I have nearly no patience for sci-fi and fantasy and elaborate plots. My ideal movie is simple, appears deceptively effortless, and endearing. And that would be invariably of the ‘slice of life’ genre, a quintessential Takahata anime.
1. Isao Takahata, My Neighbours the Yamadas (1999)
The experience of watching it was so calming and profound for me, I haven’t seen anything quite like it. And the sparseness of the images which initially seems strange and incomplete somehow adds to its richness and immerses you hypnotically in the everyday foibles of the Yamada family. The way sadness merges with little joys and happy surprises is both familiar and nostalgic, and the haiku intervals elevate the trivial family story to poetic, philosophical realms.
Fave Scene: Little Nonoko is inadvertently left behind by her family at a shopping mall. But she comforts a fellow ‘lost boy’ saying “My father and mother and grandma and brother all got lost” and happily helps him register a complaint at the mall because, obviously, his ‘lost mother’ is easier to find than her entire lost family.
2. Takahata, The Tale of the Princess Kaguya (2013)
The length of the film and the ending are the only cons of the movie. As for the pros, the beauty of the visuals alone is enough to be a must-watch. The style is similar to The Yamadas, in figure drawing, especially, but Kaguya gives more attention to landscape and story atmosphere. Continue reading “My Fave Five Anime”