I am a big fan of good art and animation. If a cartoon looks great I would be happy to watch it, regardless of its other qualities. I would also like to tell other people about how good it was, but that is when things become difficult. Talking about art is hard in general, even if you limit yourself to a particular genre or style. Talking about modern animation where every piece may consist of a wild mixture of dozens of different styles is harder still. Not to mention that animation isn’t only about art, it is also about movement, which makes everything even more complex.
That is why when I see an anime that showcases one particular aspect of animation I feel an urge to share it with others, which is the reason I am writing this post. Project Eden is a comedy, a movie about two girls with bad enough reputation to be called Dirty Pair. Same as in other Dirty Pair movies, they are solving a crime case, blowing up stuff in the process. But more importantly, Project Eden is about an art style. But, what is an art style? I’d say it is a combination of the color palette the anime uses, common details of the character designs, the drawing and animation techniques and the choices of what to show on the screen. It seems arbitrary, but hopefully it will make sense in a moment.
My first impression of Angel Cop was that it is another low quality old anime with all the fun stuff that they were putting in OVAs back in the days. By fun stuff I mean ridiculous sci-fi plot, extravagant characters, awesome hand drawn visuals, and no limit on weirdness. And so I expected having good time watching it. What I didn’t expect is just how intense all of that is in this show. Maybe its because I haven’t seen any anime in a while, or maybe my passion for 80-90s anime grows this fast, but in any case after watching two episodes I got this “Wow O.o” feeling.
So here is what Angel Cop is. It is a show about a police department that fights against terrorism in Tokyo (I wonder where have I seen it before xP). Their methods are borderline legal, as they easily resort to torture, kidnapping, excessive use of violence and firearms. The main characters seem to be two field agents, Raiden and Angel. First one is pretty much a normal guy, a bit wild, not too scrupulous, but fairly honest and humane. Angel, to describe her I’ll use this bit of dialogue between her and Raiden:
Raiden: “What would you do if a terrorist took a child as a hostage?”
Angel: “I guess I’d take a shot. If kid get shot it would be terrorist’s fault”
Sometimes ago I mentioned that I wanted to follow the new incarnation of Sailor Moon series – Sailor Moon Crystal. So here is what I think about it. But first I have to put down a disclaimer – I have not seen the original anime (only a couple of episodes), haven’t read the manga, and in general I am new to the mahou shoujo world. Also I am not going to make a synopsis of the events in the show, so sorry if you expected me too. Now we can begin =)
Such an awesome art piece *_* Wish the rest of the show was this good >.>
Sailor Moon Crystal is a pretty strange show. Way different from what I become used to when it comes to newest anime. I am having hard time formulating the reason why it feels this way. First, it seems to be extremely cheep. Backgrounds barely exist, character models are static most of the times, even during action scenes the movements and changes in facial expressions are pretty minimal. Everything, of course, is computer painted and there is a lot of raw CGI. So visually it is quite different from typical anime.
Sometimes you think that you know anime, you know how it looks like, what kind of stories it tells. Sure, anime is way more than high school boy and girls with big eyes eating cake in the club room, but still, you have watched enough to know what anime is all about. For example, if I show that cartoon I’ve written about a few months ago – The Old Man and the Sea – you’ll immediately be able to tell that this is not an anime, and you’ll be right, of course. This strange way of drawing using paint on glass, the way the story is told, even character designs, all that is just not anime. Hmmm, but wait, is that really so?..
That is oil on glass technique. Wait till you see how it looks in motion :P
I was planning on writing something about this show ever since I saw first episode. But then I decided to hold back and wait. I thought that I’d give this show 3 episodes, and then say what I think about it. Why did I want to wait? Because it is a mecha series, and this genre is something you should be careful when dealing with. I’ll explain.
So the series is set on our planet, after it had a war with Mars. People on Mars are the same humans, only they have far greater technology then terrans (which is us, people living on Earth). And the series begins with a good will mission from Mars visiting Tokyo. I won’t go into details, but something goes wrong and that brings up a new war, that promises to put an end on Earth’s independence. The story, while having such an enormous scale, has, of course, a few characters it is focused on. And it is, as usual, high school students.
