Day 16: Anime with the Best Animation
Of all the anime that I have seen, there are two that had stood out to me the most with their animation styles.
Knights of Sidonia (Sidonia no Kishi) and The Garden of Words (Kotonoha no Niwa)
I know that my opinion of it is a super unpopular one with Knights of Sidonia, but I felt it was supremely original and really highlighted the potential of 3D animation. There are so many elements in the series that would not have had the same effect, or the same attention to detail, if they were 2D and focused entirely on hand drawn styles. The space battles, the strangeness of the Gauna, the mecha, and most particularly the exhibition of infinite space; how claustrophobic it can be while still putting into perspective the scope of its vastness.
The Garden of Words was my first Makoto Shinkai film and the rain aesthetic completely blew my mind. It was, by far, one of the most beautiful things I had ever seen. Since then I’ve seen other Shinkai films, all of them splendid, but nothing really has the same effect on me that The Garden of Words did. This may very well just be because it was my first, so to speak, and also because I’m a huge pluviophile. Whenever I’m in the mood for a bittersweet tale of love and breath-taking rain animation, I turn to The Garden of Words.