I already mentioned this in my Akira post but I feel I should do a full post to garner more attention for this survey. Animesource are running a favourite anime movie survey. The polls close on August 5th so you still have about 2 weeks to vote (at least, at the time of writing). So go on, pop on over if you haven’t already voted yet. I have no idea how many people actually know of this site but they run giant fan-surveys about 3 times a year and they are always fun to see the results of.
The awesomeness of this survey seemed to be too much for my DVD player which promptly broke last week, leaving me incapable of watching any more anime movies. Since I’m really not in the mood to watch anymore crappy streamed movies and the download speed of my Eureka Seven movie is roughly 0.00004 kB/s, my list seems to be complete for now.
5: Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence
Ghost in the Shell Innocence: A world where everyone has a degree in philosophy, everything that can be made CGI has been done so and cyborgs roam the streets. It truly is one of the most imaginative and well-constructed settings I’ve seen in an anime. Not as good as the original but still good enough to deserve a vote.
4: Ghost in the Shell
The world of Ghost in the Shell is an amazing creation. Asides from kick-ass animation that still looks great today and a soundtrack to match anything else out there, it asks questions that you have try answer yourself. What is a human? How much of your body can you replace and still be a human? And can something else capable of human thoughts become human?
3: Howls Moving Castle
Out of all the Ghibli’s I’ve seen, heck compared to any form of entertainment I’ve seen, none can compare with Howls when it comes to a pure, fantastical fairy-tale. The creation of that castle, plodding across the landscape, always looking like it’s on the verge of total collapse, is one of the most amazing things I’ve ever seen in an anime.
2: Grave of the Fireflies
For years I believed I had a heart of stone. Shrivelled up inside, I tried watching all those classic tear-jerkers to no effect. I didn’t cry at Clannad, I didn’t cry at Air, I didn’t cry at Cowboy Bebop, I didn’t cry at Elfen Lied, I didn’t cry at frikken Bambi!
I cried at Grave of the Fireflies. For that alone it deserves my vote.
As one of the new generation of anime fans, I completely ignored Akira for ages. It was an old fella’s anime. You know, those people who would dismiss all newer anime, claiming that things were far better back in the day when nobody could animate properly and all ideas were fresh and un-cliche. Why this anime create an entire generation of anime fans, I didn’t care. But with the announcement of this survey I decided ‘What the heck’ and watched it. And I understood. Akira is amazing.
So what’s your votes going to?