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After leaving Studio Pierott and striking out on his own as a freelancer on a few projects, Oshii would join the independent creative collective Headgear and become a major influence in shaping the aesthetic of their first project, Mobile Police Patlabor.
For Princess Kaguya , Takahata would again return to reiterate and arguably refine this technique, imbuing every frame and scene with the sort of scrupulous attention one would expect from a master calligrapher or Ukiyo-e artist.
As clandestine paramilitaries and a rogue U. Instead, what it turns out to be is a super-powered Indiana Jones meets Armageddon spy flick packed with thrilling chase scenes, psychic martial art showdowns, and breathtakingly beautiful montages of the sparse picturesque plains and mountains of Nepal.
Originally created as a four episode OVA, then re-released as a cut-down, theatrical version with 20 minutes of new footage, Macross Plus is the first Macross sequel that takes place in the original timeline of the TV series.
Macross Plus take place 30 years after the war between the humans and the alien Zentradis, detailed in the original show, and instead focuses on two rival test pilots and former childhood friends and their struggle to be the first to secure funding for a new, experimental fighter that would replace the current model.
As with all things Macross, the two pilots are a part of a love triangle with a woman from their childhood, who is now the producer of Sharon Apple, the most famous singer in the galaxy actually an Artificial Intelligence.
Things start to go wrong when Sharon Apple achieves sentience and goes rogue, taking over the SDF-1 Macross ship and threatening thousands of lives.
Macross II is perhaps best known for its heavy usage of CGI, a novelty at the time, and its fluid, realistic dog-fighting sequences, something Kawamori was obsessed with getting right.
Macross Plus , like all things Macross, has a complex history in the United States. The theatrical version was never made available as a dub, and is now very hard to find—but the OVA is readily available, and almost as good.
Phoenix: , then, written and produced by Tezuka, loosely adapts characters and concepts from several volumes of the manga. The young man, Godo, sets off with his crew to capture and kill the Phoenix, but as with any quest for immortality, they are doomed before they even begin.
The background work is simple but clean. This is clearly feature film level animation with some musical sequences particularly the dialogue-free first 12 minutes and action scenes that rival anything in the Disney canon.
The date is October 31, In the midst of this bottleneck of international tension and unsuspecting revelry, a mysterious transfer student named Saya has come to the school on a mission: to hunt down and kill a trio of terrifying creatures who prey on the blood and bodies of their human prey.
Blood: The Last Vampire is significant for many reasons. The movie is not only the first anime film to be foremost produced entirely in English with Japanese subtitles, but also the first to eschew traditional cel drawn animation and be drawn and produced entirely through digital imaging software.
As the eighth and best theatrical release in possibly the best known anime franchise on the planet, Dragon Ball Z: Broly — The Legendary Super Saiyan has probably been seen by more people than most of the other films on this list.
The story, which, as with most other DBZ movies, is simply an excuse to gather the Z fighters together to combat a new threat to the universe.
This time it concerns a super saiyan—a warrior from an alien race—who wants to enslave humanity, and whose quest begins with an orchestrated revenge against the heroes of DBZ.
In other words, a typical shounen plot for perhaps the ultimate shounen show. What then separates Broly from the many other DBZ movies and specials?
Two things: Broly himself is a silly but fun, over-the-top villain—a Super Saiyan version of The Hulk who only gets more powerful the angrier he gets—and the battle scene comprising half of the film , which is endless fun for fans of kinetic action.
Like any good theatrical film based upon an ongoing series, Dragon Ball Z: Broly — The Legendary Super Saiyan contains everything that makes the series a hit, while offering the more fluid, cleaner animation that comes with a theatrical budget, and highlighting the best thing about the show itself—the pure, addictive thrill of great beings doing battle.
Whisper of the Heart is the story of Shizuku, a stubborn and precocious bookworm who, after meeting Seiji Amasawa, an ambitious young violin-maker who shares her affinity for literature, is inspired to pursue her own passion for writing as an alternate means of accepting and professing her nascent affections for him.
Attempting to describe the Haruhi Suzumiya franchise to a newcomer, let alone an outright anime neophyte, is anything but simple.
The series is a prime example of postmodernism, with self-referentiality, existential crises, and a non-linear continuity that has captivated and infuriated fans since it first aired.
