Today's question is the flip side of the same coin as the last question - - a reflection in the same dark mirror, so to speak.
Once again, I want to stress that my exposure probably isn’t wide enough to answer this in the proper context. I’m sure a lot of you Anime Vice maniacs will roll your eyes because I haven’t seen all the better anime that must have come before this, but… regardless, the best anime series I’ve seen so far is NEON GENESIS EVANGELION. Big surprise, right?
I’ve already gone into exhaustive detail about why I like the series so much in the 27 posts I did reviewing the anime and the movie, as well as the beginner’s guide I put together for the series. In short, I can think of few other works of entertainment in any medium that have captured my imagination as much as this show did. I was utterly fascinated by its mythology and eager to pick apart all its elaborate mysteries. I hadn't felt like that about a story in years.
For features, I’d say PRINCESS MONONOKE. It made enough of an impression on me that I still distinctly remember the experience of watching it in Manlius, New York’s charmingly-dingy art house theater almost ten years ago. Miyazaki gets mentioned enough on “best lists" that it’s almost a cliché but, regardless, watching this movie still stands out as one of the most enchanting I’ve had at the movies, period.
As for paying tribute to all these… well…
I’D RIP 'EM OFF!
Seriously, the most creative tribute I can pay to superlative work like this is to pull these influences into my own writing. I see both of these as challenges to make something that’s as compelling - - that's as complex and philosophically rich as EVA or as spellbinding and mythical as MONONOKE.