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We'll finally get Mononoke in cinemas! Typical, when one of my favorite movies from Studio Ghibli finally shows up, I'm not in the country ^^; Oh well, at least I caught Porco Rosso.

Nevertheless, if you are in the country, take the chance to see Prinsessan Mononoke (Mononoke Hime) on the big screen without having to visit your local anime con.
If it's like most other Ghibli movies, it will turn up both in dub and sub, although probably not in too many cinemas :/

Later on, we're likely to get a cheap DVD too, but the quality of both subs and overall production has varied wildly there. Good enough for kids mebbe, but if one is an anime collector they can be a bit iffy... Still, some Ghibli movies have had a tolerable quality considering the price (which makes them a rarity among Swedish anime DVD:s, lemme tell you!

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Anime you think had the best, or most intriguing art

Oh, this is an interesting question! I am mainly a manga reader (old shoujo manga is the best, really) but there's been plenty of well-animated stuff to enjoy through the years. But what is the best, how does one even measure that?

An aquiantance of mine who really knows amazing amounts of anime showed us Kamichu! which for him was an example of the overwhelmingly good animation. It's full of life, I agree, every lock of hair moves, every leaf rustles in the wind and every skirt flutters as if alive. But does that make it intriguing to my eyes? Not really; alas, this kind of well done but realistic animation doesn't interest me all that much. While I can definitely enjoy Satoshi Kon's movies from a story perspectiv, and I do find his Paprika a color-sparkling feast for the eyes, it's not the kind of anime that best captures my attention. But I don't really know what kind I like the best either...

Gankutsuou aka The Count of Monte Cristo (in spaaaace) had an interesting layering effect, but it was a bit too busy for me to really stick with it. Studio Ghibli has lovely old-fashioned hand animation and despite what Miyazaki feels, I think they use computer effects extremely well in most films too. A move like Princess Mononoke are just so beautiful it's eerie. Revolutionary Girl Utena still holds up, imo, as a great use of limited animation - but that is still only a trick to hide a lack of money and time, and there's just too many bloody repeated scenes in Utena for it to ever win any "pure animation" awards from me.

What Makoto Shinkai can do on a shoestring budget and a comp is damn impressive in itself, even though I don't really like his plotines (Voices of a Distant Star etc). The character design and glowing details in Umineko no naku koro ni was compelling and in several scenes hauntingly beautiful. Alas, the animation fails in key scenes to keep up with the ideas thrown out so that too falls a bit short.

When it comes to intriguing design, I think the short film Kakurenbo is one of the most remarkable. A short horror story about children playing in an abandoned city, where trolls hunt them, it has excellent lightning effects and a very convincing, mood-building design.

But for the overall prettiest, most gripping anime art? I think I'll have to go with Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli's Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi aka Spirited Away. It's not my favorite Ghibli movie, that honor goes to Porco Rosso, but it is definitely one of the most visually rich.
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Why kigurumi? None of my fav characters can be cosplayed like that

But here, have a Totoro, I like him =)

And soon - pie!
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Day 14 - Current (or most recent) anime wallpaper

Hetare Hetaliaaa~ )

I like it, it's just so happy. On my computer at work, I also have a Totoro wallpaper, because it's cute and not as busy.
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The end of Grave of the Fireflies physically hurt. Just fyi



Still a very good movie.

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