12 Days of Anime 4 and 5: Animated GIF Edition
I was doing so well, but I got a fever and that throws things off.
I finished Utena. I started watching it back on CPM’s VHS tapes, then got the CPM DVDs, and then the RightStuf editions, but I never actually finished it. Because no more Utena means no more Utena.
But with Penguindrum coming, I decided it was time. The ending of the TV series was sad, and the movie made no sense, but it had a lot of good moments. The “Utena becomes a car” is so famous everyone knows it happens. But THIS is the car moment that stuck with me.
The movie basically makes Akio, the powerful supercilious douche from the TV series, into an utter goofball. He deserves it. It’s fantastic.
The second anime GIF moment of the year will surprise no one, due to how often I’ve expressed my affection for it.
Was this moment scripted? Was it put in by a specific animator? We may never know. But boring miss goody-two-shoes suddenly had a SOUL, and CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT, and she didn’t even have to change her hairstyle.
The theory that she’s secretly a sociopath emerged from these few seconds of animation.
That is a good day’s work, Mr. or Mrs. Animator. Feel proud.