The Diary of Tortov Roddle

Alt titles: Aru Tabibito no Nikki, Diary of Tortov Roddle

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In a quaint Japanese town, far from the footprints of tourists, an abandoned robot named Alpha lives a quiet life, while running a coffee shop left by her previous owner. With hardly a customer from day to day, she tends to focus on life's little pleasures, while sporadically wishing for her master's return. But one day, a delivery-robot brings Alpha a camera, and through the pictures inside, her eyes are opened for the first time to the world around her.

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ahuman ahuman says...

Neither are stories in a traditional sense, instead focusing on evoking feelings through a series of small vignettes. Sweet, slightly sad meditations on a beautiful and strange world.

1001 Nights

1001 Nights

Princess Budu sleeps, and dreams. She dreams of whimsical fairies and a wicked, restless beastial spirit. Her dream is one unmoored from identity and self - perhaps she is the fairy, perhaps those other fairies are other persons also. Also moving through her dream, always recurring in her thoughts is her lover Prince Kamar. The beastial spirit desires Budu; Kamar desires Budu, and she only has eyes for Kamar. Through her dream she floats and fades across an Arabian fantasia of minarets and mosques. These flickering moments, fleeting snatches of slumbered thought, are filled with an intoxicating, ethereal beauty.

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valondar valondar says...

Both 'The Diary of Tortov Roddle' and '1001 Nights' are silent, short, and focus mostly on the dreamlike beauty of their imagery. The music featured in both is similarly relaxing.

Perspektivenbox

Perspektivenbox

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.

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valondar valondar says...

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.

Iblard Jikan

Iblard Jikan

In a lush and detailed fantasy world, magical airships sail amidst floating islands and villas. Luxurious earthly homes lie amidst hillsides of flowers and trees, and a lone pond houses a single shoot of life. Miniature tram cars come and go, ladies’ dresses flutter in the breeze, will o’ wisps dance in the midst of dusk and lights flicker warmly. With a lack of narrative, Iblard Jikan shows us these visions and more alongside a soundtrack of lilting melodies.

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cassiesheepgirl cassiesheepgirl says...

Both of these shorter anime document a quiet and serene exploration of a fantastical world. If you like the gentle tone of one, then you may enjoy the other.

XXXHOLiC

XXXHOLiC

Kimihiro Watanuki is cursed with the ability to see evil spirits known as Youkai. Due to this power, the Youkai are attracted to him like a magnet, and each time he is close to being devoured. One day, fate drew him to a strange store and there, he met Yuuko, who was dressed in a very exquisite fashion. As destiny would have it, Yuuko has the ability to save Kimihiro from seeing the Youkai, but for a price: Kimihiro must work for Yuuko by performing chores around the store and other odd tasks, until she deems fit. With his "friend" Doumeki, and his secret crush Himawari, they will discover that the world they live in is nowhere close to ordinary!

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AtticWindow AtticWindow says...

Both anime share a similar mysterious and quietly fascinating atmosphere. They also both use similar musical scores, which wonderfully but subtly emphasize the spiritual mystery of each series. They are both episodic and each episode brings a new phenomenon for the viewer to get lost in. They are also both set in a fantasy world with magical and spiritual overtones, though in xxxHolic this world is juxtaposed with the standard school and town environment. What does notably distinguish them from each other is the humor of xxxHolic and the outrageous and raucous behavior of the protagonist Watanuki whose personality is the polar opposite of the reticent Tortov. Apart from the difference between the personalities of their respective protagonists, I think that someone who appreciated the elements I've mentioned in one of these anime would do well to watch the other.