Samstag, 14. März 2015

Top 13 Anime Movies (that no one can truely dislike)

I actually do believe that Animes are underrated pieces of art. People think because they are watching something animated or cartoonlike, it has to be childish or just made for children. They even make fun of it or the fans who do watch it and then they go and watch Frozen or the Lego Movie fifteen times... Seems like the typical double standard to me...

I on the other hand do enjoy Anime quite a lot: Anime gives just a wide range of possibilities to present a story far more beautifully and creatively than just a regular movie. It is far easier to cross the line between reality and imagination in an animated movie. And yet, because of its simplicity, it can represent the every (wo)man much easier than a live actor could. The people often fear the exaggerated emotions and actions (for example in gory scenes), but in my opinion exaggeration is the best way to critisize and draw the focus on the important things. Furthermore, sometimes exaggeration in a movie gives you the emotional relief you actually really need. Deep down, you know you could never do that in real life, but seeing it on screen is surprisingly satisfying.

So, to maybe change your opinion on Anime, I present to you my List of Anime Movies that I believe to be so great that no one can really dislike them. Either because of their brilliant story and/or beautifully breathtaking animation. My list, even though there are numbers on it, does not follow any particular rating. Each film is very special and unique in its own way.

I left out the Ghibli movies from this list, because they are already pretty recognized throughout the entire world.

Now on to the List:

1) Wolf Children, 2012:

(Ookami kodomo no Ame to Yuki)

Plot: College student Hana falls in love with another student who turns out to be a werewolf. He dies in an accident after having their second child together. Hana moves to the rural countryside where her husband grew up to raise her two werewolf children Ame and Yuki.

My opinion: This movie is probably the best family film I have on this list. It comes very close to any Ghibli movie in terms of beautiful nature imagery and amazes with its touching but rather simple storyline. I laughed, I cried. I was amazed by so much beauty.

2) Millennium Actress, 2001:

(Sennen joyû)

Plot: A TV interviewer and his cameraman meet a former actress and travel through her memories which get mixed up with the all the films that she made in her career as an actress.

My opinion: This movie is many movies in one. With its diversity and engaging story, it makes you feel nostalgic and sentimental at the same time. It might not be your memories displayed, but it still feels like remembering a long lost feeling.

3) Tokyo Godfathers, 2003:

Plot: Around Christmas Eve, three homeless people living on the streets of Tokyo find a newborn baby among the trash and set out to bring it back to its parents.

My opinion: I recommend this movie to everyone who thinks Anime is just for children. It adresses a lot of serious and heartbreaking issues enrolled in a touching story with tragically comedic characters. I laughed and cried several times. And again and again. I just loved it.

4) 5 centimeters per second,  2007:
Byôsoku 5 senchimêtoru)

Plot: Told in three interconnected segments, we follow a young man named Takaki through his life as cruel winters, cold technology, and finally, adult obligations and responsibility seem to interfere with his love for Akari.

My opinion: This movie is just beautiful. There is no cheesy love story, but a realistic romance that is faced with difficulties like long distances and fear of rejection. The sceneries are simply stunning and the story heartfelt.

5) Paprika, 2006:

Plot: When a machine that allows therapists to enter their patients' dreams is stolen, all hell breaks loose because dreams take over reality. The only person who can stop this is a young female therapist named Paprika.

My opinion: Just like dreams, this movie is at times absolutely weird and crazy, you never know what to expect or what will happen next but that's exactly what makes the race to get back the dream device so nervewrecking and exciting to watch. The suspense was amazing, I was fixed on my seat until the very last second. This movie is just extraordinary.

6) Colorful, 2010:

Plot: A sinful spirit is granted the opportunity to prove worthy for rebirth. To do so, the spririt is inhabiting for a limited period of time the body of a student who commited suicide in order to find out what his own sin was.

My opinion: Another very insightful anime with a deep message about life. It might have a slightly slower pace, but it is beautifully executed and amazed me how tiny things can change someone's life.

