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...
In the time of the Vietnam War, an American military base in Japan is plagued with a rash of killings whose assailant is unknown. Enter Saya, a mysterious young woman who happens to be the last of the vampire race, and has been charged by her government agency employer to investigate the sinister killings. With demons and creatures abounding, Saya must infiltrate a school to put a stop to the bloodshed -- unless the monsters get to her first...
Another short work from Production I.G that shows how good a show can be intense and well done without the need to explain a single question: adrenalinic, filled with action and packed with fights, both of these shows allow the viewer to enjoy a dark, gothic in its own way, choking atmosphere without the need to have your brain wondering what is happening and why: you simply need to watch it, no further fatigue is required.
In three words: pathos instead of thought.
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.
Two very short, and very beautiful pieces that will appeal to the same group of viewers. The story is very delicate, almost non-existant, but the pleasure you can take from the fantastical artwork and highly emotive music makes these show a great watch.
Comedy features some very striking orchestral pieces, matching perfectly the gothic undertones of the visuals. Tortov tells the tale of a traveller, so the gypsy sounding accordian accompanies his journey well.
If you need a quick anime fix, then I recommend these to you, even if they don't have the stylistic looks of more mainstream Japanese animation.
Both are stories about loners played out in a fantasy-esque setting. Tortov's story, whilst silently narrated, carries much of the same feel as Comedy in terms of artistry and music.And though Comedy is much darker in its plot, the two still share an an affinity thanks to their uniqueness.
Two lovely little OVA's that make great wind-down watches.
Kazuna is a young man with a fairly normal life. He attends high school, lives with his surrogate family, and models for his somber love-interest Yaegashi's paintings. But recently, he has suffered several crippling attacks at the sight of blood -- attacks which leave him incapacitated and out of control. Kazuna must now reunite with his sister who he has not seen in years, and discover the truth behind his family name and vampiric genes, before his bloodthirsty desires destroy himself, or others close to him.
While HnU is obviously a lot longer, and has a deeper story because of that, the two shows have a similar feeling to it. Both anime have a very dark atmosphere that isn't caused by a direct evil, this feeling continiues throughout the entire duration. The animation in both series is also very fitting for this theme (entirely / partly black and white)
They're both rather dark anime, both with an evil presence that never really steps into the light. They're also not very long.
If you liked one, you should check out the other.
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.
Though the two have very different storylines they both have less mainstream artstyles and use music to put across a very emotive effect.
Both give off a very art-house elegant feel which is suited to viewers who liked one or the other for its unique style.
In short, if you like the art and music from one - the other is worth a watch too.
These are 2 of the better short films ever made. Beautiful and artistic animation round out compelling and poignant stories. These are must watch and if you liked one, I'm sure you'll like the other.
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?
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 cannot be refused a viewing if you enjoyed one.