Synonyms: Night of Taneyamagahara
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 7, 2006
Producers: Studio Ghibli
Duration: 27 min. per episode
Rating: PG - ChildrenL represents licensing company
Score: 5.951 (scored by 500 users)
1 indicates a weighted score
2 based on the top anime page.
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Mar 2, 2015
On the technical side of things. Simply put, The Night on Taneyamagahara is a brilliant piece of arts. Everything is hand-drawn made it looks like a real-life painting. The backgrounds are detailed and encapsulate perfectly what japan is on the rural era.
The night on Taneyamagahara open with the conversation of the four workers in the night around a campfire. Three of them are talking about their experience during their life as workers. The story then move on to the conversation about weeds and oak trees about the season and their surround environment.
For the judge of the story however, I got mixed thought for this anime. Taneyamagahara is always a dialogue after dialogues. It just 27 minutes length but it feels as though it was 3 hours show, however on the other sides, the messages of this anime is deep but since the story was being told with narrated picture-book format, the delivery become fairly simple.
As for the sound, it was fairly well placed. The voice acting was fitting and compelling to the story; there were no pitching and screaming but somehow manages to give goosebump to the viewers. The backsound boosted the mood of the overall landscape background backgrounds especially near the ending which is simply beautiful.
For enjoyment, again I have mixed though on this anime. I easily got bored by its first seven minutes, but on the other hand, its backgrounds manage to hook me to finish the show and that’s probably the reason why someone might find it worth watching in that case. This is the first time I’ve ever confused to judge animes by its content; there’s nothing I dislike from this show but there’s nothing that makes me feel it would be ranked as a good show.
In the end, this anime for me it’s a fine watch but certainly not everyone’s cup of tea; I recommend this for someone who want to see more old-traditional animes, an anime masochist (since it’s can be so boring for some people), and someone who interested with traditional Japanese cultures.
Now to the scoring.
Verdict: Fine show.
Aug 30, 2012
Kenji Miyazawa has become one of Japan's most idolised authors. Miyazawa was a naturalist writer and poet, oft thought of as inspired by Flaubert and Maupassant, who lived a life of hardship and ignominy. Born in the rural prefecture Iwate in 1896, Miyazawa worked as a teacher and a agriculturalist, dedicated to improving the life of the peasantry despite his consistently poor health. His writing was only really recognised post-humously; Miyazawa dying at the all too early age of 37 from pneumonia. Miyazawa's life of hardship without complaint, always working for his community, has immortalised him in Japan as a caricature of truly admirable behaviour and a signifier of Japanese spirit. Kenji Miyazawa's works are easily recognisable. Concerned with the empowerment of nature, and depicting peoples relationships- sometimes positive, sometimes negative- with nature, Miyazawa's works contain almost unlimited descriptive sensory detail and often fantastical extended metaphors. Miyazawa wrote mostly for children, however his work has been appreciated world-wide by people of all ages, creeds, and denominations.
Miyazawa has had many anime produced from stories he has written. These include The Restaurant of Many Orders, Gauche the Cellist, and Night on the Galactic Road. The fantastical ideas, the naturalism, is an easier order to achieve in the medium of anime than in film, and anime is more often communicable to the main target demographic of children. Though really, like 'Spring and Chaos', Taneyamagahara is a bit more intangible in its prose, expressing subtler ideas. Much of the dialogue found within Taneyamagahara is almost illogical in its malingering upon irresolute ideas and forms to create subconscious indelible feelings for life. Undoubtedly, this is in part due to the fact this play was originally created to be performed by the class of children he attended upon. Perhaps this will explain the unique approach in relation to the production of this anime.
Oga Kazuo is credited as Studio Ghibli's most important background artist. Kazuo is largely responsible for the amazing environmental background artwork of Totoro and most other prominent Ghibli films- presumably having retired upon working on Arrietty (he was absent from 'From up on Poppy Hill'). Kazuo is also experienced as an art director- spearheading work on films like Hadashi no Gen and Only Yesterday. Kazuo, with this adaptation of Taneyamagahara, has drawn all the frames in which our story habituates. His artwork is highly successful for having the potential to communicate the sophistication and complicity of Miyazawa's work.
Surely however, Kazuo must have been highly cognisant of the decision he was making. With only a set of pictures with dialogue, Taneyamagahara effectively becomes a narrated picture-book. While the story of Taneyamagahara is purposefully limited, and the characters developed little, what Taneyamagahara does give us is the joy of life and nature. By drawing upon our experiences with being read books as a child, Kazuo cunningly enhances the effectiveness of the animation. While this kind of animation surely is dying out, as viewers are demanding smooth and complex animation, perfectly synchronised mouth-flaps, and stimulating special effects, the contrasting simplicity works to Taneyamagahara's favour. People's fondest memories of nature are built upon experiences in the past, and the rustic qualities of this anime enhance this nostalgia, this sense of a treasured moment in time communicating with nature, with life.
Overall, Taneyamagahara is certainly successful in its portrayal of a Miyazawa work, which we can probably thank Kazuo for with his prescient utilisation of non-conventional art and animation techniques. Taneyamagahara is overwhelmingly a Miyazawa work though, so definitely while it's engagingly beautiful and scintillating, you won't find a compelling plot or particularly fleshed out characters. But you won't want these things watching this reflection-provoking anime anyway. read more