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?
An old man resides in a city mostly submerged by water, living in a home he had to build on top of his old one. His daily routine now consists of smoking his pipe, drinking wine, watching television and eating the fish he catches. Living alone in the silent desolation of the elderly he is surrounded by photographs but no people. One day he drops his pipe into the water and it disappears into his old, submerged home. To retrieve it he rents a scuba suit, but once he descends into the place he used to live he is overwhelmed by the memories of the life he used to have - the family he used to know.
La Maison en Petits Cubes was the first anime short to win an Oscar, while Atama Yama was one of the previous nominees - but more than that, they're both superbly animated shorts with a grainy somewhat European look and focus on an elderly man, his very real problems depicted through fantasy elements. While they differ in how they treat that man - La Maison with tenderness, Atama Yama with cruel satire - they appeal to the same sort of audience.
There are many reasons for liking La Maison en Petits Cubes and the amazing art it features is one of the obvious reasons. Atama Yama is drawn in a similar way using a little distorted image and it looks just as good as La Maison. If you are a fan of this art style, you will definitely enjoy both titles.
Armed with a set of binoculars, a colonial hat and a net, a mustached researcher wanders through an apparently normal city. That is, it would be a normal city were it not for its many strange inhabitants and occurrences such as a clock-faced man, a pink beast, a morphing green blob, floating garbage and some rather large birds. On occasion the green blob mimics the researcher's net or binoculars, and the researcher frequently resorts to his binoculars if he wants to see any of these strange things.
Aside from the fact that both of these are works by Koji Yamamura and therefore share the same distinctive style, both of these animations focus on a single person in a city and place an odd twist on it. If you liked the 'odd factor' of one you may enjoy the other.
Gut feeling rec! If you lked Atama Yama and not Perspektivenbox (or vice-versa) I would be rather surprised. Same mood and all that.
Legend tells of a lone swordsman who lives in the Demon's Castle, the ruins near the Black Forest. This mysterious stranger only accepts rare books for his services, books from the ancient past. Comedy tells the story of a young girl who desperately wishes for her family and village to be saved from the coming English soldiers' wrath, and is willing to trade a precious book in exchange for the deed. With only her legs beneath her, she runs towards the Black Forest, hoping to get there in time...
These anime have a kind of folk-lore theme to them with the presence of a moral undertone. Both beautiful, short pieces, though Kigeki less surreal then the more humorous Atama Yama. Either way, at only 10minutes in length they cannot be refused a viewing.
An old man who is the headmaster of a primary school bordering the ocean paints a picture of a whale, an animal he had seen so often off the coast when he was a boy and now sees all too seldom. He reminisces about his youth, when he simply considered whales a source of food, though he vividly remembers a time when a whale was speared by a whaling ship. He knew of no other way to treat whales then. But that day he sees the first whale he has done in a long time - and it is beached against the rocks. He races out of the school to come to the whale's aid...
Featuring a very similar visual style, these two shorts by Koji Yamamura both deal with an older character - Atama Yama, admittedly, with biting, detached satire, while Man and Whale has more sympathy for its protagonist.
Neo-Tokyo (commonly called Manie-Manie Monogatari) is a collection of three sci-fi stories, based on the stories of Taku Mayumura. "Labryinth Labyrithos", "The Running Man", and "Order To Stop Construction" were directed by Taro Rin, Yoshiaki Kawajiri, and Katsuhiro Otomo, respectively. Ranging from an abstract demented clown to malfunctioning robots, each of these short stories are sure to entertain.