October 23, 2006

Animated Manhattan: Red Garden

Part 13 in an ongoing series looking at New York City in animation.

Red GardenA few weeks ago, a new animated TV series was launched called Red Garden. It’s about a group of girls who go to school together on Roosevelt Island, and they have all sorts of supernatural misadventures that begin when their friend’s dead body is found in Central Park.

At least, I think that’s what it’s about. It’s kind of hard to tell exactly because it’s a Japanese cartoon, airing in Japan, and I don’t understand a word of Japanese. But it’s interesting seeing their take on New York City. The cartoon’s rendition of Central Park looks nothing like Central Park. It looks like a dense thick forest, and not like a landscaped park. Trees like this don’t even exist in the ramble, the most densly wooded part of the park. Roosevelt Island, on the other hand, is depicted fairly nicely, with lovely views of midtown Manhattan and the Queensboro Bridge.

The show’s opening credits and a few clips can be found on YouTube. Here’s a small gallery of New York City as depicted in the pilot episode:

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Maybe if the show gets released in the states with subtitles, I can see what their take of the rest of the city is like, assuming they don’t spend all their time on Roosevelt Island. Maybe they’ll head East for an episode in Long Island City.

IMDb Rating: N/A
BCDb Rating: N/A
My Rating: 7/10

(My rating is for the pilot episode’s depiction of NYC only)

Comments

I’m not sure if it’s actual animation or not, but you should check out the movie Shortbus. There are lots of scenes of what appears to be a very styled and quite large model of New York that the camera pans over from Manhattan to Brooklyn and back, but, this being 2006, the whole thing may be a fairly advanced bit of computer animation (there is a certain aura of unreality about it).

jf

just thought you would like to know this , this animation about 3 girls who will soon discover that they are ded!!
its a big hit now a days in animation word you can get the torrents from shinsen subs website .

The opening looks like a James Bond title sequence, but for little girls