This year was certainly a year for the skies. In video games, the other awesome medium and pasttime, we had Link heroically dive down to earth from the heavens in The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, and in The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim, we always looked up at the clouds, keeping alert from possible
arrows to the knee dragon attacks.
In anime, we had Last Exile, a fantastic series that took what we loved back in
2006 2003 (Thanks Scamp; clearly I didn’t love Last Exile enough) and revisited that place beyond the grand stream, pitting airship generals against each other, and thrusting unassuming, yet adventurous vanship pilots into adventures that only their wildest dreams could ever conjure.
If you don’t know me too well, I’m hugely biased towards the aesthetic of cloud formations. The randomness of their very shape and being, like that of the uniqueness of snowflakes on the most microscopic levels, bring out a sense of awe in me that I can always appreciate, and perhaps never take for granted.
This year, I started up a tumblr site that honors the beauty of clouds in anime, called Clouds, desu. At first glance, one would think that he or she would have to look to the likes of Makoto Shinkai and his kin to get the best cloud porn. While he certainly is the best at what he does, one cannot discount the great imagery invoked in other anime as well.
Here’s a look at a small sample what 2012 brought us with regards to those fluffy fragments of heaven. Just try and guess which shows I took these screenshots from. You can find the answer by hovering over each picture.