My writing deludes people into thinking I'm a geezer-type anime fan (the ol' grouches who think anything that came after 2005 is as classy as a hobo's cardboard box) and this post certainly isn't going to help things...So I used the Little Big Planet picture. That picture makes you instantly cool. so am i "in" guyz?
Anime is a form of escapism to me and probably you too. So when I tune into some show, I expect to be whisked away into their world and be spellbound by it. It's gotta make me think "Man, if I were living here, what would I be doing?" We've all thought about this while watching some of our favorite anime. For instance, I don't think there's a single person out there who hasn't watched Pokemon and wondered how they would train their Pokemon, where they would live and whether they could take on gym leaders. Of course, we were kids then and our zealous imagination would picture us in any improbable world because we were simple and able to revel in our dreams more. But as we grow up, our scope of imaginations narrows down and our thinking becomes more cynical, psshaw-ing at our silly thoughts. And yet, when I was rewatching Kino's Journey recently, I was constantly musing about which world I would fit into (if such a world did exist), playing with the idea of being a traveler (not on revenge though) myself. That's the feeling that I look for, the ideal state that I want anime to entrap me in, one where my disbelief is suspended entirely, and where the world I'm drawn into holds me in rapt attention. In short, I want it to be an experience.
That's what I like about old anime: they were able to create worlds and toy around with them. You look at Bebop, Trigun, Escaflowne, FLCL, Fantastic Children, Wolf's Rain, Haibane Renmei, Evangelion etc. and you'll be exposed to shockingly different environments as compared to the drivel we get each season. It's not that I'm asking for different planets or even a dystopian world. I just want to see the same ol' 2D characters, but in new places or at least not in the same old setting of high schools and mechaland.
|A little Wild West never hurt no one...|
The concept of high school life has been done to death, so S'Life shows can move away and allow us to take a bite from another slice, say, work-life or something. That's also why I'm ecstatic when anime like Space Bros, which revolves around a mid-life crisis, are announced - because they give us a different lifestyle to enjoy and a different world to be a part of. This also means that they'll be missing the pre-teen and a good chunk of the teen demographic, but it's good that certain anime target the older audience. A little diversification is always a welcome sight, especially considering it's only one show among nearly hundred others. Similarly, Kids on the Slope: an international setting, a far cry from the usual suburban Japanese town (I haven't watched this yet, so tell me how it turned out!). Shows like these are far and few. They may not do well when it comes to the $$$, but I would welcome them with open arms.
|There is hope|
Alternatively, you can make Shinkai and his crew draw the anime. That guy can make any environment dreamy.