This list is kinda like an extension of my favorite movies list that seems to never stop growing. These scenes, in particular, I hold very near and dear to my heart. They keep my love for film alive in the midst of all of these subpar movies.
Here’s the list:
Kida and The Crystal Scene
This scene has always stuck out in my mind. The color and music create an omnipotent atmosphere. It is such an underrated scene and very rare. A woman of color who transcends from a princess to a divine power source, it makes me feel empowered and inspired. Each time I watch that scene, it reminds me that I have the power to create my own world.
The Water Spirit in Spirited Away
In Spirited Away there are many beautiful and breath-taking scenes such as Chihiro visiting Granny or the numerous world -exploring scenes. The scene that inspires me is the Water Spirit scene. The scene starts with everyone taking a relaxing bath and then there is the alarming presence of a spirit. The bath plays a huge role in this scene and that is the main reason why I like the scene so much. You can almost feel how relaxing the bath is from the steam, rushing water and the sighs of relaxation. The artwork and ornate decor enhance the scene.
Sharon Apple’s Concert Macross Plus
Macross Plus has one of the best soundtracks in anime history. The way this soundtrack shines is during Sharon Apple’s concert. The concert starts, the mood is set and then Santi-U plays. Sharon, the AI swims across the clouds and mesmerizes the thousands of people (plus the audience) with her singing. I love the soundtrack very much and frequently listen to it. My favorite songs are Pulse and Santi-U.
Magnetic Rose from Memories
Magnetic Rose is one of the best anime short films. Everything about this short film is beautiful plus the same person who scored Macross plus did the score for this film. It is hard to choose which part is my favorite because it was just so beautiful.
The flooding of the bathroom scene in The Shape of Water
This scene was very beautifully shot. The lighting and facial expressions were perfect. It encapsulated the innocence of the main character as well as transitioning the audience to a fantastical world in which the character and love interest are free. It is a rare scene.
Circus Scene from Cat Soup
The Circus scene from Cat Soup is an odd scene. It is very ethereal and eccentric, but I like it. It reminds me of when I would watch the circus at a place called the City Museum (it is essentially a building where you climb and find oddities). The style of the scene is somewhat nostalgic. It serves as a reminder that life experiences mixed with fantastical elements make an interesting story.