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|kinda the same way the whole "Hero's Journey" structure has played out in many stories despite the fact that no one before Joseph Campbell and George Lucas realized it was an actual pattern in literature.|
|I recently got to thinking how Samurai Champloo seems to reflect certain elements of Sigemun Freud's analysis of the psyche. Freud said that the three main components of the mind are the Id, which controls base desires like sex, food, and entertainment, the Superego, which controls morality, conscience, and responsibility, and the Ego, which negotiates between the two and tries to come to a practical decision. Or, as I once heard it described, the Id tells you what you want to do, the Superego tells you what you should do, and the Ego tells you what you can do. It seems to me that Mugen, Jin, and Fuu can be classified as Id, Superego, and Ego respectively. Mugen only seems to care about satisfying whatever whims enter his head at the moment, whether it be eating seafood or getting into a sword fight, and Jin once described him as "not knowing the meaning of restraint." Seems very much like a "pure Id" sort of personality. Jin, on the other hand, takes his duties as a samurai very seriously. He frequently goes out of his way to help other people and reigns in his desires to the point where we begin to wonder if he even has any. That's definitely like the Superego. Then we get Fuu. She's almost always the member of the trio who worries about practical matters, such as getting food, shelter, and money, and, of course, has to keep reminding the other two that they can't fulfill their promise to her if they kill each other. She is also a temperate medium between Mugen and Jin, as she appreciates having a good time, but can't really condone how out of control Mugen gets; likewise, while she clearly does like the idea of helping other people, she really only gets involved in troubles when she's dragged into them. This sense of practicality and balance between the Id of Mugen and the Superego of Jin makes Fuu the spitting image of the Ego. |
So what do you think? Am I on to something, or is this just what comes from spending too much time thinking about an anime?
|Well, let's analyze the last three anime that Stephen jat Blum has VA'ed for. Cowboy Bebop, Sc-ry-ed and Samurai Champloo. |
Spike, Kazuma and Mugen are all more or less the same character (just different time periods).
Spike being the hero, but more or less a wreckless hero. Kazuma being a hero but a very wreckless hero, etc etc.
In each of these anime there's been a counter/good side/whatever to Stephen Jay Blum's characters:
Jet Black from Bebop
Ryuho from Sc-ry-ed
Jin from Champloo
Now I'm not saying that your relating Samuari Champloo to Frued's theory isn't correct, but I think it's more of less that Stephen Jay Blum (for whatever reason) just likes playing the tough and rugged hero type.
|Nice, definitely not overanalyzing! I was just reading through a psych book and I must say, there is more detail in tv shows than we might think. It wouldn't surprise me if they did base these characters off of Id, superego, and ego.|
Wow thought I was the only one that saw it that way , doing a 10 page essay on psychologie right now and Iam using this exact subject. If you look closely theirs honnestly so much more. like the colours, personnality behavior between each other. I say Mugen is Id, Fuu is the Ego and Jin is the Super ego.
Mugen being pure instinct and wants instant enjoyment, hes a criminal and all criminals lisend to their ID most of their lifes without having anyone with reality and responsibility(ego) to guide them. and most of all he trys to escape reality with agression(fighting).The id is responsible for our basic drives such as food, water, sex, and basic impulses. It is amoral and egocentric, ruled by the pleasure–pain principle; it is without a sense of time, completely illogical, primarily sexual, infantile in its emotional development, and will not take "no" for an answer. Red represents evil
Fuu having a sense of authority between both Mugen and jin, Ego derives from the latin word "I myself" ( the story is based on HER wanting to find her dad) she also has judgment, tolerance, reality-testing, control, planning, defense, synthesis of information, intellectual functioning, and memory. Ego is developed during early adolesence like lets say 15, lol what a coincidence. "Its main concern is with the individual's safety and allows some of the id's desires to be expressed, but only when consequences of these actions are marginal." Its also sayd that Ego is connected to ID like a man ridding a horse: the colour white represents purety, mixed with red(mugen) that makes Pink.
Theirs alot more things in common but those are pretty much the basic ones unless you want to go deeper into the analyse. I havent done Jin yet but hes pretty obvious being the Oganized one and following "The Way of the Samurai" (Justice, Courage, Benevolence, Politness, Veracity, Honor and Loyalty)