Trust me on this. Anime owes a great debt to the legacy of Kenji Miyazawa. The story follows Giovanni and Campanella, two young boys from a hillside town who are swept up on a mysterious dreamlike voyage across the boundless reaches of time and space aboard the titular railroad.
The film is premium cyberpunk material, with sprawling cityscapes, homicidal cyborg junkies, brooding bounty-hunters, and an enormous megacity hanging above the mainland separating the haves from the have-nots.
Fans of the series passionately criticized the film for relieving Lupin of his anarchic predilections and instead casting him in the mold of a true gentleman thief, stealing only when his nebulous sense of honor permits it.
A flawed Miyazaki film is a triumph all the same. Created by Mushi Productions, the studio behind such classics such Astroboy , Kimba the White Lion and Dororo , and produced by none other than anime patriarch Osamu Tezuka, One Thousand and One Nights was the first installment in what would later come to be known as the Animerama series, a trilogy of thematically linked experimental erotic films created for adult audiences.
The Animatrix is, without a doubt, the best thing to come out of the Matrix franchise since the original movie. All the familiar tropes are present: the mirrorshades, the kung fu acrobatics, the pulsing rain of digital kanji.
The movie cut is the superior viewing experience, however. Endless Waltz takes place one year after the events that wrapped up Gundam Wing , and involves the Gundam pilots, and their enemy Zechs Merquise, coming out of retirement to battle one last threat—and in some cases, each other.
Where the Gundam Wing TV series had a plot that tended to meander, and sometimes used cheap animation or repeated cels, Endless Waltz is a feast for the eyes—filled with gorgeous, fluid battle scenes that any fan of giant robots will appreciate.
For this film version, several shots from the OVA were retouched, and there are some mild adjustments to the original animation.
The usual questions about the cost of war, the price of peace, and human determinism that run through virtually all Gundam series are on full display here.
If you want a concise example of what Gundam does so well relative to other types of giant robot anime, this is a dance worth taking.
Told across three short stories, the film follows Takaki Tono through childhood, adolescence, and eventually adulthood, documenting how his unrealized romance with his former best friend, Akari Shinohara, both spurs him forward and tragically leaves him incapable of pursuing human connection elsewhere.
Isao Takahata, for all his legendary status as a director and co-founder of Studio Ghibli, is sometimes a hard director to pin down, stylistically.
Case in point: the delightful, virtually plot-free, humane comedy My Neighbors the Yamadas, which looks and feels like nothing else in his oeuvre.
Despite this, it somehow also feels like quintessential Takahata. Based on the comic strip manga, Nono-Chan , the film is a series of vignettes centered around the Yamadas, an average family living in metropolitan Japan.
Complex truths about aging, marriage, family, and childhood are expressed through these simple tales about particular family members and their trials, tribulations and daily foibles.
Also of note is the striking visual style of the film, designed to look like a watercolor comic strip. Takahata was so firm in his desire to achieve this look that My Neighbors the Yamadas ended up becoming the first fully digital film from Studio Ghibli.
Whether you find it slow-moving or delightfully sedate, the visuals will captivate. My Neighbors the Yamadas is a film only Ghibli would make, and only Takahata could shape into such a poignant ode to the humanity of everyday families.
Essential Takahata, indeed. Directed in by Tatsuo Sato and co-conceived by Sato and Masaaki Yuasa, Cat Soup is an award-winning dark comedy short film inspired by the work of cult manga artist Nekojiru.
The film is a brilliant example of stream-of-consciousness animation, following the exploits of a young kitten named Nyatta who embarks on a bizarre journey to recover the soul of his sister Nyaako.
Describing what happens in the film is insufficient in attempting to understand it as compared to simply watching it.
Miyazaki seized the reins and made the film his own, crafting the source material into a creative vessel through which he could forge his impassioned contempt for the then-ongoing U.
The film follows the hyper-violent misadventures of two amnesiac criminals sentenced to life imprisonment aboard a space penitentiary embedded in the remnants of the moon.
While investigating a wave of murders perpetrated by an experimental line of sex gynoids, Batou and Section 9 uncover a deadly conspiracy linked to a rash of mysterious disappearances that extends to the highest echelons of the Japanese government.
As Batou plunges into the depths of the criminal underground in his search for answers, he begins to question the extent of his own humanity as a prosthetic cyborg.
