Oh, I hear your voices already. “Bless, you’ve already sold out to straight-up lazy clickbait titles and topics?” “So you only really care about views after all—I thought you were different!” “Umm…you do remember that you do end of season rankings, right?”
To which I say, “Ha! Fooled ya!”
I’ll admit this is a title straight up designed to get people to click, but I promise you it’s not for my own affirmation—it’s for something bigger. Namely, the Animator Expo. Now, I’m not a exactly a sakuga buff or a huge industry nerd, but I am invested in this industry and the places it’s going. And I think that path is set out before in the shape of this project. And I honestly think it’s important people take notice. So I went for the hot sell; the easy-in; the rope ’em up strategy. All to get people to watch a weird 7-minute short about a pair of dorky sisters.
Talking about Animator Expo gives me a really easy choice of bonus content for the week. I’ve actually slowly been reviewing the whole project (up through #20 now!), other than on Twitter I’ve not put down in solid writing what my top favorite of the project have been. With only a few shorts left (and two of them being pure CGI), I have a sneaking suspicion this could be my final lineup. Sadly, a number of my favorite are already down—sorry.
“tomorrow from there.” – Basically the perfect mix of wistfulness, young adult melancholy, and hope. Throw a gorgeous song on top and you got my favorite short of the Expo.
“Kanón” – Utterly fascinating conceptually, based on a play I desperately want to read and still haven’t been able to track down. God, creation, and man…it’s all in here, and treated with an inquisitive, tongue-in-cheek humor/respect that makes it super fun to watch.
“I Can Friday by day!” – Back to my normal aesthetic wheelhouse for this one; that is, bright colors, cute designs, and a charming story base that uses both the bittersweetness of high school and the drama of war in one pop song-boosted ride.
“Endless Night” – The darling of critical Anitwitter, and for good reason. A lavishly-stylized, ultra-compact, music-driven story of one boy’s journey to the top of the figure skating world. There’s really not much you can’t love.
“Bubu and Bubulina” – Starts out quirky, hits touching in the middle, goes back to quirky at the end. Not the best animated, but probably my favorite anime of anything the project’s done because of how it’s used. Also, great, great, great soundtrack.
“20min Walk” – Another one with a unique artstyle, used in the service of a story where a woman shrinks to a tiny size and her boyfriend/husband thinks she’s a cockroach, which is gross, but fun to watch happen.
“Dragon Dentist” – The project’s inaugural short, it hit on a lot of neat points and although it seemed more like ‘standard anime,’ then some of the things that would come later, it was still aesthetically impressive and a very good watch.
“YAMADELOID” – So much color, so much cheese! About a samurai-type guy who was also maybe a robot and the background song was absolutely ridiculous.
“Diary of Ochibi-san” – Probably the most experimental short of the project in combining stop motion animation along with traditional 2D animation. I believe the production artifacts are still available on the website, so check them out.
“Bureau of Proto Society” – Basically one elaborate anime-fandom in-joke. And yeah…I laughed pretty hard at it.
“Hammerhead” (a bit too gritty for me to love), “Iconic Field” (listen ridiculous puberty-mecha fusion shows just appeal to me for some reason), “Ibuseki Yoruni” (didn’t really get it, didn’t really need to get it, although I’d like to), “Power Plant no.33” (fantastic setting, wish the core story concept had been a bit different than a big battle).
So, yes, I hope you will all become educated anime fans and check out the Expo shorts. If you need places to start…well, that’s what I wrote these two posts for!
8 thoughts on “Aniwords – What’s the Best Anime of the Season?”
You thought you’d troll the CR crowd but they are determined to talk about the best anime of the season anyway in the comments. 😛 (It’s School-Live!)
Normally, I avoid anything connected with the name Hideaki Anno like the plague. (I try to make up for his rabid fans by hating him with the fire of a thousand suns.) (Seriously, I will NEVER forgive that man for Evangelion.) But I suppose I can give some of these a try.
If it makes a difference, Anno’s directly involved with very few of these! The majority of them are just cool people doing their own creative thing.
Ok so I watched Girl, which was very weird, but kinda pretty. Also watched Kanon which… wow. Just. No words. That was amazing. Everyone should watch it.
Will probably watch a few more tomorrow.
Yeah, Kanón is incredible. If tomorrow from there. wasn’t just so stunning applicable to my current like, Kanón would be on top by such a huge margin…it looks great, and is stunningly intelligent. I am super glad you liked it.
Well, after watching 2 more (tomorrow from there and I can Friday by Day) I have to say I am disenchanted. These are all right if you’re really into the actual technical animation aspect of it all, but I’m not. I love anime for the quality of its storytelling. The animation is just a tool. Other than Kanon, the other 3 shorts I watched have no real storytelling. Just a lot of imagery. I get nothing from them. I honestly just want to be drawn into a story and shorts like this don’t do that.
In that case, definitely try out Bubu and Bubulina! I really dig aesthetically-powered stuff, so tomorrow from there. and I Can Friday by day! are totally my thing.
I’m at work right now, but I can see if I can dig out some more of the story-based shorts for you when I get home. 🙂
And once again, I really wish that MAL listed these shorts individually, instead of having them all assigned under the Anime Expo label. It seems rather silly to ask us to apply a single collective 1-10 rating for the entire series of 30+ shorts, when they basically have nothing in common with each other besides all being under the same project umbrella.
Yeah, that really is dumb. Plus, what if you don’t care to watch all of them (you shouldn’t, because not all of them are worthy of your time)?