March 18, 2013
Best Anime Movies For A Friday Night
Okay, I get it. It’s Friday night and you don’t want to go out of the house. You just want to have a cool, calm and relaxed night in your pajamas on the couch for a change, instead of shuffling with the nightlife of the city. I see your point and it’s quite a valid one. Stay in the house, buddy. People forget how to drive once they get a sight of the moon, anyhow. It’s a good choice, my friend.
Tonight you are probably in the mood for something a little different, something out of the ordinary, something like anime. Sure you probably haven’t touched the subject of anime since Ghost in the Shell or Spirited Away and you probably think that the rest of the Japanese flicks are just plain weird. To that, I say you would be right, you little genius.
You probably want to give anime another go, but probably don’t know where to start. Don’t worry! I know there’s a sea of crazy hair and tentacles out there, but I am here to guide you through the storm. And if you are an avid anime watcher, then shhhh… don’t spoil it for everyone else!
Let’s start our list, shall we?
Princess Mononoke : Despite the feminine name, this film has a lot of action and a lot undertones. Also, this film is the work of incomparable Studio Ghibli and the animation industry legend Hayao Mayazaki (if you don’t know who he is, then look him up; you might learn something cool). The story goes a little something like this; a prince of an ancient village is cursed by a demon and travels west in search of a cure. He soon finds himself smack in the middle of an ongoing war between man and nature, where each respected animal in nature belongs to a clan of armed wild animals ready to protect their forest. Along the way, the hero meets the leader of the wolves which, oddly enough, is a human girl. Check the trailer below.
Dragon Ball Z World’s Strongest/Dead Zone : This one is a double feature and both are around 45 minutes in length. But the thing I like about the features are that they were big budgeted Japan cinema releases, which means more time was taken to draw out and animate these two flicks. The animation is so silky smooth that it’ll make you forget all about the television cartoon with all of the repeated animation. Check the TV broadcast trailer below.
Steamboy – This film is directed by the director of the Anime classic, Akira, so you know this will be a treat. The movie grasps all of your Steam-punk fantasies and rolls them into one huge work of cinematic art. The story centers on a young boy who finds himself in a deadly war for the advancement of Steam power.
Akira– I told you about this movie already and guess what happened; you didn’t see this classic, so this is your chance to see it now. I’m not going to spare you the safety that this feature isn’t weird, but it is definitely cool. Go on an adventure through Neo Tokyo on a light cycle in this epic tale. Check it out.
Grave of the Fireflies– Last, but certainly not least, we have another Ghibli classic. Okay, to be completely honest, this movie might make you cry; and by might, I mean will. Grab some popcorn, something to drink and some tissues because this one might get to you. Don’t think I’m telling the truth? That’s okay, go ahead and challenge me (don’t say I didn’t warn you). Oh yeah! B,y the way this had just been recently re-released on Blu-Ray, so you can see all the crisp animated goodness.
And there you have it folks! Hope you’ve all enjoyed the trailers. Have fun on your night in!