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Paprika

Paprika

Paprika anime movie cover art
Paprika

Movie Overview

Paprika (パプリカ) is the fourth and final movie Satoshi Kon completed before his death in 2010. The movie released in 2006. Of Kon’s 4 movies, this is my second favorite after Perfect Blue. It goes back to a lot of the themes I liked from Perfect Blue, which I felt the other two movies lacked.

But, what’s Paprika about? Unfortunately, it’s not a movie about cooking with spices. It’s actually about technology that lets doctors interact with the dreams of patients. In an ideal world, it could help to determine sources of stress and even fix mental disorders.

Of course, the world isn’t ideal, so things go wrong. Someone steals this dream-intruding technology and uses it to manipulate dreams. This has a few dangerous consequences.

People can become trapped in their own dreams. They can lose the ability to distinguish between dreams and reality. And they can begin dreaming even while awake.

Paprika waking up Torataro Shima from the anime movie Paprika
Paprika waking up Torataro Shima

I know that the 2010 movie Inception has a lot of similarities to Paprika. It seems likely that Paprika was a major source of inspiration for that movie. But, there are a lot of people who have discussed that connection before. So, I’m just going to leave it at that.

Instead, let’s briefly get into one of the best aspects of the movie: The way the plot goes through cycles. Have you ever had a recurring dream? Of course you have. Well, Paprika uses the concept of recurring dreams to progress the plot in a pretty neat way.

There are a few times in the movie when we find ourselves within a dream we’ve seen before. But, each time this happens, we get a bit closer to the truth behind the dream. I like this style of storytelling, and Paprika nails it.

The Best Characters

In my review of Tokyo Godfathers, I said my favorite Kon characters were either from that or Paprika. After thinking about it some more, the characters in Paprika are better. And a big reason for why that is is how the movie uses the characters. (Spoilers incoming.)

Let’s start by looking at Atsuko Chiba and Paprika. Paprika is an alternate personality of Atsuko who manifests within the dream world. But, it’s not as if Atsuko simply becomes Paprika in her dreams. Paprika and Atsuko are always coexisting. Even when Atsuko is awake, she can communicate with Paprika.

These are two distinct characters with their own personalities. But, they’re also still the same person. This is why I liked their dynamic so much. It’s like if the two main characters in a buddy cop movie were also the same person. Atsuko is the serious one, Paprika is the fun one, and they work together to solve dream mysteries.

Paprika and Toshimi Konakawa from the anime movie Paprika
Paprika and Toshimi Konakawa

Toshimi Konakawa is easily the best character in the movie. He’s a cop who’s struggling with workplace stress and seeks help from Paprika. A large part of the movie takes place within Konakawa’s dreams. And this is where the whole recurring dreams sequence comes into play.

Every time we go into Konakawa’s dream (nightmare) we learn a bit more about who he is. His character arc also parallels that of Gin from Tokyo Godfathers. Both start out at their lowest points and end up being action movie heroes. Though, I think Konakawa’s journey is far more interesting.

The final character I want to mention is Kosaku Tokita. My favorite part about him is how his size was used. He’s a massive guy. But, the framing of a lot of shots emphasizes his size in entertaining ways.

Back to Twisting Reality

Millennium Actress and Tokyo Godfathers were missing something. They didn’t twist reality like Perfect Blue did. Millennium Actress still blended fantasy and reality. But it was always clear which was which. And the fantasy was more of a way to tell the story than a part of the plot.

In Paprika, twisting reality is the plot. The farther we get into the movie, the more reality and dreams blend together. And by the climax of the movie, there’s nothing separating the two. This, combined with the characters, is why I liked Paprika so much.

But, it’s not a perfect movie. The one thing holding it back is the identity of the antagonists. For most of the movie, we don’t know who the antagonists are. Then, toward the end, it’s suddenly revealed that we’ve already seen them. The antagonists are actually two of the random supporting characters.

Torataro Shima in a dream from the anime movie Paprika
Torataro Shima in a dream

Because of how long it took to reveal the antagonists, I thought the twist would be a lot more interesting. It wasn’t some meta twist. And there wasn’t really any lead-up to the reveal either. My only thought was, “Oh, that random guy whose name I don’t remember is the bad guy?”

