Mr. Tines wrote:
darth_mark wrote:i'm recommending MUSHISHI.
This one is good. I first got a pointer to it as saying that if you liked Kino's Journey
, you'd like this, and vice-versa; and I think that's a fair comment.
I recently finally gotten around to Kino's Journey
, and I agree with the sentiment. I started watching Mushishi near the end of last year when C1 was subbing it. I read somewhere about Kino's Journey and picked up the boxset back when ADV was having it's easter sale (I think I got it for 20 bucks or something ridiculously cheap). I really enjoyed the series and am starting a second viewing this weekend with my GF. Although the format of the story is different than Mushishi, I thought it was a great exposition of the human condition from the neutral viewpoint of Kino.
"Holy Genesis Aquarion" in full length.
I'll add this to the queue. The first time I saw the description (I think it was on ANN) I immediately thought, "Hey, this sounds a lot like Evangelion", and soon forgotten about it completely.
Now for a recommendation, it's an old one and I'm sure a lot of you have already seen it before, but for those who haven't I highly recommend Grave of the Fireflies
. Directed by Isao Takahata, one of the co-founders of Ghibli Studios, this movie is (IMO) one of the best works of cinema (animated or live-action). Very well directed and paced. The story is of 2 siblings, a 14 year old Seita and his little sister Setsuko, as they try to survive the U.S. firebombings near the end of WWII, while they are surrounded by indiffernce and ignorance. The movie is told in a flashback format, where the beginning of the movie you see a starving, homeless Seita about to die. Then the ghosts of the 2 siblings watch as the story is being told.
The interactions between Seita and Setsuko remind me a lot of Roberto Benigni's "Life is Beautiful", except instead of the love between a father and son, it is between big brother and little sister. I've only managed to watch it twice and I don't think I can sit through another viewing. To say that this movie is emotional may be an understatement. When my GF watched it, she was so upset afterwards that she couldn't speak for hours. A friend of mine in Japan asked me what my favorite scene from the movie was, and I think hands down, near the end of the movie, when the war was over and these rich Japanese folk were returning to their home. A phonograph was playing Sir Henry Rowley Bishop's "Home, Sweet Home" sung by Amelita Galli-Curci, and we're shown scenes from the bomb shelter, ragged and abandoned, with a ghostly Setsuko playing, laughing, and enjoying life.
This movie was based on the semi-autobiography written by Akiyuki Nosaka, who in the movie was Seita. He blamed himself for his little sister's death and wrote the book as a way to come to terms.