Can someone ever truly recreate themselves? What does it mean to be happy? And will the Major ever truly return? Innocence is a noticeably different film than the original in regard to its tone and subject matter.
Approaching it less as a sequel and more of epistemological investigation through the medium of anime, Oshii doubles down on the Christian esotericism and philosophical koan-esque questions that define the greater part of his work to create a film that, although visually impressive and conceptually complex, feels bogged down in its latter half by the weight of too much ambition.
When middle-schooler Mikako Nagamine is recruited by the UN Space Army to serve as a mecha pilot to fight off an alien threat striking at human civilization from the fringes of the solar system, she leaves behind her friend Noboru Terao on Earth.
Jin-Roh follows a member of an elite anti-terrorist police unit who, after failing to subdue a mysterious suicide bomber in the midst of a heated riot, is plagued by disquieting visions and doubt regarding the virtue of his service.
The final two episodes of Neon Genesis Evangelion are notorious among fans of the series. In response, Anno set to work on an alternative ending to the series to be produced in two parts and aired in theaters.
If you were looking for a light, campy and celebratory conclusion, End of Evangelion is not that movie.
Instead, what fans were treated to was perhaps one of the most fatalistic, avant garde, and oddly enough, life-affirming endings to an anime series ever produced.
In short, it is the best and worst of everything that is Evangelion combined to create a film that is unlike anything that had come before it.
Despite its unrelenting darkness, End of Evangelion remains true to the ethos of its subtitle, that the joy of death is in the act of rebirth.
Leiji Matsumoto was, along with Go Nagai, one of the preeminent creators of manga and anime in Japan in the s.
He is best known for his Yamato series, but his ultimate artistic achievement is perhaps the shared universe represented by the Galaxy Express , Captain Harlock and Queen Emeraldas manga and anime series.
Galaxy Express started as a manga, then became a episode anime, and culminated in a series of films, of which the self-titled is the first.
The story inspired by the classic novel A Night on the Galactic Railroad concerns a distant future where humans have developed the ability to download their consciousness into robot bodies, essentially achieving immortality—but also losing some measure of humanity.
Only the richest humans can afford this procedure, and the poor are forced to live in squalor and die in backwater areas. Tetsuo Hoshino is a young boy whose mother was determined for them both to become immortal.
Hearing of the legend of the galactic train, the Galaxy Express , whose passengers are guaranteed immortality, he meets Maetel, a mysterious woman who controls the train and offers to grant his wish if he keeps her company along the way.
Exploring concepts like class struggle, immortality and what it really means to be human, Galaxy Express is a heady piece of work. It was a smash at the Japanese box office, leading to a somewhat confusing sequel, Adieu Galaxy Express , three years later.
It was adapted for the U. Stick to the original with this one. A good place to start with Leiji Matsumoto, when you are ready to go beyond Yamato.
Set in amid the landmark Great Exhibition in London, Steamboy is a high-flying steampunk adventure centered on a young inventor named Ray and a powerful object engineered by his genius scientist father and grandfather.
The supporting characters are slight and ultimately insignificant to the arcs of either the protagonist or antagonist.
With that being said, despite its shortcomings, Steamboy remains a visually impressive technical achievement in modern animation.
Set in Croatia in the years immediately following World War I, the film revolves around the the titular character, an ex-WWI flying ace who has been turned into a human-sized pig through a mysterious curse which is never really explained, only alluded to.
His obsessions with European towns, the forward march of technology, the disruptive effect of war, plucky young heroines, and of course, planes and flight, are more than just foregrounded here—they are the film.
The entire enterprise has a mournful, melancholy feel, and thus a possibly ridiculous situation a pig living his life as a man is given a surprising amount of pathos.
More grounded than a fantasy about a pig man would suggest, Porco Rosso nevertheless reaches heights that will leave any anime fan breathless—and does it in style.
Makoto Konno is by all appearances an average high school girl with a habit of clumsiness and oversleeping.
What then begins as frivolous dalliances of youthful indiscretion soon enough cascades into an unforeseen series of chain reactions that threaten to shake her life to the core and force her to commit to the consequences of her actions.
Like all great science-fiction, The Girl Who Leapt through Time offers the satisfaction of speculative wish fulfillment combined with an earthly lesson that touches home: time waits for no one, and no matter our fears or regrets, an inescapable part of growing up means taking a leap of faith into the unknown and learning how to fly on our way down.
