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Hey Spitz, What’ve You Been Watching? April 2015

May 5, 2015

(This article will be spoiler-free!)

やれやれ。I wasn’t sure I would get this article out. Springtime is finally here! No more clattering teeth or stuffy noses (hopefully). Better moods mean more things to do and a higher amount of productivity (hopefully)!
Something I think a lot about concerning anime is the bright personalities of the legion of characters found within the medium, and the attachment to these characters by their viewers.
Matching a tattoo that a character has, or having the bright smile of a 萌え heroine plastered on a tuner car’s hood, the allure of these characters is a very real thing, and whether it’s a relatable family situation or a unique visual trait or just the right combination of otherwise by-the-numbers personality quirks, it’s interesting seeing which people are drawn to which characters and why.
This month will be nice and brief. Here’s what I finished:

 

20778720Kaze Tachinu-
Inspired at a young age by the brilliant airplane designer Caproni, and even joining him to marvel at his creations in his dreams, a boy yearns to follow in those footsteps and spend his life designing and building his own beautiful flying machines.
Kaze Tachinu tells the story of Horikoshi Jirou, the man who would design the Japanese Zero fighter plane, and the great loves he found in his early years.

What I thought- “Straight-forward
and beautiful to look at.”
This is an interesting movie from a story-telling perspective, as corners were never cut to incite emotions, nor were bitter moments lingered on to bat you over the head with how unfortunate they are. The tale is told simply, and is left to the individual viewer for emotional resonance. While this particular story isn’t one of the more memorable I’ve seen and possibly due to its adherence to historical events, I greatly respected the style in which it was told.
It’s a beautiful film by terms of visuals, also, with wonderful minute attention to detail in urban areas, and good focus on the bright blues and greens of the countryside. I never enjoy seeing CG characters, but this film uses them so terrifically that it is regularly difficult to tell whether they are indeed CG or not. Are they? I still don’t know!
 Like a calm breeze, Kaze Tachinu tells an interesting and endearing true story with elegance and momentum without utilizing any of the egregious tools story-tellers often use to force sympathy from their viewers.

 

Ivu_no_Jikan_posterEve no Jikan (series)-
In the future, which is now the present, robotic science has progressed to the point to which androids are owned by many, and used as household servants.
The life-like appearance of this new generation of android has spurred numerous controversies aimed at their treatment by their owners, and in many cases, ostracising owners for sympathizing with or otherwise treating these androids as human beings.
Sakisaka Rikuo is a student who is regularly left under the care of his android, and while parsing through her activity log one day finds a mysterious message.
This message leads him to a cafe, hidden away in an alleyway, where the distinguishing rings found hovering above the heads of androids are hidden away, and one rule is held between its visitors: humans and androids are treated identically.

What I thought- “Nicely produced and thought-provoking.”
Futuristic settings where technology of some sort or another has altered humanity’s lifestyle are always interesting, and the world Eve no Jikan sets up is both tangible and believable.
Each episode is little more than ten minutes in length, and uses that small amount of time very wisely, focusing on a specific denizen of the cafe. Some of these stories are quite memorable indeed, and almost all of them offer up a new opportunity to consider the future of robotics and artificial intelligence and how it might craft human culture moving forward.
It’s interesting and rather inspirational, and while maybe I wish this series had more room to breathe, what’s there is excellently done both by terms of visuals and story.
Eve no Jikan is a futuristic yet tangible and believable story that both excites and inspires.

 

There were more series on the backlog burner, but I couldn’t get them finished in time, and this article was already late enough.
The Spring season is trucking along, and I’m finding much enjoyment in Plastic Memories, with its interesting (though arguably corner-cutting) premise, and Houkago no Pleiades’ bright and colorful combination of space aliens and magical girls.
Gugure! Kokkuri-san is a series I wanted to get finished but couldn’t, so look for that next month.
That’s all for now!
じゃね。
(It’s getting warmer. Stay spoiler-free.)

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