On this episode of “I Spit on Your Podcast”, we explore deeper themes in genre anime, discussing the ’80s films “Lily C.A.T.” and “Demon City Shinjuku”.
Episode 29: “Blood in 2D: Lily C.A.T.” (1987) and “Demon City Shinjuku” (1988)
In this episode, we are discussing one of Jessica’s favourite things: Japanese Animation! Actually, 1980s horror anime, to be exact.
We look at the history of Japanese animation starting from 1917 all the way to the present-day and discuss how it has evolved over the years. We also take a deeper look at some of the common themes found in the various genres of Japanese anime and where they originally stem from.
From our research, we stumbled upon some interesting insight and it all boils down to this: Japan’s cultural trauma.
The two animated movies we discuss from the 1980s are Lily C.A.T. (1987) and Demon City Shinjuku (1988).
While Lily C.A.T. is space horror and Demon City Shinjuku is supernatural horror, both are representative of the recurring themes of death, doom, human annihilation, abuse of technology and survival that is often seen in a variety of Japanese animation.
Anime is cultural therapy and a platform for healing and education.
Enjoy and welcome to our dark side…
Lily C.A.T. is available to watch for free on Prime or Tubi. Demon City Shinjuku is also available to watch free on Prime.
ABOUT THIS PODCAST
Jess and Kelly co-host the well produced, highly entertaining and insightful monthly podcast known as I SPIT ON YOUR PODCAST. Every month, they explore the world of horror entertainment, with each episode centering around a particular theme. This is a time once a month where Jess puts down her bloody knitting needles and Kelly steps away from the TV to discuss horror movies and other horror mediums with thoughtful analysis, research, and passion.