Makoto Xingkai: 5 songs 12.10.2017




Last season happened, a curious event changed the seemingly unchangeable leader in the list of top grossing legallybuy feature-length cartoons, and in place of “spirited away” the great Miyazaki came of the Japanese film “Your name“. The author’s name is Makoto Xingkai, and he managed to pass a Grand path from Illustrator in my free time, drawing on a home computer first short film, and the artist accused of excessive apologetics all the same Miyazaki to the detriment of the author’s vision, to the acknowledged master, deliberately rejects any genre of anime cliches and creating their own ways of artistic statement, is incredibly lyrical, but not mushy.

Now Makoto Xingkai is not just “another Miyazaki”, it’s a whole new world inhabited by clouds, cats, teapots and trains, which even visually is not to be confused with nothing, and we decided to publish some brief excursion into his work, composed at the time of publication of the five conditionally polnometrazhek (why conventionally we will discuss separately), completing the overview of his current magnum opus, “Your name”.

“Beyond the clouds”, 2004

Stories Makoto of Xingkai full kind of high mysticism, which is often very difficult to define the genre. Even such a trivial thing as a mobile phone or a kettle, it can turn into a full-fledged character. In the case of the first full length album Xingkai took the genre alternative universe where the Soviet Union not disintegrated, but on the contrary, conquered the Japanese island of Hokkaido and built a mysterious Tower, the adjustment Bureau. Besides the Tower, character in the film is the plane named “Bella Sella”, which built two fellow students, in the process, they tied a romantic story with a classmate, which they promise to get built their aircraft to the same Tower Union.

So technically fantastic story in sublimely bright, emotional performance Xingkai quickly turns into a romantic and philosophical parable about parallel worlds, youthful aspirations and the atmosphere resembles an improved version of the “Teens in the universe” deprived the Soviet pathos, but more accurately describes a teenage romance as a plot and as a genre. The output is quite a Miyazaki, but with a clearly distinguishable artistic style, all of these carefully-drawn photorealistic clouds that will become the hallmark of the Xingkai, endless trains as a symbol of passing time and large strokes of the characters of the adult characters (the conventional “mentors”), which seem to sew forever threatening to break up teenage world. Plus in the first full movies Xingkai begins to generate its own meta-novel, leaving here and there numerous references to previous works like


Makoto Xingkai: 5 songs 12.10.2017

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