Welcome to a world in which memories can be transferred from body to body; old painful memories can be removed and replaced with new ones, and the poor sell their bodies to the rich to survive. Waking up one day, Kaiba finds himself in a strange place with no memories of his past and a mysterious hole in his chest; the only clue as to his identity is a locket with a picture of a girl hanging from his neck. Armed with this token, Kaiba must now travel across the galaxy to discover who he is and what the girl in the locket means to him; however, his journey will bring him into contact with many people whose lives have been tragically affected by the manipulation of memories. All too soon it becomes clear that something is very wrong with this world…
Seven stories are told in seven very different ways. In a Dahli-esque Serengeti, a tale of a hunter and hunted unfolds. A young boy finds a useful device and is sucked into a futuristic battle. A slow-paced train ride takes two delinquent school children for a ride to the beach and down memory lane. And a baby travels through his dreams because of the ‘Happy Machine’ – amongst other tales.
Let Masaaki Yuasa do a science ficton or fantasy topic and you get something very unhinged and very peculiar indeed - but more then a little entertainng. The Genius Party short "Happy Machine" and the TV series Kaiba are too excellent examples of this. It's quite probable that if you enjoyed Kaiba you'll find the rest of the shorts worth a look (hey they are shorts) but it's chiefly a recommendation for fans of "Happy Machine" to try Kaiba and vice versa.
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.
Glassy Ocean and Kaiba share many points. Both are really poetic; they flow like a platypus in a green river. Well, it was maybe a strange metaphor but, actually, both shows are surreal and can seem strange to the eyes of some people.
They are surreal but they don't just try to be strange for the sake of being strange; it is to reinforce the atmosphere and the emotions. I even cried watching Kaiba; you will experience all emotions with this anime. Glassy Ocean is not as much sad or funny, but is more relaxing, slow and space (like Pink Floyd).
Also, both shows are really intelligent and make you think! Glassy Ocean makes you realise that if you stop a second and watch the world around you, you would discover plenty of new things. Kaiba is more about memories, importance of live and many other things.
Watching theses animes is like floating on kaleidoscopic clouds. If you like surreal animes with emotions, a good ambiance and some philosophical thoughts, watch both shows immediatly!
From swordsmen to robots, from ancient tribal cultures to civilizations that reach the stars, there is one force that dominates all others: life. From birth to death, and rebirth again, it is life that permeates the soul and opens up to us the mysteries of the universe. Within this tale of the phoenix and those who would be touched by its beauty, we are shown the joys and tragedies that life sometimes hands us, and what we, as humans, must do to survive...
Both series utilize a unique art style and story to explore what it means to be alive, and what it means to be human. Both are rather slow-moving and give glimpses into different people's lives in order to tell their story, and rely heavily on music to suggest and enhance emotion.
Metropolis is a grand high-tech city-state populated by humans and robots alike. It is in these streets that Detective Shunsaku Ban and his sidekick Kenichi search for the rebel scientist Dr. Laughton who unbenounced to them, is developing a super android named Tima as a tool for the Duke of Metropolis. What starts out as a normal case turns into mayhem as the scientist is murdered, and the true plans of the Duke are finally revealed...
Both of these are modern anime productions (featuring high quality animation) which use a deliberately anachronistic style that recalls the 1960s and 70s. Both are also sci-fi adventures with love stories involving super-powerful beings ignorant of their own power.
When Haruka, Yuu and their friends decided to go ghost hunting, they had no idea the "ghosts" they'd find would turn their lives upside down. Black-clad and wielding quantum powers, these knights from the future are after an artifact of immense power that they hope will save their dimension from destruction: the Dragon Torque; and Haruka seems to be the key. As factions within the knights violently disagree on how to proceed, Haruka and the gang are caught up in a fight with the Shangri La, in an existential battle where fates of entire universes are decided.