Cinematography and artwork in anime have always been incredibly brilliant. One could only wish to be thrown into these fictitious worlds to experience it all first-hand.
5 Centimeters Per Second
Every creation you see in this anime carries a symbolic meaning and this is apparent in the landscape as well as the weather that reflects the emotions of the characters. The artwork in itself is on a whole different level. Capturing first love and first heartbreak as its theme, this anime is layered with rich vivid backgrounds. Stunning cherry blossom petals and moving trains are some of the imagery that brilliantly conveys this. Additionally, this anime has also received great reviews for its ability to touch audiences.
A world of spirits is brought to life in Spirited Away. A young girl trapped in the spirit world is forced to work in a bathhouse in order to find a way to break free and return to the human world. The creator, Hayao Miyazaki’s fondness of museums and the nostalgia they evoke was captured spectacularly in this anime. Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum and a traditional Japanese inn, Notoyaryokan are some of the buildings that inspired Miyazaki.
Garden of Words
From the same guy that created 5 Centimetres Per Second, Makoto Shinkai sprinkled his magic in another short movie, Garden of Words. It follows the fateful meeting of a school student and a middle-aged woman on a rainy day at a local park. With the talent of bringing his artwork to life, Garden of Words matches a projection of a well-designed dream. It’s definitely a feast for the eyes. The Japanese garden where these two characters meet is constantly showered with rain, representing a dome that shelters them from the reality of their lives. The Garden of Words is recommended to those with an appreciation for art.
Kill la Kill
Kill la Kill is a subtle tale of fascism set in a fictional high-school under the dictatorship of the menacing student council. It is inspired by Japanese history but given a more modern tone by depicting school uniforms as military garb. Garnering positive reception from critics, this anime is packed with gripping scenes in a high-school that oddly resemble a beautifully put together modern military base. Though highly unlikely, this anime definitely belongs in our top spot.
Blue Exorcist (Ao no Exorcist) Movie
I just can’t exclude Blue Exorcist the Movie, simply because its captivating backgrounds will leave you in awe. Your favourite brothers, Rin and Yukio, return in yet another exhilarating adventure. The production is done to perfection in terms of cinematography and animation. The detailing found in every piece of brick and metal used in the buildings are amazing and this stays consistent throughout the movie. A must for Ao no Exorcist fans!
Kimi no Na Wa ( Your Name)
The latest anime that takes our breath away is Kimi no Na Wa which received instant recognition due to its graphics and we couldn’t agree more. At first glance, you’ll feel like you’ve been sucked into a whole new world. Kimi no Na Wa revolves around Mitsuha and Taki that mysteriously swapped bodies after a comet hits Japan, which is a first occurence in a thousand years.