So I was wondering, what do you guys think are the most visually beautiful animes out there?
Yesterday, I saw Makoto Shinkai's 5 Centimeters Per Second. That film reminded me of how drop-dead gorgeous an anime can be. Seriously, this movie's imagery has a breathtaking level so high that it will leave your lungs and eyes shriveled and dry (The story alone will leave you in a similar state). Here's a preview.
After that, I checked out Shinkai's legendary masterpiece OVA: Voices from a Distant Star. Why is it legendary? It's 25 minutes of beauty - planned, drawn, colored, written and animated pretty much single-handedly by Shinkai on his Mac. I am in slack-jawed awe.
These were the two best looking animes i've seen since Steamboy and World Record.
Other visually beautiful anime would be along the lines of Gankutsuou (the textures and environments, the characters themselves were awesome as well) and Howl's Moving Castle (mostly the scenery, like Howl's secret place or his room in the castle).
However, amazing animation plays a part as well, ie not just how the characters and sceneries look, but how they move and interact with the surroundings as well. Anime like Ergo Proxy and Samurai Champloo.
Shin-chan is really well done. The art direction is amazing.
I'm all for moderation
But somtimes it seems
Moderation itself can be kind of extreme
So I join the congregation
Join the softball team
I went in for my conformation
Where incense looks like steam
I start conjugating proverbs
Where there once were nouns
This whole damn rhyme scheme's
Starting to get me down...