So at some point this thread must have been moved because I didn’t have any of the posts within it marked as read. So I was reading back through it, and I noticed that some of the previously covered topics were very almost touching upon a topic that I wrote about the other day. I’m sure this topic is a bit beyond simply planetarian, but it’s relevant anyway…
The thing I wrote doesn’t matter too much here, I can summarize, but here’s the full thing for anyone who cares.
Basically it was about the Sci-fi show Kaiba, a show that I can’t help but admire. Kaiba covers this fairly typical style of Dystopian society where the rich dominate and the poor are left to die. The show is kinda rubbish when it focuses on a plot, but the incredibly charming and beautiful moments of the show come from the poor accepting themselves and their position with a bittersweet smile.
In my post I say:
…we appreciate the literal storytelling from characters who have put aside the ideas of survival and evolution in favor of something holistic to an individual — Happiness.
And that’s where my topic branches from Kaiba’s style of Dystopia to Dystopia in general. And this is true for every Dystopian tale I appreciate. Shows like Kemono Friends, games like Fragile Dreams, albums like Owari no Hoshi no Love Song, and of course the point of topic planetarian.
When you look at planetarian, specifically at the two main characters, you see a progression of humanity and of the concept of a human. The Junker is far from the human we know. He misses most aspects of what a modern human is due to his die-hard resolve of surviving in a broken world. Conversely Yumemi, a faulty robot stuck in the past, echoes the society we are familiar with, making her seem more relatable as a character than the Junker. It’s a very smart way to make a robot character feel human; you make the human character seem almost alien.
And it’s interesting to see how this is presented in the overall character designs and character personalities. The Junker—the one marching towards the future—is cold and callous. Yumemi—stuck in the past—is cheery and colorful. This is where we see the beauty of humanity. Yumemi, her stubborn happiness, is what resonates with an audience.
And so the charm of a Dystopian tale comes from that presentation of happiness, no matter how well presented it may be. The happiness is what we latch on to. People don’t resonate with the behind-the-scenes greed or with the ones scrambling for fortune, they resonate with the ones who try their best to achieve what little left they reasonably desire.
The Junker moved from place to place with little care for anything but living. Yumemi stayed in place, kept to her pattern, and wished dearly to play out her role. She didn’t care about survival so much as she cared about being herself and doing what she would want to do. Obviously that’s down to her programming, but it’s through this that she represents the beauty of humanity. Because self isn’t just about survival.
Also on further thought this idea is applicable to literally everything, even reality. Who’d a thunk it? Now that I’ve written this I realize how obvious it all is. Feels throwaway really…