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26th-Feb-2010 12:03 pm
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I'm happy to see that the community is starting to spark in life. It is good to see some activity and discussion going on.

I thought I might start up some official community discussion topics whereas we all discuss a general topic of something related to anime/manga (well, obviously, haha).

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I find that some people don't enjoy stand alone anime movies (Ghost In The Shell, Metropolis, Appleseed, etc.) because the length of the movie isn't enough to really get you into the story or characters, although, it may possess a good idea for a series (this does not include anime movies that are part of an anime series itself; Gundam Wing: Endless Waltz, End of Evangelion, Cowboy Bebop: The Movie, etc.).

What is your opinion about stand alone anime movies? Do you enjoy them or dislike them? Do you think that the regular two hour movie time isn't enough to convey enough substance of story and characters? Or do you think that stand alone anime movies don't offer you enough to truly get into the atmosphere of it? What do you think are good examples of stand alone anime movies?
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26th-Feb-2010 06:53 pm (UTC)
I think stand alone anime movies set out to accomplish different goals than anime series, or at least the good ones do. Anime movies that take a series and try to compact it into two hours are TERRIBLE and should only be watched after the series, maybe. Of course, there are exceptions, where the movie is way better than the series, case in point, Escaflowne. But this basically happens when they realize their series sucks and they change it and rework it into a movie to salvage something out of it basically. Even so, the movie has different goals to accomplish than a series. It wants to tell a much less epic story. It's more like one episode that is extended and a couple "to be continued"s. But it does boil down to the fact that one extended "episode" of anime as a feature movie is not as appealing to me as an epic series. Just never possibly could be.
28th-Feb-2010 04:37 pm (UTC)
Yeah, a series would always be much better to watch than an anime movie. Sometimes, when you don't feel like starting up a series yet, watching an anime movie is good. Its not as much to take in as watching a series would be.
26th-Feb-2010 09:11 pm (UTC)
I don't mind a lot of stand-alone movies, although I guess I generally don't like them as much as a series. Part of the reason is what you've already pointed out - two hours isn't enough to make me care about the characters as much. There's also the fact that to substitute character development, there's a lot more action involved. While I don't mind some action, I've always preferred a series to a movie in terms of action because then the action is spaced about, as opposed to a few huge action scenes in the space of an hour or so. One final reason I prefer a series to a movie is that I feel a lot of movies try too hard. They know they're only got a couple of hours to impress their audience, so they try to make the animation absolutely spectacular - sometimes to the point of making it too damn shiny. I think Appleseed is a good example of this. Yes, the animation is excellent and you can tell they spent a lot of time and money on it, but at the end of the day... I didn't actually like it because it seemed so shiny, almost clinically so. It didn't look like anime at all.
28th-Feb-2010 04:35 pm (UTC)
I don't think anime movies could ever be as good as a series is. The pacing of a series could possibly better than a movie. There just isn't enough to time for you to love an anime movie more than a series. But I guess that's why a lot of anime movies can be part of a series as well, hah.

Yeah, anime movies are always made to be shiny and pretty. There are a few that share the quality of an anime series but a lot of new releases are made to be that pretty. Appleseed became so CGed out that I actually didn't like the way it looked at all. In fact, I thought it looked very awkward.
27th-Feb-2010 07:59 pm (UTC)
I generally like stand-alone movies. I think when they're done well, they can be really good. I'm thinking of movies like Akira and Paprika though.
28th-Feb-2010 04:31 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I agree, they can be very good. Although, a series is preferable.
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