I remember Cardcaptor Sakura from the days when Cartoon Network (my then favorite channel) aired most of the big shonen and shojo hits of the era. Although I liked it (Sakura was the sole reason I owned a couple of roller skates), for some reason, I didn’t remember much of the show itself growing up. I suspect it might have been because it aired while I had school, which would, of course, mean that I never watched it much, but I’m not really sure. However, I’ve always wanted to go back to it, and the winter season bringing us a sequel was the push I needed it to finally do so.
I’ve talked about the use of purple for scenes and character design before, focusing mostly on My Hero Academia. In case you haven’t read that post, I’ll briefly summarize it for you. On characters, purple can express femininity, mystery or refinery depending on the tone. On scenes, it can foreshadow a drastic change, or death. However, this are only a few of the possible interpretations of the color.
Now, this season is definitely keeping me busy with its ridiculous number of interesting shows, but Land of the Lustrous is consistently one of my biggest enjoyments each week. With the predicaments of its immortal, genderless gems and the moon people after them, Land of the Lustrous has created a world that’s as interesting as it is breathtaking. And after this week’s episode “First Battle” here I am, talking about purple again.
Lately, I’ve been reading Patti Bellantoni’s “If It’s Purple, Someone’s Gonna Die: The Power of Color in Visual Storytelling”, because I love learning about color. I promise that my obsession with purple it’s not related to that catchy title, although I have to admit that it’s a color that always seems to find me.
While reading this book (which use live-action films as examples), I got the idea to kickstart what I hope can be a series of “spotting” the use of color in the shows I’m watching. This is mostly because I find interesting how anime and cartoons can get away with portraying things in more exaggerated, artificial ways, meaning that artists can take certain liberties that live-action filmakers might not. JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure’s use of color it’s a very interesting example.