· Posted: 17 Jan 2005 02:04
Japanese anime is quite interesting actually, just like any other animation from other countries. Mainstream anime is as we usually read/ know from media. Most of them are full with monsters, supernatural world, mecha-robots, mega-scale destruction, girls with big eyes-shriking voice-school uniform, etc. For example, you can look for Akira, Sailormoon, Dragon Ball, Saint Seiya, etc. That's from the 80's.
Meanwhile, in the 90's we have Neon Genesis Evangelion generation. The visual is much alike, but the storyline is much more 'heavier'. Spirited Away and Princess Mononoke departed from this genre.
However, on my side, I'm more interested in the contemporary anime. Most of them don't deal much with robots, monsters, fairy tales, etc. They are more like a common drama movie, with animation visually instead of real human beings. I like these genre more because their script/ storyline is just like a common drama. The directors were also able to do things that couldn't be done by using real human or very expensive using special FX/ CGI.
Among these genre are Millenium Actress, Jin-Roh, Perfect Blue, Tokyo Godfathers, Serial Experiment Lain, Grave of the Fireflies, Ghost in the Shell, Memories, Blue Submarine #6.
BTW, Korean animation is also very good.