Movies about cinema can be surprisingly engaging. Behind the chatter about shot composition, editing, and cast focus, there may be a good subject for drama. Pompo Le Cinephile capitalized on that with its story about the titular film producer tasking his colleague, Gene Fini, with turning a high-quality script into an equally high-quality film.
Still, Pompom is just a movie. Once his 90 minutes are up, it’s over. That the other anime movies can help scratch the itch that the movie has given its fans? Are there any other animated feature films about the ups and downs of creative media? There are quite a few, surprisingly enough. From least similar to most similar, here are the animated filmsPompom fans should check it out.
5 The wind picks up
Comparing Pompom to Hayao Miyazaki’s latest Studio Ghibli movie seems a bit odd. The wind picks up is loosely based on the real-life story of Jiro Horikoshi, a young man who began designing airplanes after his myopia prevented him from flying them. However, Pompom has been compared to the film in reviews. Notably by IndieWire, who said Pompom “Reducing the wounded beauty of Hayao Miyazaki The wind picks up up to 90 minutes of pleasure and well-being”.
So, it wouldn’t hurt fans to compare the two. Particularly as mounted was praised for its visuals and bittersweet story. Unlike Gene, Horikoshi’s desire to design airplanes is twisted. Set at the turn of the 20th century, Horikoshi is set up to design combat aircraft for the Japanese government. He must fight his way through them, their Nazi allies, and war on the horizon to maintain his love for his sick girlfriend Naoko and his love for airplanes.
On the surface, this psychological sci-fi story (psy-fi, so to speak) has nothing to do with Pompom. It’s about a research psychologist fighting terrorism through the DC Mini, a new device that allows people to watch both their dreams and the dreams of others. It looks more like an anime take Creation than cinema. However, it dives deeper than that. Paprika would end up being the last finished film its director, Satoshi Kon, would complete before his death in 2010.
The film shows his love for cinema by navigating the border between fiction and reality. Where one ends the other begins, and whether or not they are opposites. Even if it’s partly psycho-thriller, Paprika is also Kon expressing his own interest and love for films and creative media. His dreams in his cinematic ambitions, and the realities in his finished work. As strange as its premise is, it makes the audience think. However, there is another film by Kon whose subject is simpler.
3 Millennial Actress
Satoshi Kon’s work often covered the ins and outs of media. perfect blue used his film set to tell a slasher story about loss of identity and mental strain. his series, paranoia agenttalked about the power of urban legends and how they can affect people. Millennial Actress keep the drama of The wind picks upwhile remaining closer to the subject of cinema.
The film follows famous actress Chiyoko Fujiwara as she tells her life story to TV interviewer Genya Tachibana and her cameraman Kyoji Ida. The two find themselves literally engrossed in her flashbacks, watching her fall in love with a mysterious resistance fighter in occupied Manchuria, and her career as presented through her various film roles (her jealous, older co-star portrayed as a drama of geisha, etc.) Millennial Actress brings the love of cinema shown in Pompomwith a bittersweet romance that will touch even the harshest of hearts.
2 Kuromi-chan animation runner
This one might be a little hard to find these days and is technically a 2 part OVA rather than a solo movie. Yet his subject is perhaps closest to Pompom in its cutesy art style and cinematic subject matter. Kuromi tells the story of an anime fan named Mikiko ‘Kuromi’ Ogura who gets her dream job as an assistant at anime company Studio Petit. But then things sped up when the director of their big project, Time travelfalls ill and appoints Kuromi as his successor.
Now Kuromi must help complete the studio’s upcoming projects while maintaining the quality of their previous work. No shortcuts or animation frames. The OVA got a DVD release in the past through Central Park Media, albeit in 2004. Still, it’s worth a nod for its charm and influence. Specifically on the following example.
1 Shirobako: the movie
the original Shirobako The anime tells the story of five young girls – Aoi, Ema, Shizuka, Misa, and Midori – who got into animation after leading their high school animation club. Using their different talents, they help their studio, Musashino Animation, create two great anime projects. The film catches up with them a few years later when they have to tackle their biggest project to date: an animated feature film for the cinemas.
Despite Aoi’s doubts about the studio’s resources, they gain a new studio member – Kaede – who helps them make the most of what they have to produce a top quality film worthy of national theaters. Both the show and the film have been praised for their attention to detail and character development, especially with lead character Aoi. The Anime News Network went so far as to say that it “enlighten(ed) the world of anime”. So in terms of being a feel-good film about cinema with cute looks, Pompom fans will feel more comfortable with Shirobako.
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