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buzz wrote (edited )

I watched some pretty popular and acclaimed japanese animated movies this week:

  • Satoshi Kon's Perfect Blue (1997)

This was nice, i saw great similarities with the last season of Bojack which i imagine was heavily inspired by this work (but Kon can perform it a lot better). It took me a while to understand the plot, and for a while after the film I was left in a state of delirium or just like thinking about things all weird. Highly recommend this watch, but CW on rape and violence.

  • Mamoru Oshii Ghost in the Shell (1995)

A good piece, however again I was a bit behind on the plot because of all the section X and Y things that I couldn't work out through subtitling (kind of like when I watched Akira) . The built environment was very nice though.

  • Hayao Miyazaki's Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984)

Very good watch, even though it predecessors Castle in the Sky and Princess Mononoke it felt very much like a nice mix of the two. Surrounds real and interesting issues of environmental collapse and the nature of states orchestrating it well, creates really beautiful environments, and ends happy.

A discussion I want to make is surrounding the nature of dubbing and subbing foreign media: do you prefer it, are you against it, is it legitimate? I prefer subs over dubs mainly because I find it goes against artistic intention, and, since most dubs are done by americans, it turns the characters white which I don't want. However, subbing does take away from the ability to consume the media, and limits comprehension of the work. I imagine as well for people with certain disabilities or differing comprehensions of certain languages subbing is good and necessary.


Freux wrote

Perfect Blue is amazing! It's a real shame Satoshi Kon died so early, I've enjoy is work more than Miyazaki's. Ghost in the Shell was alright as far as I remember. I haven't watch Nausicaä but I did enjoy Princess Mononoke so I should take a look.

For the discussion about dubs and subs, you should make a separated thread so more people can see it. Probably on f/AskRaddle