Wednesday, 8 September 2010

From Miyazaki to Shinkai

Couple of weeks ago, I was introduced to the works of Shinkai Makoto in an Anime Film Festival held here in Delhi.

Shinkai has been callled " the new Miyazaki" by the press;  in my opinion,however, the two directors are too distinctive to be compared. Each in his own way leaves a mark, yet the way they choose to do so are completely different.

Miyazaki's narratives of wonder and fantasy, guide you to a world, which more often than not is viewed through the freedom of a child's imagination. His stories flow effortlessly as they inspire you towards a reality that surpasses the real. Miyazaki infuses the common with the fantastic, weaving fairytales into everyday objects, people and occurences.
In contrast, Shinkai uses his deliberate pace to construe narratives that are credibly real. His depictions of the common are hinged on subtleties of life that are overlooked, or at best, taken for granted. The strength of his characters are their realism, characters to which you can relate to without the slightest of effort. He extracts stories of modern life and emotions out of the ordinary. At times, Shinkai feels almost poetic..

[ Video extract from Byōsoku Go Senchimētoru (5 centimeters per second) by Shinkai Makoto ]

Friday, 3 September 2010

Come September..

It's hard to pick up pieces of a broken dream. Even harder perhaps, to pawn them and buy some dream once more.
The dream had been nurtured for a lifetime, now it lies shattered...each piece bleeding me.

As we plan, meticulously, to break it apart, piece by piece, I feel like a butcher; a butcher of my own dream.

Yet a part of me, the optimist , tells me it is not the end. The dream has just entered chrysalis, to maybe morph and relive once again on wings of fire.

Optimism gets me by, but optimism can hardly dry my tears...