Chirin no Suzu which is “Ringing Bell in English” is an 47 minute Anime from 1978 produced by the one and only Sanrio. It’s a dark tale about revenge for children that begins with the super cuteness that sanrio brings with its name. Think Unico and Hello Kitty. Chirin is a lamb whose mother is killed by a wolf. He then seeks out the wolf in order to become strong and seek revenge. Along the way he must learn about the unfairness of life and how hard it can be.
For one, Chirin was so set on becoming a wolf that he showed his detication by following the wolf. One example in Claymore, Clare follows Theresa and in turn Raki follows Clare with gratitude. In both cases neither Clare or Thersa wanted the child tagging along, the same as with the wolf. Eventually they develop a sort of respect for the strength, stamina, and spirit it shows to follow them around. They then accept the follower.
Another commonality is attacking with the head. Granted, Chirin is a sheep and has either hooves or his head to attack with, he was charging through trees. How hard can a head be? It’s like Goku in Dragonball who defeated enemies with his hard head. Also, like in Dragonball Z, the wolf is a strict master very much like Piccolo.
I wonder if Sanrio came out with anything nearly as dark or sad as this again. This was truly a tragedy. Revenge is a dangerous thing that hurts the avenger, possibly more than they were hurt at first. Another tone in this short movie is the danger of non-conformity. Chirin is not and never has been like the other sheep and look what happens to him. He seeks strength (as they seem to do in every anime) and gets it but at what cost?
I’m sure everyone’s noticed the hair of anime characters. Its often spiky, large, and has bangs. Not to mention that the hair comes in outrageous colors. Sometimes their are buns and sometimes even afros. Basically the crazier the hair the better. This seems to be the theme for hair in the 80s as well (for clothes too). Come to think of it, looks a lot like Japanese fashion in some cases.
Here’s some 80s hair:
Flock of Seagulls
Now for some anime hair:
Well I showed some of the extremes of both the 80s and anime hair (although dragonball Z has notably crazier hair than shown). Which do you think is crazier or more extreme 80s or anime hair?
I keep hearing that the anime industry is doing poorly because of fan subbers. I sometimes hear what they plan on doing about it but I never see anything implemented and if it is implemented its not very innovative. I mean they have way more resources at their hands than fansubbers do, but they are held up over licensing all the time. I mean look anime comes to the US much later than it comes out in Japan. If its popular it’ll come out faster, if not…it could be a long wait.
People online like watching things as they come out in Japan and are often not looking for high quality. I problem I have with the anime industry is that they expect you to want to add to a collection and no just watch it once and get over it. Also, they think you want to hear the dub, which is usually not true. Granted dubbing (if its good) has allowed some anime like Pokemon and Dragonball Z to become mainstream, but most anime is not going to become mainstream. I’m sure the industry is smart enough to be able to tell which ones have a chance of going mainstream or being watching by people who are not “otaku.” I think dubbing may increase the cost of the DVDs (although I’m not completely sure) because the actors have to be paid too. The cost of those DVDs are ridiculous sometimes. I mean $35 for four episodes. They could continue to dub, but sell one without a dub maybe for a limited time to see if its viable at first.
Although the Anime Network for TV failed it doesn’t mean that something like that for the internet wouldn’t work. If they did that with subs that were notablely good and the quality of art showed through I think a considerable amount of people would watch them even if they came out later than the fansubbers. I wonder how many people watch the anime on Cartoon Network’s Jetstream and adultswim.com in comparison to on the TV. It’s a good idea that is limited by the amound of anime that CN has access to.
I know I’m dreaming now, but if the different companies got together they could form a really nice website.
If the industry is really doing as poorly as I hear then innovation and revamping is necessary. Whether or not they revamp I think their will be a shift in the type of jobs available there, so some people are bound to lose their jobs. And at this time in the US considering we’re at the beginnning of a recession its not going to be easy for anyone to buy things or get new jobs.
PS. I just learned that some companies are becoming smarter. Gonzo for example is now beginning to work with Crunchyroll.com, which is a website that allows people to watch fansubbed anime and dramas.
