(08-16-2019, 03:06 PM)mephitz Wrote:
(08-14-2019, 02:25 AM)Yozora Wrote: Hmm, Waking Life, Mindwalk, and My Dinner with Andre all made me think and would be the closest I've come to watching a life-changing movie, but I've personally had better luck with books for that sort of thing.
Ghibli movies are pretty close though. Kiki's Delivery Service and Princess Mononoke have definitely changed the way I view certain things.
I'm quite interested on how Ghibli movies have changed your life. I watched those quite a while ago, and just remember that I learnt to appreciate artwork because Miyazaki is such a genius.
More like changed my view of certain things than changed my life, but anyway,
part of it is how strong the female characters are. Growing up female, you learn quickly that anger is a bad feeling you must do everything in your power to bury and suppress. When I first watched Ghibli films something about the heroines struck me as different, but I couldn't tell what it was...then it hit me. They weren't afraid to let their anger and frustration show if they felt them. They could even glare if they needed to, something which I never saw with the female characters in Western cartoons. When I read an interview with the head of animation who did Disney's Frozen, they said that female characters have to always be kept "pretty" while expressing emotions
, and the male characters don't have that problem. That kind of thinking was probably why none of the female characters in the Western cartoons I watched growing up really let their anger show, and thus I felt that I was bad for feeling angry sometimes.
There are other things, like Kiki's Delivery Service showing me that it's normal to have creative slumps sometimes, Grave of the Fireflies showing me the cruelties of war, Princess Mononoke showing the importance of nature and natural spaces, and such, but the biggest thing I think, was normalizing anger for me. Japan has its problems but in general it's still easier for me to find stronger female characters in Japanese media then I tend to find in Western/English-speaking media, and when they make Hollywood remakes of Japanese stories, oftentimes the female characters are made into weaker characters so they can be more dependent on the men and let the male characters have more chances to shine.