10 Apr 07

Just finished watching the first episode of the first anime: the original Astro Boy. A few thoughts:

  • The animation is often terrible.
  • …but occasionally excellent.
  • Tezuka’s direction shines in a few amazing, dramatic, downright cinematic shots. Often they’re motionless, but the shadows and angles provide amazing power.
  • If today’s anime fans complain about American actors “murdering” roles, they should hear this. (And to be fair, that’s what cartoon voice acting was back then; all of it.)

Worth seeing, but I’m glad I didn’t buy it. Thanks to Mom and Dad for their purchase of a six-month Netflix subscription for me. I can see myself falling in love with this service.

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