2.144 out of 5 from 203 votes
Kikumana is a young girl isolated in a dark room filled with nothing but books. However, she’s awoken in a strange world where inanimate objects take on a life of their own. From a light bulb casting down snowflakes over her delicate body to a strange white hand she sees emerge from the doorway, is this truly Kikumana’s reality?
Cat Soup is an extremely abstract, abnormal, and at times, disturbing adventure, from the director of Nadesico. This 30 minute OVA follows two kittens through what seems to be the underworld, as they search for one of their lost souls. Along the way, they encounter new (edible) friends, scary situations, and even the end of the world! Will these felines manage to return unscathed? Or more importantly, avoid becoming the main course for dinner? Confusion abounds in this quirky OVA.
Kikumana and Cat Soup are dark and abstract animations, which don't really have very sensible plots. You could spend hours and hours analyzing the contents of these titles, so if that's your cup of tea, I'd like to recommend both.
Lone sperm swim in darkness, red-eyes glare knowingly and a person hangs themselves in the distance. Rushing amidst a forest or down an alleyway, a noisy birth of action ensues in a bleak landscape.
Kikumana is eerie and somber, whereas Noisy Birth is frenetic and pounding, but if you enjoyed the abstract nature of either of these shorts, or the bizarre, moody, (mostly) grayscale animation, you may enjoy the other.