I know everybody develops their own taste in art. Among anime nerds, it’s no different. The thing is, I don’t know if I’m really much of an anime guy. I find the vast majority of it to be reformulations of the “how are we going to use our powers this week” variety. Though there are exceptions, I don’t tend to like the comedies – and never the romances. I like the artsy-fartsy stuff, and I crave more of it.
Cat Soup (full)
This is my all time favorite. It’s a nearly wordless 30 minutes. It features a cat fighting a psychedelic war against everything from wizards, gods, time, and even death itself. Here it is in full:
By the time the 10 minute mark rolls around, Cat Soup begins to completely shift gears frequently. The whole thing is beautiful, and I’ve only seen a few animated shorts impress me this much.
This won an Oscar. I wouldn’t be surprised if it was challenged in court several times.
I Married A Strange Person (excerpt)
This is Bill Plympton’s 1997 break-through. Most of his stuff is worth checking out. This is a short excerpt, and the whole movie is an absurd adventure. The plot revolves around the powers that a guy suddenly got when a satellite accidentally bounced a strange signal off the back of his neck.
Rejected Family Learning Channel Advertisements (full)
Don Herztfeldt’s animation is wild and often immature. The way this thing wraps all the ‘rejected’ shorts together at the end proves that there is something beyond the idiocy of Happy Tree Friends (‘look it’s funny because it’s cute critters being violent’ – boring!)
I’m looking for animation / anime along these lines. Suggest anything, really. If you suggest something I don’t like, I promise not to be butt-hurt
Here’s a few other Japanese titles that I loved: FLCL, Tamala: A Punk Cat In Space, 7 Samurai, Serial Experiments: Lain, Summer Wars, Dead Leaves, Spring and Chaos, Howl’s Moving Castle (though I’ve seen all the Studio Ghibli stuff, most of it good or great.)
I have access to fansubs of series not released in the States, so anything goes. Some of the Army barracks rats do nothing but watch anime. I just have a hard time sorting through the numerous Japanese language titles (spelled out in English). Every time I try to describe great series like Lain, I’ll get a superficially similar suggestion from them like Ghost in the Shell Standalone Complex (less art more Matrix).
Though not really the art-damaged stuff I’m looking for, I’d appreciate stuff like this too: Elfen Lied, Neon-Genesis Evangelion, Berserk (“Griffith!”), Puni Puni Poemi / Excel Saga. Shit, even Cowboy Bebop had its moments. So I’m not too elitist.
By the way, the thing that inspired me to write this post was a recent drive-by comment from somebody named ‘CrzyBiblenerd’ on an old blog post. The post was about a weird Jesus Manga I was given when I was last deployed. It’s the same shit they brainwash kids with in Uganda! I think I handled the drive-by guy pretty well.