[EVA] KareKano and afterwards (OT)
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Mon Sep 27 22:36:00 EDT 1999
Traffic is pretty light these days on the ML, so I suppose this is safe to
UC Berkeley Anime Club recently broke away from its "All Slayers All The
Time" thema to screen KareKano 1-4. George Chen's review is available in the
archives, so I'll mention a few observations of my own and move on to
discussions of Mr. Anno himself that I had with some of Club members.
Mr. Anno is fond of traffic lights and still shots. There are some
references that remind me of Eva, such as a scene of Yukino being "launched"
like an Evangelion and "Air" playing as BGM for a classroom scene. The
series is hyper-paced/introspective/hilarious, sometimes all in a single
moment, and the music is very good. I am hooked, but I have yet to have
success at obtaining later episodes.....
It seems to me that Anno Hideaki suffers from an image problem, at least
here in Berkeley. His bouts with serious depression has been
well-publicized, perhaps too much so. The psychoanalyzation in Evangelion
and the confusing imagery of EoE didn't help matters. Consequently, most
members considered Mr. Anno to be a crazy loon, and were somewhat surprised
by the style and content of KareKano. It must be also said that most that
I'd talked to didn't like EoE either because they really didn't like it, or
because they didn't understand it. However they enjoyed KareKano quite a
bit. I confused them even further by informing them of Mr. Anno's latest
project about a sex comedy involving a hamster.
They commented on Anno's penchant for drawn out still frames and background
shots. Some thought it was overdone, perhaps to skimp on animation costs and
detail work. This is a major pet peeve of mine - as two things can be
equally true at the same time. It may be money-saving device (I doubt this
very much), but it also works as an effective stylistic device. I've noticed
that the Club members require an overload of visual input to be amused and
become very agitated when there is none - hence their undying and perverse
loyalty to Slayers.
There was a brief mention of Perfect Blue coming to the local UC Theatre
which led to the feasiblity of an EoE theatrical release. Members were
overall highly doubtful as most anime theatre releases need to be able to
stand on it own. They brought up Ghost in the Shell, which required no prior
knowledge of the manga to understand. They also railed against all dubbing,
as such seems to be a requirement for an anime to be shown in theatres.
This brought up the interesting case of "Princess Mononoke" which has an
impressive dubbing cast, to say the least. Miyazaki Hayao's latest (and
perhaps last) masterpiece was the last showing of the Toronto Film Festival
and drew rave reviews from mainstream critics who bothered to see the film -
most notably from Roger Ebert. The cast includes Gillian Anderson, Billy
Crudup, Billy Bob Thornton, Minnie Driver, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Claire
Danes as the Princess herself. Many disliked Danes for some odd reasons and
others were adamant about their "Dubs suck - they always have and always
will" stance, but most were intrigued by the ensemble. I dislike dubs as
well, no matter how talented and famous the voices may be, so I will try to
get a hold of the original Japanese version at some point. However, I will
be among the first at the ticket booth when "Princess Mononoke" is released.
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