This adolescent quest soon escalates into a dramatic international conflict involving parallel dimensions, false realities and experimental technology.
Inspired by the likes of Yasujiro Ozu, Alejandro Jodorowsky, Sergei Parajanov, Sofia Coppola, and Lucile Hadzihalilovic, Yamada is a director par excellence, capable of arresting attention and evoking melancholy and bittersweet catharsis through delicate compositions of deft sound, swift editing, ephemeral color palettes, and characters with rich inner lives rife with knotty, relatable struggles.
When Shoya Ishida meets Shoko Nishimiya, a deaf transfer student, in elementary school, he bullies her relentlessly to the amusement of his classmates.
One day when Shoya goes too far, forcing Shoko to transfer again for fear of her own safety, he is branded a pariah by his peers and retreats into a state of self-imposed isolation and self-hatred.
Years later, Shoya meets Shoko once again, now as teenagers, and attempts to make amends for the harm he inflicted on her, all while wrestling to understand his own motivations for doing so.
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The epic adventure series follows the impulsive Inuyasha, a half-dog demon, and Kagome, a girl who travels back to the past and by a twist of fate meets him.
They journey alongside each other, but only in order to prevent the bad demons from destroying the world. However, gradually, they begin to realize that their hearts long for them to become more than just travel companions.
The popular shounen ai anime Junjou Romantica follows three cute couples, but the most outstanding one is Misaki x Usagi.
The love between the university student and his tutor blossoms almost at first sight. The cute Hanamoto Hagumi disrupts the lives of three poor college students when she suddenly appears in their lives.
Her charm and cuteness blow them away and the battle for her affection begins. You never forget your first love and special childhood memories.
Anohana explores how they can affect us in the present and just how important they are to us. This beautiful romance anime film also explores the power of first love and how it can affect our future decisions.
It also deals with the pain of being separated from someone close to you by fate itself, so you'd better prepare some tissues for this one as well.
If you enjoy shoujo anime and romance anime in general, then you will most likely end up loving this one because it contains one of the most typical shoujo romance tropes - a shy and naive girl falling for the most popular and arrogant boy of the school.
Koi Kaze is a different love story because it is about the struggle of a brother and sister who fall for each other.
Having in mind that incest is considered a taboo subject, it may put some off, but the romance is still outstanding and there are no typical cliches which can be found in other romance anime.
Hana yori Dango has been adapted into numerous live-action adaptations and it is also based on one of the most selling shoujo manga ever in Japan.
A poor, yet strong-willed, girl who goes against the richest boy in her school will never go out of fashion. Sekaiichi Hatsukoi has a bit more complex story than Junjou Romantica, but the characters are still very love dovey with each other.
There is also more than one couple, but the main story follows the editor Ritsu and his boss Masamune. The love story between the wolf god Holo and a merchant Kraft may be slowly unfolding, but it is also very sweet and more mature than the most shoujo romances out there.
If you enjoy anime with medieval themes, then this one is for you. Music can really connect, heal, and deepen the bonds between people Nodame Cantabile is an older classic with a love story between Megumi and Chiaki, which is thoroughly explored.
Originally fresh and melancholic, Hotarubi no Mori e explores the depth of friendship and love between a forest spirit Gin and a girl Hotaru in this captivating romance anime film.
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After all, anime features that depict Christmas as something more than a backdrop are few and far between, especially one that offers such an inspired modern take on the Three Wise Men and the birth of the Christ.
Tokyo Godfathers is the story of Gin, Hana and Miyuki, three homeless friends who discover an abandoned baby while rifling through the trash in search of a Christmas present.
This comparison however, much like in the case of Hosoda, ends up being frustratingly reductionist in its appraisal of both directors.
With Beautiful Dreamer , Oshii stopped playing to the gratifications of his audience and instead made a film that was, for better or for worse depending on who you ask, entirely his own.
In many ways, Beautiful Dreamer can be viewed as the forebear to The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya , at least in terms of its ambition to upend and experiment with the status quo of an established series.
Katsuhiro Otomo is a legend in the field of anime and manga for good reason. Beyond his crowning achievement, Akira , he is responsible for a score of interesting and thought-provoking anime films that continue to push the boundaries of what animation can do.
One such case is Roujin-Z , a pitch-black satire of the Japanese health care industry and military industrial complex.
