It’s not at all unusual to find articles on animation in the aniblogosphere, from general awesomeness, to eccentricity. I actually find it unusual that it isn’t discussed enough (well, I guess it does in various reviews). As can be read from various posts, animation quality isn’t only about how pretty the pictures are, but rather how well they are sequenced to create the illusion of movement.
Motion (in the context of) and animation are misnomers. The pictures don’t move. We are actually being shown one image at a time, one after the other. These are cleverly sequenced to make us see moving subjects. Image quality can provide us rich detail, perhaps in terms of pixels/dots per square (insert unit of length here). Shows in High Defenition reward us with this quality. Animation quality is better measured (grossly) in terms of frames per second, or the number of images that can be shown in sequence per unit of time.
One thing notable about remarkable animated scenes is that a lot of them are fights and battles. It shouldn’t be surprising, given that fights and battles have a lot of stuff going on at a very fast pace. It’s really a set-piece showcase for the show. Ghost in the Shell is remarkable in its awesome mecha battle.
Your usual fight is between two humans, or humanoid beings (including robotic ones). Battles are between mixed units, from squads to large fleet engagements. Ghost in the Shell’s final engagement is unusual that it’s a one-on-one duel, and it’s humanoid vs. monster nature.
The tank is a monster; it behaves with sentience, but does not behave like a rival – who converses and debates with the protagonist (think Char vs. Amuro, Grace vs. Alto). It’s silent, and only speaks using gunfire.
It’s not like Major Kusanagi isn’t beyond human herself. She’s showcased her capabilities on several occasions throughout the movie.
But as for the battle itself. The Major vs. the tank. The Major is only carrying small arms fire.
The video here is from the first movie, english dub (bad, but not that lame). It’s a bit long, but you’ll be able to see the awesome fight, starting at around 1:45.
Gorgeous, subtly stylized. Gritty as hell. It’s a brutish affair, and is very much part of why I love anime. The 2.0 update is even prettier. Go watch for yourself.
Any other fights of note? I’m always looking for one. Share me a link at the comments section. Be sure to tell my why it’s so awesome.