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Montages are the products of editing multiple quick shots together in succession to give the impression of a time lapse.Thatâs really all that happens, but as Death Note is known to do, it embellishes these actions by exaggerating and enhancing them in ways only anime can and as a result, even the smallest flick of Lightâs eyes or pen (displayed simultaneously through the returning split-screens) informs the audience of his character.Final Thoughts [sourceLink asin="" asin_jp="B0001ME91I" cdj_product_id="" text="" url="" ]
There is no one true way to make a montage, but seeing the unique stylings of animeâs interpretations of it and how they use seemingly innocuous visual elements to turn whatâs normally a time-compression tool into a visual character study shows us just how the medium makes them special. Major Kusanagi is almost completely removed from this scene, only appearing to stare at a woman who has the same cyborg body she has, the rest is a bunch of shots of buildings surrounding the canal and the water-damaged signs and scaffolding hanging off of them. If youâve seen just about any 80s Hollywood movie, youâll know what to expect: Lots of split-screens and jump-cuts showing little vignettes of them hanging out over the course of several days as we see their relationship progress.They almost always make heavy use of music and usually feature little to no dialogue except for narration on occasion, relying instead on actions to express charactersâ thoughts and feelings.Based on a manga of the same name, this 1989 shoujo film opens with a montage that tells the story of our high-school heroine Anisa and how she confessed her feelings to Roy, the most popular athlete/movie star in school.[author author_id="110" author="" translator_id=""] [ad_bottom "mt40"] .These plot-irrelevant elements of the setting show its nuances in a similar (albeit much deeper) way to what Cipher did with its characters, with their seemingly random asides building the world up like itâs its own character as a result.But what do you think of montages in anime? Let us know in the comments below and stay posted to Honeyâs Anime.We cut back and forth between Lightâs room where he appears to be focused on his homework and the inside of his potato chip bag where heâs hiding a tiny tv monitor and a page of the death note to secretly kill people while the authorities think heâs studying.Through Guyâs eyes, we see several different cuts of Lee practicing vigorously by himself, setting obscenely high goals for his training and then punishing himself with even more training when he canât pull it off.
Letâs finish our journey by looking at another famous montage in anime, another one with heavy American influences.This medium has its own ways of using this, as it does with everything else, really.Itâs initially pretty jarring to cut to these non-sequiturs, but they help to add the quirky charm we expect of anime by giving stylistic representations of the charactersâ feelings.Ghost in the Shell
We mentioned at the start that a general idea for montages in Europe is to use shots that are more connected to the themes rather than the progression of the plot, but that direction made its way to Japan when Ghost in the Shell came to the big screen.The vibe is so American itâs even scored with âLetâs Hear it For the Boyâ by Deniece Williams, featured in Footloose.What sounds like a traditional Shinto chant plays as we see debris polluting the canal and middle-class people enjoying restaurants and other leisurely commodities among the worn-out buildings.But weâre not here to talk about a montage starring Naruto himself, this oneâs all about Rock Lee.Itâs not necessarily the first, mind you, but it is a good jumping-off point for seeing how anime uses montages, mostly because itâs so close to whatâs probably expected from a Western perspective.So, letâs check out some examples and take a look at how our favorite form of entertainment uses this classic technique.Our protagonist Light has already begun his plan to throw investigators off his trail by the time this sequence starts.Cipher
Turn on your CRT TVs and adjust your tracking, because weâre starting off with one of the oldest montages in the game.Naruto
Ghost in the Shell was pretty much the biggest deal in anime when it was released, but shounen battle manga replaced it as the mediumâs global sensation a few years later.All that happens is that the protagonist is traveling through the cityâs canal system, and itâs unbelievably intense and engrossing.[Reentry In And Macross Atmospheric Gundam]