas
    Posted December 17, 2012 at 10:51 pm | Permalink

    I don’t know if you already knew about this, have you seen this, scamp? http://www.dailydot.com/society/top-10-most-influential-fans-2012/

    Posted December 19, 2012 at 11:16 pm | Permalink

    It kind of amused me that in The Laws of Eternity, the two students who screw up and end up in Hell are the foreigners, and the good two who can move to a higher level and have to rescue them are Japanese.

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