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.
BLAME! is a very dark and abstract set of 6 shorts which are based on the manga by Tsutomu Nihei. The "story" (if it can be called that) revolves around a man named Killy: a human living amongst clones and androids. His task, it seems, is to collect things known as "net-genes", and to help find the remaining humans that may or may not exist.
The similarities between these two: abstractness and complete and utter mindfuck. While both shows will leave you with a fried brain for a couple of hours, they are shows you want to rewatch just to figure out whats going on.
Upon a glassy ocean, in a world where time appears to have stopped, an old man travels and reminisces about his past. Joining him is a painter who likes to capture ships and whales in his drawings, and a number of other travelers. From a whale about to jump, to a fallen star, to flying fish that are waiting to be caught, there are an infinite number of wonders to be found on the serene and glassy ocean.
Cat Soup and Glassy Ocean are two of the strangest anime I have ever seen! They are very abstract and very non-typical anime. Both involve someone who travels through strange environments and sees strange things; they also have a message to tell the viewer. Even if both movies are short, they are nothing less than a must see!
These are both strange and surreal shorts. Who needs a plot when the setting is this refined?
Giovanni is a young cat with a troubled childhood -- he is bullied in school, and waits patiently day after day for his father to return from his journey. One festive evening, Giovanni and his friend Camponella find themselves aboard a great train which takes them to the edge of the universe and back. However, in the midst of the sights and wonders, Giovanni soon begins to discover that the train's purpose might be much different than it appears.
Although Night On The Galactic Railroad is much easier to follow and less abstract then Cat Soup, it still has some very well-made and abstract concepts. Both are a story of two cats taking a journey and seeing many strange things (at least strange to us). Also both can be called somewhat dark, Night On The Galactic Railroad has more of a solemn or sadder tone while Cat Soup is sort of like a journey through a demented and twisted carnival. Either way both are well made and should be watched if you liked either one.
Night on the Galactic Railroad is much longer, slower paced, and less disturbing than Cat Soup, but both star anthropomorphized cats and have a ton of surreal imagery and similar plots.
In the town of Cahmphon, an experiment of Dr. Franken's goes terribly wrong, creating a monster called Noiseman. Under heavy oppression, a group of young people rebel against this creation, to save the town, and the sound from being literally vacuumed away.
Cat Soup and Noiseman Sound Insect are weird, psychedelic, abstract, etc. Chances are high that you'll be confused in both shows. Both are really experimental and influenced by surrealism. They seem more like paintings made in animation than a movie adapted to animation. They have a really unique universe and a personnal ambiance to them. In conclusion, if you like avant-garde and original animes, be sure to check these two animes!
Abstract. That is the word of the day when it comes to Noiseman Sound Insect and Cat Soup. These weird OVAs are all about random things put in random surroundings in a random order in the screen, and there's really no chance at a sensible plot. If you liked to wonder what the hell just happened on the screen with one, watch the other one too.
"I have only abandoned my body, I still live here" - are the words emailed to friends of Chisa, several days after her death by suicide. As Lain delves deeper into the world of the "Wired" (also known as the internet), the line between it and reality becomes more and more unclear. Close the world, open the nExt.
Both of these animes, while seemingly very different except for the fact they both possess a strong dark and disturbing side, are very abstract, both with plot and with animation and direction. These two shows are not straight forward at all, but rather make you think about what's happening, and leave plenty of room for your own interpretation.
Both these shows are VERY abstract. At first, it may not seem like there is a plot behind them, but there is. The meaning of the shows are more hidden and showed more than explained with words. People who watch these will love thinking about the hidden messages and trying to figure out the plot (which is sometimes lost in the randomness of the shows).