It’s also at this point that the plot of the movie took a turn for the worse. Yes, there were action sequences earlier in the movie. But, they always had something to do with a specific character’s arc. The end of the movie is a big action sequence for the sake of it.

Our heroes have to fight against a giant monster that the main antagonist turned into. Why did he turn into a giant monster? Because he hates dreams or something, I don’t know. The plot kind of went out the window in favor of action.

Conclusion

Paprika is a 9/10. If the ending was better, it could have been a 10. But, despite how much I liked earlier parts of the movie, I can’t give it a perfect score. And while I rated it the same as Perfect Blue, I still think I like Perfect Blue more.

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Tokyo Godfathers

Tokyo Godfathers

Tokyo Godfathers anime movie cover art
Tokyo Godfathers

Movie Overview

Tokyo Godfathers (東京ゴッドファーザーズ) is the third anime movie directed by Satoshi Kon. The DoubleSama Discord server watched the movie as part of our Satoshi Kon movie month, which is now over. But, if you want to participate in future group watches, we’re doing one on the last Friday of every month.

As with the other Satoshi Kon movies, I knew nothing about Tokyo Godfathers going into it. So, I was pretty surprised to find out that it’s a Christmas movie. And, I don’t know about you, but I’m not really a fan of Christmas movies as a genre.

But, I’ll still admit that Tokyo Godfathers is a good movie. My biggest complaint is probably that it’s different than Satoshi Kon’s other films. The other three blend reality and fantasy in various ways that I enjoyed. This one doesn’t do that, which can leave it feeling a bit plain by comparison.

Gin, Miyuki, Hana, and baby Kiyoko from the anime movie Tokyo Godfathers
Gin, Miyuki, Hana, and baby Kiyoko

The movie follows two homeless adults and a runaway teen who find an abandoned baby on Christmas Eve. At first, the trio isn’t quite sure what to do with the baby, named Kiyoko. Gin thinks they should turn her over to the police. But, Hana believes they should raise her themselves.

In the end, they decide to locate the baby’s parents and confront them. They want to know why the parents abandoned their child rather than put her up for adoption. Though, I do think that handing the baby over to the police immediately would have been for the best.

That wouldn’t make for a very good movie, though. So, instead, our homeless trio sets out on an adventure full of Christmas miracles. And by Christmas miracles, obviously, I mean action sequences and surprising twists. It’s still a Kon movie, after all.

Main Characters

Tokyo Godfathers might have my favorite cast of Kon’s movies. I don’t know; I like the cast of Paprika a lot too. Gin, Hana, and Miyuki are definitely good characters, though. They have good chemistry with each other and each get their own development arcs in the movie.

Gin is the oldest of the trio and seems to be the one who has lived on the streets for the longest. He’s an alcoholic, transphobic, jerk. But, despite that, he does care about Hana, Miyuki, and Kiyoko.

I think I like Gin more than Hana, but less than Miyuki. Gin’s character arc is my favorite of the three. He goes from being a drunk to an action movie hero. And while that may seem like a big jump, it fits into who he is pretty well.

Gin, Miyuki, Hana, and baby Kiyoko at a fancy party from the anime movie Tokyo Godfathers
Gin, Miyuki, Hana, and baby Kiyoko at a fancy party

Hana is a trans woman, so I’m going to be using feminine pronouns for her. While she’s my least favorite of the three, she’s also the most fun character. She’s the one who’s the most expressive and emotional. And it’s her emotions that lead to a lot of the events the trio gets caught up in.

For example, if it wasn’t for Hana, none of the events of the movie would happen. She’s the one who doesn’t want to turn Kiyoko over to the police. And she’s also the one who decides that they’re going to find Kiyoko’s parents.

Miyuki is my favorite character simply because I like the way she’s written. She’s a teenage runaway. And she acts like every indifferent teenager who’s ever existed. She’s not some starry-eyed kid. She’s moody, easily annoyed, and rebellious.

It doesn’t matter if something is best for her. If an adult says it, she doesn’t listen.

A Series of Unfortunate Christmas Miracles

There are a lot of “Christmas miracles” in Tokyo Godfathers. But, they all start out as unfortunate situations. And that’s something I like about this movie. Everything that happens turns a bad event into a positive experience.

