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Thunder, Perfect MindBecause there should be a topic. To the uninformed: Masaaki Yuasa is a critically lauded animation director best known for his film Mind Game and the series Kemonozume, Kaiba and The Tatami Galaxy. It's hard to say that he has a "style"—he's done some very different things—but his work can be reasonably easily recognised by its fluid motion, atypical character designs, and total unabashed trippiness. So, um... yeah. Discuss at will.
edited 20th Jul '12 5:52:57 AM by JHM
Conceptually FrameworkedMind Game looks interesting, but can you tell me anything about the plot? Or is that impossible?
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Thunder, Perfect MindStrangely, I have not seen it yet, but The Other Wiki has a pretty thorough plot summary (which you may want only to read the beginning of). Basic gist seems to be thus: A comic artist meets a childhood friend (with whom he is infatuated) in her parents' restaurant. While talking over dinner, the friend is kidnapped by the yakuza. After that... things get really trippy.
edited 23rd Jul '12 5:18:49 AM by JHM
Master BirdI've come here by means of a google alert set up to his name. I'm not an anime fan, but this guy is a genius. I cant' understand how so few people know his work. Look for Cat Soup on youtube, look for his amazing series Kaiba, and look for Mind Game, of course. I won't try to describe the plot of Mind Game. I don't feel that would be fair to other aspects of the show. The story is good, sure, but the greatest thing about the movie is how everything is done. The animation is unique, cartoony and stylish, the camera angles are interesting and extreme at times. Gee, go check it out yourselves!
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Thunder, Perfect MindCat Soup is one of my favourite short animated films ever. It's just so strange and compelling, very funny yet also very, very sad. Especially the ending. Oh dear God, the ending...
Cat Soup is icky but fascinating, yes. My fave work of his is Tatami Galaxy. I binged it and it was glorious.
Not Actually IndieI've seen Mind Game. I haven't watched as many movies as most people, but I'm pretty sure I've never seen another one as weird. I want to watch The Tatami Galaxy, but I've only seen about half of it, and most of the episodes seem to no longer be available online.
...eventually, we will reach a maximum entropy state where nobody has their own socks or underwear, or knows who to ask to get them back.
World's biggest wannabeOh, god, The Tatami Galaxy was freaking awesome. ...I should go rewatch that one right now. Been far too long.
Torrents are probably the best option.
edited 28th Sep '12 4:25:32 AM by fillerdude
This thread made me watch The Tatami Galaxy. It was a wonderful experience.
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Thunder, Perfect Mind@Desertopa: You can watch it on Hulu. And you should. It is seriously one of my favourite animated shows of all time. In related news, Yuasa has started a Kickstarter campaign to fund a new short with Production I.G. This shall be glorious. P.S. I am surprised and delighted that this thread has led people to watch more of this man's oeuvre. I just feel so happy now.
edited 4th Oct '12 4:28:45 AM by JHM
Kickstarter for a short film? Now that's interesting.
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