Some while ago, I don’t even know when exactly, there was a question going around between my anitwitter peers on ask.fm that inquired what their anime series would look like of they ever were to make one. I didn’t get that question myself, but it made me think, and quite a bit of spare time this year was spent on pondering what this fantasy project of mine would look like.
It would most certainly involve traveling. Or, Journeying, for a more fitting phrase. Never a clear a goal in mind, just moving forward, always towards the horizon. Only staying in a place for long enough to get an impression of life there, going through all kinds of lands, meeting all kinds of people, but also spending vast stretches of the journey in silent solitude.
The series would take a look through the eyes of a wanderer. Maybe he’d have a companion to play off with, maybe not. Maybe he’d go through the world on foot, maybe he’d mount a vehicle. It don’t even know, actually. What matters is that there’s always an acute sense of place. Of being there. Of this part of the world being a real place that exists, or could exist. But not more than that. Having it unclear what the world as a whole looks like, what exact period of it time it plays in, where a country ends and another begins, where the road stops and the land gives place to sea, would be important to me.
Atmosphere is key. The show would portray a diverse range of impressions and moods, slowly shifting from one to another, implying some sens of continuity, of moving on, and never lingering somewhere for long enough to give you the impressionthat that you have fully grasped it yet.
The whole show would be one big, seemingly never ending meditation on how vast and elusive the world is. I don’t even know if the series would be good for a few episode long short or a full lenght muti-cour series, but it doesn’t matter, I’d just want to evoke this one specific mood.
Maybe it’d just be boring, maybe it could never really work the way I like to imagine, maybe it’s just a silly idea that’ll sound like nonsense when I think about it some time in the future. I have no idea, but I’d totally want to make this show if I were in a place to create cool stuff at this point in my life.