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.
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.
These are voiceless, eccentric works that simply take you on a journey of abstract imagery. And it's that journey, decorated with brilliant concepts and charming animation, that matters rather than any underlying meaning. Both are superficial works in the most entrancing sense.
Chihiro and her family are on their way to their new home, when they discover an abandoned amusement park. After Chihiro's family mysteriously turn into pigs, she is thrown into a surreal world of magic and fantasy. Join her as she struggles to survive in the bathhouse of the gods, ruled by an evil witch who has stolen not only her name, but her way back to the real world.
Both anime have very imaginative and creative characters and mind bending events happen (though in Cat Soup far more so.) Also, neither anime give straightforward ABC explanations as to what's going on.
In the rusty and run-down Treasure Town, young orphans in their respective gangs rule the roost and use the landscape as their playground. The violent Black and naïve White are two such orphans who are unafraid of fellow children and Yakuza alike; never have they found a foe who could best them in a battle – until now. A strange man and his even stranger (and seemingly indestructible) henchmen have plans to tear down Treasure Town and erect an amusement park in its place, and they’ll cut down anyone who stands in their way. Can Black and White save their home, and each other?
Cat Soup may feature animal protagonists and be a whole lot shorter than Tekkon Kinkreet, both movies are (somewhat violent) stories about a duo adventuring, and finding back missing parts to truly be alive. Cat Soup is a whole lot more abstract and both animations take a completely different turn near the end, but nonetheless, I think you would like Tekkon Kinkreet if you liked Cat Soup and vica versa because they are both wonderfully light stories with a grim undertone.
A man lounges on a hot, sunny beach, sunglasses reflecting a giant rabbit and a pink elephant gliding through the air. But after the arrival of many ships and a trip into the ocean, even stranger things begin to occur...
Weird, wordless dialogue is your cup of tea? (It certainly is mine). In that case, these two titles are fantastic recommendations for each other. Both have mild/neutral moments and then quickly careen into WTF land. Hilarious watches.
Both anime are short and abstract. They both have bizzare visuals (which are probably some form of sybolism). Cat soup is the better of the two, but if you like wierd and abstract anime then you should check both of them out.