Princess Budu sleeps, and dreams. She dreams of whimsical fairies and a wicked, restless beastial spirit. Her dream is one unmoored from identity and self - perhaps she is the fairy, perhaps those other fairies are other persons also. Also moving through her dream, always recurring in her thoughts is her lover Prince Kamar. The beastial spirit desires Budu; Kamar desires Budu, and she only has eyes for Kamar. Through her dream she floats and fades across an Arabian fantasia of minarets and mosques. These flickering moments, fleeting snatches of slumbered thought, are filled with an intoxicating, ethereal beauty.
In a dark and largely abandoned city a little girl wanders in search of something – beneath the folds of her dress she carries a mysterious giant egg. While living on the streets, she encounters a lonesome warrior who has forgotten his past and his purpose and, like the girl, travels aimlessly. Now they journey together, mistrustful of each other whilst sharing in the silence of the city. But who is the little girl? Who is the warrior? And what form of creature lies sleeping inside the egg?
Like 1001 Nights this is an anime which explores the unbounded aesthetic possibilities of animation making it almost central to the work. Whereas 1001 Nights is a fantastic flight of fantasy, Angel's Egg, engages with some deep thoughts and fraught emotions, which is all too understandable, given that the director (Mamoru Oshii) lost his Christian faith shortly before making the film. The work again features the art of Yoshitaka Amano but illustrating his fantastic ability for variety exploring out a brooding, gothic, and alien setting.
Easily my favourite work of animation.
To Love-Ru and Rosario to Vampire are about weird relationships one revolving around an alien and the other a vampire. The human male characters fnd themselves attracted to this out-of-this-world character.
In medieval Europe, the peasants Jeanne and Jean are in love. But when they finally decide to marry, Jean discovers he is required to pay a tax to the baron; and having insufficient means to pay, Jeanne is raped by the baron instead. After this traumatizing event, Jeanne is drawn by the Devil into a forbidden, occult world of power and lust. Witchcraft, orgies, assaults and surrealism abound in this erotic, psychedelic arthouse film.
Both anime have stunning beauty in their abstract art styles and have a woman being menaced by devil figures in their lives. Belladonna is more disturbing with the story than 1001 Nights. If you liked one check out the other as they seem to have been made for each other.
Both of these are works of visceral, ethereal beauty which feature in part a woman being menaced by a black, devilish figure. Both are somewhat eclectic in their animation styles, and use sketches on occasion. Belladonna is far more disturbing, twisted, and features 70s rock rather than 1001 Nights' dreamlike classical score. Nonetheless, aesthetically they are appealling for very similar reasons.
Many years ago, a boy found himself outside in the rain without shelter. Wandering into a part of the neighborhood he had never been to before, he was invited inside a house by a beautiful girl who captured his heart immediately. Once the rain had passed the boy left, promising to return someday; but he could never again find her and she quickly faded from his mind. Now the boy is an old man, and returns to his home town for the first time in decades. Much to his surprise, near an old factory, the girl of his dreams appears once more...
1001 Nights and Tori no Uta are two abstract, visual pieces that will appeal to fans of the bizarre. Expect little to no plot in both and a very slow pacing.
Yoshtaka Amano's artwork transposed into an ethereal world of dreams. 1001 Nights is by far the better and the shorter of the two titles - it's fluidly animated, while Tori no Uta is essentially a series of Amano pictures - but fans of his artwork and the dreamy pace will likely will not find their time wasted with either title.
His name is Tortov Roddle, and he is a traveler from Tortalia. Along with his unusually large companion of a pig, the slender Tortov travels from place to place, always finding a new and beautiful adventure at his destination. From islands carried on the backs of frogs, to delightful cafes, to movie theaters and giant bears, there's a wonderful story to tell in the diary of Tortov Roddle.
In a lush and detailed fantasy world, magical airships sail amidst floating islands and villas. Luxurious earthly homes lie amidst hillsides of flowers and trees, and a lone pond houses a single shoot of life. Miniature tram cars come and go, ladies’ dresses flutter in the breeze, will o’ wisps dance in the midst of dusk and lights flicker warmly. With a lack of narrative, Iblard Jikan shows us these visions and more alongside a soundtrack of lilting melodies.