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Spring and Chaos

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His father thinks he’s a failure, his students think he’s eccentric yet magnificent, and the impoverished farmers of his town think he’s an insufferably idealistic spoiled rich boy. Before renowned Showa-era poet and author Kenji Miyazawa became famous, he lived in a small town, struggling with personal philosophies that no one around him understands, and writing novels without resorting to selling out.

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Takahiro KISHIDA Character Design
Shoji KAWAMORI Director
Shang Shang TYPHOON Music
Atsumi TASHIRO Producer

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Night on the Galactic Railroad

Night on the Galactic Railroad
  • Movie (1 ep x 110 min)
  • 1985

Giovanni is a young cat with a troubled childhood -- he is bullied in school, and waits patiently day after day for his father to return from his journey. One festive evening, Giovanni and his friend Camponella find themselves aboard a great train which takes them to the edge of the universe and back. However, in the midst of the sights and wonders, Giovanni soon begins to discover that the train's purpose might be much different than it appears.

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TheBurningCrow
Considering Spring and Chaos is about the creator of Night on the Galactic Railroad, you'd think they were pretty similar. And you'd be right. It's not just that, but they both use the same animation style and the same idea of "cats" for main characters instead of people. Also the way the story flows and each one takes you to different places and fairly random abstract ideas are quite similar as well.
sothis
Spring and Chaos is the story of Kenji Miyazawa, who wrote Night on the Galactic Railroad. Besides the obvious corollation, both feature the same varied cast of characters, mostly dealing with cats and unusual spirits/creatures. While Spring and Chaos is a bit more abstract, both have a very similar tone that you will probably enjoy.
AirCommodore

Night on the Galactic Railroad is a children's story by Kenji Miyazawa, whose life is depicted in Spring and Chaos. Both are very slow-paced with surreal imagery and anthropomorphized cats as protagonists. Interestingly, Kenji Miyazawa is said to have disliked cats.

wolfangel87

If you like cats Spring and Chaos and Night on the Galactic Railroad are pretty similar with very random scenes and intermixing theme ideas.

Cat Soup

Cat Soup
  • OVA (1 ep x 33 min)
  • 2001

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.

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sothis
Like abstract? Cat Soup is definitely a HUGE amount darker than Spring and Chaos, but both make you stop and say "wait, wtf?" at many intervals.
yuujin

A cat travels through his life to find a meaning a true path of his. That's what these both anime are about. Both anime contains cat'like characters who are more like humans, with feelings, fantasy and even, in Chaos and Spring, with ability to write poems. Cat Soup remembers me one of the poems by Kenji Miyazawa, full of fantasy and crazyness.

AirCommodore

Spring and Chaos is more subdued, slow-paced, and thought-provoking than Cat Soup, but both are about anthropomorphized cats and feature surreal and occasionally disturbing imagery.

Gauche the Cellist

Gauche the Cellist
  • Movie (1 ep x 65 min)
  • 1982

Goshu is a small-town musician with a passion for playing the cello, and is a dedicated member of the local orchestra. With an important performance in a matter of weeks, the group practices daily to hone their skills. But lately, Goshu's musical ability has been lacking, and to get it back, he must accept help from the unlikeliest of kin -- the furry and feathered friends who dwell on his land...

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neilworms
Gauche like Night on the Galatic Railroad is based off of a short story by Kenji Miyazawa. Consequently Gauche shows a lot of Miyzawa's unique world view that one experiences when watching Spring and Chaos. In addition both films are short 60 min tv movies. I feel that the mood conveyed is that of an easy going drama in both films that involves talking animals and other fantastic elements on top of a serious drama. I'd recommend this film to anyone who likes Spring and Chaos, even if Chaos is much more visually experimental.
TheBurningCrow
Spring and Chaos and Goshu the Cellist both have the same feeling when you watch them. They are both kind of slow-going, and there isn't a lot of action, but the way they are animated makes them feel a lot alike. They kind of have a fun-with-life feeling and have a good moral lesson.
wolfangel87

Gauche the Cellist and Spring and Chaos are both extremely slow-paced movies with a great deal of drawn out scenes and similar themes.

Millennium Actress

Millennium Actress
  • Movie (1 ep x 90 min)
  • 2001

What starts as a simple interview of a legendary actress becomes a journey through the history of Japan. But this is no ordinary lesson; from the perspective of this actress, we learn of the beauty and sadness of love, the pain and regret and joy of the Japanese people and their film, through this film: Millennium Actress.

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sothis
For some reason, these two remind me of each other. Perhaps the animation style is not the same, but they both have a similar tone to them: following the life of a person (though in Spring and Chaos, it's about a real life person, not a fictional one), and have moments of great emotion.
TheBurningCrow
Although in Millennium Actress you have people and in Spring and Chaos you have cats, you still get a dosage of someones life, told through flashbacks and various abstractions. They can both be a little hard to follow at times, but they way they are put together is amazing.

Mushishi

Mushishi

It isn't unusual for a person to feel that the world around them is strange and has unexpected secrets lying just beyond their sight. However, for most people this is just an occasional sensation that greets them upon awakening or chases them into sleep. For the mushi researcher Ginko, it isn't a feeling at all; it is a knowledge which guides his travels and motivates his life. Found in the cracks between what is conceivable and what is not, are the varied life forms collectively known as mushi. They surround us and affect us, but their intensely different nature makes them unrecognizable to most. Ginko brings these life forms into perspective for the lives of those most affected and most in need of an explanation.

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ohtoriakio

Both animes are atmospheric and explore the unusual and quiet beauty of nature. Spring and chaos through existantial poems, and Mushishi through humans' interaction with nature and both deal with things that aren't seen by the naked eye.

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