>>98223363>>You should not have included the masturbation scene
Are you insane? This is what made it feel 'real' and interesting.
It's an insight into the author's persona and an honest slice of life story.
You can see in the segments before how he alienates him from his peers and get a glimpse that they mock him for his odd behaviour. He doesn't know what he does wrong, so it seems all disconnected and weird, but put in context, this is a shining example of how to write a point of view character correctly. He is revealing his social situation and sad daily routine to the audience; the masturbation scene is the 'climax' of his lonliness - it's not only to be taken literally, but has symbolic value. The second half of the story then follows his delusional escapism, but also himself finding new confidence, so as a viewer you have to ask yourself - if 'Melissa' is helping this individual not only cope with reality, but improve his living situation, who are we to doubt that truth? What even is truth? If we're convinced of a concept, doesn't that mean we aknowledge the existance of it? Make believe? Maybe. But maybe more of creating a second reality. Another truth, that is only visible to us, the creator. You can see this in religion, so why ridicule the animator for his beliefs?
In my opinion 'Mike & Melissa' is a beautiful insight into the life of a social outcast college student who searches for meaning in life. It's more than just a coming of age story, as it deals with denial, excess, escapism and existentialism.
You guys probably only see an >autistic furry being cringey
but that is because you are too close to the subject matter. Projecting, as you'd say. From an artist's perspective, this animation is superb.