To illustrate this, I’ll be spoiling parts of the movie. This is your warning.

So, one of my favorite examples of this happening is when Hana has to go to the hospital. We find out Hana is sickly, which isn’t good. And to pay for the stay, Gin has to give up the money he saved up to send to his estranged daughter.

This is one of the lowest points in the movie. But, it all turns around when it’s revealed that Gin’s daughter works at the hospital as a nurse. The two of them are reunited, and we learn that Gin’s daughter’s name is also Kiyoko.

Miyuki, Hana, Gin, and baby Kiyoko toward the end of their adventure from the anime movie Tokyo Godfathers
Miyuki, Hana, Gin, and baby Kiyoko toward the end of their adventure

Of course, there were also a bunch of wacky situations that fit into this trend, as well. Who can forget when Miyuki and Kiyoko get taken hostage by an assassin? But, again, this turns out to be for the best in the end.

The assassin takes Miyuki and Kiyoko to his family’s home, where Kiyoko gets fed by a woman with a baby of her own. Before this happened, it was unclear where Kiyoko’s next meal was coming from. Earlier in the movie, Miyuki spilled all the baby formula the trio had.

Look, I’m usually not a fan of anime in which everything ends on a positive. The whole “happily ever after” ending isn’t very interesting, to me. But, Tokyo Godfathers did it well. There’s an equal amount of hardships and positive outcomes. And the characters are likable, so you want them to succeed.

Conclusion

Tokyo Godfathers is a 7/10. It’s a good movie, but I don’t think it’s nearly as good as Perfect Blue or Paprika. And even though I gave it the same rating as Millennium Actress, I like this one more.

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Millennium Actress

Millennium Actress

Millennium Actress anime movie cover art
Millennium Actress

Movie Overview

Millennium Actress (Sennen Joyuu / 千年女優) is the second anime film directed by Satoshi Kon. If you’re interested in the first, I reviewed Perfect Blue last week. And, I’ll say upfront that I didn’t like Millennium Actress nearly as much as Perfect Blue. But, this movie still does some pretty cool stuff.

So, the basic premise of the movie is that two filmmakers are creating a documentary about an actress. Chiyoko Fujiwara is getting pretty old and has never told her life story before. Genya and Kyouji want to capture that story before it’s too late.

But, Genya also wants to return something to Chiyoko that she lost decades ago. And it’s this item, a key, that represents everything Chiyoko has been through in her life. That key is why Chiyoko became such a famous actress. And the day she lost it is the day she quit acting forever.

This seems like a good enough time to discuss the title of the movie. What does Millennium Actress mean? Well, the movie released in 2002, not long after the turn of the millennium. So, that event could have influenced the movie. But, that event in itself isn’t why the movie’s called Millennium Actress.

Chiyoko is the titular Millennium Actress because of the roles she played in her many films. Throughout the movie, we see pieces of every film Chiyoko was in. And each of the movies takes place in a different period of the last millennium. You may also notice that all of Chiyoko’s movies are in chronological order.

The first movie Chiyoko stars in takes place in feudal Japan. And the last movie she stars in is a sci-fi story about going into space. But, the most interesting part of her movies is how they parallel her own life.

A Story Told Through Stories

Like Perfect Blue, Millennium Actress also blends fantasy and reality. But, it does so in a very different way. In this movie, we always know what’s fantasy and what’s reality. What makes it cool, though, is that fantasy mimics reality.

The entire movie tells the life story of Chiyoko. Even the parts that follow Chiyoko’s acting roles are still telling her story. For example, Chiyoko decides to go to Manchuria in an attempt to find the man who gave her the key. While there, she gets a role in a movie that perfectly matches her own life at that point.

She plays a girl who’s chasing after the man she loves. But, this isn’t the only movie this applies to. Every one of Chiyoko’s movie roles matches what she’s going through at that point in her life.

Chiyoko Fujiwara playing a role in a movie from the anime movie Millennium Actress
Chiyoko Fujiwara playing a role in a movie

Without a doubt, the way Millennium Actress blends fantasy and reality is cool. But, this is also probably why I liked it less than Perfect Blue. You see, I don’t usually like it when anime do this.

