Friday, July 27

Gedo Senki (Tales from Earthsea)

Trailer no 1

Trailer no 2
Well, just got this movie and I will post my thoughts later. I wonder if Miyazaki Junior have what it takes to inherit the mantle of anime masterpiece like his father.


GAH! Why they have make it a lolibait?! Nice art, nice designs especially the exo skeleton but but why the lolis?! ARGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

Sayonara Zetsubo Sensei (2007)

This is a clever anime, very entertaining work by Shindo, known for his funky camera work and eccentric taste of storytelling.

I would recommend this anime for people looking for something different to watch.

The Significance of Anime

Japan's animation boom began in the summer of l977, when the movie Uchu Senkan Yamato (Space Cruiser Yamato) captivated teenagers and young adults to emerge as a major box-office hit. The success of this sci-fi "anime" prompted a fundamental shift in the cultural status of animation.

Even before Space Cruiser Yamato, Japan had produced a considerable number of animated films, but they were generally regarded as children's fare or, at best, family entertainment; the few adult-oriented animated movies were not successful commercially. Space Cruiser Yamato was the first anime to demonstrate that the medium need not restrict itself to kiddie fare. Following suit, from the late l970s, Japan put out a steady stream of animated films geared to young adults, including Ginga Tetsudo 999 (Galaxy Express 999) and Kido Senshi Gandamu (Mobile Suit Gundam). Most of these were commercial successes as well, although critics dismissed these as exploitation films pandering to teenage tastes. The attitude of film critics changed abruptly, however, with the 1984 release of Kaze no Tani no Naushica (Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind), a film whose artistic quality was widely regarded as more than sufficient to hold the attention of adults. With this movie, writer-director Miyazaki Hayao overturned the conventional image of the anime director as a versatile hack, and was soon crowned as anime's first genuine auteur.

Another excellent article talks about anime in general. Full link is here.