It’s Friday…Friday…Gonna get down on Friday.
Oh hey! I didn’t see you there. Sorry for my obtrusive singing voice. I’ve never been particularly good at singing but I do enjoy singing in the car or when I am at home making a fool of myself. I’m just glad we have finally made it to the end of the week. Time is just flying by now that we have daylight until 9 PM (PST). I’m located in good ol’ Oregon. Where is everyone else located? I haven’t asked many personal questions of you my pandas. Mainly just about anime and other otaku related content but I want to know more about all of you! (Just drop your location in the comments section) 😉
Today’s anime post is brought to you by me! Eevee Luna (who has no life and always wants to talk about anime, or Japan, or whatever else my brain can conjure up). Man, I really am a loser.
I swear I have a social life outside of the interwebs. I work most of the time and if I am not at home I am off on some random adventure. I was going to say “grand” but my current financial situation doesn’t take me very far. Maybe to the movies once and awhile but that’s really about it.
Speaking of movies…I am writing this post to talk to you guys about some awesome fantasy anime films that I think you all need to sit down and watch. Yes, I am talking to you. You the one who is reading this post unbeknownst to me. Sometimes I don’t even know what I am doing with my life anymore. Maybe that’s why I joined the blogging community? I gotta have a creative outlet somewhere.
Anydoodle…Lets get into these fantasy films!
Hoshi wo Ou Kodomo (Children Who Chase Lost Voices)
Of course I love this film. I mean it was created and directed by Makoto Shinkai. You know…the wonderful creator of Your Name, 5 Centimeters Per Second, and The Garden of Words. I feel like Children Who Chase Lost Voices gets a little overlooked. I didn’t even know about this film until I decided to randomly buy it off of Rightstufanime.com, but I am so very glad I did. This film is all about fantasy and doing anything to bring back the one you love. It is a beautifully done film and really dives into the aspects of life and death. Two very complex subjects that people should explore more. I highly recommend this film to anyone looking an action adventure with some “feels” mixed in.
“Strange sounds in the darkness… Unearthly music from an old crystal radio… These are all the warning Asuna Watase has before a simple walk to her clubhouse catapults her into a nightmarish adventure that will take her beneath the Earth to a lost land beyond the realm of legend! Attacked by a strange monstrous creature, rescued by a mysterious stranger and pursued by a relentless enemy, Asuna finds herself enmeshed in a centuries old mystery that will bind her to a strange young defender and lead her inevitably, towards a secret that may hold the key to life itself!”
Bakemono no Ko (The Boy and the Beast)
Oh look! It’s another amazing director creating us fans a killer action packed fantasy film. The Boy and the Beast is done by Mamoru Hosoda who also created The Girl Who Leapt Through Time and Summer Wars. This film is just as good and totally needs to be on everyone’s watch list. If you have seen the other two films, but not The Boy and the Beast then you need to stop what you are doing and go watch this! It’s got heart and action and supernatural elements that really bring the film full circle.
“Bakemono no Ko is the tale of a boy and a beast: both lonely, both stubborn, and both strong. For nine-year-old Ren, things could hardly be worse. His mother has passed away in a traffic accident, his father is nowhere to be found, and his extended family is cold and distant. Desperate, Ren runs away to the mean streets of Shibuya to try and survive on his own.
In the beast realm of Shibuten, the fierce warrior Kumatetsu is certainly feared, but not especially liked or respected. When the Lord decides to retire and become a God, Kumatetsu would be a natural candidate to replace him; he and the noble Lord Iouzan are the two strongest in the land. But Kumatetsu is so anti-social he’s never even managed to hold on to a disciple. And until he proves he can, he’ll never be a serious contender.
When Ren gets lost in a maze of alleyways and finds himself in the strange land of Shibuten, fate brings these two stubborn and fierce-willed souls together, and Kumatestu re-names the boy “Kyuuta.” Each of them has much they can teach the other, but where these two are concerned, nothing is going to be easy. As Kyuuta adjusts to his new home he finds himself torn between two worlds—two worlds that are far less separate than either the Boy or the Beast realizes.”
Ookami Kodomo no Ame to Yuki (Wolf Children)
I probably should have mentioned that Mamoru Hosoda also made Wolf Children. Tehehe. My bad.
