The answer is not where I was about a month prior to now. Sorry about the absence, but life’s been pretty cray cray recently.
… okay, doesn’t explain the few months I wasn’t tumbling with the rest of you. That I have to hand wave away by saying that I’m just awful at this whole social media thing.
Anyway, I’ve been doing the whole education thing again. I’m currently enrolled in art school and it’s been pretty much non-stop since it started. Supposedly things will settle down once we get past the cram of catching everyone up with the basics, but regardless, it’s taking up a lot of my time. Very much worth it though, I’m having a blast. It’s just really great feeling like I’m doing something with my life again.
However, this did mean moving to a new city, which also meant not having much internet access for a few weeks. Currently that’s a bit more stable, but that’s likely to change in a few weeks. I’m currently renting out a room at my Aunt’s house, but I’ll be moving into my own place (hopefully) in a matter of weeks.
Things are still a bit hectic and stressful right now, but they’re slowly starting to settle. I hope to have some art to throw up online soon, even if it’s just a series of dumb art diary sketches.
Oh god I saw this a long time ago and just now got it.
OH MY FUCKING GOD THIS IS THE WORST THING EVER
WHAT I DON’T GET IT
I don’t get it. D: Is it a masturbating joke/thingy?
The implication here is that the three kittens were killed by tossing them in a sack and throwing them in a river.
Ahh, gotta love the classics. So wholesome.
I don’t want it; I don’t need it.
this scene is even more creepy when you realize Spirited Away was a metaphor for the sex industry in Japan
OH FOR FUCK’S SAKE!
NO IT WASN’T, YOU JACKASSES!
"Totoro’s about dead girls!"
"Spirited Away is about sex!"
You know what I hear?
"Maybe if I make up something that sounds smart, people will think I’m smart, even if it’s a complete fucking lie!”
Hayao Miyazaki is a man of values. He’s a man who believes in the innocence of childhood and has a wonderful imagination. He believes in simplicity, kindness, the beauty of nature, and the old ways. He draws on these beliefs and his personal experiences when he makes movies.
Spirited Away was made for some friends of Miyazaki’s. Specifically, the ten-year-old daughters of some friends he invited to stay at his vacation home. It’s fairly common for Miyazaki to decide that he’s going to make movies targeted at a specific age group. Ponyo is for five-year-olds. Spirited Away is meant for ten-year-old girls, but enjoyed by a much wider audience.
I repeat, SPIRITED AWAY WAS MADE FOR TEN-YEAR-OLD GIRLS.
The bathhouse? Not a brothel. Based on a bathhouse in his home town, which he thought was a place of mystery and wonder when he was a kid. That scene where the bathhouse staff has to clean the polluted river spirit? Based on Miyazaki’s own experiences of a town coming together to clean up a river. This scene? It’s about Chihiro not being greedy, because Chihiro is a positive role-model for ten-year-old girls.
The themes of Spirited Away are courage, strength of character, and individuality. ESPECIALLY individuality. That thing where Yubaba takes away peoples’ names and changes their species? That’s her taking away their individuality. Chihiro’s parents are now pigs, not people. Haku’s name has been shortened so he forgets who he is. When Yubaba changes Chihiro’s name, the only Kanji she leaves spell out “Sen”, the Japanese word for “one thousand”, meaning Chihiro is just another pawn of Yubaba’s, not her own person.
You want to seem cool and intelligent? Talk about the movie’s actual themes. Don’t make up this shock-value bullshit for attention.
You stupid motherfuckers.
FUCKING THANK YOU. I get so fucking sick of this shit, stupid motherfuckers trying to pervert movies by claiming there’s dark twisted themes in films where they don’t exist. How about discussing how Chihiro was offered gold and turned it down because she needed to help Haku instead? She turned down a ton of gold to save a friend. THAT’S SOME PRETTY NOBLE SHIT RIGHT THERE, instead of the fucking brothel lies.
Why isn’t anything ever good enough as it already is?
Depth is one thing, and searching for hidden meaning is fantastic. I love analysis. But trying to find depth by making every goddamn thing a product of your cynicism just gets really fucking old.
Why do we take imaginative worlds and stories and act like all the magic and wonder in them is a result of some sort of mental problem? Why do we take stories about innocence and always turn them into stories about the loss of it? Why do we inject bad into everything good?
