Four touching and intriguing stories are set to a backdrop of different songs: a futuristic cop patrols the streets to fight against crime; a girl experiences an out-of-this-world vision of the world after ingesting a variety of pills; a badass battling chick fights her way to happiness and manages to stoke the flame of love; and two lovers meet and exchange a beautiful rose.
Carving a lonely figure on the skyline of his home city, Catman is a solitary guy who spends his days as he pleases - except, he doesn’t always have that much luck and really hates the town he’s living in. From whiling away the hours at the slots to playing drunken games of bowling, Catman just gets on with life and does whatever he feels like.
OK, this may seem like an odd rec on the surface, but both Catman and Amazing Nuts are short anime where music plays a very important role. In both cases the soundtrack is the only form of sound, which accompanies a stylised form of animation. While Catman's animation quality is far lower than that of Amazing Nuts, it's worth checking one out if you enjoyed the other.
A young woman lives alone in a quiet apartment in Japan; her sole companion is her tiny orange hamster, who she carries with her and loves dearly. Through heartaches, first encounters, cooking sessions and beautiful scenery, the young woman’s relationship with her hamster thrives and remains a touching sentiment.
Egao and Amazing Nuts! are two music video's (or to be precise, five, Amazing Nuts! contains four) in which the animation is used very nicely and appropriate to accompany the music. Watched one of these, and looking for more quality music video's with great use of visuals? Make sure to check out this title then!
Naota Nanbada is a boring young boy who leads a boring life in a boring town. His older brother has left for America, and the closest he comes to any excitement is when his deadbeat dad has too much sake. But things change one day when a bizarre girl zooms up to him on a scooter and smacks him in the face with her guitar. What's more, once Naoto returns home he discovers that this strange woman has arrived ahead of him and moved in! Not only does she constantly engage in perverted activities with Naota's father and flirt with the young man himself, but she also claims to be an alien who is searching for the ‘Pirate King.' Now, Naota must learn to live with this new intruder, deal with an odd government agent who sports exceptionally large eyebrows and the mysterious Medical Mechanica, and come to terms with the fact that there are a variety of robots and weapons emerging out of his head - amongst other things. Perhaps boring wasn't so bad after all...
Both FLCL and Amazing Nuts! feature incredibly stylish animation, plenty of inspiredly crazy humour, and a popular music soundtrack. Both are also very short. Amazing Nuts! is a series of shorts, and 'Kung Fu Love' is one particularly recommended for FLCL fans - likewise, fans of that short should check out FLCL if they have not done so already.
Need a house cleaner? A genie? A stand-up comic? Hakase Company has a solution for you: a robot, tailor made for your needs! From diary writing to spy catching, to thwarting alien invasions or extinguishing fires, there’s nothing these robots can’t do. But like most machinery, one thing is certain: malfunctions are bound to occur! Join the Doctor, his robotic assistant and mechanical creations galore as they save the world, one task at a time!
Both Amazing Nuts! and Kimagure Robot are a series of stylish shorts produced by Studio 4C. While Kimagure Robot is interconnected and is entirely about its humour, Amazing Nuts! features four seperate shorts with elements of humour and music video - but both are full of an entertaining style that makes them a joy to watch.
Swept far from their hometown of Jeeha village, the shy Simon and heroic Kamina find themselves in a parallel universe where things aren’t quite as they seem. From a gun-toting cowboy scene in southern America, the boys soon find themselves fighting the busty Yoko in a fantasy world. Set to a pumping soundtrack, the team travel through time experiencing everything from the surreal to the chibi, meeting some familiar faces along the way.
Watching Parallel Works reminded me of many Studio 4C's visual experiments. Stunning music, gorgeous artwork and a suprising compelling storyline in a music video a few minutes long make these two creations the perfect partners for each other.
Both are highly recommended, as well as 4C's other flirtations with music.