kaiju115 wrote:I just didn't remember the character as much as everything else.
Yes, a good bit of people are off put by Kurata Shinya and his female cohort.
The cultists (Asakura Mito and the video game guy who is over the top in some cases) are bits of social commentary. With the film being apocalyptic as it is, it needed some reality. In truth, around 1999 there have been reports of cults becoming a massive thing in Japan. So bad that the Aum Shinkikyo cult (which caused 12 deaths in Japan the same year G:GGOTU was released) was said to have been making a base in London and try to cause a "baptism of fire" to set off the apocalypse - with only the members surviving. It didn’t happen. Though now, take a look at Shibuya after the boy cries to his mother "Gamera saved me!". It looks as such a baptism.
Asakura Mito doesn't seem to be a very important person to the Japanese government other than being a fortune teller (in which if that was to every actually happen, the government might be seen as nuts) and Kurata Shinya is a retired video game maker. This is important because Aum Shinrikyo was known to recruit middle class people in real life. So there’s a parallel. Not to mention their beliefs were messed up versions of religions which sourced beliefs from books like the I, CHING (aka, the Book of Changes which Mito quotes at the beginning). Only whatever cult Mito and Shinya were a part of was perhaps more dangerous since not only was one of them smart (Shinya, who does most of the Irys hypothesizing) and has connections to the government (Mito), but they have a major bit: they had a connection to Irys via Ayana. It only got screwed up when Asakura Mito thought it was time to take back her apparent birthright (remember, Shinya mentioned something about Asakura's blood line) only to get killed because she was not the chosen one (Ayana was).