This one's tough. So many depressing children's anime from Sanriofilm and elsewhere could fill the spot. But I'll risk boring everybody a second time with a Chinese animated film. The film is about shoes of both male and female gender and they do horrid things to each other. In the first part of the movie there's a female shoe that the male shoe mafia tries to turn into a male and the world is polluted down to the shoe's material and the cigarettes they smoke. Then it becomes a horror story about the larger world the shoes live in and it changes yet again once you think it's ran out of steam. The name is related to both how they try to turn the female shoe into a male and also about the struggle between the two genders in shoe form. And if you have Amazon Prime, you can watch it through Prime Video, at least in the US. I hope you can internationally too.
Post by TutuAnimationPrincess on Feb 24, 2021 20:58:37 GMT
For films, there are so many answers. The ending to the Plague Dogs gets me every time. I could also add the obligatory Barefoot Gen and Grave of the Fireflies. To be a little more unique, I actually cry a lot when watching The Last Unicorn. It’s hard to explain but it’s themes just resonate with me so much.
As for series, episodes 17-20 of Clannad After Story are some of the most powerful I’ve ever seen. I don’t care what happens in the episodes after, those four alone are a masterpiece and emotional roller coaster.
"If life is getting you down and you're feeling angry, free your mind and come dance with me!"
Yeah that after credit scene with Meruem and Komugi crushes me everytime.
That was such a weird arc for that series. It felt like bait and switch. The show/manga did not shy away from violence or grey-areas of morality but once you reach the Chimera Ant arc, it gets brutal fast.
What I liked is that by the end, you're almost half-rooting for Meruem which you absolutely should not be.
It is great but weird. Having zero Hisoka and none of the Zodiacs turn up seems odd. I also thought they were gonna do more with Gyro, they built that guy up massively. Who knows, maybe he'll appear in the next arc...if it ever arrives.
Post by stefancrosscoe on Feb 25, 2021 18:01:33 GMT
From tv series or episodes, I guess it is kind of hard to avoid or even choose out a few single moments from the great british Animals of the Farthing Wood (1993-1995), where you kind of never felt "safe", as in that show, it early on seemed like everyone of the main characters/animals, migth either die or disappear at some time or moment, and where each episode would leave the viewers off, with a dramatic cliffhanger. And boy, it was quite different to most of the other cute and cozy animal animated children shows back then, as a whole lot of animals got killed off, and I think a sequel, made in 1995 or 1996, continued on with this trend, writing out several of the main cast as well. But by then, the audience had kind of gotten used to the fact that their favorites, might not survive for very long.
I guess more of a "shocking" than tearjerking effect is more like it, but I did feel often very sorry, even for some of the not so likeable figures in that show. But looking back, I really am glad there were a few different kind of children shows, that did not all come with the usual Disney fantasy routine, where if you are kind and good, you will be rewarded big time, but that is not how the animal life works out.
But, Disney and their impressive run of some absolute animated classic shows back in the 80s and early 90s, sure did provide with some very powerful and sad moments, where I believe that The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh would often deliver some of the funniest, yet also the saddest and most heartwarming ones, and often where Rabbit or Piglet were involved.
The first one, that even to this day, still manages to bring along with that classic combination of feel-good and sad atmosphere, is the great episode of Find Her, Keep Her, where Rabbit saves and helps out a little cute baby bird. But is to stubborn or just does not want to realize how things will be soon, when she gets big enough to fly for herself, and leave home, because of the cold weather, and leave him behind while flying to a more tropical and warm surroundings.
Even now, it has the great sad but also feel-good factor, going all the way, surely one of the finest moments in the Disney animated tv series era of that time:
For it is written: the inhabitants of the Earth have been made drunk with her blood. And I saw her sent upon a hairy beast and she held forth a golden chalice full of the filthiness of fornications. And upon her forehead was written: "Behold I am the great mother of harlots and all abominations of the Earth."
I got one. All Dogs go to Heaven, never one time been able to get through it without crying, the ultimate victory for me was the handful of times I was just tearing up instead of out and out sobbing. Love that movie, hate that ending, it's necessary, it's beautiful, it does its job, the ending's good, but you hate how it makes you feel.