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.
Legend tells of a lone swordsman who lives in the Demon's Castle, the ruins near the Black Forest. This mysterious stranger only accepts rare books for his services, books from the ancient past. Comedy tells the story of a young girl who desperately wishes for her family and village to be saved from the coming English soldiers' wrath, and is willing to trade a precious book in exchange for the deed. With only her legs beneath her, she runs towards the Black Forest, hoping to get there in time...
Two very short, and very beautiful pieces that will appeal to the same group of viewers. The story is very delicate, almost non-existant, but the pleasure you can take from the fantastical artwork and highly emotive music makes these show a great watch.
Comedy features some very striking orchestral pieces, matching perfectly the gothic undertones of the visuals. Tortov tells the tale of a traveller, so the gypsy sounding accordian accompanies his journey well.
If you need a quick anime fix, then I recommend these to you, even if they don't have the stylistic looks of more mainstream Japanese animation.
Both are stories about loners played out in a fantasy-esque setting. Tortov's story, whilst silently narrated, carries much of the same feel as Comedy in terms of artistry and music.And though Comedy is much darker in its plot, the two still share an an affinity thanks to their uniqueness.
Two lovely little OVA's that make great wind-down watches.
Welcome to a world in which memories can be transferred from body to body; old painful memories can be removed and replaced with new ones, and the poor sell their bodies to the rich to survive. Waking up one day, Kaiba finds himself in a strange place with no memories of his past and a mysterious hole in his chest; the only clue as to his identity is a locket with a picture of a girl hanging from his neck. Armed with this token, Kaiba must now travel across the galaxy to discover who he is and what the girl in the locket means to him; however, his journey will bring him into contact with many people whose lives have been tragically affected by the manipulation of memories. All too soon it becomes clear that something is very wrong with this world…
Already read The Little Prince? In fact, both The Diary Of Tortov Roddle and Kaiba made me think of The Little Prince... Just a thought...
Both shows are incredibly original and are a fresh air in the Japanese animation world. The animation is unique and warm in both.
Also, they share a surreal feeling with a poetic atmosphere. They are about a traveler exploring esoteric places and encountering strange people.
So, if you liked one, watch the other as well.
There are a lot of series about travelers going around a nd experiencing strange and exotic peoples and locales, but both Kaiba and Tortov do so while saying barely a word, and while being depicted in an art style that is far from ordinary. If you aren't a fan of the "standard anime fare" (and since you're reading this rec, you probably aren't), you should really check these two series out.
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.
The Diary Of Tortov Roddle and Mushishi involve a traveler who is seeing beautiful landscapes. Both are slow-paced, peaceful, and sometimes strange. If you want to relax and to travel to another world, watch either of them!
Mushi-shi and Tortov draw on a similar theme of exploration and discovery, set in surreal worlds using beautiful animation both unique in design. Although Tortov is more a silent introduction to such a theme due to its short nature, it is still an experience almost equal to that of Mushi-shi. You cannot ignore one, having enjoyed the other.
In a small observatory on a tranquil sea, a boy and his grandfather live in peace, fishing and looking at the stars. That is, until one day, the boy discovers that an extra star has been added to the Ursa Minor constellation, changing its form from a bear to a fish. Now, with the evil beast ravaging the stars and destroying anything it touches, the duo must set sail to find a weapon of immense power capable of vanquishing the fierce creature of the sea and restoring Ursa Minor back to its original form…
"A calm, fantasy-filled story with unusual style" is a description that fits both Tortov Roddle and URSA minor BLUE. If you enjoyed one of these short anime for their tranquil, creative way of storytelling, I see no reason why you wouldn't enjoy the other.
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.