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Your blog looks really interesting! I’m curious, how do you think the original FMA anime series compared to Brotherhood? I had mixed feelings about both; I thought the original had a darker tone and I enjoyed that, and I also thought the homunculi’s characters were handled really well, but the ending was a bit of a let down (especially the movie). Then with Brotherhood I enjoyed it most of the way through but kind of got bored towards the end :-(.
Thank you. 🙂
I think Brotherhood is far and away the better series of the two. I don’t think the original series is bad – far from it – but the ending was indeed a big let-down for me, and I like to pretend the movie doesn’t exist. Brotherhood on the other hand is possibly the closest to perfect I’ve ever seen an anime to be.
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Incidentally, I hope you don’t mind if I also follow your blog? It looks like we have very similar tastes in music – I adore Kalafina as well as several other artists you’ve reviewed.
Really? That’s cool that we share some artists! And you can never have too many followers in my opinion :-). I noticed that you like Leo Ieiri. I think I was a bit harsh on her in my review, the songs have grown on my now… oh well =P
What’s your favorite Miyazaki film?
Although Spirited Away is undoubtedly a masterpiece, I have a soft spot for Howl’s Moving Castle, so that would be my favorite. (:
My top favourite has got to be Totoro, closely followed by Spirited Away. Howl’s Moving Castle isn’t far behind though, which I’d happily place a near third.
No Princess Mononoke? :<
I like Princess Mononoke, but it’s not one of top favourite Ghibli films. I don’t really know why – it’s definitely an excellent film, but I guess it just doesn’t hit me on a really personal level like Totoro, Spirited Away, or Howl does.
Fair enough, the distinction between “Favourite” and “Best” is indeed one that’s important to remember.
I didn’t really like Spirited Away, I also didn’t think it was good, but a shallow plot fitting a children’s tale (which might be kind of fitting as it definitely has a distinct fairy tale vibe), but I am not looking to convert anyone 😉
I’ve really enjoyed Totoro as well.
Howl’s Moving Castle was ruined for me by having read the original book before watching the film, and just feeling it was superior in every shape and form.
I love the book Howl’s Moving Castle as well. I think both the film and the book are fabulous, but in completely different ways. I don’t even really view them as the same story, but rather two different stories with the same base storyline.
Great pics! Have you been to the Ghibli Museum yet? I’m going next month.
Yup, I went there when I visited Japan for the first time about 3 years ago. It’s a great place, very cool! I want to go again sometime.
Question. Hopefully this doesn’t sound too stupid. How do you express what you like about an anime (or book/whatever)? For some reason, I’m mostly fine with expressing what I don’t like eg. annoying character traits, plot holes and stuff, but I struggle to say exactly what I enjoy about particular anime. Are there particular things you look for?
Hmm… well, I guess it differs from title to title, but generally I try to split my thoughts into two general categories. The first is what I can look at from a relatively objective angle, such as clean artwork, fluid animation, how much effort went into producing the soundtrack, etc. The second category is more personal, and deals with some of the things that stood out to me on a more subjective level. This can be anything from some of the themes from the story that resonated with me or how compelling I found the characters, to how creative I thought the plot was and how effectively I thought the atmosphere was conveyed. What I really look for in any given anime depends on a lot of things including the genre and demographic (it would, for example, be silly of me to expect action and adventure from a romantic comedy), so on the whole I try to judge things based on what I can reasonably assume is the norm. From there, everything that struck me as above average are the things I single out to comment on as far as the positive aspects are concerned.
OK. I guess it’s a bit like my music reviewing, by looking at the anime both objectively and subjectively. Just harder ^^. Thanks for putting some thought into your answer. I reckon if I start thinking about those things when I watch anime, I should be able to improve.
I have much enjoyed reading large amounts of your blog 🙂
You seem to like the more thoughtful kind of anime, those with atmosphere and character.
I wonder if you have seen Haibane Renmei? It won’t appeal to everyone, but if you are one of those it does speak to . . .
If you haven’t seen it, may I recommend the following course of actions?
-Do not Google it.
-Do not read any reviews or anything about it.
-Put thoughts of genre and character types to one side.
I am not saying anything else.
See you on the other side . . .
Yes, I’ve seen Haibane Renmei a couple of times now. While not one of my top favourite anime, I agree it’s a thoughtful and beautiful series.
