2014: A Year in AnimeDecember 23, 2014
“Modern anime are getting dynamic, but the expression in motion that cel anime had is lacking.”
– Noboru Ishiguro
“I believe that making animation with pencils is the only way for us to survive.”
– Hayao Miyazaki
Another year comes to an end, one of the most eventful years in a recent history for me personally with many good and bad things, some of which I mentioned previously. Although I didn’t keep a very close eye on the anime throughout the year, I would like to mention a few important anime-related events that I did catch. Rather than focusing on any anime in particular, I’ll just mention some general events.
Compare and contrast
Goro Miyazaki makes his first full 3D animation. Well, technically, it is produced by Polygon Pictures and only co-produced by Ghibli. Nevertheless, I was somewhat shocked seeing the pictures and the trailer of the Ronia…
Ghibli takes the time to pause and reflect. Steelbound extensively elaborated on some potential future directions. Such a restructuring process is natural due to the change of generations, and I appreciate some efforts by Anno, but to induce a real positive change, a set of economic, social, and educational reforms would be needed…
Ah My Goddess ends. Kousuke Fujishima began the manga in Monthly Afternoon in 1988. One of my favorite parts of the last few chapters was the story about the bard and the lake goddess around the chapter 290.
“The dreams of the two people have come true. You have seen the sea, the same sea that he saw. The sea that is the sea of two people – only their beautiful sea.”
Kikuko Inoue turns 50! I wish her many more decades of healthy and happy life!🙂
Sailor Moon Crystal. Yay! All those good memories… I still prefer the original character designs, but it is interesting to see the anime in a new light, especially given that this is supposed to be a more faithful adaptation of the manga. Unfortunately, the production quality could have been better…
The following events happened during my break from blogging – I’ll highlight them also.
Noboru Ishiguro, one of the best anime directors, passes away in 2012. (Astro Boy, Legend of Galactic Heroes, Mushi-shi, Yamato, Orguss, Macross, Tytania). I covered Tytania episodically. Although the plot certainly could have been better, I enjoyed the excellent directing.
Sleep. After returning to blogging this year, I found out that Animekritik and many others stopped blogging…
Well, that was somewhat depressing… The next post should balance things out!