Think about how most anime use this technique: school festival plays. And if you’re a long-time reader of this blog, you may know how much I hate school festival plays in anime. I’d always rather see main plot points play out in “reality” than in a fantasy.

Of course, some anime still do this well. Millennium Actress is one of them. And another one is Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu. But, these seem to be the exceptions to the rule. Even when done well, though, I’m still not really a huge fan of the style as a storytelling technique.

Tragic Twist

My favorite part of the movie is the tragic twist that came toward the end. We find out that the man Chiyoko was chasing after died long ago. In fact, Chiyoko even knew this was likely the case. But, she convinced herself it wasn’t true so she could keep on living.

Everything Chiyoko had done since she was a high school student was so that she could be reunited with him. If he was dead, what was her purpose in life? Who was she meant to be? Where was she meant to go? And what was she meant to do?

During the war, Chiyoko actually witnessed the moments before her “lover” died. She saw a prison guard dragging him into an interrogation chamber. But, despite knowing what that meant, she chose to believe he was still alive somewhere after the war.

Chiyoko Fujiwara in the ruins of a city after World War II from the anime movie Millennium Actress
Chiyoko Fujiwara in the ruins of a city after World War II

The revelation that the man Chiyoko loved did, in fact, die during the war is only one of two tragic twists. The second is Chiyoko’s realization that she’s no longer the person she was when she first met him. Decades have passed and Chiyoko has changed both inside and out.

She first realizes this when she finds a painting of herself on a wall of a destroyed building after the war. She immediately recognizes it as the work of the man she’s looking for. But, she also recognizes that the girl in the painting isn’t who she is anymore.

The longer it takes for her to find the man, the more likely it becomes that he won’t recognize her. And that’s something that scares Chiyoko. In a way, it was for the best that Chiyoko never got the reunion she dreamed of. Reality doesn’t usually mimic fantasy.

Conclusion

Millennium Actress is a 7/10. It’s a good movie. But, I wouldn’t say it’s the most groundbreaking. It has a lot in common with the movie In This Corner of the World. But, considering that’s my favorite anime movie, Millennium Actress doesn’t really compare.

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Perfect Blue

Perfect Blue

Perfect Blue anime movie cover art
Perfect Blue

Movie Overview

Perfect Blue (パーフェクトブルー) is an anime movie released in 1998 and directed by Satoshi Kon. Throughout August, the DoubleSama Discord server is having a Satoshi Kon movie event. Each Friday, we watch one of Kon’s four movies. Since Perfect Blue released first, it was the first movie we watched.

I’m going to be honest upfront and say that I don’t know why the title of this movie is Perfect Blue. But, I do feel like I have a pretty good understanding of what went on within the movie. And, if you’ve seen this movie, you’re likely aware that knowing what was going on can be a bit difficult.

Before I get into an explanation and major spoilers, let’s set the stage. Perfect Blue follows a former pop idol as her life spirals out of control. It also depicts a variety of mental illnesses which shape the way we experience the story.

Something I always enjoy is when anime frame the story from the perspective of a character. This can take a few forms. In the Monogatari Series, for example, it’s done in two ways. First, the viewer only has information available to Koyomi. And second, the viewer “sees the world through Koyomi’s eyes.”

Perfect Blue is the same. Throughout the story, we only have access to information Mima has. If we could see the bigger picture, there wouldn’t be much of a mystery to solve.

Additionally, we see the world through Mima’s eyes. By this, I mean that we see what Mima believes. If Mima believes someone is mean, then they’re depicted as mean regardless of the truth. If Mima thinks something is a good idea, then it’s depicted as a good idea regardless of the truth.

By limiting information and forcing a perspective, the movie becomes an immersive experience.

Main Characters

Mima Kirigoe is the protagonist of the series. Originally, she was a member of the pop group CHAM! along with Yukiko and Rei. But, Mima left the group after a talent agent convinced her there was no more room for her to grow there.

After leaving the music world behind, Mima becomes an actress. The only problem is that it’s difficult for her to get good roles. The directors see her as nothing more than a former pop singer. And so, Mima begins to take on more adult roles and jobs in an attempt to change her image.

Yukiko, Mima, and Rei of the pop group CHAM! from the anime movie Perfect Blue
Yukiko, Mima, and Rei of the pop group CHAM!

