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.
After a miserly man consumes a batch of freshly-fallen cherries (seeds included), he finds himself in a hairy and unfortunate situation - a small cherry tree has sprouted from his balding forehead! With his mountain-like head becoming a tourist attraction, what's a miser to do?
Aside from the fact that both of these are works by Koji Yamamura and therefore share the same distinctive style, both of these animations focus on a single person in a city and place an odd twist on it. If you liked the 'odd factor' of one you may enjoy the other.
Gut feeling rec! If you lked Atama Yama and not Perspektivenbox (or vice-versa) I would be rather surprised. Same mood and all that.
Two young boys were running late to get to a bus stop one day; and upon their arrival, they discovered a black book that had been left behind. Instead of the usual words inside, opening the book uncovers a world of wonder. A lone tower filled with books stands alone; a giant man-eating fish roams the stormy seas; and a ship sails amidst the waves. This isn’t just another ordinary book!
While Bavel no Hon is the darker of the two, both of these early works of acclaimed short director Koji Yamamura are rather visually imaginative and strange though lacking anything by way of coherent plot.
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.
These are voiceless, eccentric works that simply take you on a journey of abstract imagery. And it's that journey, decorated with brilliant concepts and charming animation, that matters rather than any underlying meaning. Both are superficial works in the most entrancing sense.
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.
Two examples of strange, charmingly surreal and voiceless short works. Tortov Roddle is admittedly by far the stronger of the two, but Perspektivenbox is also worth watching if you enjoy this kind of short.
One dark and blustery night, a lone doctor is called to a village ten miles away in order to help with a sick patient. Quickly losing his servant to ill-intentioned hands and whisked away upon frightening horses, the doctor meets his young and ailing patient under the scrutinizing eyes of his family. It is here that the doctor will try to discover the root of the boy’s illness and also try to make some sense out of his own psyche.
Although both of these are from Koji Yamamura, they also both share a slight feeling of uneasiness. Both animations are relatively abstract and take you out of your comfort zone. While I found that Country Doctor had more of a creepy unsettling quality as opposed to the weird factor in Perspektivenbox, if you liked the style and tone of one, definately check out the other.