TangleCast 66: The Meaning of Life in This Corner of the World
In This Corner of the World, one of the most critically acclaimed anime films of recent years, went relatively under the radar. Following the life of the joyful and ditzy Suzu, the film mixes whimsical elements with gut-wrenching realism, taking place in the years leading up to and through WWII, reaching a climax with the bombing of Hiroshima. Our TangleCast team watched it recently and found that even for those who haven’t seen it, there’s much worth discussing, particularly about in what we find our identity.
1:07 Last episode’s Cast Question
2:42 New Cast Question
7:10 Grab Bag Gratitude
12:38 In This Corner of the World Discussion—Introduction
15:41 Discussion—Suzu’s character and growth
21:09 Discussion—How Suzu (and we) deal with loss
29:24 Discussion—Meaning behind loss and suffering
39:11 Discussion—Identity and meaning, gladness and joy
44:27 Discussion—Final scene, recovery, and hope
And we want your feedback as well! Each week we ask a question on the podcast and feature your answers on the next episode. Here’s this week’s CQ (Cast Question): What’s one of the most meaningful moments of your life?
- We’ve discussed In This Corner of the World before, ranging from a review of the film (Twwk’s A+ was a higher score than our podcasters gave) to a topic our team describes—the importance of family and friends when it comes to loss. Also, appropriate for this month, we used the film to discuss the need to be thankful.
- David read from Phillipians 3:4-11 and 2 Corinthians 4:16-18 in the episode.
- Featured illustration by 大宮いお (reprinted w/permission).
- Check out the Portgas D. Ace figure that Peter mentioned he owns:
Featuring music and mixed by Celotron (all rights reserved).
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