If you liked the Tobira o Akete (1995) anime, the Anime-Planet community thinks you'd like:
A young girl is standing outside a store, using her mobile phone, when a strange force wrenches that phone from her hands and drops it onto the ground. When she goes to pick up her phone she finds that a fantastically strange creature has picked it up first - and eats it. She's furious - until it eats her too! Apparently, being eaten throws her into a bizarre and disorienting reality full of shifting shapes and colors... and all she wants is her phone back!
In both of these short works a young girl is sucked into a bizarre, surreal and abstract world which never loses its sense of innocent charm and adventure.
Two very positive shorts about a girl travelling to a different, colourful world. Both are bizarrely yet beautifully animated and accompanied with some very nice music. If you liked the one, you should definitely check the other.
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 Tobira o Akete don't have a lot of dialogue, or a lot of plot for that matter, but they make up for that with oodles of atmosphere. Each is more like the staff's showing off the inventive world they created, which is as cute and cartoony as it is bizarre and surreal. Cat Soup is rather darker, though.
What do you get when you cross a robot, a baby, a parasol, and a homicidal personality? Just one of the players in a futuristic and violent game of life and death. Children with guns, demented astronauts, slick shade-wearing badasses, robots gone wrong and more clash in a bloody and frantic experience through the streets of a dystopic city.
Both Tobira o Akete and Extra are two shorts directed by Koji Morimoto and produced by Studio 4C in which the emphasis is on their sense of (very similar) visual style. While there is an element of childlike wonder and imagination in Tobira o Akete, while Extra is a somewhat plot-less music video, they are otherwise quite complimentary.
What if you could fly? Jumping by Osamu Tezuka lets us literally jump through time and space. Shot from a first person perspective with nothing but ambient noise as a soundtrack you are witness to a seamless journey across rural Japan, into the heart of modern Tokyo, and beyond, showing us a subtle study of modern life and the impact that progress has on us and our environment.
A short length and plot deficiency aren't the only things that put Tobira o Akete and Jumping together. Jumping into an urban landscape and flying through a variegated dream world gives you the exact same feelings, and definitely brings the two anime together.
Neo-Tokyo (commonly called Manie-Manie Monogatari) is a collection of three sci-fi stories, based on the stories of Taku Mayumura. "Labryinth Labyrithos", "The Running Man", and "Order To Stop Construction" were directed by Taro Rin, Yoshiaki Kawajiri, and Katsuhiro Otomo, respectively. Ranging from an abstract demented clown to malfunctioning robots, each of these short stories are sure to entertain.
Both NeoTokyo and Tobira o Akete contain the same sort of surrealistic storytelling that at once captivates and confuses the viewer. If you've seen one of these anime with a dizzy-but-happy sensation of "What am I watching? I don't care, this is great!", then the other is right up your alley.