Digitalboy should be the blogger to ask when it comes to studio histories, and information on particular directors. Here on We Remember Love I present an amateur’s take on how to heal the dysfunction between fans of anime and the studios which produce them. Here are two studios that have been accused (rightly or wrongly is irrelevant to me) of making anime primarily as a means to advertise related merchendise. I won’t comment on how deep the hate is, but it sure is loud.
I’m talking about Kyoto Animation, which produced a good number of popular game adaptations, as well as two of my favorite anime (that isn’t mecha related): Lucky Star and Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuutsu; and Sunrise, which produces the mighty Gundam franchise (ftw!).
Lucky Star has been panned for excessively referencing Suzumiya Haruhi, though this never bothered me because I do like the series a lot. Gundam shows (and Code Geass R2 in particular) has been made examples of how Sunrise is more than anything a marketing arm of Bandai Toys, makers of Gunpla and other robot sweetness. Here I want to understand why exactly these are terrible things.
Despite how I feel about Gundam 00, which changes from episode to episode, at the end of the day I am a fan of the franchise. I don’t play the role of a guardian of quality. I’m not here to discuss why you may not like it, or to make proclamations (good show, shit show). I’m here to find ways to celebrate my love for these shows, no matter what the current sentiment is about them. This has allowed me to be at peace with myself and the fandom, whose views about the show are immaterial as far as my utility for the anime and its related products are concerned.
I’ve also noticed that it’s quite cool now to dislike the memes, the trappings, and other related subjects that made Haruhi and Lucky Star popular to begin with. While this is interesting to me, worth studying as a social phenomenon on how the perception of quality fluctuates as more people participate in the consumption and discourse of the subject, I don’t have the capacity yet to fully take this on.
In the mean time, I found these videos. These stop-motion works blow me away. They must be the product of a lot of effort, and considerable talent. I cannot divine the purpose of the creators: whether it is to trash the shows, or to celebrate them, but my bet is on the latter.
Hare Hare Yukai Ver.Gunpla
Bonus points for identifying for me the mobile suits that participated in the video. L33T status is bestowed to the commenter that matches each mobile suit to the respective Haruhi Suzumiya characters. C’mon Gundam heads, I know you have it in you!
Motteke! Sailor Fuku Ver. Gunpla
Again, bonus points for identifying the mobile suits that participated in the video. L33T status for the commenter that matches each mobile suit to the respective Lucky Star characters. This can be tricky, but believe in the me who believes in you!
OMAKE: This red Zaku will blow you AWAY.
What mobile suit is this exactly, and from which Gundam show?
Why hate when there’s so much to love?