10 Great Anime That Are Not Miyazaki Comments - Mania.com


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flinshadytoo 10/19/2009 8:38:28 AM

 Loved Grave of the fireflies but like Apropos said Miyazaki was involved with that one. Perfect Blue was one of those movies that felt liked exploitation in the form of art, Hitchcock never resorted to nudie shots to add drama, it was all off camera & creepier because of it, I just nave a bit of a problem with cartoon nudity if it's not really necessary! 


djanss 10/19/2009 8:48:53 AM

Apropos:  Um, no, Grave ISN'T a Miyazaki work--It's Isao Takahata, the "downbeat" director at Ghibli Studios.

Although Takahata did also give us "Pon Poko", which is fairly cute (and not as preachy as its reputation has it), and the family-friendly comic-strip "My Neighbors the Yamadas", which would easily get honorable mention long before any Daft Punk wannabes.  :)

Thorn 10/19/2009 9:25:21 AM

 Perfect Blue was great.

I have a question to hardcore anime fans: over the years, I've always noticed one thing - why are most of you anti-hentai? I mean, I went to Japan 3 years ago and just like "regular" anime, it's everywhere - and accepted - there. I've even met a female La Blue Girl fan. Why not here?

Not opening the door to being flamed by anime purists, just wondering. Honest question.

HotDog 10/19/2009 9:52:56 AM

Anime Sucks!

Chris Beveridge 10/19/2009 10:00:52 AM

Thorn, a lot of people just don't care to either admit liking it or liking it because its porn or not their tastes. I've gotten a fair bit of grief over the years for reviewing it and treating it like other shows, but I refuse to put the adult material in the ghetto out of sight. We've got a few things planned in the next few months with both manga and anime in the hentai realm to cover.

Thorn 10/19/2009 10:18:03 AM

Hey Chris, thanks for replying!

I totally agree that it should be treated like other shows, and not put out of sight. In Japan it certainly isn't - there is even some hentai elements in "regular" anime/manga there, there is no real separation (other than obvious children's fare) like there is here. They read it (openly) on the train for gods sake. Its just so rooted in the history of all manga (I read both The Anime Movie GuideThe Erotic Anime Movie Guide by McCarthy and I found it good, informative reads, with history, genres, etc etc)../

I mean, stuff like Cool Devices aside, I remember actually watching Urotsukidoji, Kite or La Blue Girl (hell, even stuff from SoftCel like New Angel) and thinking how the story lines were usually good, funny, some of the characters were endearing... I dunno... unlike north-american adult films, it wasn't all about the explicit scenes all the time.

Looking forward to your articles coming, I'm sure it will be an interesting read!

TalonG4 10/19/2009 10:45:45 AM

I've seen five on that list and now I need to work on the other five.

epicgears 10/19/2009 11:46:15 AM

Macross: Do You Remember Love

Patlabor Trilogy

5 Centimeters Per Second

These three are my absolute all time favorites. Good pick on the 5 Centimeters Per Second as number 1. My wife literally cried when she watched it.

cjclifford 10/19/2009 12:15:11 PM

Am I the only person in the world who didn't like Grave of Fireflies.  I kept hearing how great it was and finally checked it out.  I was bored through the whole thing.

Hectotane 10/19/2009 3:09:40 PM

 You take out Urusei Yatsura; you exclude everying from Gainax / Hideaki Anno and Rumiko Takahashi, and you'll have yourself a list, Chris.  :)

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