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Anime Stats
Days: 57.2
Mean Score: 6.82
  • Total Entries954
  • Rewatched28
  • Episodes3,457
Anime History Last Anime Updates
Hunter x Hunter (2011)
Hunter x Hunter (2011)
Jul 9, 12:05 PM
Completed 148/148 · Scored 9
Aoi Hana
Aoi Hana
Jun 7, 2:31 PM
Completed 11/11 · Scored 8
Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo!
Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo!
Jun 1, 7:53 AM
Plan to Watch · Scored -
Manga Stats
Days: 7.2
Mean Score: 7.00
  • Total Entries41
  • Reread0
  • Chapters1,292
  • Volumes137
Manga History Last Manga Updates
One Piece
One Piece
Jul 9, 12:30 PM
Reading 871/? · Scored 10
●Rec
●Rec
Feb 12, 2016 10:06 AM
Completed 1/? · Scored 4
Oyasumi Punpun
Oyasumi Punpun
Feb 7, 2016 4:21 PM
Reading 56/147 · Scored -

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SuperRed 3 hours ago
Happy birthday!
TripleSRank Jul 22, 1:34 PM
Oh, I thought of another potentially important question concerning Ghibli films. Would you generally recommend watching them in the Japanese dub or the English dub?

As far as my general course, I tend to prefer watching anime subbed in the original language, but I'm not opposed to watching dubbed if the voice acting is good (and I have done so or considered doing so a handful of times). I was generally assuming that the original dubs are the best route, but if you think it would be beneficial to the experience to watch the English dubs instead I'd be willing to try the films that way.
TripleSRank Jul 11, 4:38 PM
I guess to explain the reason I come to the conclusions I do with my experiences with anime films particularly I'd have to say that "the message" often becomes a major factor more often than it does in TV series, and to an extent I think that's natural since TV series generally have more time to devote to fleshing out the characters and developing a plotline and can kind of screech by without necessarily being impressive thematically. Anime movies on the other hand tend to approach their themes much more directly and prominently in my experience.

When I'm judging a thematic narrative, I'm not just looking for it to express itself throughout the work. I look for an "argument", a conclusion to some sort of question the work poses, and whether it reached that conclusion satisfactorily whether or not I ultimately agree with it. (To use TV series examples, I would praise the thematic narratives of both Sailor Moon and Utena despite Ikuhara pitting them against one another in some senses.) It is with this in mind that my dislike of Nausicaä might be better understood. I like nature and agree it should protected/used responsibly, but Nausicaä seems to elevate the importance of nature to being equal to the importance of the survival of humanity. Worse yet, it didn't even seem to argue for this position-- it seemed to take it as a given. I didn't like that. Also, when I say "personal", I mean in the context of the story's portrayal moreso than the meaning it holds for the creator. It's not as though Nausicaä were a plant being with a heavier stake in the conflict between man and nature, for example.

All of that being said, it may indeed be a structural problem as you say. I wasn't aware that the Nausicaä movie was intended to he introductory and doesn't work as well self-contained; I might not have the same issues with the manga if that's so.

The above criticisms I levied toward Nausicaä could be directed at Makoto Shinkai films as well. I wouldn't blame you for not being able to tell based on my list, but I'm actually a big sucker for a good romance. My issue with Shinkai is that he seems to like to present his themes without really making a case for them. The age gap romance of the The Garden of Words did not feel at all compelling to me in that regard. As for Five Centimeters Per Second, I initially interpreted its message as essentially being "love fails", which also led to poor results since I found the progression wholly unconvincing in demonstrating that; after a talk with tsudecimo, however, he convinced me to look at it from the perspective of the transience of time and relationships moreso than a direct challenge of love as a force. As such I plan to rewatch it at some point.

Although Grave of the Fireflies isn't strictly an anti-war film, I thought it demonstrated the tragedies of war effectually, and managed to do so in a much more personal way since the children had a very direct stake in it and it contrasted with their innocence quite well. I think it's a good film anyway, but I do think it too could benefit from a rewatch at some point.

Btw, I think it may be somewhat misleading (at least superficially) that I have a shallow fun-fest spectacle like Patema Inverted rated just as highly as Grave of the Fireflies; it's rated as highly as it is for entirely different reasons, but that's kind of getting into nitty gritty details about how I rate that you might not care about. I mention it because that's why I'm not necessarily averse to The Cat Returns despite it being reputedly more shallow than other Ghibli works.

