Monday, February 15, 2010

Episode #54 – 5 Centimeters Per Second

500x300 doesn't do it justice.

Originally recorded January 30, 2010.

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Opening song: 5 Centimeters Per Second trailer
Ending Song: Stockholm Syndrome (Florio003 8bit version) by Muse


Anonymous said...

The movie gives me very mixed feelings. It's great, yes, but I can't exactly say I intend to re-watch it on a regular basis. Bittersweet stuff, particularly in a semi-realistic context, can be hard to digest. Still, it is something people should watch.

Also, it's kind of unfair to compare almost any movie to your average TV series, particularly as far as animation and production quality are concerned. In the realm of animation, I would say there's a decent amount of competition once you move past the limitations of a weekly format.

I'd also question the statement that there is no expectation of making money involved in the director's projects. I don't know enough about the guy to say what's in his head. I just doubt success isn't a factor. At least not by this point in time, when more or less the same core message is being reinterpreted and remixed over and over again. Don't get me wrong...they're all good pieces of animation and each of his projects is distinct enough in terms of settings and details, of course, but I wish the director moved away from his comfort zone already. If one's cynical enough, you could call him predictable, though even that doesn't make him less admirable within his field. It's just a matter of preference.

Anonymous said...

You are right regarding animation and limitations a normal studio faces regarding the weekly time span. I don't remember exactly what I said, but I wasn't trying to compare it with most weekly TV series. I just think that there aren't enough titles, especially modern, that have as much beauty and detail such as this.

I'm sure there is still an expectation of making money, what we're saying is that it wasn't made just for the sake OF money. There are a lot of people who make things like sequels to popular shows or spinoffs and feed them to a hungry public just so they can make a quick buck. They don't eye their quality closely so the produced result is often something mediocre and lackluster.

Makoto might repeat the same ideas in his movies. I personally don't know since I have yet to watch his other works. However it seems to me that well known directors all play around their strong point. Satoshi Kon and his blurring the lines between dream and reality and a crazy fantasy setting with childlike themes for Miyazaki. As you said, it's not really a bad thing. Makoto might be different though. I don't want to say people never change so even though I think it is unlikely that Makoto will change his style, it's still a possibility.