Well you can always read Dragonball Z and One Piece separately. But did you know that you can read them to together as well? In Cross Epoch the mangaka of DBZ Toriyama Akira and Oda Eiichiro got togehter and combined their worlds and characters. It’s a hilarious one shot with all your favorite characters from both mangas. Enjoy this mixed up world in which Hercule is king, Bulma and Nami work together, master Roshi and Sanji cruise around in a cowboy car, and Vegeta is a pirate. And of course don’t forget Goku and Luffy.
And while you’re at it check out the DBZ parody created by Toriyama called neko majin. It’s seven chapters and is really funny. You should read it if you like DBZ or are embarrassed that you watched the entire series and want to make fun of it.
I’ve noticed that a lot of people confuse manga categories all the time. They can’t tell the difference between shoujo, shounen, seinen, and josei. I admit its rather difficult at times because there are crossover mangas and etc., but there are differences. Genre such as fighting, sci-fi, school drama etc. is not what determines which category a manga fits in. Although admitedly there are more school drama shoujo mangas than shounen and more “hero” type shounen than shoujo. There is a difference in drawing style. Also Seinen and Josei are not commonly published in the United States, because they target older audiences.
For starters shounen manga is target towards boys (although from what I hear more girls than boys read shounen jump). Manga like Dragonball Z, Naruto, and Claymore are shounen. Shounen is more restrained than shoujo in the flow of movement. The flow is easier to read and the characters are more likely to stay in the boxes. Also, the background is either drawn out or is full of sound effects and/or speedlines.
Shoujo manga is targeted toward girls and is most often about romance. The backgrounds are more flowery (not all the time of course) and the people are more beautiful. Examples of shoujo manga include Fruits Basket, Ayashi no Ceres, and Ouran High School Host Club.
Ouran Host Club
Seinen is basically men’s manga. Examples include such various titles as Elfen Lied, xxxHolic, and Monster. This is the hardest category to determine. Clamp has drawn beautifully in xxxholic which is seinen. Seinen also includes manga with a lot of nudity and panty shots, but that is not in all seinen. In general seinen is more mature than Shounen.
Josei is essentially women’s manga. Emma, Paradise Kiss, and Nodame Cantabile. The romance is not as as “romantic” as shoujo and tends to be more realistic. Also Yoai mostly falls under this category.
Remember you are not restricted by you sex from reading manga from different categories. These are just who they are targeted to. In general Seinen and Josei are about more mature themes that usually wouldn’t interest younger people. Shoujo is more about things that girls think about and Shounen is more about what boys think about or at least are thought to think and dream about.
Some interesting movies seem to be on the way:
For one there is the Persepolis movie coming to theaters around the Christmas season. It keeps the black and white and graphic novel quality of Marjane Satrapi’s original work. It has already been released in France and Belgium (lucky them). I really looking forward to this movie. It’s supposed to stay true to the graphic novel.
Now for the next movie, live action Dragon Ball Z. Now they’ve been talking about this one since I’ve been in middle school, but now they have a cast and everything. It stars Justin Chatwick and James Marsters. Its set to be released in the US in 2010. Is this going to involve a lot of big spiky hair? If it doesn’t it won’t be the same, but if it does, I think it might be a little scary.
A live action Speed Racer is also in the works. It’s directed by the Wachowski brothers and is set to be released in 2008. The movie based on the 1960s anime stars Emile Hirch, Christina Ricci, Susan Sarandon and Matthew Fox. Is it just me or has anime just become pop culture?
There are also rumours of such movies as Halo, Blood: The Last Vampire, and Spyro the Dragon, and for now that’s all they are. For now we have movies like the Golden Compass and Enchanted to keep us occupied. Let’s hope that these movie turn out good and not horrible, although I still can’t figure out how they’re going to do that with the live action Dragonball Z movie. I mean for the whole anime they look really constipated (Not to say that I haven’t watch DBZ, because I have). Are you going to want to see that in live action?
PS. Narnia: Prince Caspian should be on the way in 2008.
Nice Car, huh?