All the talent arrayed in the creation of Roujin-Z help make it one of the most singular animated comedies ever made.
The story concerns a not-so-distant future where the government has developed a robot that can care for the elderly in every way—cleaning them, entertaining them, allowing them to use the bathroom, all while they remain safely ensconced in the unit.
The first person to test the unit is a dying widower named Kiyuro Takazawa. He is deeply unhappy at being placed in the machine, and his unhappiness manifests itself in unexpected ways as his psyche infects the unit, and it begins to use ingrained abilities the government thought no one would discover.
Soon enough, the Z is careening across Tokyo, destroying buildings and battling government military hardware, all while Kiyuro wails about going to the beach, where he and his dead wife made some important memories.
Somehow, it all hangs together and makes for a dark but often hilarious satire with some delightful scenes of robotic destruction. The film overall looks more like an OVA than a high-budget feature, but the designs are memorable and based in hard science again, this is Otomo , and the characters are vibrant and goofy enough to soften the proceedings.
Those looking for more Otomo after Akira would do well to give this unusual gem a look. When a small army of extraterrestrial land developers move into town to destroy the low-income housing in and around the city, the brothers attempt to defend their turf and fight back.
But lightning-fast punches and death-defying leaps can only delay the inevitable for so long, and Black and White must both eventually come to grips with the consequences of trying to live in the past.
Inspired by his time exploring the cityscapes of Hong Kong, Shanghai and Colombo, Treasure Town is almost a character itself—a love letter to the unique chaoticism of pan-Asian industrialism.
Tekkonkinkreet is a complicated and compelling story of love and friendship amid a constantly crumbling and reshaping world that feels intimately tied to the communities through which it was inspired.
Only Yesterday follows Taeko Okajima, a year-old unmarried office worker who takes a holiday to visit her extended family in the rural farmlands of Yamagata where she helps to harvest safflowers.
While there, she reflects back on her time as a young girl growing up with her parents in Tokyo and how her experiences back then have come to shape her life in the present.
Only Yesterday remains something special nearly twenty-five years later: an earnest and affecting story of a woman continuing to grow and learn well past becoming an adult.
Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind is, quite simply, the film responsible for the creation of Studio Ghibli.
Following the release of The Castle of Cagliostro , Miyazaki was commissioned by his producer and future long-time collaborator Toshio Suzuki to create a manga in order to better pitch a potential film to his employers at Animage.
What resulted was Nausicaä , a fantasy epic, inspired by the works of Ursula K. The success of Nausicaä as a serialized manga would culminate in a film adaptation that would then go on to be heralded as one of the greatest animated films of all-time.
Nausicaä was the film that introduced the world to motifs and themes by which Miyazaki would become universally known for: a courageous female protagonist unconscious of and undeterred by gender norms, the surmounting power of compassion, environmental advocacy, and an unwavering love and fascination with the phenomenon of flight.
And if you have already, it only gets better with age. After wrapping production on Akira in , Katsuhiro Otomo returned in to helm his third anthology collection of short films, titled Memories.
Whatever your palate as anime film-goer, Memories is not to be missed. Set during the Tokugawa era of Japan, Ninja Scroll follows the story of Jubei Kibagami, an itinerant samurai warrior partly inspired by the real-life folk hero, Jubei Yagyu who is recruited by a government agent to defeat the Eight Devils of Kimon, a cabal of demonic ninja who conspire to overthrow the Tokugawa regime and plunge Japan into destruction.
Along the way he meets Kagero, a beautiful and mysterious poison eater, and is forced to confront the demons of his past as he fights to preserve the present.
Its well-defined animation, unflinching hyper-violence, and impressively creative fight sequences made it a requisite gateway title for early anime fans and is rightfully looked upon as a cult classic to this day.
Ninja Scroll pushed the boundaries of excess, with unflinching depictions of sensuality and sexual violence shown alongside showers of gore and decapitation.
Based on the Chinese folktale The Legend of the White Snake, Panda and the Magic Serpent is noteworthy for being not only being the first full color anime film, but for being the first licensed anime film to be shown in America.
In , shortly after the post-war animosities between Japan and the West began to dissipate, Toei studio acquired the rights to the story and five years later set out to adapt it into a feature-length film.
