Turning Red was inspired by 4 key anime, including Sailor Moon

Domi Shi sums up his vision blushes; Pixar’s latest fantasy coming-of-age comedy titled Dream of Teenage Asian. Fever is aesthetic and energy, equal parts bright, masculine, goofy, and playful. Shea, who made her first debut in the acclaimed 2018 short film. Bao brought all her experience and passion for creating the story of the unusual adolescence of 13-year-old Meiling “Mei” Li. In particular. The influence of the anime is fully evident throughout the film. From blushesMei’s soft color palette and energetic tone often transforms into a giant red panda. Whenever she calls too overwhelmed or exhilarated. In a conversation with Polygon, Shea offered a list of some of her favorite anime. That she was looking for inspiration to create. Blushes.

Sailor Moon

No wonder Shi quotes Sailor Moon as one of the key inspirations for Turning Red’s art style. Naoko Takeuchi’s 1991 manga around schoolgirl-turned-superpowered heroine Usagi Tsukino has lived adjusted into two animated series. The former being considered one of the key titles that introduced an entire generation of anime viewers to the Magical Girl genre. anime. “We were very inspired by the pastel colors and the dreaminess of the night. The nightscapes,” Shea explains, citing the 1992 series’ soft color palette. That influenced the overall look of the film.

Sailor Moon is available for streaming on Hulu.

Ranma ½

Ranma ½, based on the martial arts adventure manga by Rumiko Takahashi. Follows the misadventures of a teenage martial artist who, after falling during a training journey. Is doomed to transform into a girl every time he is doused with cold water. With the opposite effect after being doused with warm water. Naturally, this predicament leads to a whole host of hilarious shenanigans.

Besides being an anime romantic comedy equivalent to a Virginia Woolf novel Orlando. Ranma ½ had a great influence on the creation of blushes. “Ranma ½ is another anime that inspired us, especially when Mei turned into a giant pink cloud. We sort of borrowed this from a lot of anime about transformation. And all this device of a girl turning into an animal, I think I see it a lot in anime.”

Ranma one⁄2 is available for streaming on Hulu as well as Funimation.

fruit basket

Slice of life Natsuki Takaya, a romcom fruit basket is a modern shojo manga classic. That inspired two beloved anime adaptations in 2001 and 2019. The latter of which made our list of the best anime of the year (three years in a row!). The series follows Tohru Honda, an orphaned high school student who befriends many members of the Sohma family. A clan obsessed with the thirteen animals of the Chinese zodiac, who turn into their animals when weakened, stressed, or hugged by a family member. The opposite sex.

Not surprisingly, Shi ascribes fruit baskets as inspiration for blushes. What about its general themes of adolescence, transformation, vibrant color palette. And its famed status as a popular introduction to the world of female-focused anime and manga.

Fruit Basket (2001) is available for streaming on Funimation; Fruit Basket (2019) is available for streaming on Crispy roll as well as Funimation.


Apart from Ranma ½fantasy romance adventure series by Rumiko Takahashi, Inuyasha was another important factor influencing the creation of blushes. Both the manga and its 2000 anime adaptation tell the story of Kagome Higurashi, a high school student in present-day Tokyo who is magically transported to the Sengoku period after falling into a well at her family’s temple. After releasing the half-dog, half-human demon Inuyasha from imprisonment, Kagome embarks on a journey to recover the shards of a powerful artifact known as the Shikon Jewel before they fall into the hands of a nefarious demon known as Naraku.

Made popular when it was first shown in the West on Adult Swim in 2002, Takahashi’s fantasy epic also features elaborate transformations and strong female characters in addition to elaborate storytelling and violent action.

Inuyasha is available for streaming on Netflix, Crispy roll as well as Funimation.

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