In the streets of a city filled with power lines and abandoned buildings, an oddly-shaped being explores and meanders. Meanwhile, a young girl with a penchant for jumping travels to the surface of planets and roads with an inner tube around her waist. Experience the shadows and the whimsy of their misadventures!
What do you get when you cross a robot, a baby, a parasol, and a homicidal personality? Just one of the players in a futuristic and violent game of life and death. Children with guns, demented astronauts, slick shade-wearing badasses, robots gone wrong and more clash in a bloody and frantic experience through the streets of a dystopic city.
Extra and Jigen Loop are both wacky displays of randomness, produced by the always-awesome Studio 4C. If you liked the short, music-filled sci fi backdrop of one, you'd probably like the other.
Both Extra and Jigen Loop have a sort of surreal feeling matched with suiting music. Extra is more break-neck and exciting while Loop is more subtle and creepy, if you like one you'll probably like the other.
Naota Nanbada is a boring young boy who leads a boring life in a boring town. His older brother has left for America, and the closest he comes to any excitement is when his deadbeat dad has too much sake. But things change one day when a bizarre girl zooms up to him on a scooter and smacks him in the face with her guitar. What's more, once Naoto returns home he discovers that this strange woman has arrived ahead of him and moved in! Not only does she constantly engage in perverted activities with Naota's father and flirt with the young man himself, but she also claims to be an alien who is searching for the ‘Pirate King.' Now, Naota must learn to live with this new intruder, deal with an odd government agent who sports exceptionally large eyebrows and the mysterious Medical Mechanica, and come to terms with the fact that there are a variety of robots and weapons emerging out of his head - amongst other things. Perhaps boring wasn't so bad after all...
Although Jigen Loop is essentially a music video, compared with the longer episodes of FLCL, you will be left with a lingering sensation of "WTF?" after both of them.
Strange creatures and robots abound in both, the animation is excellent in both. If you enjoy FLCL, you should at least try Jigen Loop, if not the rest of the Studio 4C shorts as they all have the same mad-cap feel to them.
I think that FLCL would be the short series this peculiar music video thing aspired to be. Abstract, funny, dark at times, and involving a slight cyberpunk element at a few moments.
A girl on the subway listens to music, a boy on his skateboard zooms down the streets, and a motorcyclist picks up his date while the buildings of the city both sprout anew and collapse all around them. Fast-paced, always-moving and ever-evolving, follow a group of people in their daily lives while the cities around them develop to the point of self destruction.
A couple in love fools around in their apartment, until a strange occurrence sees the once gentle face of the city start to change. Running down familiar streets, the spinning cogs and pumping pistons turn into intimidating silhouettes as haunting spirits dance forth from the once peaceful people. Can the pair find each other once more, or are they instead destined to chase the fragile bubbles dancing through the air?
Jigen Loop is loopier and more original in its visuals and doesn't have an awkward attempt to ram in the band... but that's not to sell short the reasonable visual charms that Four Day Weekend also possesses. They're short, weird music videos from 4c, and recommend each other well enough.
While lounging in a comfortable chair, a lovely young woman flips through a fashion magazine, goes on a stroll, and obtains a very special item. Soon after, in the skies floats a very special airport – a portable airport! People walk the halls with their luggage, embrace, and ultimately leave for their destinations – including the young woman herself!
The three music videos in the Portable Airport series definitely remind me of Jigen Loop. Both involve a somewhat whimsical, sci fi look at traveling in some way. Mostly though, they just have a very, very similar feel.