In the dark forest, a battle is raging between viciously piloted armored tanks, and manned robotic machines whose pilots won't go down without a fight. For a handful of men, surviving the night, the gunfire and the explosions is the only thing that matters. The enemies are tough and the price of failure is death. With no backup and nowhere to run, will anyone make it out alive?
War is hell for all that are involved. Swordsmen battle tanks, tanks battle snipers, snipers battle swordsmen - and many casualties take place. In the midst of the gunfights and the violence, lovers embrace and people contemplate while the body and artillery count piles up; thus is the reality of war.
Higan and First Squad are two random looks at a military battlefield. Both are fairly throwaway, and conveniently both are also from Studio 4C. If you liked the light random military aspect of one, you'd enjoy the other (though Higan has no music, while First Squad is a Russian rap music video).
Aside from the fact that both come from Studio 4C, Higan and First Squad are both animated shorts that focus on the brutality of war. If one piqued your interest, then try the other.
In the year 20XX, insects have developed immunity to every kind of insect spray. To counter the incredible rise in insect numbers the Japanese government developed tiny extermination robots code named "Hoihoi-san". The popularity of Hoihoi-san units rises not only as a night time extermination unit, but for doll collectors as well! However, when a rival company introduces its own tiny extermination robots a new form of corporate sabotage begins, as they target not only the insects, but all Hoihoi-san units themselves!
Higan and Hoihoi-san have completely different stories, but both alternate radar and shooting scenes in the beginning of their stories. They're both very short and rather dark. Higan does not share the cuteness of Hoihoi-san, though.
Constable Fuse is part of an elite Special Forces unit known as the Capital Police whose mission is to maintain peace during a time of civil unrest. Fuse becomes entangled within a web of intrigue and politics between the Capital Police, the government intelligence bureau, and a secret society known as Jin-Roh – the Wolf Brigade.
Both Higan and Jin-Roh have a dark tone and a dead serious approach to military combat. Higan is essentially an action short, while Jin-Roh is a brooding, grimy look at the ethics of combat, but if you appreciated the tone and style of one you might like the other.