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    jamie1990 is offline Senior Member Always Around
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    Default Best animation you've ever seen

    I'm interested to see what you people consider important in animation. Do you look for fluidity above all else? or perhaps realism? depth of detail? creativity and ingenuity? a wild sense of energy and dynamism? or a balanced and controlled sense of proportion and order? Maybe you consider animation of much lesser importance to the colours, backgrounds, character designs, scene composition, etc.?

    Feel free to post examples of which anime or cartoons demonstrate what you appreciate most or even which studios you think produce the best work. Youtube links would be cool if possible.

    I enjoy most of these things. Masses of detail like in Ghibli films can be enthralling, but so can careful attention to movement such as in disney films. But I do have a special soft spot for energy and dynamism. Take this senior animator whose works I have been enjoying quite a lot recently called hiroyuki Imaishi: YouTube - 今石洋之MAD
    I think it's because everything is so vivid I can become completely enthralled by it easily, though I imagine some people will find it too exaggerated. He directed Gurren Lagann incase any of you were thinking of watching that.

    I might post one or two more examples of things I like but really I'm interested in what you guys like most of all and what things have made an impression on you.

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    I think Ninja Scroll still holds up well.

    YouTube - Ninja Scroll Trailer

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    Believe it (no pun intended) or not... theres ONE episode of Naruto thats absolutely amazingly animated.

    YouTube - Naruto ep 133 1/3
    YouTube - Naruto ep 133 2/3

    Then theres the final fight in Grenadier...

    YouTube - grenadier gun-kata

    And thats all I can think of right now.

    I guess its obvious that the most compelling fights to me are the ones that are the most fluid. No repeated scenes no reused cells. Just pure flow of battle.


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    For theatrical releases, I'd have to say any of Makoto Shinkai's work, especially his latest one.

    http://randomc.animeblogger.net/imag...Large%2001.jpg
    http://www.thefinalepisodes.com/pics...cm_teaser2.jpg
    http://absolutelysugarfree.com/images/5cm_12.jpg
    http://img143.imageshack.us/img143/3...10303003gt.jpg

    Just absolute realism and shininess.

    As for TV series anime, I'd have to say most anything recent by Kyoto Animation, especially Haruhi.

    Screencaps are a bit hard to find on Google actually, but I'm sure you've all seen the anime.


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    Pretty cool topic, I've been thinking about animation stuff recently myself. First thing that comes to mind when I watch something is whether or not it fits into the the feel/mood of the story. Basically I categorize things and usually have preferred taste for certain genres. I usually take almost everything into account, fluidity, the area, character designs, backgrounds, lighting, voice acting, how well the characters blend in with their suroundings, and much more. It's really hard to say which is the best since each has their own style and I appreciate them all differently and for different reasons.

    Series or Movies where I really liked the animations would be(which you haven't already mentioned and or was in that link you put) :
    5 Centimeters Per Second
    The Place Promised in our Early Days
    KARAS
    Mnemosyne
    Ergo Proxy
    Tokyo Majin Gakuen Kenpucho
    Princess Mononoke
    The Girl Who Leapt Through Time
    Paprika
    Vampire Hunter D Bloodlust
    Night Wizard
    Zone of the Enders Movie
    Read or Die OVAs
    Seirei no Moribito

    Other things but too lazy to get the links
    Perfect Blue
    Basilisk
    Kenshin OVAs
    Baccano
    Blood +
    Escaflowne The Movie
    EUreka Seven
    Darker Than Black
    Shuffle!
    Gantz
    Gundam Wing
    Cowboy Bebop and the movie
    Samurai Champloo

    A few random ones but I thought they were good. I'm sure not everyone would agree, but it's just my list, and there's probably more but that's just what I can think of. >_>

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    Actually I'd probably have to say 5 Centimeters Per Second because in nearly every scene you could just take a screencap and use it as a wallpaper. But the rest are still note worthy.
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    An important factor in animation would be how it flows, where no hesitaions occur and it transacts through the next scene quickly and yet not instantly. Norio Matsumoto's work is a excellent example of great animation.

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    Paprika was good. I tried to watch it on my comp in 720p but my comp sucked and I had to watch it choppy.


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    Hmmm... For me, my preferences are on plot intricacies and/or action scenes, level of animation and amount of creativity involved. Favorite animations so far:

    Karas had me hanging my jaw out due to it's awesome level of animation and action. The plot was a little confusing at first, but I managed to piece things together after repeatedly watching the episodes. There's also Howl's Moving Castle and Princess Monoke by Hayao Miyazaki, love the story portrayal and depth, and I look forward to viewing the rest of his works. Steamboy is also cool, it's quite on par with Hayao Miyazaki's works.

    Last to mention is Afro Samurai, starring Samuel L. Jackson as the main character. We got M*****F****** samurais in this M*****F****** wasteland!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Henchy432 View Post
    I think Ninja Scroll still holds up well.

    YouTube - Ninja Scroll Trailer
    Agreed. Still one of my favourite films ever. Great action scenes.
    Quote Originally Posted by be0wulf View Post
    For theatrical releases, I'd have to say any of Makoto Shinkai's work, especially his latest one.

    http://randomc.animeblogger.net/imag...Large%2001.jpg
    http://www.thefinalepisodes.com/pics...cm_teaser2.jpg
    http://absolutelysugarfree.com/images/5cm_12.jpg
    http://img143.imageshack.us/img143/3...10303003gt.jpg

    Just absolute realism and shininess.

    As for TV series anime, I'd have to say most anything recent by Kyoto Animation, especially Haruhi.

    Screencaps are a bit hard to find on Google actually, but I'm sure you've all seen the anime.
    Oh now that's very interesting. I always thought that what was most impressive about Makoto Shinkai's works were the idealistic CG backgrounds and lighting. Is the animation really good as well?

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    Final Fantasy. But its computer animation .

 

 
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