4 must-see animated films that aren’t from Studio Ghibli
Studio Ghibli animated films are always sensational and incredibly artistic. But what about other awesome animated films from other studios? Are they as extravagant as their competitor? They are, and there are plenty of great movies out there from different studios. Below are four awesome animated films made by companies other than Studio Ghibli to watch and why.
“A silent voice”
Directed by Naoko Yamada and written by Reiko Yoshida, “A Silent Voice” portrays the realities of anxiety, depression and suicide. Kyoto Animation produced the film, Futoshi Nishiya created the character designs, and Kensuke Ushio composed the music.
The film reveals the imperfections that accompany the human being. Its characters reflect on their selfishness and repent of their mistakes. âA Silent Voiceâ demonstrates the ability of humans to do good while showing all the bad deeds humans can do. This illustrates that perfection is impossible, and without any flaw there would be no room for growth.
The characters undergo a lot of development and are well fleshed out; the two protagonists are the bully Shoya Ishida and the new student Shoko Nishimiya, who is deaf. Viewers at home can find out who these characters are inside and observe how they change and grow over time. Considering the key themes of the story, this can be an eye-opening experience. It’s a remarkable film because it does a great job of portraying the realities of life.
However, some people criticize the anime film for not filtering out intense content, such as the bully’s toxicity towards the deaf girl and the realistic storylines surrounding the suicide.
The animated film Kyoto also excels in portraying social anxiety. Audiences see the former tyrant (there is irony in the film that Shoya finds himself bullied) focusing on the ground and avoiding eye contact with others, all from his point of view. seen. It also highlights how remote the protagonist, the former tyrant, is from the rest of the world. X’s are placed on people’s faces as if the protagonist is cutting himself off from the world.
âA Silent Voiceâ also describes the trials and tribulations that deaf people experience on a daily basis. There is so much self-loathing in the film that the viewer feels the emotion all over their body. The message conveyed is to forgive not only others, but yourself. This is one of the most difficult goals anyone can achieve.
The characters must overcome their flaws and insecurities to break down the barriers in their lives and be truly content. In the most unlikely places, the characters often find hope. The film teaches audiences that no one can face their concerns and problems alone. With the help of others, the characters are supported and cared for.
“5 centimeters per second”
Written, directed and produced by Makoto Shinkai, â5 Centimeters Per Secondâ removes the common âhappily ever afterâ trope and focuses on a lifelike long-distance friendship between the characters Takaki TÅno and Akari Shinohara. It is produced by CoMix Wave Inc. and the music is composed by Tenmon.
The title of the film is based on the speed at which the cherry blossom petals fall to the ground. The petals are a metaphorical representation of humans, mimicking the slowness of life. They also represent how people come together but slowly come apart.
The story has three parts, which deal with different periods in the life of the characters. The first part, “Cherry Blossom”, establishes the link between the two main characters when they were children. Best friends are separated by life events but manage to keep in touch by writing and calling. They eventually develop strong feelings for each other and have to deal with the distance that separates them more and more over time.
The second part is called “Cosmonaut” and shows their progress towards high school, where they have as much difficulty in communicating as before. The film introduces a new character who develops unrequited feelings for Takaki. All of the characters face their own fears and insecurities as they have to guess at the feelings of others over time.
In the third part, entitled “5 centimeters per second”, the protagonist prepares to face the realities of adult life. His former best friend Akari is also facing a new chapter in his life, and communication between them is more than sparse at this point. The main theme of this segment is how people deal with gifts and the consequences of time.
Some don’t like the movie because it lacks a happy ending and the closure that people think it deserves. There is only an almost depressing mirror of realistic life events that leave some people depressed. However, like life itself, the story is complex and contains many hidden messages that have won over many fans. The film shows that sometimes a person who loves another may not regain his feelings. Nothing in life is set in stone, but it shouldn’t hold anyone back.
“A mustache away”
Directed by Junichi Sato and Tomotaka Shibayama, “A Whisker Away” tells the story of a lonely girl, Miyo Sasaki, who wants to escape reality so that she can be a cat and hang out with her crush in disguise. The film, produced by Studio Colorido, Toho Animation and Twin Engine, focuses on themes of friendship and family. The music is composed by Mina Kubota, which makes the film more enjoyable. However, the film is also about fear and sadness in some parts.
“A Whisker Away” is a strange but healthy film that anyone can enjoy. The protagonist leads a double life, because during the day she is human, and at night she puts on a mask to transform into a cat. Miyo smiles to hide her pain throughout the story, like when her crush finds her weird and clingy but enjoys being with her cat version in secret. The story takes a turn when a stack of traumatic events cause him to give up being human.
Viewers may notice that the person providing him with the mask has a hidden agenda. He sells transforming masks for humans and cats who seek refuge from their painful lives. The mask seller takes great advantage of the masks he sells and does everything in his power to influence his customers to continue to reach out to him. Her manipulation works on Miyo as she is pushed overboard.
However, at her lowest point, a hand reaches out towards her, letting her know that no one really despises her. The film ends on a happy note, with the main character discovering a new hope in life as she realizes that not all of her insecurities are justified. She is also learning to be more open with her family.
“The garden of words”
Written, directed and edited by Shinkai, “The Garden of Words” is an intimate and understated film hosted by CoMix Wave Films and distributed by Toho. Since it addresses social issues and watching it can be a coping mechanism, the film is best suited to audiences who feel lonely or socially incomplete.
The film tells a story of forbidden love because of age. Two strangers, a woman named Yukari Yukino and a high school student named Takao Akizuki, meet under a gazebo in a lonely park while hiding from the rain. The high school student does not know the identity of the woman but is not afraid of being friends. Whenever it rains, the two either miss school or work to see each other under the gazebo.
Both characters have ambition but are discouraged by their harsh realities. They relate to being social outcasts and get to know each other while solving their individual problems and chasing their dreams. Over time, four full seasons of time pass, influencing how often they meet. The weather, especially rain, is rendered realistically throughout the scenes.
Much like â5 centimeters per second,â a lot of people may dislike the movie because it lacks a happy ending forever. However, it is definitely worth it as it addresses important issues like societal norms. The rain is the key motif of the film, which allows the characters to separate from their limits and relax. Shoes are also an important symbol. By meeting on rainy days, they help each other to relearn how to walk in life. Takao even makes a pair of shoes for Yukari, which helps him relieve his physical anxiety.
There are many other notable animated films that are not from Studio Ghibli. Those below are already widely known, but they still deserve to be recognized. Most of these sensational films are directed and directed by Shinkai, who is known as one of the best animators in anime history. His films match the excellence of animated films from Studio Ghibli and other studios.