Sometimes the greatest distance is between people. Whether a man alienates himself from society with a façade of cheerfulness, or two friends fail to communicate their feelings of betrayal, invisible barriers plague mankind. Although love should bring people together, when a stoic renter and a dutiful monk choose to court a widow’s daughter, their mutual affections drive a bitter gap between them. During each encounter filled with mistrust and despair, the flaws of human nature slowly reveal themselves...
Yuu Yuuzawa is a tough kid in a rough town. One day, he is approached by an odd girl by the name of Ame, who claims that she was connected to him in a past life and insists on serving as Yuu's knight. His first reaction is to ignore her, distancing himself as quickly as possible. However, when a serial killer murders one of Yuu's classmates and Ame seems to know something about the killings, he is forced into cooperating with her to get to the bottom of the mystery. Can this enigmatic stranger really be trusted?
While Aoi Bungaku is episodic and Denpa Teki is linear, Denpa Teki has a similar feel to some of Aoi Bungaku's storylines. Insanity and bloodlust with a tinge of supernaturality, they each give you a peek into the character's personal brands of crazy.
Denpa Teki has more blood and violence and is set in modern times, but they are both good 'horror' type anime.
In a futuristic world almost barren of life, mankind is confined to mechanized domed cities where A.I.’s control all aspects of life. In this world, humans are no longer born, they are manufactured in a production line; and alongside them live androids known as autoreivs. Within one of these domed sanctuaries named Romdeau lives Re-l Mayer, one of a few citizens who aren’t entirely prevented from thinking. Her grandfather's prominent position and the affection of the scientist Daedalus have left her more free will than is normally allowed, but Re-l has started to question the sanctity of the city and the citizens' perfect way of life. With mysterious beings known as proxies causing havoc and a man named Vincent causing great influence on her life, Re-l must travel outside of the city to find the answers she seeks and discover the mystery behind "the awakening".
Both feature very human elements- of the lesser degree- and speaks volumes of the true nature of man.
Aoi Bungaku is not as action packed[though very violent at times] but it still ventures into the realms of the darker side of the human mind. Few several short stories it makes valuable comparisons between natural human emotion and severe psychosis, all the while maintaining a fast-paced story to keep the viewer interested.
If you like action, vice violence mixed in with your intelligent observation of society, this is a show for you.
In five beautiful and unique fantasy worlds, five different tales unfold. A young boy worries about his pregnant mother; a mismatched group hunts down a legendary treasure on the Giant’s Isle; and a small village must determine the fate of a giant fallen meteor. These stories and more unwind to a musical backdrop in a world as varied and interesting as the next.
I've watched a fair amount of animated shorts, and a significant number of my favorites are contained within the Genius Party Beyond and Aoi Bungaku compilations. At times a bit incomprehensible, but always beautifully scripted and animated and dripping with symbolism, if you're a fan of short stories, you should definitely check these two out.
This set of 3 fantastic stories will take you from the haunting delusions of a space explorer, to a bio-chemical threat with the power to wipe out all of Tokyo, and finally to a day in the life of a young boy who lives in a world ruled by cannons. These stores will capture you with their intrigueing storylines and awe inspiring artwork.
A lot of anime try to come across as intelligent, but Aoi Bungaku and Mouryou no Hako are some of the only ones that I legitimately think succeed as such. They are thought-provoking and mature (and not in a hentai or blood-and-guts everywhere sense), and boast similar atmospheres (especially the arc in Aoi Bungaku by the same director as Mouryou no Hako). Also, they're gorgeous.