Tuesday, 22 December 2015

3 Must Watch Anime Movies

Apart from classics like Evangelion, Akira, Ghost in the Shell or Studio Ghibli movies, I decided to share with you 3 must watch films that are also some of my personal favorites.

Perfect Blue (1997)

Made by Satoshi Kon, my favorite animation director ever. Sadly he is not among us anymore, but his work has a special place in my heart. This movie is a psychological thriller, based on a novel by Toshikazu Takeuchi, about a J-pop idol who decides to give up her musical career to pursue acting and ends up being a victim of intense stalking. Perfect Blue was a huge influence on American cinema, as you can tell by Darren Aronofsky's Requiem for a Dream (2000) and Black Swan (2010). You can find an interesting article about it here and a video on his unique directing and editing style here.
I would also recommend watching Paprika (2006) and Millennium Actress (2001).

Perfect Blue on IMDb.

❅ ❅ ❅

Memories (1995)


Memories is composed of 3 separate stories, with completely different animation styles, tied together by the same theme. The first part, and my favorite, is Magnetic Rose directed by Kōji Morimoto (and written by Satoshi Kon, but I'll stop fangirling now), the second is Stink Bomb by Tensai Okamura, and the third and final one is Cannon Fodder by Katsushiro Otomo (yes, the creator of Akira).
Another anthology film like this I would recommend is Neo Tokyo (1987).

❅ ❅ ❅

Midori: Shōjo Tsubaki (The Camellia Girl) (1992)

Ok, so now it's time to get weird. Midori is an independent, underground ero guro film single handedly made by Hiroshi Harada and based on a story from the early Shōwa period. It's one of the most unsettling and grotesque things I've ever encountered, which makes it a must watch in my opinion. This movie was banned in Japan, the original film was confiscated and destroyed and only a few bootleg copies exist, making it hard to find a good quality version to watch but still completely worth it.

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