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Thu, 02 Jul 2009 18:01:22

Okay next up after Castle in the Sky comes Nausicca:

Nausicca

It's old so its not as flashy as later movies, but if you actually watch it and then watch Mononoke you will find many parellels. Miyazaki somehow makes a film about giant maurading insects, both meaningful and insightful. With his usual enviromentalism thrown in to boot.

It's all about imagination and delving into something completely different. Special mention should go to the vehicle designs which are hallmark. It has great pacing too, with the carefully handled villains who are more complicated than the usual fare.

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Fri, 03 Jul 2009 03:00:41
^You were spelling Nausicaä correctly before; what happened?!

And not directly related to Ghibli, but what did everyone think of Akira?  It's so often cited as a classic anime film, but I didn't really think much of it.

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Fri, 03 Jul 2009 04:29:01

gamingeek said:
Explain in more detail bud.

I'll try. It's been a while since I've given it much thought.

I can't recall if the movie explained Sophie's curse properly. The movie basically said that she had her youth stolen, which I understand, but at the same time, it's quite confusing. Because at times, she's either the old form you see for 75% of the movie, and other times, she's a grey haired, but regular looking Sophie. It's never explained how or why it's like this.

I did watch it in English though, so I have no idea if the Japanese version talks about this at all.

Yoda, I've seen Akira. I dug it, though the ending confused me a little. I should watch it again though.

But not now. I has Ghost in the Shell to watch.


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Fri, 03 Jul 2009 05:59:40

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^You were spelling Nausicaä correctly before; what happened?!

And not directly related to Ghibli, but what did everyone think of Akira?  It's so often cited as a classic anime film, but I didn't really think much of it.

One of the first animes I saw, and it's still one of my favourites. However it does have pacing problems IMO, and by God are they annoying after you've read the manga. The pacing is virtually no better than Steamboy.

As fro Howl I really enjoyed it. I can't actually remember if I saw it in English or Japanese, but you cannot not love a Ghibli film if you see at the cinema even if the dub is crap. They just look too amazing!

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Fri, 03 Jul 2009 09:20:06
howl's moving castle ... i basically love it just for the way it looks.  for the colours, for the imagery, for the animation.  i watched it both with japanese audio and english subs, and with the english soundtrack and in neither instance did it make perfect sense to me.  but it's visually orgasmic so...

i seriously couldn't see anywhere for them to go from howl, in terms of advancing the animation and i'm kind of glad Ponyo is sort of a step back in that respect, with it all being hand-drawn and not so advanced looking.

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Fri, 03 Jul 2009 09:57:27

Yodariquo said:
^You were spelling Nausicaä correctly before; what happened?!

And not directly related to Ghibli, but what did everyone think of Akira?  It's so often cited as a classic anime film, but I didn't really think much of it.

I can never remember.

Akira is good, I was fan back in the day when it launched, have the special edition on DVD. It's.... complicated sci fi stuff. For the time it was great. I think the films main draw is that it inspires your imagination to fill in the gaps and wonder what happens next.

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The pacing is virtually no better than Steamboy.

As fro Howl I really enjoyed it. I can't actually remember if I saw it in English or Japanese, but you cannot not love a Ghibli film if you see at the cinema even if the dub is crap. They just look too amazing!

Don't bad mouth Steamboy the pacing is incredible, a balls to the wall non-stop action sequence that lasts 45 minutes + at the end. It's breathless. Otomo rocks.

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howl's moving castle ... i basically love it just for the way it looks.  for the colours, for the imagery, for the animation.  i watched it both with japanese audio and english subs, and with the english soundtrack and in neither instance did it make perfect sense to me.  but it's visually orgasmic so...

i seriously couldn't see anywhere for them to go from howl, in terms of advancing the animation and i'm kind of glad Ponyo is sort of a step back in that respect, with it all being hand-drawn and not so advanced looking.

Yes, people who love Howl. If you guys have questions about the plot, what are they? Maybe we can find them online or I can answer from the book I read.

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Fri, 03 Jul 2009 10:02:37

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gamingeek said:
Explain in more detail bud.

I'll try. It's been a while since I've given it much thought.

I can't recall if the movie explained Sophie's curse properly. The movie basically said that she had her youth stolen, which I understand, but at the same time, it's quite confusing. Because at times, she's either the old form you see for 75% of the movie, and other times, she's a grey haired, but regular looking Sophie. It's never explained how or why it's like this.

I did watch it in English though, so I have no idea if the Japanese version talks about this at all. .


I took her age switching to be completely metaphorical. So at moments you could see her true face beneath the curse. It was just reminding us of who she was. Some of it happens in dream sequences too.

The problem with the english dub vs Japanese isn't translation, but performance and emotion. The english voice actors are dreadfully dull and monotone and in no way capture the raw emotion of the characters. Just like Mononoke...

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Fri, 03 Jul 2009 11:50:04

Now it gets really hard, I'm into the mid-range section where all films are difficult to separate. Now it becomes like giving a game an 8.5 or an 8.6

I'm going to tentatively put Porco Rosso here.

So Nausicaa, then Porco.