Rumi Hidaka is Mima’s manager and friend. She believes Mima should stay in CHAM! instead of breaking into acting. And, in Rumi’s defense, CHAM! finally sees some success shortly after Mima leaves. Though, maybe Mima herself was the problem holding CHAM! back.

Also of importance is that Rumi’s the one person Mima can rely on when she’s struggling. As Mima’s mental health deteriorates, Rumi is often the only one who can help her snap back to reality. She’s the only person who’s been with Mima all throughout her career.

Mamoru Uchida is a Mima superfan. It’s no stretch to say that he’s obsessed with her. When she was an idol, he worked as a part-time security guard for her concerts so that he could be closer to her. And once she transitions to acting, he continues to follow her.

Being a superfan is one thing. But, Mamoru is also a stalker. He goes by the name Me-Mania online and believes that he has an intimate relationship with Mima. And, in a creepy way, he does; he’s always nearby. Unfortunately for Mima, this is a one-way relationship that she wants no part of.

Who Were the Real Victims?

Now it’s time to spoil everything. As you’ll know if you watched the movie, the true villain of the story was Rumi. But, that doesn’t mean she isn’t a victim in her own way. Rumi was suffering from a mental disorder that caused her to believe she was the “real” Mima.

Obviously, that doesn’t excuse the fact that she murdered multiple people. But, in her mind, getting rid of the people who she viewed as “tainting” Mima’s image made sense. And in the end, that list of people included Mima herself.

As for Mima, I’m going to assume nobody argues she wasn’t a victim. Both Rumi and Me-Mania victimized her. But, and this may be controversial, I think a large part of what happened to Mima was due to her own mental state.

Mamoru "Me-Mania" Uchida from the anime movie Perfect Blue
Mamoru “Me-Mania” Uchida

Because we see the events of this movie from Mima’s perspective, we view her as the main victim. She believes she’s the main victim. But, there’s some evidence pointing to much of what she believes happened to her not being real. Mima’s grasp on reality isn’t all there for most of the movie.

This might come as a surprise, but Me-Mania is actually one of the biggest victims. Is he a stalker? Yes. But, he was being manipulated by Rumi, whom he thought was the “real” Mima. Also, as far as I can tell, being a creepy stalker is the only crime Me-Mania is guilty of.

What about his attempted rape of Mima? I’m not sure it happened. Mima had a hard time differentiating between her movie roles and reality. I think she thought he attempted to rape her because of this. We saw no evidence of it after the fact. And then Rumi kills him, so Me-Mania is the true victim.

Conclusion

Perfect Blue is a 9/10. It’s a great movie and because it doesn’t spell much out for us, there are a lot of different interpretations. How did you interpret the events of the movie? Do you think we can trust Mima as a storyteller? Or, do you think some of the events she believes happened never did?

And I know some people think Rumi was drugging Mima. But, I went back and couldn’t find any evidence of this. I even found evidence to the contrary. For example, Rumi isn’t present for some of Mima’s episodes and when she wakes up in random locations.

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As of this review, we’ve already watched the second Kon movie, Millennium Actress. But, depending on when you’re reading this, you could still join us for the final two Satoshi Kon movies.

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Made in Abyss: Dawn of the Deep Soul

Made in Abyss: Dawn of the Deep Soul

Made in Abyss: Dawn of the Deep Soul anime movie cover art
Made in Abyss: Dawn of the Deep Soul

Stairway to the Fifth

Made in Abyss: Dawn of the Deep Soul (Made in Abyss Movie 3: Fukaki Tamashii no Reimei / 劇場版メイドインアビス 深き魂の黎明) is the sequel of Made in Abyss. It’s called Movie 3, but the first 2 movies were recaps. The movie picks up from where the first season left off, with Riko, Reg, and Nanachi in the Fourth Layer.

Now, I watched and reviewed the first season of Made in Abyss way back in 2017. So it’s been a while since I’ve seen it. But, that season covered the first 3 layers of the Abyss. This movie covers layers 4 and 5. But, we don’t spend much time in layer 4.

This “speedrunning” of the layers is something I’m not a huge fan of. And it’s very possible I brought up the same complaint 4 and a half years ago. I’d rather each layer of the abyss get its own arc so we could explore the world a bit more.