7) The Girl who leapt through time, 2006:
Toki o kakeru shôjo)

Plot: A teenage girl named Makoto finds that she has the ability to leap through time. At first she uses her newfound power only to her advantage, but has to soon realise that playing with time has severe consequences.

My Opinion: It sounds like the typical story of time travel and its consequences, but it is so much more. It's about love and friendship, missed chances and how to make up for them, the way some decisions turn out right for you and for others wrong. The story is wonderful because of the very lovable characters with a very basic, yet undeniably funny humor.

8) Ghost in the shell, 1995
Kôkaku Kidôtai)

Plot:  In the year 2029, a technologically advanced future, a highly-wanted hacker known as ‘The Puppetmaster’can manipulate people by brain-hacking them. When the Puppetmaster begins using that technique to get involved in politics, Section 9, a group of cybernetically enhanced cops, are called in to investigate and stop the criminal. The pursuit will call into question what makes a human and what is the Puppetmaster in a world where the distinction between human and machine is increasingly blurry. 
My opinion: I recommend this movie to all people who enjoy Science Fiction and don't mind a bit of blood splashing around. The movie also brings up very deep questions and makes you wonder what will come in our future. It's a psychological sci-fi thriller with a lot of action and surely can't disappoint fans of this genre.

9) Brave Story, 2006:

Plot: A boy named Wataru is faced with family tragedies. To prevent his family from falling apart, he finds a way through a magic gateway to another realm. There, he embarks on an adventurous journey to proof his bravery. If he's successful he'll be granted one wish to change his destiny.

My opinion: Another family friendly movie with a colourful design and touching story. This movie goes a little more in the cutesy direction, but it still doesn't fail to entertain and impress with its beautiful animations. Important Life Lessons included!

10) Akira, 1988:

Plot: In the year 2019, a secret military project experiments with powers of the mind. When one of the children with these special abilities breaks free from custody, a motorcycle gang accidentally gets involved in the project. The incident triggers psychic powers within one of the members, Tetsuo. He is taken by the army and experimented on. The secret military project endangers whole Neo-Tokyo when Tetsuo gets out of control. 
My opinion: This movie is an action classic like no one I've seen before. The animations are incredible, but the story is quite bloody and violent. A little tip: Do not eat while watching this movie... You'll thank me later.

11) Jin-Roh - The Wolf Brigade, 1999:

Plot: A traumatized member of an elite para-military police force falls in love with the sister of a female terrorist courier who died in front of him on duty.

My opinion: The whole plot is built around a very unconventional story of red riding hood and it adds to the very dark and brutal atmosphere of the movie. Jin-Roh is an extraordinary tale of betrayal and it was shocking as it was great to watch.

12) Memories, 1995:

Plot: Memories is told in three seperate sci-fi stories. In the first, "Magnetic Rose," four space travelers are drawn into an abandoned spaceship that contains a world created by one woman's memories. In "Stink Bomb," a young lab assistant accidentally transforms himself into a human biological weapon set on a direct course for Tokyo. The final episode, "Cannon Fodder," depicts a day in the life of a city whose entire purpose is the firing of cannons at an unseen enemy.

My opinion: I have to admit that the first story is my favourite, but nonetheless the other two are worth watching as well. Each one of them is very politically or socially critical and beautifully animated. 

13) Garden of Words, 2013:
otonoha no Niwa)

Plot: Takao's dream is to become a shoemaker. Every time it rains he meets with a mysterious woman in the park.

My opinion: Since I am an absolute fan of rain, this movie is already a winner, but this film offers so much more. It is relatable for all ages seeking still a direction in life. The soundtrack is relaxing and the sceneries are just incredible. The plot might not seem like much but is has actually a lot of everyday problems going on.

Let me know if you you liked them or if you would add a movie to this list.
I'm open to suggestions and I hope you enjoy each and everyone of them like I did.

Sonntag, 8. März 2015

(B)Rainbow: Love

I did this piece of art for my friend Nici for her new apartment. I hope she enjoys it.

I was worried that it wouldn't fit to the rest of her decoration, 
but I feel like...

...Love never goes out of Style.