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.
In another world, there exist many countries, each with different cultures, customs, and traditions. From technological marvels to folk legends, each location yields a vast wealth of insight of its people: their hopes and their dreams, their failures and fears. Kino is a traveler whose goal is to visit as many new places as possible, learning about others' ways of life, but also making sure to stay clear of their affairs. Together with the talking motorrad Hermes, Kino sets out to explore the beautiful world and meet its inhabitants, wherever they may be.
Kino's Journey and the Diary of Tortov Roddle are both slow series which involve a traveler that travels from town to town with a companion. Each encounter these characters face is different from the one before and after, and consist of unique and different experiences.
In both Kino's Journey and The Diary of Tortov Roddle, the main character travels from place to place to discover the world, and tries to gather memories and learn from his travels without interfering too much with the native's lives. The character means to just observe, although their presence can't be unseen; yet, they still influence the situation at times.
Similarly these two anime explore the world, purpose and a place within whilst taking the viewer on a magical journey of discovery. Tortov serves as a beautiful, slightly more abstract introduction to this theme of exploration but is equally as pleasurable in terms of its aims, whereas Kino's Journey is a more in depth delve into this contemplative theme. Either way, both will appeal to a similar type of viewer.
No doubt Kino's Journey is very much like Diary of Tortov Roddle (aka Traveler's Diary). Main characters in both shows continue their aimless journey and visit all kind of interesting places. The main differences between those two anime are : The fact that Kino doesn't travel on a pig and the fact that Kino's Jurney is a much grimmer and darker show (and thus heavier). Thankfully its also longer then DoTR.If you liked Diary of Tortov Roddle you should definitely check out Kino's Jurney too.
If you liked this animation, consider these two pieces very much alike in their pacing, subdued styles and fantasy-oriented universes. Both are about travelers experiencing the outside world.
Travelling can open our minds and both Kino and Tortov take us on a journey to remember. While Diary of Tortov Roddle is more surreal and lighter, both these titles are philosophical treats not to be missed by fans of the genre.
Both of these series follow a lone traveller as they explore their world. While Kino is a longer anime and deals with more serious concepts, if you enjoyed the quiet nature of one then you may like the other.
Shows about traveling and experiencing very peculiar things on the way. Both Kino's Journey and Tortov's Diary are anime with the same themes. Although Kino's Journey goes a lot further with the idea (which is to be expected, 20min against 2min episodes), they will appeal to a similar audience. If you liked one of these for how they approached the wonders of traveling, definitely watch the other!
I always thought of The Diary of Tortov Riddle as a shorter version of Kino's Journey; both Anime have mastered the art of perfect pacing, and they both feature main characters traveling troughout the world while observing the creatures and events they encounter. Both are also capable of looking beautiful despite not having the highest of production values. Both are strongly recommended!
An old man resides in a city mostly submerged by water, living in a home he had to build on top of his old one. His daily routine now consists of smoking his pipe, drinking wine, watching television and eating the fish he catches. Living alone in the silent desolation of the elderly he is surrounded by photographs but no people. One day he drops his pipe into the water and it disappears into his old, submerged home. To retrieve it he rents a scuba suit, but once he descends into the place he used to live he is overwhelmed by the memories of the life he used to have - the family he used to know.
Each of these short works are fabulously animated, are silent and set in a quaintly odd environment, and are capable of surprising emotional depth - particularly La Maison en Petits Cubes, though Tortov Roddle has more instances of charming beauty. It's pretty obvious they were both made by the same studio and director and I think anyone who liked one will enjoy the other.
One of the first things to mention is that both Tortov Roddle and Maison are exquisitely animated. Also neither of them rely on verbal communication, which is a refreshing change. If you liked the emotive quality and the subtle, slow-paced plot of one of these, then definitely watch the other
Quiet, experimental, artsy, wordless little films - but with quite a lot to say. Surreal, fantastic, organic - these films share a similar sense of wonder and relaxation.
Both The Diary of Tortov Roddle and La Maison en Petits Cubes have the same very particular and charming artstyle, and manage to get across similar emotions in a considerably short period of time. Although the tones are a little different (melancholy in Maison, wonder about all kinds of sightings in Tortov), they are presented in a very similar way. If you loved one of these gems, definitely give the other a watch too!
The Diary of Tortov Roddle and La Maison en Petits Cubes (aside from having long names) both feature silent protagonists in unique settings paired with a wood-block-esque style and a heavy dose of whimsy.
Both Tsumiki No Ie and The Diary of Tortov Roddle, have similar animation and music that helps to set the tone for the strange worlds that they are set in. Both tell deep stories and although The Diary of Tortov Roddle speaks in metaphor more than Tsumiki No Ie, they are both very similar in delivery and content.
Diary of Tortov Roddle and Maison are two beautifully-animated anime that rely solely on visuals and sound to portray their stories. While Diary's adventure takes places in islands and fantastical destinations, Maison's takes place through the memories of an old man. Both are wonderful watches.
These two short anime works both have a very peaceful air about them. They both could be described as quiet and contemplative. Watching them makes me long for an earlier, simpler era.
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.
Cat Soup and Diary of Tortov Roddle share a childlike sense of wonder with no dialogue and strange characters and places, though Cat Soup is remarkably more dark and twisted. Still, I felt the same sense of wonder after watching both of these, and would definitely watch them again. If you liked one, you'd surely like the other.
There are some really similar points in these two anime. Tortov's pig looks like the elephant in the circus in Cat Soup, and both anime parties are traveling through strange places that are nothing special to the characters (as they are the characters' normal worlds). Both main characters are almost always calm and have that smart look on their face. The only difference is that in Cat Soup the main animal is mostly cats, and in Tortov Roddle the most common animal is a rabbit. ;p
Here we have two highly individualised abstract shorts, so unique in both design and theme, that any fan of a more artistic and philosophical approach to anime will enjoy. If you have enjoyed one piece, than you will undoubtedly want to seek the other.
What these two animes share, aside from the tendancy to provoke a 'WTF?!' reaction from an audience through the surreal adventures portrayed in both, is an undeniable charm which makes both feel quite so delightful.
The Diary of Tortov Roddle and Cat Soup feature characters wander around a very imaginative world that is really out there. Spoken dialog is non existant in both titles and both will titles might just make you just think what the hell did you just watch. A little warning Cat Soup is bit more twisted than the Diary of Tortov Roddle.
Looks can be deceiving; Cat Soup looks like a muted fable and The Diary of Tortov Riddle looks like boring, pretentious crap. In reality, though, they are two amazing short stories with plenty of similarities. Take the lack of verbal communication and the beautiful visuals dealing with fascinating landscapes for a few examples.
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?
If you want to be amazed by an unusual animation style and an unpredictable and simple story, these two anime are just right for you. Light, artistic, beautiful and short - that's the words that describe Tortov Roddle and Atama Yama.
It's easy to derive similar amounts of pleasure from two anime which are short, unique, originally animated, abstract in design and concept and leave much to the interpretation of the viewer.
Simple pleasures in life are presented beautifully by these two animated shorts. Fascinating animation, a crazy story and a beautiful soundtrack make these two the perfect partners.
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.
Both of these animes feature very unique and stylish forms of animation as well as the ability to transport the viewer into surreal and unexpected worlds in the blink of an eye.
If you enjoyed the serene and slightly abstract nature of either Tortov Roddle or Glassy Ocean, then you may enjoy the other. Neither are particularly loud or in your face, instead, both of these short anime have a peaceful feel to them as you are transported through a strange and fantastical world.