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 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.
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?
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.
Both of these animes feature very unique and stylish forms of animation as well as the ability to transport the viewer into surreal and unexpected worlds in the blink of an eye.
If you enjoyed the serene and slightly abstract nature of either Tortov Roddle or Glassy Ocean, then you may enjoy the other. Neither are particularly loud or in your face, instead, both of these short anime have a peaceful feel to them as you are transported through a strange and fantastical world.
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.
Strange, enigmatic fairy tale pieces which stop to marvel at the beauty of their own oddness, each featuring a rather similar childlike visual style. Galactic Railroad has more of a story, but it's also far more opaque. Either way, if you enjoyed one of these charmingly odd works you're sure to appreciate the other.
These are both slow-paced and surreal animes. Both convey a sense of self discovery through exploration of one's surroundings.
In a small observatory on a tranquil sea, a boy and his grandfather live in peace, fishing and looking at the stars. That is, until one day, the boy discovers that an extra star has been added to the Ursa Minor constellation, changing its form from a bear to a fish. Now, with the evil beast ravaging the stars and destroying anything it touches, the duo must set sail to find a weapon of immense power capable of vanquishing the fierce creature of the sea and restoring Ursa Minor back to its original form…
URSA Minor BLUE and Glassy Ocean are strange titles that kind of deal with the sea but in a strange unusual way that needs to be seen and not explained. They both have similar art styles which have a unique feel to them; they also have a similar tone in both story and use of music.
In a lush and detailed fantasy world, magical airships sail amidst floating islands and villas. Luxurious earthly homes lie amidst hillsides of flowers and trees, and a lone pond houses a single shoot of life. Miniature tram cars come and go, ladies’ dresses flutter in the breeze, will o’ wisps dance in the midst of dusk and lights flicker warmly. With a lack of narrative, Iblard Jikan shows us these visions and more alongside a soundtrack of lilting melodies.
If you enjoyed the sense of exploring a fantastical landscape in eithe Glassy Ocean or Iblard Jikan, then you may like the other. Though they are handled in different ways, both are gentle strolls through an unfamiliar and at times awe-inspiring world.