I wanted to talk about Wolf Children all on its own. This is one of my all time favorite anime films. The art, the story, the characters, and the “feels.” Oh man the feels. It makes me cry every time I watch it. I am such a little cry baby. Always have been and I always will be. But this anime film is EVERYTHING! I recommend this to everyone (and I mean everyone even if they aren’t into anime). I feel like a lot of people can relate to this film (for the most part anyways). Anything that has to do with love and growing up is rated high on my list.
“Hana, a hard-working college student, falls in love with a mysterious man who attends one of her classes though he is not an actual student. As it turns out, he is not truly human either. On a full moon night, he transforms, revealing that he is the last werewolf alive. Despite this, Hana’s love remains strong, and the two ultimately decide to start a family.
Hana gives birth to two healthy children—Ame, born during rainfall, and Yuki, born during snowfall—both possessing the ability to turn into wolves, a trait inherited from their father. All too soon, however, the sudden death of her lover devastates Hana’s life, leaving her to raise a peculiar family completely on her own. The stress of raising her wild-natured children in a densely populated city, all while keeping their identity a secret, culminates in a decision to move to the countryside, where she hopes Ame and Yuki can live a life free from the judgments of society. Wolf Children is the heartwarming story about the challenges of being a single mother in an unforgiving modern world.”
Omoide no Marnie (When Marnie Was There)
This film was created by Studio Ghibli but not directed by Miyazaki. It was created and directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi. This anime film is more on the drama side but also has elements of fantasy. It isn’t heavy fantasy like the other ones I have mentioned above but I still enjoyed in none the less. I think you guys will too! It is done very well and of course it would be. It is a Ghibli staple! Anything that comes out of Studio Ghibli is freaking great.
“Suffering from frequent asthma attacks, young Anna Sasaki is quiet, unsociable, and isolated from her peers, causing her foster parent endless worry. Upon recommendation by the doctor, Anna is sent to the countryside, in hope that the cleaner air and more relaxing lifestyle will improve her health and help clear her mind. Engaging in her passion for sketching, Anna spends her summer days living with her aunt and uncle in a small town near the sea.
One day while wandering outside, Anna discovers an abandoned mansion known as the Marsh House. However, she soon finds that the residence isn’t as vacant as it appears to be, running into a mysterious girl named Marnie. Marnie’s bubbly demeanor slowly begins to draw Anna out of her shell as she returns night after night to meet with her new friend. But it seems there is more to the strange girl than meets the eye—as her time in the town nears its end, Anna begins to discover the truth behind the walls of the Marsh House.
Omoide no Marnie tells the touching story of a young girl’s journey through self-discovery and friendship, and the summer that she will remember for the rest of her life.”
An anime film that mixes fantasy, horror, mystery/thriller, and psychological? No way?! Yes way! That is the anime film Paprika. Think of this as the anime version of the movie Inception. Technically this film came out before then, but of course anime films don’t get the hype that regular Hollywood movies do. I got to watch Paprika not that long ago and I loved every freaking minute of it! It’s hard to wrap your head around at first but once you grasp the general idea of the film it makes more sense as you watch it. If you want a little bit of everything mixed in for your general viewing pleasure then watch Paprika! Fair warning this anime is rated R+ for a more mature viewing audience. Just wanted to give you guys a heads up.
“In the real world, she is the renowned and highly intelligent Dr. Atsuko Chiba. In the dream world, she is the spunky redhead Paprika. Thanks to a new technology developed at Chiba’s lab called a DC Mini, Paprika is able to jump into people’s dreams with the ease of a driver switching lanes. The dream machine allows her to see into the dreamers’ deepest thoughts by entering and analyzing their dreams, then using that information to resolve emotional and psychological issues. Even the inventors aren’t sure of the true extent of the power of the DC Mini.
Just imagine the world of good this kind of technology can do… unless it falls into the wrong hands.
A prototype DC Mini has been stolen, and Paprika is on the case. It’s up to this dream detective to track down and stop the thief through the psychedelic backdrop of people’s dreams. Paprika will need to hurry, before the dream machine does some serious damage.”
What are some of your favorite anime fantasy films? Have you seen the ones on this list? If so let me know in the comments section! If you haven’t then which ones will you be watching? I would love to hear all of your thoughts and comments.
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