Also, I remember reading that Miyazaki himself really dislikes when people make his movies darker than they actually are. He was legitimately upset about the spread of the rumor that My Neighbor Totoro was all a big allegory for death. Conjecture is one thing, but when you change the ENTIRE point of a movie and then spread that like it’s a fact, I feel you’re disrespecting the original work and you should stop.
I love posts like this that level up and get better every time you see them, like Aw I remember you when you were just a little gif post no bigger than like 2 paragraphs and now look at you, you’ve grown up so big and strong
Thank you thank you THANK YOU. People do this all the time with pretty much anything aimed at children or the whole family and it bothers me so. much. Especially when one animator sneaks something dirty into a kid’s film, suddenly everyone working on the movie is ~subliminally brainwashing children with twisted messages and filth~, no, it can’t be just one dude being juvenile. Give me a break. I once had to slam this one guy who I met in art school who was certain that Disney movies are overtly sexual so that little girls will someday sleep with the old executives who make them among lots of other things. I’m not kidding. I can’t make this up.
What astounds me the most is that most of the people who talk like this get really insistent and defensive of their opinion even when it becomes clear that they have no facts to back themselves up like the person they’re arguing with does. Dudes, just admit you have no idea what you’re talking about. And get it into your heads that a lot of filmmakers really do just want to spread wonder and imagination and creativity. Imagination is not just for the depraved.
At what point does individual interpretation come into it though? Isn’t one of the wonderful things about art how people can look at a work and take away completely different messages from it?
No disrespect to Miyazaki, the man’s a genius and his movies are gorgeous, and I completely understand and respect his intended themes and messages. But does author intention supercede anything that an individual person might take away from the film? If that’s the case, does that mean that whenever we get “word of god” messages about how a piece should be viewed, that we should stop all discussion and just accept that as the only way to interpret a piece? Does that mean that I’m not allowed to interpret Deckard as being a human in Blade Runner?
If this is just a critique on people putting words into Miyazaki’s mouth to justify their personal interpretations of his films, fine, that’s not cool. But if this is about getting angry at people because they choose to take something out of a piece of art that you don’t see and telling them that they are wrong, then I’m not sure I can agree with you.
I’m not a fan of a lot of grimdark interpretations myself, but that in no way means that my own interpretation is inherently better than anyone else’s. Your argument as to why Spirited Away is a simple fairy tale to inspire children towards good and honest traits should stand on it’s own argument, on the evidence that you present to us, the readers. If the crux of your argument is that “this other viewpoint is stupid and I don’t like it”, then you have a poor argument.
People are looking at this film and thinking about it. It’s engaging them beyond just entertaining them with pretty visuals and pleasant sounds. That is awesome. In the words of Chuck of SFDebris, thinking should never be the enemy. I refuse to believe that thinking about a piece of art is a bad thing, no matter how unpalatable the message the thinker comes up with is to me personally, no matter how their thoughts differ from artist intent.
(Source: inuchi, via maiden-of-ghosts)
Okay, wait a minute here.
Why is Gurren Lagann listed on the post-moe side? Because that’s implying that Gurren Lagann is not absolutely balls to the walls awesome. Which it is.
Okay, sure, I concede that the style is a huge departure from the Wings of Honnêamise example used next to it. But there’s a reason for that. Gurren Lagann is very much tongue-in-cheek and the loose, more cartoonish style very much complements that. It’s dramatic and overblown, and it has mech designs that look like this:
For that matter, this list seems to imply that all these studios now do is just purely cutesy-poo anime hornswoggle, which just isn’t true. Yes, that style is far more prevalent these days, and we’ve lost the rougher look that came from the pre-digital animation days. I’m not going to say that your tastes are wrong and that the big googly eyes on little girly girl characters are the best thing that have happened to the medium.
But sweeping entire studios under the bus with a broad generalisation? That’s a bit unfair. Yes, there is a lot of dumb, dumb stuff with big eyed sexualised little girls now days. But there are some fantastic series’ that have aired in recent years, lobbing it all in the “moe” years and assuming it’s terrible is doing it a great disservice.
Let us not forget that the pre “moe” years had some… issues as well.
(Source: bewareofmpreg, via morbidmusing)