Siskoid Cinema Battles: Anime

Siskoid Cinema Battles is your one-stop shop for movie-related bracket fights! In the inaugural episode, Siskoid sits down with two members of oHOTmu OR NOT's Hot Squad - Josée "Art-Girl" Robichaud and Isabelle "Shotgun" Godin - to debate which anime film is the best, as 32 top anime films are thrown into the arena to fight it out for the top spot! Will it be a hyper-violent finish, or hit you deep in the feels?! Our anime fans will decide!

The bracket so you can follow along.

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Theme: "Techno Syndrome" by The Immortals.

Bonus clip: "Howl's Moving Castle" by Miyazaki, starring Billy Crystal.

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2 responses to “Siskoid Cinema Battles: Anime

  1. Enjoyed this immensely, despite the Akira disrespect. My own personal favourite from this bracket is Princess Mononoke (of course – I’m not a monster). There’s something about the combination of ecological themes, Japanese history and mythology and Shinto animism that speaks to me on a really deep, fundamental, profound level, but in ways I can’t quite articulate. I love it so, so much.

    But the most valuable thing about this episode was your joyous celebration of the films I haven’t seen, which sound wonderful and have instantly been added to my watchlist (how have I not seen Your Name yet?! Must be an administrative oversight). So thanks for the recommendations and inspiration!

  2. I don’t watch a lot of anime films, being more of a series guy, but the discussions on each of these was really interesting. One thing that jumped to my mind with the plot description was how much Arrietty reminded me of “The Littles”, to the point that I thought they were based on the same source material. Apparently they aren’t. Arrietty is based on “The Borrowers” which was published in England in 1952. The Littles was based on the American book series of the same name first published in 1967. Whether John Peterson read Mary Norton’s earlier novel is up in the air as far as I know, but the entire discussion and research got the cartoon theme stuck in my head.

    Also, for the record, I am not a fan of Akira either. I’ve seen it a handful of times, and each re-watch just confirms my initial impression.

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