When year-old aspiring comic artist Nishi dies in a yakuza hold-up while attempting to protect his childhood crush Myon, his soul meets God before escaping Limbo and reassuming his body moments before his tragic death.
Mind Game is like witnessing a seven-hour Ayahuasca trip encapsulated into a feature-length film. Without question, Takeshi Koike is one of the greatest animators alive and working today.
Not surprising, considering his most critically recognized work was not produced until well into his late thirties. Redline is a feast for the senses, a no-holds-barred visual spectacle with every framed packed with innocuous intricacies rendered in meticulous loving detail.
This is not a huge surprise from a talent as legendary as Yamamoto, among whose mighty credits are titles like Kimba the White Lion and Space Battleship Yamato.
Belladonna of Sadness is the tale of a village woman named Jeanne who is raped by her liege lord and his men on her wedding night, then makes a literal deal with the devil to gain magical powers and lead a rebellion against her rapists.
Belladonna is extreme in every sense of the word: Start with the look—the film consists almost entirely of pans across still watercolor paintings, with occasional expressive bursts of color and movement scattered throughout.
It deserves to be seen, examined and cherished for years to come. The film is essentially a reimagining of the at the time popular TV series, Macross.
Like the show, the film centers around the crew of a giant space fortress, Macross, as they attempt to evade an alien race, the Zentradi, and discover that the key to their victory just might be the effect that Earth-made pop music has on their enemy.
Yes, you read that right. Although the cast of characters and voice actors are the same as those that appear in the TV series, and the plot covers much of the same ground, within the canon of the Macross universe, Do You Remember Love?
In many ways it is typical of its time, in terms of character design, themes and the plot device of a band of humans on the run from an alien menace.
Yet it is an incredibly well designed, directed and animated film that retains its sense of adventure even in the context of the somber overall plot.
A massive hit in Japan, it has never had an uncut, official release in the United States due to legal squabbles between Harmony Gold, the American rights holder for Macross, and various Japanese production entities.
The original film was a huge hit in Japan, with lines stretching around the block on the weekend of its premiere, and is now considered a classic.
Set in the titular multi-layered megacity amid social upheaval between the human bourgeoisie and the robotic working class, Metropolis follows the story of private detective Shunsaku Ban and his nephew Kenichi who, while visiting Metropolis on their mission to apprehend the nefarious Dr.
Much like Akira , Metropolis is a sprawling epic of intersecting storylines, sweeping set pieces, and monolithic settings packed with a dense array of intricate details and beautiful color palettes.
There is perhaps no more catastrophically significant event in modern Japanese history than that of the nuclear bombardment of Hiroshima and Nagasaki during World War II.
The film is, all in all, a human story of resilience and stubborn hope in the face of annihilation, and hopefully can be looked back upon as a sobering reminder of the costs of unremitting warfare and what we all still have to lose if we were to forget the lessons of the past.
Pom Poko is the type of film that feels inconvertible from its cultural origin. Forget trying to make this one more palatable for Western sensibilities, Pom Poko doubles down on the qualities that identify it as Japanese film and brandishes them proudly for all to see.
Emboldened both to defend their home and possibly learn to peacefully coexist alongside the humans, the tanuki retrain themselves in their lost ancestral ability of transformation to disguise themselves in modern society.
But what distinguishes Pom Poko as such a unique cultural curiosity? The answer is simple: balls.
Set during the early 16th century, the film follows the story of Ashitaka, the last remaining prince of a small eastern village who is wounded while defending his home from a wild boar overtaken by a malicious spirit.
Mortally cursed with no hope of a cure, Ashitaka takes it upon himself to journey to the West and discover and halt whatever malevolent force is causing this havoc.
What he finds there is more complicated than he could have imagined: a settlement of humans mining the region to build a home while fending off the forces of the nearby forest who see their world being destroyed.
Later he meets San, a young woman raised by the clan of wolves who defend the forest as he attempts to broker an uneasy peace between the two sides.
Quite simply, it is everything that one would come to expect from the pedigree of Hayao Miyazaki. In , an upstart Japanese studio called Gainax pitched Bandai Visual on the idea of a very expensive animated film about an alternate reality in which two nation states, torn by war, struggle to be first to develop manned space flight in an industrialized society.
He apologizes to Riquinni, who essentially tells him it was her fault for leading him on. Even so, regardless of how one feels about this particular scene, the rest of the film is well worth critical evaluation.
