On a chilly December evening, Hana, a transvestite, Misaki, a teenage runaway, and Gin, a retired bike racer, found little Kiyoko in the trash. For three homeless people, finding an abandoned baby might not have been the best of luck, but with good intentions and two cents to chip in, the trio set out to find the parents of the child. But locating the mother will not be an easy task, and all they have to go on is a small key...
Marco was a poor but happy boy who lived with his father, brother, and mother in Italy. But once his mother leaves for Argentina to help pay down his father's debts, Marco feels that there's a hole inside he cannot fill. Though he is young, he tries his best to find jobs and make friends along the way, all the while receiving letters from his mother to raise his spirits. However, Marco will soon depart on a grand adventure the likes of which he has never seen before...
Stories are about characters that have faith in others, and they believe that the world will react to certain circumstances. You will love either one, since they're both about the world, and its problems.
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 Tokyo Godfathers are filled with black humour and quirky attitude, but both also go beyond strange comedy. The shared central themes of the pair, including the importance of love and family, provide for a beautiful and touching experience.
Albert de Morcerf had it all: wealth, loving parents, great friends. The only thing lacking in his life was excitement... until that fateful day on Luna. After a chance encounter with bandits and a daring rescue, Albert invites his newfound friend and savior, the Count of Monte Cristo, to his home in Paris. Little does he know what fate has in store for him and his loved ones. Just who is the mysterious Count, and what does he want? As tragedy touches the lives of those around him, can Albert’s only recourse be to wait and hope?
Gankutsuou is deeper and has a lot more mystery, but the way the characters are handled in it and Tokyo Godfathers is very alike. Without getting too complex, the characters are given hard choices about serious matters that affect other people's lives.
Kozue is a member of the astronomy club at school. During her summer break, she left for the countryside to try to catch a glimpse of meteorites, but found a boy wearing a spacesuit instead! His name is Ginga, he somehow knows detailed information about faraway stars, and his powers caused him to be held hostage by scientists in order to use him as a tool. Can Kozue's affections help Ginga finally live the life he desires?
Kamba and Shouma Takakura have taken care of their sickly younger sister Himari since their parents disappeared years ago - that is, until the day she died. But as the boys grieve by her hospital bed, Himari sits up, adorned with a strange penguin hat. Suddenly, the three of them are transported to a vibrant world where the hat, using Himari's body as a puppet, charges these brothers with a task: find the Penguin Drum and their sister's life will be saved! Now aided by some odd penguins they received in the mail, the duo must find this mysterious item or risk losing the sister they care for so much. However, they aren't the only ones with their sights on the Penguin Drum, for new enemies await them around every turn, all connected in ways they would have never imagined...
How far would you go for your family? What makes you family? What do you do when you've hurt those you care about? Tokyo Godfathers and Mawaru Penuin Drum tackle the ups and downs of family dynamics and the ways in which family relationships can support or hurt their members. While Tokyo Godfathers ostensibly has the more realistic premise and a different overall tone and Penguin Drum is rooted in the fantastical and somewhat ridiculous, both deal with the above questions in their own ways and ultimately highlight the importance of family, whether biological or chosen.