There’s hundreds — if not thousands — of anime that include static shots of power lines with cicada noises. We combed through every single one and ranked just the top ten.
10. One Punch Man
That classic beautiful low angle shot of power lines on a hot summer day. The cluttered crisscross of the lines juxtaposed by the openness of the sky makes this one of the best power line shots ever.
9. Whisper of the Heart
Yoshifumi Kondô’s only feature-length film has one of the best power line shots ever. The nice haze of the sun really sets the mood.
8. Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei
Looming, atmospheric, daunting. A spec of lens flair really puts us in the head of the main character.
7. Nekomonogatari: Shiro
Sparse and backlit. These power lines are a mystery, never actually revealing themselves to us, making us ask more questions when we will ever get answers.
6. My Roommate is a Cat
This pick will be controversial for sure, but look at how the power-lines draw the eye down the street, leading us on an adventure — telling us that something important is just around that corner.
5. Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun
These power-lines, on this beautiful morning, are almost flirting with us.
4. The Girl Who Leapt Through Time
Clean, straight, blocky — this shot puts everything in order. All is as it should be. Or is it?
3. Neon Genesis Evangelion
It is a classic shot and what most other power line shots are inspired by and aspire to be. It is almost a god in this shot — inescapable and omnipresent.
What better metaphor for your teenage years could you ask for than this shot? If you’ve never seen the show, you don’t have to. This explains everything.
1. Serial Experiments Lain
Any anime fan who clicked this link already knew this was going to be number one: the power line shot to end all power line shots. When they say “Every frame is a painting,” they are talking about this shot. Out-of-focus lines in the foreground as if we are wrapped up in them, apart from them, being consumed by them. Yet they lead us to the tower in the background foreshadowing the inevitability of death. Also there are cicada noises.
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