Thanks for responding . . . Given your interests, I felt sure you must have 🙂
Dear Artemis, this is Akichan and I’m writing from Germany. I am writing on my Bachelor thesis at the moment, it is about how the media (both in Japan, and outside of Japan) affected the opinion on and the development of Otakus. I stumbled upon your blog and i very much enjoy reading it. I would love to know, how you – been brought up in New Zealand – found out about the Otakism and what made you want to spread the word about it? I’m looking forward to reading your reply. Kind regards, Aki
Hello Aki, nice to meet you. I’d be happy to discuss these kinds of topics with you, but perhaps via email would be the best option? If you let me know your address, I’ll get in contact with you as soon as I have the time to do so.
Hi Artemis, very nice to meet you, too. Excuse my late response, I’ve been abroad and my internet-access very limited. I’ll be happy to hear from you via email. My adress is kikoxdesu (at) yahoo.de Have a blessed day 🙂 And thank you
I have been looking for an email contact for you. I wanted to share some info with you about a potential upcoming show. I noticed you mention original anime on your blog and hopefully this one would fit the bill.
What do you mean by upcoming show, exactly?
I don’t have my email address publicly listed, but if you provide me with one then I’ll get in contact with you as soon as possible.
Thought it might leave a link if you insert your email address. evangelist [at] devilslegacy [dot] com.
Upcoming, well you mentioned something about original animes, I’m the campaign manager of one that is actually headed to Kickstarter but the studio head does have bigger plans for the future of the show. It’s something he’s been working on for over 2 years.
I see. Well, I honestly know nothing about the process of physically creating anime, so if you’d like to link me to the Kickstarter page once it’s up then that would be fine, but I’m afraid won’t be getting personally involved in anything else. However, I wish you luck with your project.
I found your blog while doing a search for women anime artists and found your article about women who have directed anime productions. Very nice, thank you for the homework! I recently became interested in anime after stumbling across Project A-ko on youtube. I never knew that anime was more than just teenage boys fighting in giant robots to save the day and impress the girl. Project A-ko just blew away that misconception of mine. Plus, I found it to be hilarious! After I read some reviews/history on Project A-ko, I understood better what the producers were trying to achieve and found the show even funnier on the second watching, since now I get the jokes better. My face was hurting from laughing so much! So, now I have a particular interest in animes that feature women/girls as main characters who are out on zany adventures, like with A-ko and B-ko fighting over the friendship of C-ko. Who ever writes stories about girls fighting over the friendship of another girl? They did and it was hilarious!
You’re welcome – I’m really glad you found some of my articles that helpful. I’m personally not that familiar with Project A-ko (I don’t dislike it, it’s just not really my thing), but it’s always great to see people get passionate over specific titles and anime in general. 🙂
I like the zany comedy that can be found in some anime. I don’t get a lot of laughs in real life. So, its welcome medicine. Project A-ko had me rolling!
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Thank you for the info and links Haruka. I’m not really into gaming, but I wish you the best of luck in your work! 🙂
Hi, I’m one of the peeps behind PodCastle in the Sky. Thanks for the props! Every like we receive lightens the agony of our daily existence and lessens the horror of living in an uncaring universe.
Sorry, I’m still recovering from watching Golgo 13 and Octopussy back to back. But seriously, your blog looks interesting and I’ve already added your RSS feed.
No problem! I really enjoyed your latest podcast – I listened to it over breakfast this morning and found it a lot of fun. Gotta suffer for your art and all that. 😉
Hey Artemis, as part of a school project we are supposed to interview a blogger and post the interview on our blog, is this something that you would be interested in? I just really like your blog so I figured I would ask, if not, I can totally find someone else! 🙂
Hey there. I’d like to help out but my schedule is pretty tight at the moment. If you’re okay with me answering your interview questions over the next few days then that would be fine, but if it’s a more urgent assignment, I’m afraid I may not have the time.
Absolutely, is there an email or somewhere I can contact you with the questions?
Would you be able to give me yours? I’ll email you from there.
Hi, great blog! I’m currently working for preply.com which is a language learning platform online. Would you be interested in partnering up for maybe a link exchange? We’re trying to be more well known in Japan. Email me back if you have interest! Thanks!
Sorry, here’s the website if you would like to check out our platform first. Thanks again!