Directed by Otomo, the short follows Tsutomu Sugioka, a Japanese salaryman dispatched by his superiors to the remote and fictitious South American country of the Aloana Republic to shut down their remote construction designated Facility The film has a sort of timeless appeal about itself, disarming audiences new and old of their cynicisms and suspicions with beautiful settings, empathetic characters, and an infectious marching band theme.
Set in , the film follows university professor Tatsuo Kusakabe and his daughters Satsuki and Mei as they move into an old house along the countryside in order to be closer to their mother, who is recovering from a long illness.
My Neighbor Totoro was revolutionary for its time for luxuriating on quiet contemplative moments in a time when most of anime was otherwise dominated by the chase from one flash to the next spectacle.
It is the culmination of a master animator coming into the fullness of his creative faculties and the spiritual preface to the film that would later go on to become his magnum opus.
Perfect Blue is a precious rarity in the genre-saturation of contemporary anime: an honest-to-god psychological horror thriller brimming with malice, menace and cinematic sophistication.
With exquisitely inventive editing, thoughtful color direction, and a gripping plot, Kon delivered a strong first outing as a director that would set the bar for his tremendous decade-spanning career.
Though ostensibly a film about inherent toxicity of pop culture in manufacturing idols with same infatuation as it would destroy them, Kon was by and large unconcerned with the surface reading of his work.
A story of how a creator cannot control what their work becomes, only the dedication and craft to which they pour into the work itself.
He will be sorely missed. Ghost in the Shell follows the story of Major Motoko Kusanagi, the commander of a domestic special ops task-force known as Public Security Section 9, who begins to question the nature of her own humanity surrounded by a world of artificiality.
When Ghost in the Shell first premiered in Japan, it was greeted as nothing short of a tour de force that would later go on to amass an immense cult following when it was released in the states.
Adapted from the autobiographical story of Akiyuki Nosaka, the film follows Seita, a young Japanese boy forced to care for his younger sister Setsuko in the wake of a devastating Allied attack that leaves his hometown in ruins.
The horror of Grave of the Fireflies is not reliant on brooding over callous acts of violence or fixating on the macabre, but rather on the heart-wrenching futility of Seita and Satsuko trying desperately to cling to some shred of normalcy in a world devoid of peace and security.
The film is extraordinary in that it shows the audience, with no uncertainty, that these children will perish and somehow through its hour-and-a-half running time compels the viewer to hope that this fate can be averted.
Grave of the Fireflies is a chilling portrait of the fragility of human life when confronted by the indifferent brutality of an uncaring world, a film utterly unlike anything Studio Ghibli had produced before or since.
Tragic in the truest sense of the word, Grave of the Fireflies is not only one of the greatest films the studio has ever produced, but unmistakably one of the greatest anime films of all time.
The strength and perseverance of a young woman, the rapturous glory of flight, the spiritual struggle of personal and cultural amnesia with Japanese society, the redeeming power of love.
Whatever the case, there is nothing quite like watching Spirited Away for the first time. The image of Chihiro, having discovered her parents transformed into pigs, running frantically through the streets as the town surrounding her comes to life as lights flicker into existence and spirits rise up from the earth is nothing short of magical.
Films like Nausicaä , Princess Mononoke and My Neighbor Totoro introduced the world to Hayao Miyazaki, but it was Spirited Away that secured his name among the canon of the greatest animators to have ever lived and ensured his legacy for decades to come.
Set thirty-one years after after World War III was sparked by a massive explosion that engulfed the city of Tokyo, Akira is set in the sprawling metropolis of Neo-Tokyo, built on the ruins of the former and teetering precariously on the cusp of social upheaval.
The film follows the stories of Kaneda Shotaro and Tetsuo Shima, two members of a youth motorcycle gang whose lives are irrevocably changed one fateful night on the outskirts of the city.
While clashing against a rival bike gang during a turf feud, Tetsuo crashes into a strange child and is the promptly whisked away by a clandestine military outfit while Kaneda and his friends look on, helplessly.
From then, Tetsuo begins to develop frightening new psychic abilities as Kaneda tries desperately to mount a rescue. Akira is almost singlehandedly responsible for the early s boom in anime in the West, its aesthetic vision rippling across every major art form, inspiring an entire generation of artists, filmmakers and even musicians in its wake.
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