Anime Shows Its Power in List of 100 Influential Animation Sequences

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Akira

 

Regardless of its place of origin, animation has a long and impressive history behind it, and some of the most influential examples of the medium are in the spotlight in a recent list from Vulture. The extensive article called upon a team of experts and industry professionals alike to come up with 100 sequences that shaped animation, from 1892's Pantomimes Lumineuses by director Charles-Émile Reynaud to a key 2019 sequence from Steven Universe by Joe Johnston, Kat Morris, and Liz Artinian.

 

In between those bookends you will, of course, find plenty of representation from the world of anime. 24 or so of the 100 entries come from Japan, and there are some bonuses that have anime talent working in other industries, such as animator Kazuhide Tomonoga's work on the iconic title sequence for Batman: The Animated Series. The earliest comes from director Noburo Ofuji, whose Kujira (Whale) marked the first piece of Asian animation to ever be shown at the Cannes Film Festival. 

 

All told, a variety of voices handled the entries at Vulture, backed by historical expertise from Historical expertise provided by Jerry Beck, Amelia Cook, Jason DeMarco, Maureen Furniss, Monique Henry-Hudson, Willow Catelyn Maclay, Linda Simensky, Koji Yamamura. 

 

 

The entire article is fascinating, so it's definitely worth a read. Here's a breakdown of the anime featured. Keep in mind that the entries are for specific sequences for the most part, such as the Postcard memories from Ashita no Joe, 'Instrumentality begins' from Evangelion, and the notorious nightclub sequence from Devilman crybaby.  

 

Kujira - dir. Noburo Ofuji

Panda and the Magic Serpent - dir. Taiji Yabushita and Kazuhiko Okabe

Astro Boy - dir. Osamu Tezuka

Ashita no Joe - dir. Osamu Dezaki

Belladonna of Sadness - dir. Eiichi Yamamoto

Space Battleship Yamato - dir. Leiji Matsumoto

Heidi, Girl of the Alps - dir. Isao Takahata

Space Runaway Ideon - dir. Yoshiyuki Tomini, Ichiro Itano (animator)

Super Dimension Fortress Macross - dir. Noboru Ishiguro

Voltron/Beast King GoLion - dir. Katsuhiko Taguchi

My Neighbor Totoro - dir. Hayao Miyazaki

Grave of the Fireflies - dir. Isao Takahata

Akira - dir. Katsuhiro Otomo

Sailor Moon - dir. Junichi Sato

Neon Genesis Evangelion - dir. Kazuya Tsurumaki 

Pokémon (seizure sequence) - dir. Kiyotaka Isako

Perfect Blue - dir. Satoshi Kon

Cowboy Bebop - dir. Shinichiro Watanabe

Dragon Ball Z - dir. Daisuke Nishio

Adolescence of Utena - dir. Kunihiko Ikuhara

Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within - dir. Hironobu Sakaguchi

Spirited Away - dir. Hayao Miyazaki

Your Name. - dir. Makoto Shinkai 

Devilman crybaby - dir. Masaaki Yuasa

 

Bonus:

Batman: The Animated Series - storyboarded by Bruce Timm, animated by Kazuhide Tomonaga

 

What animated sequences come to your mind as the most influential? 

 

Source: Vulture

 

 

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Joseph Luster is the Games and Web editor at Otaku USA Magazine. You can read his webcomic, BIG DUMB FIGHTING IDIOTS at subhumanzoids. Follow him on Twitter @Moldilox. 

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