With a name like Corpse Party Tortured Souls, you’re not expecting it to be subtle

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As you might have guessed from the title, Corpse Party Tortured Souls is not a cheerful little anime. It’s not even blackly humorous – it’s just grim, and it lays the darkness on rather thickly.

The story manages to maintain serious momentum, which is necessary, because the premise pushes fantasy to its limits.

One thing I love about Japan is that they know how to tell a serious ghost story, and they don’t give a damn about rational objections when they’re telling ghost stories.

Now, in fact, I believe that there are such things as ghosts – but I don’t believe there are such things as the kind of ghosts in horror stories, whose desires for revenge empowers them greatly. And while some ghosts are doubtless concerned with revenge, I don’t think they’re very powerful. I don’t think ghosts who die in unjust ways usually come back to haunt the living.

At the same time, when I look at the current problem with soldiers getting PTSD, I have to wonder how many ghosts are involved.

(CBS News) – A report published in Injury Prevention shows that suicide rates among U.S. Army personnel increased 80 percent between 2004 and 2008. Out of the 255 soldiers who had committed suicide between 2007 to 2008, 17 percent of the soldiers had previously been diagnosed with a mental health problem. Fifty percent had visited a health professional for a mental issue.

“While suicide remains a relatively rare event, the results of this study suggest it is increasing at an unprecedented rate and, unlike any other time in history, U.S. military suicide rates now appear to have surpassed those among comparable civilian populations,”

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/study-suicide-rates-among-army-soldiers-up-80-percent/

Are these soldiers just psychologically wounded by war? Did they do horrible, murderous things that they can’t talk about?

http://www.collateralmurder.com/

5th April 2010 10:44 EST WikiLeaks has released a classified US military video depicting the indiscriminate slaying of over a dozen people in the Iraqi suburb of New Baghdad — including two Reuters news staff.

Reuters has been trying to obtain the video through the Freedom of Information Act, without success since the time of the attack. The video, shot from an Apache helicopter gun-sight, clearly shows the unprovoked slaying of a wounded Reuters employee and his rescuers. Two young children involved in the rescue were also seriously wounded.

Maybe all the soldiers who kill themselves are secretly feeling guilty for secret war crimes. But maybe it’s the ghosts of the people who got killed, one way or another, coming by to pay a visit and voice some complaints.

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