Big rumour: anime Howl's Moving Castle
amergin at uclink4.berkeley.edu
Tue Feb 22 21:34:07 EST 2000
At 05:01 pm 2/22/00, Sally Odgers hammered into the ethereal keyboard:
> > please check it out, and don't just write it off as "cartoons".
>The problem is with me, I freely admit. Unfortunately, I've never met a
>cartoon I liked "for me", though I know of other people who enjoy them. As
>I said, the problem is with *me*. I don't like puppets either...
Delurking briefly to agree with Sally here... Even though I've been
exposed heavily to the "good" Anime via my amazingly picky boyfriend, I
still don't like animated shows very much beyond their specific niche. I
would primarily be afraid of an adapted version having an altered ending,
or a lack of the subtlety that I love so much in DWJ's work. Having
watched both the subtitled and dubbed versions of "Princess" Mononoke Hime,
along with everything available for Captain Tylor, Slayers, Ranma, Ruin
Explorers, Evangelion, Serial Experiments Lain, Ah My Goddess, and several
other things I can't remember offhand, my feeling is that the storytelling
style necessary to convey a tale through animation usually can't sustain
enough subtlety to satisfy me. I like the shows IF I judge them based on
their being anime, as opposed to placing them against my own preferred
reading... It is just that when judging them based on my own criteria, I
feel a lot like I am comparing DWJ to Harry Potter; years of being an
English major and aspiring writer point out a certain lack of subtlety or
complexity in the Anime I've been shown. Which is exactly what I fear will
happen if Miyazaki takes HMCastle and animates it--we'll see a nice story,
pretty artwork, and the basic tale will be told, but there will be a lack
of depth beyond what is visually represented...
Incidentally, I've got a bit of a twist on the usual question... Knowing my
boyfriend's tastes are primarily along the lines of those that I listed
above, what book would be a good choice for starting him into DWJ? I have
2.5 years behind me of allowing myself to be educated about Anime, so I
figure a bit of reading won't be too terribly much to ask in return. <grin>
Okay, back to lurking...
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