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The anime “Ice,” and the library terminal

Like yesterday’s post, today I’d like to focus on Ice, an anime that is said to be not “good” for one reason or another. There are strong lesbian themes with the head of the women warriors, Julia, as having sexual intercourse with women. Additionally, another character, Yuki, pushes to have a relationship with the protagonist, Hitomi Landsknecht, after meeting her, trying to get them to kiss, with them later showing a fondness for each other. In the process, however, there are several scenes that show libraries, specifically in the second episode, “Day 2: Ruru -Rule-“. Some are from the speech by Kisaragi, who leads a group of women who thinks that if it is the fate of humanity to die then let it happen, talking about the failures of men and the lies they have told, declaring that “like you, men once compiled lies and tainted everything in this world.” Then we see shots of the below library and hear a keyboard clacking:

Rinne types on the library terminal

Later scenes show the characters learning about the “Ice,” a genetic experiment that will supposedly be used by Julia to bring peace, although this backfires. In the below scene, Rinne, a Guardswoman with a high intellect, and a level minded person with long brownish blond hair, the person typing, finding out about what is happening, while nearby are Mint (with the green hair, on the right), Rinne (on the left), with Hitomi (in the black cloak) and Mirasaki (with long purple hair and a scar over her right eye) also are paying attention.

Data gathering and files are very important to the plotline of this episode, which I think is also worth mentioning as well. There are a few touching moments in this anime and the ending of it, in the final episode, “Day 3: Morning -Answer-” almost brings a tear to my eye.

© 2020 Burkely Hermann. All rights reserved.

Editor’s note: This post was originally published on my History Hermann blog but has been re-edited and fixed before being posted on this blog. Enjoy!

By Burkely Hermann

Burkely Hermann joined the National Security Archive as an Indexer and Metadata Librarian in March 2020, using his experience with arrangement, indexing, electronic databases, cataloging, metadata creation, and knowledge of history on a daily basis. In December 2019, he completed his Master of Library and Information Science, specializing in Archives and Digital Curation, at University of Maryland. In 2016, he received a Bachelor of Arts, with a major in Political Science and a minor in History, from St. Mary's College of Maryland. He previously interned at the National Archives II facility in College Park and worked at the Maryland State Archives, Digital Curation and Innovation Center, and the Enoch Pratt Free Library. He is also a member of the Society of American Archivists. In his free time, he researches his family genealogy, serves as a judge for National History Day, which he participated in for several years, writes fictional works, and keeps up with changes in the library and archives fields. He currently runs seven WordPress blogs, primarily about his family history, or reviewing archives and libraries in pop culture.

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