The main feature we get to see in the fourth layer is the Field of Eternal Fortunes (name taken from the soundtrack). This field of flowers has been overrun by a dangerous insect that made its way up from the fifth layer.

Unfortunately, we don’t get to see much more of the fifth layer. We see some giant water tower things, and then spend the rest of our time in the fifth layer at or around Ido Front. Ido Front is the forward operating base in the fifth layer used as a launch point for going deeper down.

And, something I want to bring up here is that it’s said the sixth layer is the point of no return. Once you pass through Ido Front, there’s no coming back. Even from the fifth layer, you can get back to the surface.

The Girl with the Curly Green Hair

Prushka is a new character introduced in Dawn of the Deep Soul. And in case you haven’t seen the movie yet, let me warn you that this is where the major spoilers begin. It’s kind of hard to talk about the characters without spoiling things.

Alright, so Prushka is Bondrewd’s adopted daughter. Though, as we later learn, it’s hard to say that Bondrewd is even Bondrewd at this point. Anyway, she’s a pretty good character. And, she’s interesting too. Prushka has lived in the fifth layer for her entire life. She was born there.

But, while I like Prushka, she confused me a bit. You see, Prushka is the same size as Riko, Reg, and Nanachi. But as we can see from her chest, she’s not a very young child. I don’t remember if character ages were ever stated. But I was thinking Riko was like 10 at most.

Prushka and Nanachi from the anime movie Made in Abyss: Dawn of the Deep Soul
Prushka and Nanachi

The issue here is that these characters are all so small compared to the adults. They come up to about waist height on Bondrewd. And yet, they’re actually supposed to be pre-teens/teenagers. I looked it up, and Riko is around 12, while Prushka is more like 14.

I get that the size of these characters has to do with style choice. But, Prushka’s chest threw me off when I was thinking she was an 8-year-old based on her height and personality. Speaking of style, though, Prushka does have a great character design. I love her outfit.

Unfortunately, I can’t talk about Prushka without bringing up her end. Prushka gets chopped up and stuffed in a suitcase (alive) by her “father.” That’s pretty brutal. But, I also think that was a good end for her character storywise. She got to be the focus of the emotional climax.

Encounter the Umbra Hands

Bondrewd looks cool. Can we all agree on that? But, I have to say that I wasn’t a huge fan of his voice. The voice itself, but also the way he spoke, didn’t fit very well to me. I guess it fits his “dad” persona. But it doesn’t fit him.

I wasn’t all that impressed by Bondrewd for the first half of the movie. It’s only once we got the reveal that he’s immortal that I took a real interest in him. And the use of “Transcendence and Hanezeve” (the best song on the OST) during that scene made it all the better.

Okay, so the part at the end of the movie with the Prushka cartridge was the emotional climax, as I’ve stated. But, it can’t match Bondrewd reviving as the organ of “Transcendence and Hanezeve” hits. That’s the point at which he became the villain.

Bondrewd and the Umbra Hands from the anime movie Made in Abyss: Dawn of the Deep Soul
Bondrewd and the Umbra Hands

Not everything about how Bondrewd is immortal made sense to me. I get that he uses some giant machine to transfer his consciousness between bodies. But, we never got a good explanation for how it works. And by the end of the movie, he was still alive in a new body.

Something that did get explained is the true nature of the white whistles. A white whistle is the product of a human sacrifice. Prushka “sacrifices” herself to become Riko’s white whistle. And Bondrewd sacrificed his original body. Why is this important? Because a white whistle unlocks the sixth layer.

But, this made me question something. If you can’t come back from the sixth layer, what are Bondrewd and Ouzen doing with their white whistles? Does that mean they’ve never gone down into the sixth layer despite being able to? Or did Bondrewd use cartridges to return?

Conclusion

Made in Abyss: Dawn of the Deep Soul is an 8/10, which is the same score I gave the first season. It’s a very good movie. But, there was some questionable content, because of course there was. I may have given it a 9 if that stuff wasn’t in there.

What questionable content? Well, there was a lot of weird stuff with Reg. For example, there’s the scene when the Umbra Hands are examining his body — and his urine. In that scene, and a few other times, there’s also a focus on penetrating his belly button. Oh, and Reg getting “excited” is a recurring theme.

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