I'll keep those recommendations for my next step in mind. Thank you, and yes, Tales from Earthsea's absence from that list was intentional. :3
TripleSRank Jul 11, 2:53 AM
So, I've been lightly tinkering with the idea of watching a bunch of Ghibli films recently, but I'm not sure how I would want to approach it. Since you're kind of MAL's resident movie guy and you've seen all of their full movie length releases, I figured you might be the right person to ask-- if you don't mind.

For context, I've only had two Ghibli experiences thus far, one good and one bad, Grave of the Fireflies and Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, respectively. I'll try to explain my experience a bit with each.

With Nausicaä, I think my biggest problem with it was that it didn't feel personal enough. I didn't feel like there was a reason for me to really care about what happened to the characters, and the themes concerning nature were both unconvincing and felt inordinate, almost like it was worshiping nature rather than celebrating it. It was kind of a surreal watch for me between those two things; although I persevered, it took an enormous amount of effort to keep myself focused on what was happening since I was so bored with it.

Grave of the Fireflies, on the other hand, was far far better imo and better than my typical rec-worthy watch. It seemed like Nausicaä's polar opposite bith in that it was extremely personal, and in that the conveyance of the tragedies of war was a lot more convincing than Nausicaä's elevation of nature. I was really pleased with it in a values-sense. If I had to criticize it (and I don't think it's entirely the movie's fault due to its nature), it might be that the bleakness of the story was so heavy that I kinda disconnected emotionally because there was so little hope. Even the happy parts were so borderline-depressing. I get that that's part of the movie's deal due to its themes, but it does make it a bit of a harder watch in some senses, I think; I couldn't fully connect with the tragedy the way I wanted to since my emotions nope'd out so much earlier. 'Overall still a really good movie though.

With those (admittedly limited) experiences in mind and whatever else you might know about my taste, what do you think might be the best way to approach Ghibli's filmography for me? Is there a specific order you would recommend or anything like that? I'm at least somewhat interested in virtually all of their movies, but to make it a bit more explicit:

TripleSRank Jul 5, 5:33 PM
I think it's an excellent battle shounen, although I'm not nearly as enthusiastic about it as I used to be. While I wouldn't say it's revolutionary or particularly subversive of the genre, I thought the take on Gon's character as opposed to the "typical battle shounen protagonist" was rather creative and interesting. I must confess though that I've always liked Killua more in terms of likability; I felt like he grew the most over the course of the series and was more sympathetic.

As for specific arcs, I'm of the group that believes the Chimera Ant arc was by far the strongest and best crafted, both in terms of emotional punch and narrative consequence. Some people had issues with the slower pacing and narration of thoughts around the Palace Invasion, but I thought it increased the dramatic tension greatly on top of all the buildup prior to the invasion, which made the pow moments extremely impactful.

Most of the rest of the arcs were more or less fun-- explicitly ranking them would be somewhat difficult since I thought almost all of them were good. If we grouped some I would say I liked Yorknew/Greed Island moreso than the Hunter Exam/tournament arc, though picking within the categories is hard. The Zoldyck arc was meh, and I won't comment on the Election arc since you're still watching it.

So yeah, all in all I think it's a great series. It's just not one that has stuck with me as much as I thought it would when I first watched it.
SuperRed Jul 5, 5:15 PM
One of myfavorite shonen series, I love the detailed battle system and it's characters.

I read spoilers for the next One Piece chapter, let's just say things are going to
pretty soon.
TripleSRank Jul 5, 3:27 AM
Although SuperRed didn't ask for an essay, I wound up profile surfing into his comments and very much enjoyed the read. Thanks. :3
SuperRed Jul 5, 3:05 AM
I...didn't ask for an essay, but ok thanks for answering.
SuperRed Jul 4, 11:59 AM
How do you feel about Hunter x Hunter 2011?
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Unagumoro Jun 7, 7:09 PM
Not yet.. I'm still on 1st year
Maybe environmental health, or research in general

So, are you watching anything good these days?
I'm interested in this Princess Tutu in your favs..
Perfect Blue I'll probably watch in the next days
Unagumoro Jun 5, 12:40 PM
Hey man, I'm also doing biology hehe
You got a great taste for movies
Sazanami-Kai Jun 2, 11:40 PM
Please read Koe no Katachi manga, it's far way better than the anime.
AltoRoark May 31, 8:36 AM
Nice work dealing with TheBrainintheJar, mate.

I gotta say I really like your posts in general. Nice to see someone so open-minded and elaborate in his stances. :>