Stare at anime in awe thread (21)

1 Name: Alexander!DxY0NCwFJg 2005-03-08 16:45 ID:Heaven

ITT we discuss anime with superior art style. This doesn't mean "oh wow the anatomy is all correct, I'm glad they did it RIGHT", but rather stuff that is amazingly original and beautiful and feels like unplanned-for electric shocks in the cerebral cortex.

My favourite anime of this type has to be "Kyougoku Natsuhiko - Kousetsu Hyaku Monogatari" (aka Hundred Stories). It is full of absolutely stunning use of colour and form. It shows enormous self-confidence by using large single-coloured surfaces of pure white, fog that looks like pencil eraser marks, pitch-black shadows and mixing all this with intentionally-bad CG animation - and it gets away with it.

When you watch this anime, nothing matters anymore: you know from the first instant that The Deed is Done, you want it or not. A million tiny needles of art pierce your mind as you get elevated to the Next Level.

2 Name: Random Anime Otaku 2005-03-08 17:26 ID:ylbWzHEC

Azumanga Daioh

3 Name: Random Anime Otaku 2005-03-08 17:37 ID:3C9BscM1

Cowboy Bebop is visually stunning, with gorgeous CGI; it also has stark bright colors, pitch darkness, and drastic contrasts that evoke film noir. The character design is also mainly straight out of 1940 by way of 1971.

Neon Genesis Evangelion and End of Evangelion are likewise beautifully animated (especially note all the reflections on the lenses of Gendo's eyeglasses, and remember that NGE was made in 1995--years before the tools to do that as CGI were common and cost-effective), and the giant mecha fight scenes are, particularly in EoE, absolutely breathtaking.

Wolf's Rain is also visually attractive, with dull, drab, washed-out colors that evoke a sense that the world is dying.

4 Name: !WAHa.06x36 2005-03-08 19:53 ID:qzLtZG17


Too bad Wolf's Rain didn't have anything ELSE going for it. Well, those aerial battles were incredible, but there was something like three minutes of that in the whole series.

Purely visually, few things beat FLCL for me. There are many, many things I like about FLCL, but the animation and art is just mind-blowing. The style mixes japanese and western elements wonderfully (aside: Jamie Hewlett influence?). And the animation itself contrasts radically different types of motion for maximum impact - slow motion is contrasted with incredibly rapid movement, gravefully floating motion with hard impacts, and simplistic art with detailed.

5 Name: Random Anime Otaku 2005-03-09 10:12 ID:Heaven

Porco Rosso did (and still does) it to me. Just the sheer beauty and craftsmanship that went into its artwork (like a lot of Ghilbli filmes), from the reflections, shades and the way water/sea was drawn. It has none of the off-moments I find in most very recent anime which has badly drawn lines, or innaccurate bits as a result of two different artists/studios doing the same ep/series. Clouds and foliage is soft in visual texture, whilst the edges of aircraft are sharp and consistant. Maybe my liking for it is fueled more by the fact that very little, if not any CGI was applied to the image, given how old the movie is.

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9 Name: Alexander!DxY0NCwFJg 2005-03-11 06:09 ID:Heaven

Sadly, the only anime that I recall doing anything like this for me is Boogiepop Phantom; the first episode I believe, in the alleyway with the train passing by, made me think "wow, that's fucking cool cinematography."

I don't remember it lasting into further episodes. But I seem quite oblivious to things like this.

10 Name: !WAHa.06x36 2005-03-11 22:59 ID:qzLtZG17

One more for the list: Melody of Oblivion. I finally finished it, and not since Utena have I seen such cinematography. Maybe not even then - the Adolescence of Utena movie might come close in terms of artistic surrealism, but it's a close call between the two.

11 Name: Mr VacBob!JqK7T7zan. 2005-03-12 07:24 ID:RyPdeTiT

>>6-9 Quadruple post?

Recently, Haibane Renmei and Gankutsuou. Before that, I guess Lain and the high-budget Ghibli movies.

HR has some art flaws, although I'm not sure if you'd see them if you hadn't watched it before. The characters occasionally go incredibly off-model (the worst spot was sometime around the beginning of episode 8 and featured Rakka's facial features drifting around on her head, if I'm remembering them right), but is otherwise extremely detailed and, of course, ABe.

Gankutsuou has a few spots where Gonzo's super incredible texture effects get the best of them, and there was one episode where all the character movements kept twitching, but there's no doubt that it looks unique.

12 Name: Random Anime Otaku 2005-03-12 08:11 ID:Heaven

13 Name: Alexander!DxY0NCwFJg 2005-03-12 08:22 ID:Heaven


Actually, triple-post by someone....and me cutnpasting it and posting for fun. ; )

14 Name: Random Anime Otaku 2005-03-13 20:22 ID:4jve2yZo

Arjuna. Some of the cg earlier on (the 'mecha' in particular) is jarring, but good god, the bike scene in ep1 = i came.

15 Name: Alexander!DxY0NCwFJg 2005-03-14 16:59 ID:Heaven


I haven't even seen Boogiepop Phantom, just in case someone is still confused.

16 Name: Bidule 2005-03-18 18:35 ID:bxTYBPcz

Kino no Tabi. Not flashy like Gankutsuou can be at times, but colors and lights are very well used, it ensures a very unique atmosphere.

Maria-sama ga miteru had its own very unique atmosphere, too, especially the first season. Golden leaves everywhere, serene and peaceful, so beautiful...

Makoto Shinkai's works, Hoshi no Koe and Beyond the Clouds.

17 Name: Random Anime Otaku 2005-03-29 06:14 ID:Heaven

Uta-Kata had some mad crazy production values. I watched it for the animation and artwork (and music) more so than the weird lesbians and magic girls and suicidal heroines.

18 Name: Pand4!Ps7NkzR8ak 2005-04-08 10:10 ID:yZ0GzeFs

Macross Zero had some awesome 3DCG.

19 Name: !WAHa.06x36 2005-04-08 11:41 ID:YGTBT4QF


Uta-Kata was quite pretty, but I didn't think it was all that exciting visually (although there were some nice touches, like the raindrop's-view footage in the one episode).

What did impress me with Uta-Kata though was the realism in some of the settings. The matsuri that took place on a beach and was a totally urban, packed-full-of-people event was one such thing. None of the usual quaint romanticism you see when there's a festival in anime.

20 Name: Random Anime Otaku 2005-04-26 22:45 ID:Durye9N9

Futakoi Alternative. Crazy ideas. Interesting use of camera angles, split-screens and 'old-photo' colour schemes.

21 Name: Random Anime Otaku 2005-04-27 01:25 ID:4seEGlOU


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