symbv wrote:I think the perception was that people seem to remember only Nessa's antics and the main theme did not strike as clear to some watchers. I see points from both side -- quite a lot of things did happen but perhaps more could have happened, and I do see an attempt to give Nessa as much screen time as possible for us to "moe" over her character..
Well, personally speaking I was expecting this whole ep was to be spent introducing Nessa and establishing her as member of the cast and the world. So I was very surprised by the way they managed to fit in many other key developments. And yeah, one point of this episode was to sell Nessa's character to viewers. But honestly speaking I don't see how anyone could possibly resist her cuteness
I think the way anime tempered/made more subtle certain reactions in comparison to manga is important. I already mentioned changed depiction of Clain in the scene with his parents but it also affected Nessa too. In manga Nessa has something of a small scale breakdown after Clain leaves her. Now the same feelings and all present in anime too but they're shown much more subtly and if one misses the cues I guess one might see Nessa as nothing but cheerfullness during the whole episode.
Under the bubblyness Nessa is pure mystery. It most certainly was no coincidence she returned the moment Clain changed his mind, her abilities are weird and Moran obviously called her "key to the world" no less!
symbv wrote:Not all Japanese are moe-addicts you know :) Japanese have a much higher tolerance (or demand) for moe, yes, but that does not mean that they want moe at every turn. I think the way Yamakan raised expectation that he is trying a new approach to the genre further shaped the fans' expectation and demand for moe. So when moe did show up, and in such energetic form, some actually felt the urge to reject it.
Ahh, I can see (and understand) that. Then again, supergenki characters have existed always.
symbv wrote:Yes, Moran is voiced by Shimamoto Sumi, who voiced Nausicaa 26 years ago. That's why I gave the hint "Hear Hear" in my description As for 100% intentional -- this is exactly what the Japanese fans are saying. They think Yamakan is aiming too close to be like Ghibli. Some joked that whether he made this as an entry exam project for a post in Ghibli
I think there are two possibilities here:
- Yamakan is simply paying tribute to and homaging a huge source of inspiration
- allusion to Nausicaa is in some way crucial hint to Moran's character too.
Both options are very much intentional. Interesting...
and well, Ghibli has been in dire need for younger directors always so I'm sure they wouldn't mind