And we head on down the road to number FOUR!
There are a large number of anime films out there, and I've viewed quite a few. Choosing a favorite presents some problems because there's always a question of context with respect to many of them. That is, the Ah! Megamisama! movie mentioned in the prior post is a really good movie, but it isn't nearly as good as it might be if you haven't watched the OVA series or at least read enough of the manga to be able to empathize with the main characters.
With that, it seems clear to me that it's "unfair" to select a movie as "favorite" if it's only going to be a favorite because I get to front-load it with prior art, so to speak. Any movie I pick has to be able to stand entirely on its own -- or at least be so good that it'd be my favorite even WITHOUT the series, and just gets better with the series before it.
And with that, and with all the anime movies I have seen, and all the ones I've enjoyed, I still have to come down to one of the all-time classics:
Tonari no Totoro, AKA My Neighbor Totoro.
Product of the legendary Miyazaki and his Studio Ghibli, Totoro is perhaps the greatest childrens' movie ever made, a story which is at once simply the life of a family moving to a new house, and a magical adventure that manages to include joy and wonder on an immense scale along with fear and danger... and all of it without real violence, sentiment without cloying sappiness, and the absolutely gorgeous artwork that is Miyazaki's stock-in-trade. Even the other Miyazaki productions don't quite manage to reach the perfection of this movie, and every few years I am struck anew by it.
Day 1 - Very first anime:Saint Seiya
Day 2 - Favourite TV series: : The Vision of Escaflowne
Day 3 - Your anime crush: Belldandy, from Ah! Megamisama/Ah/Oh My Goddess! and Shun from Saint Seiya
Day 4 - Favourite Film: Tonari no Totoro/ My Neighbor Totoro
Day 5 - Anime character you feel you are most like (or wish you were):
Day 6 - Most annoying anime character:
Day 7 - Character you’d most like to slap
Day 8 - Most epic scene ever:
Day 9 - Saddest anime scene
Day 10 - Favorite slice of life anime
Day 11 - Favorite mech series
Day 12 - Best instalment of a franchise you don’t like
Day 13 - Worst instalment of a franchise you do like.
Day 14 - Current (or most recent) anime wallpaper
Day 15 - A reality check for a genre you like
Day 16 - An anime classic that simply doesn’t work for you.
Day 17 - Best Background Music
Day 18 - Best Five-team (?)
Day 19 - Change you’d like to make to any one anime
Day 20 - Most ambiguous anime character
Day 21 – Favourite OAV Series
Day 22 - Animation studio you'd most like to slap.
Day 23 - Anime you think had the best, or most intriguing art
Day 24 - Favorite anime hero or heroine
Day 25 - Best anime villain
Day 26 - Your favorite harem anime
Day 27 - Favorite anime opening theme song
Day 28 - Favorite anime companion/summoned creature
Day 29 - Best Anime Music Video
Day 30 - Favorite anime ending theme