anime in Movies & Television Posted April 1, 2015 I believe Marnie was also adapted from a book, so that might explain a lot about how it was executed. I really enjoyed Arietty, though! I had a stronger opinion of it before. I remember thinking that it was pretty layered, that it did the classic Ghibli thing of melding environmental themes, a coming of age story, and a things-might-not-work-out-in-the-end-but-life-goes-on message in way that was more taut and more effective than, say, Nausicaa. But I have to rewatch it to supply specific mechanics of what it did well. I also watched Kaguyahime recently and I love it to death. It had bits where it had to verbally address plot points to catch up to its exposition taking way too long, like the fact that she came from the moon, and that she's a reincarnation of a goddess/spirit, are both just explained by her and that's disappointing considering how subtle and communicative the rest of the film is. I feel like its trying to keep the presentation linear is messing with its storytelling since the story itself is significant in that it's cyclical, where a goddess reincarnates to escape heaven but is ironically trapped when man tries to create for her a perverse heaven on earth with all of the suffering of earth and none of the pleasure of heaven, then is recommitted to heaven. It isn't that big of an issue on balance though. I don't know how much of my experience is affected by my not knowing the folktale before watching it, and I expect that it's a lot. It feels like a fleshed out version of a well known folktale, almost as if you took, say, Cinderella and gave her agency, thoughts, and feelings. Still it's so good. My favorite cinematic touch Takahata gave was the repeated orthogonal sequences of Kaguya running and escaping. I'm really happy that they used the classic Ghibli flying through the sky sequence in a way that was incredibly sad. It's this cruel, beautiful dream of freedom that gets yanked away and ends in a crash down to earth, rather than a generic feelgood victory dance at the end of a movie. I liked Arietty's ending for that reason too. I also laughed when Literal Buddha, with his punch perm, appeared on a cloud. Buddhism in the post-classical world is so morphed. Concerning the podcast: I'd actually be kind of interested in being on if I'm not dragging down discussion due to lack of literacy. Gorm, if you can afford it, I would recommend the Yeti over the Snowball (I bought mine refurb for about 80 bucks). If not, pm me about my mic.