I am writing to you in a state of depersonalization, which is the result of a traumatic research process. If you need a visual, liken “the golden crowning” moment of miserable Viserys to information overload.
As you might guess, my mind has been seared into non-existence. This “research” has caused my eyes to widen, my features to sharpen, and my hair to become manageable (an adjective I have never been able to associate it with). Let’s be honest here, I probably deserve a fate similar to Viserys’ for having zero knowledge about the world of Anime or Manga. If you need to know what the difference is, you can define Manga as, “A Japanese graphic novel, typically intended for adults, characterized by highly stylized art.” Anime, on the other hand, is defined as “A Japanese style of motion-picture animation, characterized by highly stylized, colorful art, futuristic settings, violence, and sexuality.” This is all according to www.dictionary.com #googlesavesmyassagain
Reading about Anime and Manga has helped me realize that my knowledge about the subject is miniscule. According to Patrick Delahanty of Animecons.com, the top 3 Anime conventions this past year included:
Anime Expo-61,000 attendees
Anime Central-28,692 attendees
The attendees outnumber the atoms materializing my brain.
With this MASSIVE fandom surrounding Anime, I decided it would be best for me to link reviews by a few that are more knowledgeable in the subject than I. Here are some film recommendations with cognitive-stimulating material. Reclaim those seared brain cells!
I first thought of Joss Whedon’s “Firefly” in coming across “Cowboy Bepop”. I was twice amused as I came across Animeworld.com, which described “Cowboy Bepop” as “…Star Wars meets Dukes of Hazard, meets any western starring Clint Eastwood, as directed by John Woo.” For a more in-depth review, please refer to T.H.E.M.
“Ghost in the Shell” (1995)
First, we need to accept that Cyborgs are real. “Ghost in the Shell” made me contemplate Rainn Wilson’s “Soulpancake” question of, “How has technology helped/harmed us?” I encourage viewers to address this question as they watch this film.
Read here for a further review.
“Death Note” (2006-2007)
Why is it that the evil characters always look far more awesome than anyone else? Death note exercised my reflective thinking with the concepts of morality/moral justice. I concluded that I would never be faced with this situation; such a power would not be safe in our home. The level of safe-keeping would be compromised merely by my room being in far-too-close proximity to my Slytherin roommate. Click here for review.
“Spirited Away” (2001)
Recently, my roommate and I were discussing the classic Disney fairy-tale, and the possible negative suggestions that may come from it regarding security, well-being, and capabilities for females. Girls, take a lesson from Chihiro’s life…not every girl needs a prince to save her. This Academy-Award winning flick is far more interesting than your classic fairy-tale in my opinion. If “Academy-Award winning” isn’t a selling point for you, you might want to read what other viewers had to say about it here.
“Grave of the Fireflies” (1988)
Not for the faint of heart, but a well-done illustration of raw humanity. Roger Ebert covered this one a while back. Here is the written review of the film, or you can choose to watch Ebert’s review via YouTube.