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"Art" is subjective, but I won't argue that. For me, scenery porn is good, so I'll throw out 5cm Per Second as a contender. Plus, it has a emotionally moving story.

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I totally agree with you. That was the first thing that came to my mind aswell
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Not sure what's considered art, but there are 3 that i feel like ''evolved'' beyond just being anime.
Monogatari series
Steins gate
Death note

...Psycho pass is also up there
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Monogatari Series
Steins Gate
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before 2013, I would have said a Hayao Miyazaki title... but ever since I watched "Flowers of Evil" on Crunchyroll... my entire view on anime has changed.

Flowers of Evil is in a league of its own; the anime is art in the purest form. From episode 1, you feel an eerie music playing over the show, howling wind sounds, creepy organ sounds, one keyed piano notes.

with powerful messages... like this one:



like it's just an amazing anime, with themes that that speak to me. you have these students who talk about the most perverted things to one another, but when it comes to a more public situation, they're criticising other perverts. it's like they pretend to be conservative in a more public situation... when they think the most perverted of thoughts internally.

then you have the main male character who thinks he is too perverted to be dating the girl of his dream; and he tries to be more perverted than he is to impress another girl in his class. he is caught between these tug-of-war... and then he has to think about what society thinks of him; what his parents think of him...

all these expectations... for a middle schooler.


it's realistic to me; it's art. these are real things that real students go through, not fucking "Senpai.... I love you" kind of bullshit.

also it's the one anime where I can say with pride that it is better than any Oscar winning film... because it's just that awesome to me.
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Mushi-shi, Fate/Zero, Madoka Magica, Serial Experiments Lain, or any of the Ghibli films.
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Hmm, I'd probably say Gankutsuou~ The Count of Monte Cristo.
I've never read the book, but the anime is really good!
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Akira.
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26 / M / USA! USA! USA!
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None.

"Art" isn't a word that should be thrown around loosely, though it always seems to be. Kinda like "law", people think of "law" and they think of those Jack Thompson or whatevs.

Does anime have elements which can convey theme and meaning suitably?

Yes.

Does that make it art?

No.

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If this is not art I don't know what is.......

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Mushi-shi would be my pick but the term "art" is relative so it comes down to what you believe to be beautiful and makes you think deeply about the subject matter.
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The works of Satoshi Kon and Hayao Miyazaki are get general to mature acclaim
Makoto Shinkai's works are the top of the barrel as far as animation.
Although, my personal fave has to be Fate/Zero
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Once you dig out a valuable theoretical framework for what art is, it's pretty clear that almost everything qualifies as art. Basically, then, what we mean when we start calling things "high art" is basically -- which kinds of things, upon consuming said things, make it really easy to find yourself in a novel state of thought?

So, being that it takes a slight bit of work to get from Naruto, to the inherent value of despair and the meaning and identification protocols of family, that's out, even though it's put me in a Philosophical mindset as much as any show might. Intellectuals that make the distinction of "High Art" are far too lazy too look for meaning beyond simple forms like Naruto, and possibly too prideful to admit that some of their valuable ideas might derive from such a low-classed show. So I'll try and look for the things that the "High Art" crowd might admit to enjoying. For me, there are a few recently that might fit the bill, but I'll explain my thoughts on just one of them as an example.

Mysterious Girlfriend X -- I just finished it today, so it's kind of fresh on my mind. The show is, at its core, a very compelling love story, but beyond that, there's a more interesting idea. As most that have seen it will admit, the primary motif and plot driver of the story is weird, and honestly, slightly repugnant to behold at first. Throughout the story, however, we see it become endearing and valuable. As most forms of "High Art" are, the exact feeling is difficult to explain, but I'll try and describe it. The show really begins with our MC finding a girl (not a girl that he likes, at this point) drooling on her desk. MC, interestingly enough, decides on impulse to taste the drool that is sitting on the desk. Hijinks ensue, and among other things that make the show awesome (but irrelevant to High Art), MC forms a relationship centered around consuming drool.

The relationship becomes endearing, and with otherwise fairly normal people, the audience begins asking themselves: "Is this whole drool thing really all that disgusting? Should I be grossed out at this when something so good is the result?" The audience doesn't really need to think about it, and they are already contemplating things that were perhaps novel to them before the show. A High Art advocate might say something like "the show questions the nature of disgust and its role in the emotion of endearment, while simultaneously propounding on the notion of popular archetypes in the modern love story."
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Very rarely anyone mentions this but:


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Hmm, I'd probably put these as "art" if you wanted to watch anime that's more art house than the usual:

Mind Game
Tamala 2010: A Punk Cat In Space (hard to find subs for, needs subs to be more than watchable)
Angel's Egg
Night on The Galactic Railroad
Tekkon Kinkreet
Cat Soup
Time of Eve (wonderful anime! it's here on crunchyroll, watch it now)
Belladonna of Sadness
Pale Cocoon
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