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August 25th, 2010

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02:31 pm - To the Studio Ghibli fandom
 ...you need an attitude adjustment.  Now.  Yes, we get that studio produces high quality films.  I'm not questioning that at all.  Hell, inspiration for some of my own works comes from Ghibli.  However, that is no excuse for your elitist, high-brow garbage.  You are the Watchmen fanbase of the animation world; everything the company produces, like Watchmen itself according to some militant fanboys, is a flawless work of art and must not be questioned.  WRONG.   Critiquing a Ghibli films, even if it's a minor critique, is not a f***ing sin.  In fact, they SHOULD be critiqued, like all works of art.  It's a part of being in the art community, which the worst of you will claim you know all to well.

     "Screw western animation, I'm going to look at TRUE ART."

      No lie, that is a quote from a Ghibli snob.  Really?  So...Marjane Satrapi's Persepolis, Ari Folman's Waltz With Bashir, The Triplets of Belleville, the animators behind the virtual band Gorillaz, Pixar, and for a real stretch, the hard labor into the art of some of the Disney films...none of these films or artists (and this is just a few) matter or have any skill.  They are not TRUE works of art.  They had nothing to offer to the world of animation.  Are some of you seriously trying to say this?  If so, then you have no right to call yourself an animation fan.  It doesn't matter if you love a critically acclaimed artist; part of art, as I have learned, is to take something from the masters before you.  Masters in the PLURAL.  As in, more than one.  And in truth, I honestly have a hard time believing you take something from Ghibli and Miyazaki; I think some of you brag about how he's the only true artist/animator in the industry because you're cowards.  You're using the company's suceess as a tool to boost your egos.  You're leeches.  These are the fans that make me ashamed to know I love Ghibli so much, which also goes for the fans of Pixar and Watchmen, who also engage in this poor behavior from time to time.  

So on a finishing note, let me do this; if we're going to compare two studios/artists and their works, and foolishly declare one as the true artist and the other as not, I want you to look at this painting by Edward Charlemont:

and now this painting by Cezanne:

The first painting has FAR more detail than the second, which, when comparing Ghibli and some western animation, is the argument you use to prove Ghibli is superior.  I want to see you do it here.  Can you honestly say Charlemont is the superior artist to Cezanne?  Sure, like with the animated films, you can have PREFERENCES, but can you prove Charlemont is superior?  No?  Good.  That's how it should be.

And to make sure no one gets on my case, I am not, as I said above, saying you can't have a preference.  Just stop trying to prove who is and who isn't a true artist.  

An disappointed animation and art enthusiast.  

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Date:August 25th, 2010 11:16 pm (UTC)
Fucking word. Besides, Ghibli has made some meh films (Ponyo made NO SENSE and the animation looked like every other frame had been removed).
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Date:August 26th, 2010 05:15 am (UTC)
Glad you agree. I've been meaning to say this for quite some time, and I'm sure glad I did!
Date:September 7th, 2010 02:32 am (UTC)
If you think that's bad enough, I've heard people saying that Naruto, Sailor Moon, Dragonball Z etc aren't "real" Anime. To them, Studio Ghibili films and other Anime such as Cowboy Bebop are "true" Anime. The only difference between Studio Ghibili and Shounen/Shoujo Anime is the style. Some Anime focuses on gags, while other films like Studio Ghibili focuses on animation.

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Date:September 8th, 2010 12:39 pm (UTC)
Indeed, but even Cowboy Bebop isn't anime to some Ghibli-tards. ONLY Ghibli is true anime, and this rant is to get these people to pull their heads out of their asses :)
Date:September 13th, 2010 01:46 pm (UTC)

Studio Ghibli

Since I don't even like Studio Ghibli films, I find the Studio Ghibli fans doubly annoying. When I want to watch anime it's for the characters, story lines and the fun, not for empty animation tricks.

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