It’s Friday the 13th (again) and what better way to celebrate this misfortunate of days than by letting my readers pick the next anime for me to look at next week? Even better, I’ve limited myself to one of the genres I’ve always been a real cruel bastard towards…which is every genre in anime really, but drama in particular is something me and everyone else have always been a cruel bastard towards, so we can relate on some level in regards to whatever you choose to subject me towards next week. So I drudged up a bunch of DVDs/Blurays belonging to said category that I own for some reason or another, and after going through my descriptions, you can use the poll below to choose what I’ll watch/review.
But first, let’s look at the choices, shall we?
I wrote a very positive post on this film sometime ago, but it kinda faded from my mind over time and I’ve yet to give it a proper rewatch despite paying full price for it as soon as it got released (well, I tried with the English dub, but it didn’t have much spark to it and I stopped the movie halfway through). There’s little doubt that I’ll still like the movie, but whether it surpasses 5 cm or Voices of a Distant Star in terms of favorite Makoto Shinkai works in my mind…eh it probably won’t. But maybe it can reclaim a spot on my favorites? Hey, anything is possible.
Don’t ask me why I spent forty bucks for a physical copy of Angel Beats. I mean I don’t dislike the show, but whether or not I actually like it…well it’s been years so I dunno. I do remember it being the best of the “VN writer going into anime original” bunch because it wasn’t teeth-grindingly unfunny like Humanity Has Declined nor as obnoxiously self-indulgent as Zvezda ended up being, and above all, it wasn’t boring. Plus, Jun Maeda’s new successor to this show will be airing in a few seasons, so maybe I should refresh my memory on what makes him who he is before I delve into it.
This is one of those movies that I loved solely for the animation style at the time because, well, it’s Ghibli. I know the plot wasn’t very good, but the atmosphere was so breathtaking and the way everything ended was practically perfect in terms of emotional content that I couldn’t help but enjoy. Of course, nowadays I’m more story-focused so whilst I’m sure I’ll still enjoy said atmosphere, the lack of a compelling plot might be a bit too much for me. We’ll see. Probably.
I was heavily disappointed in the much acclaimed Millennium Actress when I bought it blindly in college. The story was told decently, but the actual substance put me to sleep. I’ve read reviews that explained why the substance being executed was great, but it still never really got me into the film as a whole. Simple stories with simple morals just don’t excite me at all. I’ll take The Fountain any day. But maybe that opinion will change with a rewatch?
Tokyo Godfathers is one of those movies I used to adore and watch every Christmas upon owning the DVD, but nowadays I just don’t think much of it. The actual story is a little too “Christmas miracle-y” by my current standards if you catch my drift and there’s really nothing that compelling about the narrative other than the execution, which isn’t enough to make me love something unless what you’re executing involves exploitation or is really funny – something Tokyo Godfathers really lacks. Well okay, it’s decently funny from what I remember. But it never made me bust a gut or anything.
My camera obviously has a grudge against Mizusu because it kept blurring out whenever I tried to take a picture of this DVD box. But anyways, the movie version of Air, guys. Air itself is pretty forgotten in terms of Key’s output in general, and the movie version even moreso. I did write a post on it back when I did those quick reviews, but let’s be honest, that doesn’t really say anything now. Anyways, I’m not sure how I’d feel about it these days, but even the Key haters who know this movie exists admit that it’s pretty decent, and whilst the story is pretty simple, it was a lot more compelling than Millennium Actress’s considering it actually shares similarities with The Fountain substance-wise rather than style-wise. Although Vic Mignonga voices the main dude in the dub, and I can’t listen to it without thinking he’s going to hit on a little girl…oh wait.
Man, why’d my Kickstarted copy of this anime have to arrive long after I since stopped caring about Time of Eve and the director in general? Yeah, I don’t like Yasuhiro Yoshiura’s stuff very much. Harmonie is decent enough now that I’ve understood what it’s really supposed to be about, but Patema Inverted was terrible and Pale Cocoon depends way too much on that twist ending to be engaging. My problem with the dude is that his stories are always framed in that indie-movie style, and I tend to despise the indie genre because they’re always “human stories” that think they’re saying something new when in reality they’re saying the same f*cking thing all over again except artsy. Second, his works aren’t really all that thought-provoking when you compare it to what’s been asked by the sci-fi genre before, and I seem to recall Time of Eve being in the same vein as his usual output. I loved it solely for the visual style at first watch, but that can’t carry me on its own now. But maybe there’s more to this thing than “robots can be sentient too”? Seriously guys, Short Circuit did that more than two decades ago and Wall-E did it really well during the same year.
One of the rules I set for myself when coming up with this selection of choices is that I wouldn’t include any of my favorites, so I deliberately avoided letting you guys choose Sakamichi no Apollon and shit. However, just to spice things up, I decided to throw in one favorite that I haven’t gotten to rewatching: Aku no Hana. I really liked blogging about the show at the time, but I never really got to doing a full review of it. Well, here’s your chance to make me do one. I remember what happened. Now let’s see if I can still call this a favorite after experiencing said happenings a second time.
– For the record, I never included anything I actually “hated” on here because I don’t own any drama anime I hate. Maybe Kanon, but I sold my DVDs before I ever got to rewatching it, thus preventing me from ever really having an opinion on that show for the rest of my life. No, you can’t make me watch Internet files of it.
I forgot about The Girl Who Leapt Through Time when I initially gathered the anime I wanted you guys to choose from, which is why it’s not in the initial picture. Makes sense since it’s been f*cking forever since I last watched this movie. I remember the plot, naturally. I remember liking the film, particularly the ending song, but not being too keen on how there wasn’t anything I particularly loved. I remember the time travel implementation being more Groundhog Day than the time travel stuff I’m not big into like Edge of Tomorrow or Madoka Magica, and that’s always a good thing.
Welp, that’s all the descriptions. Here’s the poll. (edit: poll is closed. Angel Beats won).
PS: I’ll be doing Tiger and Bunny: The Rising the week after.