1 Anonymous 1969-12-31T17:00:00 [ImgOps] [iqdb]
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Can we talk about Japan's unhealthy glamorization of high-rise communist blocks and the absurdly decadent public structures in anime?15 posts omitted
The architectural paradigms at work in anime for the last 2 decades seem to be the strong promotion of government-funded urban population centers and public structures to the exclusion of genuinely fresh design perspectives in terms of the "futuristic city" so many genres of anime spawn from.
It's a little annoying to me that any "fictional city" I come across in anime seems to operate on the ideal that a current city was razed and someone then let a single team of architects define every available open space with a single minimalist design, which seems far more analogous to communist trends of the 1970's than to modern-day city planning. There's no problem with imagining this in a fictional story, but it seems like it's all I see in anime these days. How can cute girls be so enthusiastic about living in places that seem so oppressive and brutalist?
I understand that art-directors and designers like to make the setting re-enforce the feeling of the story itself, and a lot of the exaggerated design is based on evoking a certain feeling, and of course there are many outliers, but i still think its an oddly overrepresented style and I'm disappointed studios aren't a little more creative.
I'd love to hear an actual anime/architecture expert's take on this