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That time Jewelpet Sunrise, a Japanese magical girl with fluffy mascots cartoon series did a shot for shot recreation of the audition scene from Flashdance.
posted by MartinWisse (26 comments total) 14 users marked this as a favorite
I refuse to believe any part of this is real

including the live-action footage
posted by DoctorFedora at 3:10 PM on February 14

On top of that, the series was created by Sanrio (the Hello Kitty company) and the holding company that owns Sega.
posted by BiggerJ at 3:19 PM on February 14

What am I supposed to do with this knowledge? Do I have to share it on another website? Will I die if I don't?
posted by Mr.Encyclopedia at 4:20 PM on February 14 [10 favorites]

🎶 she's a pokemon, PO-kemon, train-er
and she's catching like she's never catched before 🎶
posted by phooky at 5:32 PM on February 14 [5 favorites]

Heh, you need to watch Aggretsuko. The Sanrio character who's an oppressed OL (Office Lady) during the day and lets her rage out at night belting out death metal at the karaoke bar. Come to the dark side, anime is often better than TV or Movies because they don't have to have actors and can do wonderful stuff on a small budget. It's a sweet spot between just literature and live where anything and everything can happen because if you can think of it and draw it... it can be real with a little bit of suspension of disbelief.
posted by zengargoyle at 6:06 PM on February 14 [1 favorite]

I’ve watched much anime, with the hope that I would finally develop some sort of appreciation so I could see what my anime-loving friends see and to be able to participate in anime watching events.

No joy.

The closest I’ve gotten is liking the Patlabor series somewhat, but that barely feels like anime. I also was OK with Cowboy Bebop, but it also doesn’t feel much like anime anime. Additionally, I sat thru a month or two of a Dragonball Z fight just to see the end, and that, THAT, dear friends, was a goddamn death march. Friesa didn’t win ... I think and power levels got pretty high although I don’t know if there were any 9000s.

I have watched other series, as well, but nothing has ever clicked and given insight into why people enjoy it so much. I’d settle for a good appreciation of the genre - I don’t need the grim death fanaticism of a newly-converted Baptist (forgive the comparison, I’m from Texas and yes, I have met that kind of anime-loving zealot).

I can watch a sequence like that above and appreciate that hard work and dedication to craft went into creating a copy of a sequence that is supposed to be serious and somewhat sexy, as anything involving Jennifer Beales must be, in that time and in that place. I am truly mystified as to what the animators intention is, as a potatohead character dances it’s tiny buns off, considering that it usually has an emotional range of A to sub-point A because that’s all that is demanded of it by the writer.

Does such a series exist that will enlighten me? Is there some such show that will enable me to get it? Turns out, I’m the only one of my group that liked Patlabor and most other series are more death-march than eyegasm.

If you can provide a satisfactory answer then we might take it up a notch and see if you can help me appreciate Game of Thrones, cos right now, that thing is totally shite to me.
posted by drivingmenuts at 6:44 PM on February 14 [1 favorite]

Do I have to share it on another website? Will I die if I don't?

/phone rings

Seven days...

posted by Ghidorah at 6:50 PM on February 14 [1 favorite]

I love anime, but not all anime. Mostly I'm not interested in the cute stuff. This was funny, but too damned cute for me to watch all the way through. drivingmenuts, it's ok to just not like it, nod when your friends tell you about that one awesome show they're watching and go do what you like instead. I have friends that love Grateful Dead, full on followed them back in the day etc. we have many things in common, just not that. Life.
posted by evilDoug at 7:13 PM on February 14 [1 favorite]

Does such a series exist that will enlighten me?

Anime encompasses a lot of stuff. There is no one true anime series that will help you understand why people "like anime." In comics, Archie is very different from Marvel stuff or Sandman or Maus or the Invisibles, for instance.

I also was OK with Cowboy Bebop, but it also doesn’t feel much like anime anime.

But it is just as anime as Dragonball Z (which I also found unwatchable).
posted by Foosnark at 7:57 PM on February 14 [2 favorites]

drivingmenuts: have you seen Miyazaki's stuff? I like his "Spirited Away" and "Howl's Moving Castle". Personally, with the present dystopian timeline, I don't go for dystopian fiction right now. *No* zombies, *No* Game of Thrones", *No* a lot of things. I consider it (currently) bad for my Mental Health.
posted by aleph at 7:58 PM on February 14

posted by Ideefixe at 8:07 PM on February 14

Why do I consider it bad for my Mental Health?
posted by aleph at 8:10 PM on February 14

Does such a series exist that will enlighten me?

Yes, Nichijou
posted by Arch_Stanton at 8:16 PM on February 14 [3 favorites]

Or are you replying to Foosnark?
posted by aleph at 8:16 PM on February 14

You left out the added difficulty of doing this dance when your head has two times the mass of your body.
posted by boilermonster at 11:46 PM on February 14 [4 favorites]

If you're going to watch anime, Cowboy Bebop and Patlabor are both perfectly good anime to watch! I have also enjoyed:

Mushishi - Episodic like Cowboy Bebop, a chain smoking albino shaman Dr. Who-s it around something resembling Meiji-era rural Japan. This is contemplative where Dr. Who is manic, but it adheres to a similar sort of, wizard uses arcana to solve problems for people while maintaining a respect for the alien, instead of taking an antagonistic attitude towards it.

