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.
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.
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.
With no speech, Ningyo relates the story of a boy who falls in love with a mermaid. Their love blossoms in wonderful places (and through amusing games), but when living in a world of prohibition, one can not daydream as he pleases: torture and brainwashing should teach the boy what reality is made of, and that does not include mermaids...
Armed with a set of binoculars, a colonial hat and a net, a mustached researcher wanders through an apparently normal city. That is, it would be a normal city were it not for its many strange inhabitants and occurrences such as a clock-faced man, a pink beast, a morphing green blob, floating garbage and some rather large birds. On occasion the green blob mimics the researcher's net or binoculars, and the researcher frequently resorts to his binoculars if he wants to see any of these strange things.
Both of these anime shorts deal with a journey. In the case of Jumping it is a journey through an entire country and it details everyday life, and in Perspektivenbox it's a journey through a less-than-normal city. If you enjoyed the odd twist on travelling in one of these then you may well like the other.
The rise of man has been filled with toils and adventures, from learning to build fire to turning to religion, from going into space to inventing feature films and beyond. Though each space flight seems to result in a sharp jab in the eye for the moon, there's still plenty to explore in the path of human history. Whether it’s roasting pigs or cooking ramen on the stove, experience the journey of a man in a high speed society!
Nonoko is a little girl who is about to go to sleep, until she spots a spirit, who has longed for Nonoko to notice him, in the shadows beyond her open door. Nonoko follows this spirit into a beautiful dreamy world filled with many colors. Flying through the air she encounters many different things from birds, to flowers, to a couple of odd looking fish, in a world that she must somehow revive all by herself.
A short length and plot deficiency aren't the only things that put Tobira o Akete and Jumping together. Jumping into an urban landscape and flying through a variegated dream world gives you the exact same feelings, and definitely brings the two anime together.