Anime Club: Paprika

Hello everybody! For today’s anime club we have the mind bending film Paprika.

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DIRECTED: Satoshi Kon

STARRING: Megumi Hayashibara, Tōru Emori, Katsunosuke Hori, Tōru Furuya

GENRE: Animated, Science Ficiton

YEAR: 2006

COUNTRY: Japan

Three scientists at the Foundation for Psychiatric Research fail to secure a device they’ve invented, the D.C. Mini, which allows people to record and watch their dreams. A thief uses the device to enter people’s minds, when awake, and distract them with their own dreams and those of others. Chaos ensues. The trio – Chiba, Tokita, and Shima – assisted by a police inspector and by a sprite named Paprika must try to identify the thief as they ward off the thief’s attacks on their own psyches. Dreams, reality, and the movies merge, while characters question the limits of science and the wisdom of Big Brother.

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 Paprika is a mind bender of a film. Take Inception, toss in some Japanese anime, and it was done completely right. I went into my first viewing of Paprika, which I haven’t even heard of until recently, knowing absolutely nothing about the film. I just knew it was some kind of mind bending thriller. The animation style is completely beautiful, a very modern take on a traditional art style, many of the scenes are breathtaking. You will definitely have an enjoyable time trying to piece together the story, as it is confusing yet inspiring at the same time.

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Paprika is a very confusing film and surprisingly I am not the only one who has this opinion. Many people compare Paprika as an anime version of Inception, as the general themes are the same. Each film involves diving into people’s dreams, but they both tackle it in a very different way. Some of the characters are not as well developed as they should be, but this doesn’t hinder Paprika one bit.

PROS:

  •  Japanese Inception.
  • Intruiging characters.
  • Amazing visuals.
  • Surrealism and dreams.

CONS:

  •  Way too confusing of a story, yet interesting nonetheless.

SCORE: 9.0 / 10

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Anime Club: Tokyo Godfathers

Hello everybody! For this most festive anime club, we have the Christmas anime film Tokyo Godfathers.

TOKYO GODFATHERS

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STARRING: Tōru Emori, Yoshiaki Umegaki, Aya Okamoto

DIRECTOR: Satoshi Kon

GENRE: Drama

YEAR: 2003

COUNTRY: Japan

Christmas in Tokyo, Japan. Three homeless friends: a young girl, a transvestite, and a middle-aged bum. While foraging through some trash, they find an abandoned newborn. Hana, the transvestite with delusions of being a mother, convinces the others to keep it overnight. The next day, using a key found with the baby, they start tracking down the parents, with many adventures along the way.

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Tokyo Godfathers has moved up the shortlist of anime films not created by Miyazaki almost to the top. The film is a fantastic outlook on urban life, specifically being homeless in Tokyo. The characters are so out there and unique that I actually cared what happened to them. That’s out there even for me in an anime film. The animation isn’t anything special, but its incredibly traditional and it works.

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Tokyo Godfathers is a very slow film, so be prepared to sit through what feels like could be a three hour film but with only a one and a half hour run time. While the characters are unique, I feel that some of their adventures could have been cut for some more plot related ones. Nonetheless, Tokyo Godfathers had become one of my favorites.

PROS:

  •  Characters.
  • Story
  • Urban life outlook.

CONS:

  • Pacing
  • Non-plot related tangents

 SCORE: 7.0 / 10

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