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.
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.
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.
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.
What if you could fly? Jumping by Osamu Tezuka lets us literally jump through time and space. Shot from a first person perspective with nothing but ambient noise as a soundtrack you are witness to a seamless journey across rural Japan, into the heart of modern Tokyo, and beyond, showing us a subtle study of modern life and the impact that progress has on us and our environment.
Neither Iblard Jikan nor Jumping have a real plot, but both show off fantastic environments through a bit of a childish eye. Everything seems like it's come right out of a fairy tale, and gives you a daydreaming feeling.
At the end of World War II, Japan was split and a great tower was erected that reached the skies. For three friends, Hiroki, Takuya, and Sayuri, memories of their summer spent together would stay with them forever. During that precious time, the three promised to one day travel to the tower in the skies on the wings of a white plane -- to finally see its brilliance and the surrounding land of Ezo -- but when Sayuri suddenly disappeared from their lives, the promise that once was made was broken. Though time continues to pass, will the three ever meet again some day?
The Place Promised In Our Early Years is almost like a well-developed poem, which reminded me of Iblard Jikan. Both movies boast absolutely beautiful backgrounds, amazing music and an approach that doesn't bother too much with the characters. If you liked Iblard Jikan, then PPIOED is a must have!