Japanese Animation

Today we had an interesting lesson on Japanese animation, one that I am not familiar with at all- I’ve never really got the whole anime obsession.

I really loved this animation (Cowboy’s Flute by Te Wei) because it felt so pure and simple. The water colour images give such a calm mood which suits the feel of the animation as it is set in water.The background itself is purely the paper- minimalist but it makes it seem like the characters are jumping from the page. This is a very traditional animation- telling a folk tale to oriental music.

“Three Monks” by A Da has an almost western influence on it. It still incorporates the traditional use of music and colouring, however it drives towards a more comical front. I really liked how the story flowed in this- each character linking through their introduction walk cycle, which made it feel more family like.

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