When I watched the japanese version, I found the film fairly flat, sometimes boring. It wasn't until I watched an hour of the better restored english dub dvd that I came to really enjoy it. I can't comment more till I go through the whole thing again, but it has that hard to define Miyazaki quality about it. Lots of little touches that make the film special.

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Fri, 03 Jul 2009 12:48:36

gamingeek said:

darthhomer said:

gamingeek said:
Explain in more detail bud.

I'll try. It's been a while since I've given it much thought.

I can't recall if the movie explained Sophie's curse properly. The movie basically said that she had her youth stolen, which I understand, but at the same time, it's quite confusing. Because at times, she's either the old form you see for 75% of the movie, and other times, she's a grey haired, but regular looking Sophie. It's never explained how or why it's like this.

I did watch it in English though, so I have no idea if the Japanese version talks about this at all. .


I took her age switching to be completely metaphorical. So at moments you could see her true face beneath the curse. It was just reminding us of who she was. Some of it happens in dream sequences too.

The problem with the english dub vs Japanese isn't translation, but performance and emotion. The english voice actors are dreadfully dull and monotone and in no way capture the raw emotion of the characters. Just like Mononoke...

Yup. That's exactly what I felt when watching Mononoke.

Shame though, movie is FAN-BLOODY-TASTIC otherwise.

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Fri, 03 Jul 2009 13:23:26
I really liked Steamboy, but the pacing is pretty terrible. There's very little connecting the action sequences and the other ones, and the action just sort of dies nearer the end from what I remember.

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Fri, 03 Jul 2009 14:03:39

Foolz said:
I really liked Steamboy, but the pacing is pretty terrible. There's very little connecting the action sequences and the other ones, and the action just sort of dies nearer the end from what I remember.

You remember it wrong. It starts slow, has an action scene on the train, then its slow for half an hour, then it has an action scene that lasts for 45 + minutes that runs right to the end of the film. Right up to the final reel.

darthhomer said:

gamingeek said:

darthhomer said:

gamingeek said:
Explain in more detail bud.

I'll try. It's been a while since I've given it much thought.

I can't recall if the movie explained Sophie's curse properly. The movie basically said that she had her youth stolen, which I understand, but at the same time, it's quite confusing. Because at times, she's either the old form you see for 75% of the movie, and other times, she's a grey haired, but regular looking Sophie. It's never explained how or why it's like this.

I did watch it in English though, so I have no idea if the Japanese version talks about this at all. .


I took her age switching to be completely metaphorical. So at moments you could see her true face beneath the curse. It was just reminding us of who she was. Some of it happens in dream sequences too.

The problem with the english dub vs Japanese isn't translation, but performance and emotion. The english voice actors are dreadfully dull and monotone and in no way capture the raw emotion of the characters. Just like Mononoke...

Yup. That's exactly what I felt when watching Mononoke.

Shame though, movie is FAN-BLOODY-TASTIC otherwise.

Claire Danes: "I'm gonna cut your throat huuu-man."

Me: "Oh Goooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooood."

Not only that they put this rubbish sound distortion over the wolf characters. Minnie Driver didn't capture the character either, she played it like stereotypically villainess.

Just watch the japanese dub. The Spirited Away english version is great though.

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Fri, 03 Jul 2009 14:06:55
Claire Danes?! Is that a pornstar?
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Claire Danes?! Is that a pornstar?

Terminator 3. Not the terminator.

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Fri, 03 Jul 2009 19:51:32

http://www.yesasia.com/us/ponyo-on-the-cliff-by-the-sea-dvd-normal-edition-english-subtitled/1019607726-0-0-0-en/info.html

I'm thinking of doing the unthinkable and paying £32 / $54 for a normal edition dvd.

Ponyo. I have been waiting for something like 9-10 months since seeing it to get it on dvd but f******** Disney have made Ghibli delay the dvd release as usual and there is no affordable HK dvd release availible.

It's not even out in US cinemas till August I think, but I can get the Japan dvd with english subs Region 2.

It's out TODAY.

Do you guys think I can flog a dvd on ebay for that much after watching it again? Sad

EDIT:

Oh shoot, I went and did it. This is what you do to me Disney! There is no cancelling or returning this item according to the site. Should be with me by the end of July, but hopefully sooner.

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Fri, 03 Jul 2009 23:53:44
32 quid well spent gg.  have no worries mate

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Sat, 04 Jul 2009 02:46:12
Ponyo still not out here.

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Sat, 04 Jul 2009 07:58:50
Details might be wrong, but I remember the pacing being crap. Nyaa 

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Sat, 04 Jul 2009 16:19:42

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32 quid well spent gg.  have no worries mate

That's as much as a new game. When it comes out on dvd in europe or on HK dvd I will be hurting.

I'm going to watch it and ebay it to recoup the costs.

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Mon, 06 Jul 2009 11:38:40


Ponyo has shipped! Ponyo is coming home!

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Wed, 08 Jul 2009 02:59:12
I've got Grave of the Fireflies on its way from Amazon.  There was a new edition released for $19.49 instead of before it was only available from a reseller or used from places for like $60 or more.

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