3.473 out of 5 from 703 votes
A lot can happen in a minute. Aliens can begin their invasion of Earth, only to be thwarted at the first step; cats can plot their revenge on their careless owners; and children can frolic in the fields with a giant robot. Ever wondered what the average day in the life of an animator is like? Or can a small pellet-spitting alien distract a young boy while he reads manga, in order to escape from his room? And will the machine that a small boy and his pet built allow him to steal a kiss from a girl? From following a group of young women recovering from heartbreak, to the owner of a music store who views his customers as little more than cash on legs, still “the clock ticks on and on in 60-second cycles.”
Taishou is the dedicated owner and chef of a small ramen shop in Tokyo – and he's also… a cat?! Though enthusiastic to run the best possible eatery, the feline's cooking skills leave much to be desired – a fact that Tanaka-san, Taishou's most frequent customer, experiences on a regular basis. With part time helpers such as a kleptomaniac bum, and schemes to bring in business such as serving a restaurant critic gourmet food instead of the usual swill, Taishou's ramen shop is never a dull place to patronize or work at!
Ani*Kuri15 and Neko Rahmen have similar purposes: each episode is animated by a different animator with a different vision/artistic style. These animators had to work around tight restrictions (a pre-determined concept in Neko Rahmen and a criminally short time limit in Ani*Kuri15), but the results are fascinating, nonetheless.
Both are really short, and easily finished whenever you have a tiny bit of free time.