Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Top 5 artistic anime of all time! by Birdiebo

Yay! Once again it's time for Fangirl's anime review!
This time around I asked good friend Birdiebo to do a top 5 artsy anime review.  She did an amazing job and if you aren't just impressed with her writing skills you can check out her website on blogspot or her deviant art page.  She is always down for monies so hit her up for a commission!

5. ‘Soul Eater’: Soul Eater is a fairly new anime that’s still being released.  It follows three teams of weapon wielding meisters who’s goal is to have their weapons defeat and absorb the souls of 99 evil humans and one witch.  If they do this in that order then the weapons will dramatically increase in power, making them Death Scythes.  Besides the really cool story, Soul Eater is eye candy to watch.  With it’s wacky designs (my faves are the Sun and Moon) and rapid action sequences you’ll be begging to watch the next episode…I know I can’t wait!!!

4. ‘Speed Grapher’: I really loved this anime so much that I would put it in my top five.  Of course it’s not for everyone, and I think that’s one of the reasons why Speed Grapher sticks out in my head.  It begins with Tatsumi Saiga, a photographer, that stumbles upon a secret fetish club and becomes entangled in the life of their 15 year old “Goddess”, Kagura.  I won’t give much more than that for I’m afraid it might ruin the fun of the show.  The character designs are pretty wicked for this anime and they do a really great job with conveying emotion through the animation.  Speed Grapher’s animation is right in sync with the feeling of the music as well.  If you want a truly different story and you can stand super creepy fetishes, then this is your show!

3. ‘Samurai 7’: This anime is based off of Akira Kurosawa’s highly regarded 1954 film ‘Seven Samurai’.  Every year in a village named Kanna bandits come and pillage all the rice from the yearly harvest.  The elder of the village finds samurai who are willing to protect and fight for their village.  ‘Samurai 7’ was one of the very first anime I have ever watched, and it holds a very special place in my heart.  It has a more realistic style of animation for it’s characters, not the typical giant eyed mode, and it’s fight scenes are well thought out and executed.  You’re not left thinking…”What just happened?”, but rather, “Whaaaat!?  Did he just slice through that whole robot!?”

2. ‘Princess Mononoke’:  It is safe to say that most of you have already seen this 1997 Hayao Miyazaki film.  It is the first anime film I have ever seen and still one of the best.  I’m not going to go into the plot of the film.  I will say that if you haven’t seen this, drop what you’re doing and do yourself a favor…rent it, buy it, netflix it, whatever the means because it’s totally worth it.  Miyazaki films have their own type of animation style.  Mostly hand drawn with touches of computer animation, he’s able to reflect a character’s thoughts and emotions so well you can’t help but feel connected to the character and their journey.

1. ‘Mushi Shi’: Finally we end with ‘Mushi Shi’.  A funny named anime that has very self contained type episodes.  Although the story follows one character named Ginko, each episode focuses on the individual journey’s he takes.  Ginko is a Mushi Master who travels mainly to research and aid people on all things Mushi.  Although there is no overall plot line, this series is one of the most beautiful one’s I’ve seen.  There is a mixture of classic animation against an almost watercolor like back ground.  The mellowness of the style makes you want to live in this calm Mushi filled world, and well…you can only hope that you have Ginko on speed dial.

What a great top 5 Birdiebo!  We love your style and I will definitely check these out soon!

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