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But atlas anime forms /r/ anime and some other people still didn’t think it to be anime. /r/ anime moderators removed the thread even though it was upvoted to the top at a rate of 98%. What /r/ anime consider as ‘Anime’, “an animated series, produced and aired in Japan, intended for a Japanese audience.” Which I felt Shelter meet all this requirements and if it wasn’t for fans like us who like many others that year, sent message after message forcing their hands to reinstate the post. Some angry fans leaked the name of the moderator who deleted the post. Threats where sent to mods 😂😂😂, calculating that safety was more important than principles reinstated the post and still maintain that Shelter with its international branding doesn’t fit in the anime genre and that it belongs elsewhere.
I personally do feel it would have been good if they explored the story more, they only go out of their way to show us for a split second the main character’s letter from her father, making you spend time and read it on a second watch. It had fascinating visuals, the undertones of a post-apocalyptic world, the loneliness of being potentially the last human in the universe, but didn’t explore that more only showing us the loneliness lost in the profundity of memory.
But all this could be said to be a new style of short story telling giving us just the bits and making us imagine our own ideas to fill in the gaps. And wish they told us more about her father too, Instead of feeling like a trailer for something bigger to come. It’s only 6 minutes but if they were to ever make a real movie adaptation or series of this animation, I would definitely watch it in a heartbeat.
All in all it was simple, but powerful making me remember why I love anime. Its gives use something unique and a fantastic experience that’s hard to find anywhere. It would be good to have more productions and collaboration like this, colourful and fluid animation, music worked well and the cuts were really well done.
Shelter’s message was very impactful, it shows us the unconditional parental love and that our past, no matter how painful, gives us the strength to keep moving forward. Shelter is short but hits deep, showing why Anime is a great medium for making visions and imaginations come to life.