12 Days of Anime #12: Cirrus Business

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.

My favourite single screenshot this year is probably the one from Sacred Seven. That second episode was remarkably cheesy and reeked of “Eureka Seven wannabe,” but the art in that episode was very nice. My favourite cloud-pimping series of the year? Fractale. Yep. That show is at least good for something.

13 thoughts on “12 Days of Anime #12: Cirrus Business”

    1. The fact that I spent 15 minutes trying to find an answer to this, and being unable to do so anyways, is reflective how how beautiful they can truly be.

  1. As a meteorologist-in-training, it’s really nice to know I’m not the only one who founded just that much more enjoyment for a series with lovely cloud scenes!

    1. Haha, understood. I’m actually quite interested in the science behind cloud formation as well, though there’s probably more depth to it, information-wise than what is available through wikipedia. I know people from many different specific fields of science: particle physics, geology, evolutionary biology, physical chemistry, and myself in forensic sceince. It’s a damn shame that I don’t know a single meteorologist in real life.

  2. I tend to watch the dusk shots from Arakawa under the Bridge for my high quality cloud porn.

    Also, I respect you actually noticed the skyline in that screen cap from Madoka ep.10, considering what else was going on at the time. Giant open-legged schoolgirl witches tend to distract me.

    1. I will look into that series again. I’m sure there’s a wealth of material to post to my tumblr. Thanks for the suggestion.

      During that scene, there was a crapton going on, and it was actually Mami who took most of my attention. Godoka bless her soul ;_;

  3. Cloud porn check! Very true, I loved that Sacred Seven shot! And of course my personal favorite of all time! Ika Musume ❤

    Thanks for sharing Krizz! I love the tumbler ❤

    1. Ika Musume is such a good show for clouds. It’s probably my #2 next to Fractale. Hope to see you submit stuff to the tumbler =D

  4. What a wonderful post – and what a clever title. 🙂

    I’d have one more to add – Children Who Chase Voices from Deep Below from the absolute master of clouds, Makoto Shinkai.

    1. I’m still watching the show, and I am agreeing with you so much so far. Especially in Episode 3 when things really kick in to gear.

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