2 -- I will respond; I'll ask you five questions.
3 -- You'll update your journal with my five questions, and your five answers.
4 -- You'll include this explanation.
5 -- You'll ask other people five questions when they want to be interviewed.
These are from halfnorn:
1) I've told you why I appreciate certain movies. What do you see in the sort of anime that was shown at GF#3?
From kees_s' GF3-report, I gather that the following anime was shown:
Exel Saga: Too hyperactive for my tastes.
Oh my Goddess: Nice and romantic, if a bit slow-moving.
Hellsing: Typical big-budget action anime. Will probably have a convoluted plot later on in the series which brings the main character in direct conflict with his superiors.
Noir: Big-budget action anime with a convoluted plot and cute girls.
The big difference is in what stories are told, and in the way these stories are being told. The stories are 'mature' and interesting in a way that western TV shows just can't match for some reason. One of the big reasons is that it's easier to show lots of new/weird things in animation, because you don't have to use a lot of expensive special effects. This frees the creators to tell the stories they want.
Compare, for instance, Witch Hunter Robin and, say, Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Both are about a young girl who hunts down magical creatures/humans -- but that's where the similarity stops.
2) How do you feel about sci-fi (as in non-anime sci-fi)?
Sometimes, sci-fi is fluff -- just fun stuff that throws around lots of technical toys to keep things interesting. Star Wars is a bit like that.
But sometimes, authors use sci-fi to make a point about the human condition and the consequences of our actions. Authors like Gibson and Asimov fall into this category. These authors use the sci-fi components of their stories not for the 'Wow!'-factor, but in order to tell the story they want/need to tell. I have a lot of respect for that, and most of the time, the stories these authors tell are mightily interesting.
And then there's stuff like the Transhuman Space setting. It's like a manual for the future, and I can't recommend it enough.
3) Do you feel that your life is moving at a sufficient pace? If not, why?
Yes. It might not be moving at a fast pace, but it moves at the pace I have set.
4) What do you like so much about all those anime soundtracks you seem to have heaped up over the years?
I can't understand the language -- or rather, most of the language. Which means I can only listen to the music and the melody/voices. That means you get a 'deeper' feel for the music, and I like that very much. It's also one of the reasons I like the works of the Cocteau Twins a lot.
Most OSTs are very melodious, and I like that very much.
5) What do you appreciate in western film and animation that Japanese material simply does not have, if any?
Modern Japanese storytelling is fantastic (in the sense that it allows the storytellers to use their fantasy optimally), while western storytelling is more 'realistic'. That makes western film excellently suited for 'what if'-stories. Something like 'I, Robot', or 'The Sixth Sense' is eminently western in its storytelling, and it is precisely that 'realism' that makes for compelling viewing.
Western animation is either kids' stuff or with depressingly low production values (Disney's Atlantis being the only exception I can think of), so not interesting at all.