After a miserly man consumes a batch of freshly-fallen cherries (seeds included), he finds himself in a hairy and unfortunate situation - a small cherry tree has sprouted from his balding forehead! With his mountain-like head becoming a tourist attraction, what's a miser to do?
Cat Soup is an extremely abstract, abnormal, and at times, disturbing adventure, from the director of Nadesico. This 30 minute OVA follows two kittens through what seems to be the underworld, as they search for one of their lost souls. Along the way, they encounter new (edible) friends, scary situations, and even the end of the world! Will these felines manage to return unscathed? Or more importantly, avoid becoming the main course for dinner? Confusion abounds in this quirky OVA.
Wacky randomness abounds in both of these OVAs. Cat Soup definitely has a considerably darker tone (and no dialogue) while Atama Yama plays out kind of like a folk tale. In any event, I highly enjoyed both of these, and I think you will too.
Both are a magical and surreal outlook on an abstract world revolving solely around one character and the journey or discovery they must make. Truly unique in design and storytelling ability these are a must see for fans of the bizarre.
Looking for something different than what you're used to? How about something totally fantastic that can literally make you dizzy with so many mind-boggling concepts? Interested in watching little kitties take a journey or an old man grow a tree (on his head)? Then look no farther and take a gander at Cat Soup and Atama Yama!
These two short animations are both random and unique. While there is an obvious difference in style, being "different" is what unites these titles. If you have enjoyed one for its whackiness, you will enjoy the other for the same reason.
Two young boys were running late to get to a bus stop one day; and upon their arrival, they discovered a black book that had been left behind. Instead of the usual words inside, opening the book uncovers a world of wonder. A lone tower filled with books stands alone; a giant man-eating fish roams the stormy seas; and a ship sails amidst the waves. This isn’t just another ordinary book!
At first glance, the animation in both Atama Yama and Bavel no Hon will seem remarkably similar; this is because the same person, Koji Yamamura, is at the helm of both titles. Each is a short look into a bizarre situation with even more bizarre results.
Well, both these animes are quite abstract (although i don't like this definition - something becomes abstract when you can't understand it, and that's purely subjective), and both deal with the concept of a "world inside a world" - a metaphysical concept which proclaims that we can never know if the life we live is real, or is it part of something(be it a book or a head).
Both animes are remarkably similar. One of the reasons is for sure this that the same person created them. They both are abstract and present an illusionary, yet attractive vision of world.
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.
If you want to be amazed by an unusual animation style and an unpredictable and simple story, these two anime are just right for you. Light, artistic, beautiful and short - that's the words that describe Tortov Roddle and Atama Yama.
It's easy to derive similar amounts of pleasure from two anime which are short, unique, originally animated, abstract in design and concept and leave much to the interpretation of the viewer.
Simple pleasures in life are presented beautifully by these two animated shorts. Fascinating animation, a crazy story and a beautiful soundtrack make these two the perfect partners.
Once upon a time, there was an old crocodile who had lived long enough to see the building of the pyramids. Plagued with rheumatism, the old crocodile could no longer catch his food; and so he did the next best thing: he ate one of his relatives. After failing to kill him, the rest of the crocodile family called a meeting to discuss what to do next - but the old crocodile, in the midst of things, slipped away unnoticed. He then met a kind octopus who fetched him food and stayed as his companion; but unfortunately, the old crocodile could not fight his instincts, and slowly began to devour her legs - one each evening...
Both Atama Yama and The Old Crocodile have a really personnal, unique and warm animation (in fact, they are done by the same author).
If you like the random humour of Atama Yama, you'll be pleased to know that there is also this kind of humour in The Old Crocodile !
Both principal characters are concerned about strange and funny facts : a tree growing on the head or... Well, watch out both shows and you will have good surprises !
First of all, it makes sense that Atama Yama and Old Crocodile would be similar, given that they were made by the same person. Staff-aside, each has a grainy, brown type of animation and has a quiet, quirky story. Old Crocodile is definitely a bit more morbid, but fans of one should enjoy the other.
If you enjoy anime shorts that aren't mainstream then both Old Crocodile and Atama Yama are for you. They have a different style to them, and neither are particularly long. So if you're in the mood for something a bit different and liked one of these, then check the other out.
One dark and blustery night, a lone doctor is called to a village ten miles away in order to help with a sick patient. Quickly losing his servant to ill-intentioned hands and whisked away upon frightening horses, the doctor meets his young and ailing patient under the scrutinizing eyes of his family. It is here that the doctor will try to discover the root of the boy’s illness and also try to make some sense out of his own psyche.
Strange and disturbing things are happening to people whose minds are already a little disordered. A dark colour palette and a bleak tone - these two decidedly arthouse shorts by Koji Yamamura will appeal to the same audience.
Both depicting an abstract style and both animated by Koji Yamamura, Country Doctor and Atama Yama share a very similar style. The shady and shadowy art gives a feeling of depth to the animations, and the stories are inspiringly clever in their imaginative ways.