Finally, yes finally I say, finally I decided to purchase something that’s not figure related. Or well, at least not directly related, it takes only 2 hops to go from Anime Figures to Anime to Anime DVDs, as well as a single artbook, my first artbook really. Let’s take a look at what I got, shall we?
- The Classics
- Future Classics
Princess Mononoke might just be my most watched and favoured anime of all time. There isn’t another anime I can think of that I’ve watched as often as I have Princess Mononoke. I can’t count the number of times I’ve seen the movie over the past 10 years, but every time I have it’s been enjoyable. I don’t think the movie gets old for me at all, I enjoy it the same every time I see it. It’s a mystery though, even to me, as to why I’ve never purchased the anime until now. I’ve rented it, watched it at friends places, seen it on TV, downloaded it, but it took 10 years before I finally threw the money down, and just in time for a Bluray copy to be released I’m sure. Regardless, this is a classic anime, if not for everyone, at least for me.
I hadn’t seen this anime until somewhat recently, say, in the past year or so. Sometimes I feel like I must not really be a fan of anime when there are all these ‘old’ classics out there that I haven’t seen. After finally watching the cute movie and enjoying it immensely I felt Kiki definitely deserved to be on my list of things to buy and there she sat for ages, but at least not as long as Princess Mononoke.
Howl’s Moving Castle I actually went to see an advanced screening at the then Paramount theatre in downtown Toronto with a friend who’d received the tickets for free because he’d worked at Anime North. Back then I had a Canon PowerShot A40 or maybe A75 that I carried with me everywhere, not really thinking I went to go in with it and they confiscated my camera for the duration of the movie. That bothered me as I wasn’t sure I’d get it back in good condition at the end. Additionally they asked that we not talk about the movie until a week later when it was publicly released June 10th, 2005. It felt like I was a member of the press at the time, it was kind of neat. Though I did think it odd since I’d long seen the movie already thanks to internet downloads and fansubbers. They gave each person who attended a nice little picture of Howl’s moving castle in a nice little folder (small scan). It measures around 38 x 25 cm (15 x 10 inches).
I believe I’ve only seen this movie once, but I enjoyed it when I saw it as I have all Miyazaki films. I threw this one into the cart because well, I was buying a few Miyazaki films, why not another? Thinking back, I remember how I first watched this movie on DVD at home. I went to the local video rental store (jeez, that feels so long ago, do those even still exist?) and asked for “Spirted Away” and the cashier thought for a moment, look around and said, “do you mean Spirit?” a movie about a horse that was released around the same time. I gave them a blank stare for a moment then turned around to find the movie myself.
It feels odd putting this movie in future classics when it’s older than Howl’s Moving Castle above. But I feel it fits here better since Makoto Shinkai is ‘new’ to the scene where Miyazaki’s been around ‘forever’. So a Miyazaki film is a near instant classic where Makoto Shinkai perhaps needs some time to build. At any rate, I was originally trying to find 5 Centimeters Per Second and couldn’t but was reminded of this lovely movie and purchased it in it’s place. Makoto Shinkai always manages to have some of the most detailed and surreal backgrounds in his films. They’re full of beautiful colours and some how transform otherwise mundane scene like riding a train into an amazing visual experience. It’s almost as if you’re watching an entire movie through ‘memory goggles’ where everything was always better in the past. Despite this detailed scenery though, I often feel his characters need to have more detail to match their scenery, they sometimes feel out of place and bland compared to the gorgeous backdrops behind them.
The Girl Who Leapt Through Time was released back in july of 2006 in Japan and premiered in Canada at the Waterloo Festival for Animated Cinema the same year in November. If only I’d known about this festival back then as I do now, I would have liked to have seen this in theatres. Mamoru Hosoda directed the film, and looking at this past works one might wonder why you’d want to see this movie at all. His past works include 3 Digimon movies, Dragon Ball Movie #4, Dragon Ball Z, One Piece, Slam Dunk Movies 2-4, not a list of series I’d consider even bothering with. However when I watched this movie I had no idea and watched it for what it was. Trying to connect it and those past movies in my head is impossible, it doesn’t compute. Surely this Mamoru Hosoda must be a different Mamoru Hosoda from the past. In addition to this film about a time travelling girl, he’s done a more recent movie Summer Wars which many of you have seen and enjoyed (myself included).
My first artbook! Unless The Robot series of books by Range Murata count as artbooks, I’m not sure but I have 3 of those. But lets just say this is my first artbook, and fittingly it’s of Horo and the series from which she comes. Not really sure what to expect with an artbook I dived into this one thanks to Rajura off the AnimeSuki forums. He and I have been messaging back and forth about various things, and some how he convinced me that I had to purchase this artbook, and provided me with an eBay link to do so. As it would turn out, Rajura was right, I did have to purchase this artbook, I find it neat having Horo artwork in my hands that I didn’t print off myself. I think my only complaint is… I can’t read a damn word in this book aside from ホロ lol. The pictures are wonderful, but I have no idea what’s being said around any of them, it’s frustrating but I didn’t really buy the book for that reason anyway.
There was a point not long ago where I said to someone, “I’m not buying a book I can’t read for $30”. I eat my words right now, I bought a book I can’t read for $30. Now to set aside some time to work my way through all of those DVDs and ‘read’ this artbook of mine.
Thank god Horo’s not preggers in any of the pictures…