CG mecha in Aldnoah.Zero
So here is the reason why I waited before saying anything about the series. We have A LOT of anime about kids piloting robots. If Aldnoah.Zero was going to be another series where a kid is the only one who can pilot this new awesome robot that is the only weapon that can defeat the enemies (which is a plot of dozens of mecha shows), well, I felt I would have to say so. If it was going to be an Evangelion-level struggle of “I don’t want to pilot this thing” type, I felt I would have to mention that too. Lucky us, so far Aldnoah.Zero is none of those things.
I never was too big of a fan of Russian animation. Not that I hate it or dislike it, I am just not a big fan. And in this blog I waned to write about Japanese animation specifically, not about everything. So why then I am writing a post about a Russian cartoon “The Old Man and the Sea”?
That is a screenshot from the movie. Wanna make a guess why I am writing about it? (^. ^)
Because this movie amazed me. I went to look at it, just to see how the animation looks like, and I could not stop watching. That small, twenty minutes long thing is a work of art. Just look at it. From what I’ve read they used something that is called “paint-on-glass animation” to make the cartoon. I like how people look there, kinda like how they look on traditional European paintings. And the water, that is another thing that impressed me a lot. Animating water is hard, it has no color yet it has shape and it reflects light. And of course, you can just draw something in blue paint and call it water, yet I will not prize you for that then :P In “The Old Man and the Sea” water is drawn again in this way that reminds you of classical paintings, yet the water doesn’t look flat and immobile, on the contrary, it is very dynamic and real.
Space Dandy, an anime made by Shinichiro Watanabe, the guy who worked on Cowboy Bebop. When they asked Watanabe what Space Dandy is about he said “the dandiest guy in the universe” (if I remember correctly, not going to search for the quote). At this moment I felt it is going to be bad. This answer translates to “Whatever, the protagonist is going to be cool, do you really need anything else?”.
But look at this animation *_*
Ok, that is good enough for now ^_^
Now before I go into details, a couple words about the anime. It is about a guy called Space Dandy who hunts down rare alien species and gets paid if he manages to register them. The movie takes place in space. In the first episode Dandy spends time in a, excuse me, “breastaurant”. He causes some havoc there trying to catch an alien (the affair is a total fail). Then he proceeds to prove that he has no brains in other ways, being reckless and getting into trouble. By the end of the episode he supposedly died in a planetary explosion.
Today I watched Metropolis, a movie made by Madhouse studio and directed by Rintaro. The movie was made in 2001. And I am nowhere near being ready to review it. Mostly because I feel I won’t be able to give the movie justice if I write a review before I watch some other Osamu Tezuka adaptations (even though Metropolis doesn’t seem to be a close adaptation of Osamu Tezuka’s manga with the same name).
I don’t make any sense, I am sorry. All I want to is to suggest you to looks at the screenshots made from this movie, and check out the art style ^^/
In the first row you can see the main characters
The man with a greenish face is a robot
Now we got to the good part of the show. Now my posts are going to be overloaded with words like ‘awesome’ and while typing I’ll have this expression ♥‿♥
But seriously, if it was just an adaptation of my favorite fight, well, I would have been somewhat excited, but I would still be able to keep myself under control. But they did what looks to me to be the best animated episode in the show. And it was very well directed too. They added stuff into the episode, but it wasn’t filler, like static scenes and such. They added a very well done fighting scene where Madara was destroying shinobi and displaying his skill. They also added little bits that helped to build the atmosphere and the feeling of the episode. I am truly amazed by the quality of this episode.
In the manga, the best part of this fight was that meteorite thing. In the anime it was impressive too, but I actually liked the normal fight even better. And they didn’t do Susanoo all that well.
I watched Redline a couple of days ago. You probably know about this anime. It is considered to be one of the most advanced anime from animation point of view. Not from the technical side of things, but from the point of view of the quality.
This anime is about racing, it is really nice. The plot, the pacing, the style, all is good. You should watch it. There is one nude scene though, but I don’t think it is the reason to avoid the show, unless you are a young kid.
I don’t want to write a real review for this anime. Take it from me, it is worth your time if you are interested in animation or art. Instead I will make this into a gallery of screen shots from the show. Enjoy ^_^
Hope you like what you have seen above. Looks like western comics, a little bit. Check out the show. See you next time (^_^)/
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