Jojo's Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable - If you're into high weirdness, fighting that doesn't involve power levels, tracking down serial killers, and an amount of homoeroticism, check this out. This, and Golden Wind are incredible. Everything that came before it is okay to not that great. IMHO.

Redline - Made in 2010, every single frame of this movie is art. The story is that there's a dude and a chick who want to win a race. That's literally it. Now you know everything you need to know about the plot. The look of it though... I hate dubs, but in this case, I almost resented the subtitles for distracting me from just LOOKING at the art... Talk is useless. Watch the trailer.
posted by fnerg at 1:07 AM on February 15 [1 favorite]

Oh, also Trava: Fist Planet is by the same guy who did Redline, and is similarly incredible to just look at. That's a YouTube link for watching the entire 50-minute OVA. There are no magical girls, hyper-competent 12 year olds, twee-AF high school dudes who happen to be kung-fu masters, or any of that garbage. Just frame after frame of HOLY CRAP.
posted by fnerg at 1:19 AM on February 15 [1 favorite]

Continuing the derail for drivingmenuts:

Try 'March Comes In Like A Lion' for something very different to big robots and spaceships.

Try 'Mob Psycho 100' and 'One Punch Man' for quality at the other end of the realism scale.

(Seconding Mushishi)

CONTROVERSIAL OPINION BIT: There was a time when Miyazaki would argue that his movies were not anime - anime is cheap cheerful stuff made for TV, with low quality backgrounds, simple plots, low framerate, full of time-saving tricks. It's a lot harder to make that distinction now - something like 'March Comes In Like A Lion' is arguably superior to Miyazaki's real-world dramas, and I suspect a lot of time and effort went into 'Mob Psycho 100's glorious roughness.

I don't think anime is a genre at all. There are animated TV shows. Many are from Japan.
posted by BinaryApe at 1:34 AM on February 15 [2 favorites]

More fun things that pushes the boundaries of what we expect from anime:

Genius Party and Genius Party Beyond - two compilations of unrelated shorts that feel more like an animation festival than, like what BinaryApe said, cheap, cheerful, made for TV stuff.

Here's one called Toujin Kit that will hopefully raise your opinion of animation from Japan.
posted by fnerg at 2:10 AM on February 15

You guys are so grouchy. This was cute as heck.
posted by cilantro at 3:59 AM on February 15 [4 favorites]

> Does such a series exist that will enlighten me?

Mamoru Oshii and Kazunori Ito worked on the Patlabor series, but probably their best-known collaboration in the West is Ghost in the Shell (1995). If you haven't seen it already, that might be worth a try. Also take a look at Psycho-Pass and Ergo Proxy. Psycho-Pass is set in a dystopian future Japan where citizens' crime coefficients are constantly monitored and can be summarily executed if it exceeds a certain level. Ergo Proxy is post-apocalyptic science fiction set in a far future and is very atmospheric. As long as we're on dystopian science fiction, there's also From the New World, an adaptation of Japanese novelist Yusuke Kishi's award-winning novel of the same name. Initially it gives the impression of being "anime anime" but becomes something else.

Since you mentioned liking Cowboy Bebop, take a look at Samurai Champloo, a later work from Cowboy Bebop's director, Shinichiro Watanabe.

Of currently airing anime, Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken! is a fantastic combination of eyegasm, a love letter to anime, and an examination of how anime is made as well as the creative process overall.

In general, if I liked a particular anime series or film, I'll look up the creative team involved, as well as the animation studio, and check out their other works. So I'll typically keep an eye out for works from Production I.G. (Patlabor, Ghost in the Shell, Psycho-Pass), Studio Bones (Mob Psycho 100, Fullmetal Alchemist, Blood Blockade Battlefront), and Science Saru (director Masaaki Yuasa's studio, produced Eizouken as well as Devilman Crybaby), certain directors (Masaaki Yuasa, Shinichiro Watanabe, Kunihiko Ikuhara, etc.), and among writers, Urobuchi Gen.
posted by needled at 6:45 AM on February 15 [2 favorites]

If you like Cowboy Bebop, go look up Carole and Tuesday, from the same director, on Netflix. Two teenage girls, one just run away from home to go to the big city to make music, the other drifting between dead end jobs ato do the same, meet up and start working together.

On Mars.

And the first episode is named after a Cyndi Lauper song.
posted by MartinWisse at 11:44 AM on February 15 [1 favorite]

I’m from Texas

You want anime for southerners then.
posted by MartinWisse at 11:48 AM on February 15 [1 favorite]

For a few years now there's been an ongoing discussion about current anime in the quarterly Anime Season threads. For Winter 2020, we're currently hot on Eizouken and In/Spectre, the latter being a modern-day detective/horror/supernatural series.
posted by ardgedee at 1:24 PM on February 15 [1 favorite]

I usually recommend Ebichu for people interested in getting into anime.

I may be bad.
posted by away for regrooving at 10:56 PM on February 15 [1 favorite]

It's no Boku no Pico.
posted by MartinWisse at 1:31 AM on February 17

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