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2020-01-23 08:43

Watched the anime Miss Hokusai (2015) in bits and pieces over the past few days on Netflix. It's an episodic story, so it actually wasn't too bothersome to stop it between scenes and come back to the next scene later in the day or the next day. Based on a manga, which I have not read but am curious to see, by Hinako Sigiura, it is a historical fiction about O-Ei, daughter of the famous artist Hokusai, herself an artist. She lives with him and another (male) student in Edo. The movie is a variety of episodes from her perspective as she interacts with different people, makes art, and cares for her younger blind sister. It's a quiet anime, interspersed with nature and simple interactions, but also punctuated by mythological fantasies that all seem to be drawn from work by Hokusai (at least the ones that I recognized). The animation is nice though it is occasionally marred by the use of computer 3d imagery to show movement through the landscape (through the streets, under a bridge) that are just a little too stiff and digital to work with the softer animation used for the characters. It always threw me out of the moment when those scenes occurred. I have no concept about the historical reality of the protagonist (though she did exist) nor how the movie relates to the manga.

I enjoyed it, especially scenes between O-Ei and the younger blind sister, where O-Ei describes their surroundings to her, or they discuss the input of her other senses (the sounds and smells, the feel of snow).

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2019-11-24 12:35

I started watching Turn A Gundam yesterday, trying to slow watch it, so 1 episode yesterday and 1 today. It's definitely a weird one, apparently not super popular with the fans, but I've read good reviews of it, which made me think it was one for me. It starts with three kids landing in a mobile suit and then going their separate ways into a world that is sort of Victorian, sort of industrialized... with airships and prop planes and old looking cars, but still horse drawn carriages, I guess it's kind of steam punk but a lot more restrained in the technology and style.

This was the last Gundam series done with traditional cell animation so it's still got that bright, hand-drawn, style that gives it so much more warmth than digital animation.

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