Thursday, April 20, 2006

Eh-hum # 95

Hehehe...long time, eh?

First of all, I'd like to thank those who greeted me a o tanjoubi omedeto gozaimasu last 12 April 2006. I'm already past my quarter life. But then, it hit me...I'm four years shy of being 30, which many say is the new 20. A friend of mine said that her "ideal age" would be 21 (already mature but still near her teens). To that, mine would be 23. I dunno why, really, but it sounds nice (labo).

I am an animation fan (huwag naman "cartoons", sounds childish...hehehehe). Yes, its true. Whether TV series or movies. But now, I am trying to watch many animation flicks as possible. And yes, I am referring to anime. I started watching anime since I was a kid; my favorites were Daimos and Candy Candy. When I got into highschool, it was Ranma 1/2. Imagine that.

But the turning point was when I first saw Nausicaa of the Valley of the Winds, the first full length anime by the highly respected Hayao Miyazaki. The movie was groundbreaking that it led to the establishment of the famous Studio Ghibli, the home studio of Miyazaki and his long time friend and colleague Isao Takahata (Grave of the Fireflies, Only Yesterday). I have managed to watch Miyazaki's other works, like the Academy Award Winning Spirited Away and Academy Award Nominated Howl's Moving Castle. But my favorite, aside from Nausicaa, is Mononoke Hime, which became one of the highest grossing movies in Japan (its popularity in the US led to the signing of the Disney-Tokuma deal). Now, we'll be looking forward to Ghibli's new film, Tales from Earthsea, directed by Goro Miyazaki. There are also other shorts.

Miyazaki and Ghibli's masterpieces will be always my favorite, but I would like to watch other works as well. One is Katsuhiro Otomo, best known for his 1988 creation, Akira. Compared to Miyazaki, Otomo's works are known to be more darker in nature. Another movie I want to watch is Ghost in the Shell: Innocence (already a sequal), shown during the 57th Cannes Film Festival Awards. It is directed by Mamoru Oishii and based on the manga by Masume Shirow. There is also a series based on the same name. Other anime movies I've seen were the ever popular Samurai X, The Vision Escaflowne and the very cool Cowboy Bebop. There are other titles out there, and obviously, I've merely scratched the surface.

2 comments:

RC said...

I really enjoyed Spirited Away even though I am not an anime fan.

--RC of strangeculture.blogspot.com

Concon said...

RC...thanks for dropping by.