The Art of Fan Art; MAMANGE

See the Touhou Mamange (Koyama Shigeru) pool on Danbooru

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Cinematography: The Art of Anime

For decades, motion picture has been able to captivate its viewers in many ways. Color scheme, camera angles, character positions, character design, lighting, contrast, and movement, all make up cinematography. What that is is the art that motion picture utilizes to portray a deeper meaning to what you see on screen, without the use of words or narration, only using visual stimuli. What novels and books have over motion picture is the vast detail they can put into what makes up a single shot you may see in a video. Conversely, motion picture uses cinematography to portray deep meaning in ways the a novel could not otherwise tell. Over the years that anime has grown, many directors have been using this technique to make their series more creative and distinguished.

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The Art of Losing

Picture this scenario. A buffed up male character with scratches all over his body, slits of blood leaking out from his stomach and across his face. He’s seemingly unconscious until a voice rings in his mind. It softly tells him to get back up on his own two feet. A villain stands over his body, grinning menacingly, perhaps holding his hands at his waist, and then let’s out a bellowing evil laugh. Suddenly, the brutally beaten up character gets up slowly, the villain stops laughing and says in shock, “I- Impossible!”.  And so the main male character pulls out some hidden move that obliterates said villain, before finally collapsing. This is not the art of losing. This is the art of winning. And winning. And winning.

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The Disappearance— An appearance of a visual masterpiece

Warning: This post contains explicit spoilers to The Disappearance of Suzumiya Haruhi

note: I realize that this post is extremely long winded, but there’s just so much to go over that I couldn’t help it. I apologize in advance. There are pictures, and in the later parts of the post, I began to water down my paragraphs, so I hope that helps a little.

As a movie sequel to the ever famous and beloved Suzumiya Haruhi series, Disappearance attracts a lot of attention, and receives just as much positive feedback. Suzumiya Haruhi changed the precedent of anime, and transformed the way the industry will be from the time it was released for the public, to now, and will continue to do so for more years to come. And from the  duo of chief director Tatsuya Ishihara and cinematographer Ryuuta NakagamiDisappearance is a visual masterpiece that surpasses it’s predecessor and sets the bar for all anime. Disappearance is not successful because of its plot; its plot is an above average and satisfying one that stands above others. What makes this film what it is now is it’s use of visual art on the screen.
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