I don’t dislike Sword of the Stranger but it’s not a very a good film. It’s a generic action movie with likable main characters but its plot didn’t engage me at all. That is until the final fight scene. The last fight in this movie is one of the best sequences of animation ever in my opinion. Whether or not you should see the movie through to the end or just see the climax on YouTube depends on how much you enjoy the film’s overly complicated mid-section.
Great animation is amazing. Good animators can make two-dimensional drawings move and feel like they’re real. The clip above was animated entirely by hand by one person. If animation like that interests you, you might be a sakuga fan.
“Sakuga (作画) (lit., “drawing pictures”) is a term used in anime to describe moments in a show or movie when the quality of the animation improves drastically…”
The sakuga fandom searches out, appreciates and discusses great 2D animation. This article will help get you up to speed on what great animation is, how it’s made and where you can find it.
A compilation of animation that includes work from the people and media talked about below.
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I made these videos about a year ago because I was bored and I like comparison videos. I like the original series more than the Rebuild movies that came out recently but I like Evangelion 2.22 as a standalone film. I’d seen a video comparing shots from Evangelion 1.11 to the original series a long time ago so I decided to compare scenes in 2.22 using the English dub, which I prefer.
Sicario is trying to be one of those “shocking” movies that middle aged people talk about at get togethers. “Oh, me and Harold watched Sicario last night. It was so violent. But you know it’s
so important because is really shows how bad the crime in Mexico City is.” (Everyone nods with wide-eyes). Just look at that award bait poster. The movie is about the depths to which federal agents stoop to take down cartels in Mexico City. Unfortunately, it’s as predictable and over-dramatic as that scenario can get.