matoko shinkai

Matoko Shinkai is WONDERFUL. You MUST WATCH HIS WORKS. They are masterpieces. Each frame is beautifully crafted and painstakingly put together by the team. The way sunlight and flourescent light is expressed, the colours and texture of each frames inserted with the beautiful soundtrack by Tenmon send tingles down my spine and made my hair stand.

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Matoko Shinkai was introduced to me by W via ‘Global Shinkai Day 2009’ a fansub website where the world could view his films for free to 28 February 2009 via CrunchyRoll.

Read about him here. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Makoto_Shinkai

In 5 Centimetres Per Second, the attentiveness to sights and sounds blew me off *kudos to the production team*. I was particularly awed by the train scenes. The train interior is wonderfully detailed, the fan on the ceiling of the train *found in the old trains serving rural areas*, the baggage compartment, handles, seats, the way the connecting joints between carriages moved, the water droplets on the windows and the way the characters behaved in the train is exactly as I had noticed in Hokkaido (Winter) last January. For instance, the lead character was so numbed with the pain of waiting, that the harsh winter wind through the open door was unnoticed. Another character sitting beside him (standing) pressed a button to close the door and shut out the cold *that happened to me coz i didn’t realise i could close the door*. It is simple but the juxtaposing of emotions with such simple acts say so much and at the same time brought out a subtleness that is part of the everyday Japanese life.

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Makoto Shinkai is hailed as the next Miyazaki. I guess what they meant was he would be the next BIG THING. In terms of themes and style of animation, he is different. For one, little tots would not be able to appreciate his films! He explores urban themes of time, loneliness, emptiness and lost promises. 5cm was the most painful of his films for me. W thinks its positive closure. What do you think?

Anime is a new found interest introduced to me by the Ultimate Anime Otaku aka the HUSBAND, W, who believes that every kid should be brought up on Anime *horror*. I KNOW he secretly harbours the thoughts and the days when he can share his life philosophy with our kids through NARUTO. Though i appreciate good anime and have a very deep respect for anime artists and directors, I have not progressed to THAT highest level yet but i do harbour dreams *amongst many others* of becoming an Anime Director so that I can create beautiful and meaningful films and put a twinkle to the human spirit.

Like design work, I like to believe that the entire process of creating an Anime must be so meaningful, intensifying and satisfying for the entire production team. Maybe someday, I’ll learn more about Anime illustration using photoshop and give it a shot *haha* but only as an Anime Artist.

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2 Responses to “matoko shinkai”

  1. bp Says:

    Have you seen his first work? “Voices of a Distant Star” (hoshi no koe), was done by himself, on his personal computer (a mac) in 8 mths. Art style is different from a lot of anime, but the story’s pretty good nonetheless…

    hm.. hope you’re feeling better from surgery, and glad to hear that W is taking good care of u ^_^

    bp.

  2. trainride Says:

    yes I did! it was beautiful. the concept of time and travel was amazing. using the handphone to relay a message over 8 years was painful but such a great idea.

    I am doing fine now :) how are u???

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