Makoto Shinsengumi
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Something blew my mind back then... Oh well.
last modified: Thursday, February 15, 2007 (2:25:04 AM)
*sigh* You know there are very few anime the past few five years that have taken my breath away, I could probably count them in one hand. Back in the 70-80s there were quite a few anime that I’d consider landmark because not much anime has come out of Japan back then a lot of the shows during the time were robots and space opera they were pioneers I guess,.. Then there were the anime adaptation of western classics mid 80s to early 90s… Then came the fantasy that I was very much into in the 90s, like Fushigi Yuugi, Sailormoon, YYH and yes DBZ. Somewhere along the way late 90s, early 2002 I was into the whole romance thing and it didn’t really matter what setting they were Kare Kano, Ai Yori Aoshi and I went back to some older one like Ranma and Marmalade Boy. Then 2003 I was into the sports genre, slice of life and samurai anime. I think since then I’ve watched anime purely for watching anime. I was entertained and I like but not totally blown away. Too many themes were repeated in my opinion and it got to the point that I was bored out of my mind after watching almost all of animenfo.com’s top 100 that I pulled out RK, frankly I really didn’t like RK TV that much because I saw bits and pieces of the first season back in the late 90s and I was avoiding it like the plague. Thank goodness Tsuikohen and Kyoto Arc saved that for me, although I regret not giving it more of a chance when it first came out but anyway RK got me into the whole samurai and history thing till a year ago… But aside from that it’s been so long since I’ve watched an anime that truly knocked me off my seat or blew my mind. I’m not saying that the popular ones aren’t good, what I’m trying to say is it’s been a while since I saw an anime that was very unique and made me feel –privileged- to have watched it. What’s annoying the heck out of me is that the ones where I would actually buy sketches for, I can’t find anything at all. Like for example, Planet ES, Tokyo Grandfathers and Paranoia Agent. I wasn’t a fan of Satoshi Kon, it was really Paranoia Agent that did it for me. I’ve known about his prior works but after watching Memories I wasn’t totally immersed so his name really didn’t register in my mind. But Paranoia Agent was probably the anime that had me guessing until it was done and over. I will admit mid-way in that anime, I was completely lost and I guess that’s why I liked it. You think you know, then you don’t and then you think you and still you don’t. LOL. After watching that I tried the movie Tokyo Grandfathers and again I was blown away but not because I was puzzled but because he took a theme that has never been dealt with before, that is the homeless. Satoshi’s work seems to be a paradox, a realist and yet not. The only other work that I think is as unique and on par with his work is PlanetES by Yukimura Makoto. Now PlanetES is as realist as it can be, debris collectors out in space and experiences all the human emotion and the physical effects of doing what they do. It’s sad because I have not seen artwork from these three anime that blew my mind. The truth is it takes a LOT for me to buy sketches, I will only buy sketches of shows that are highly significant to me. It must be a series or subject matter that I absolutely worship. So it’s a little annoying that I can’t find anything…. Of course I can go and pull out Satoshi’s Perfect Blue or Millennium Actress, I’m sure those shows would have some of the elements that I found impressive about Paranoia Agent or Tokyo Grandfathers, they were directed by the same man after all plus there would be cels! But I don’t because, I feel like I’d only be “settling” for it… Although I am impressed with Satoshi’s story telling and technique, I would not want to collect something of him just because it’s him. I want to be moved first and no, not by the name but by the work first and foremost. Although I think Satoshi is great and his work are not one shot fame, which will make me go and look up more of his wor
(continued) Something blew my mind back then... OhThursday, February 15, 2007 - 2:26:02 AM
hajimenokizu

Although I am impressed with Satoshi’s story telling and technique, I would not want to collect something of him just because it’s him. I want to be moved first and no, not by the name but by the work first and foremost. Although I think Satoshi is great and his work are not one shot fame, which will make me go and look up more of his works eventually… To stress a point, now I love RK and am thankful for Watsuki for creating it but hey I have to admit, at this point Watsuki is nowhere near as consistent as Leiji, Miyazaki or Satoshi, heck even Tadao Nagahama. I do look up what Watsuki is doing once in a while, but that’s mostly in the –dim- hope that maybe he might strike gold again or at least go back and do more Shinsengumi. Ah but I guess it’s also good to have an end, there is only one thing worst I think, that is doing the same thing over and over again, or prolonging a work making it a cash cow, like quite a few others in this business does.

Anyway this has become long-winded. LOL and I must get to bed. No offense is meant for anyone who is a fan of shows or persons mentioned here. Peace!