Many years ago, a boy found himself outside in the rain without shelter. Wandering into a part of the neighborhood he had never been to before, he was invited inside a house by a beautiful girl who captured his heart immediately. Once the rain had passed the boy left, promising to return someday; but he could never again find her and she quickly faded from his mind. Now the boy is an old man, and returns to his home town for the first time in decades. Much to his surprise, near an old factory, the girl of his dreams appears once more...
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.
1001 Nights and Tori no Uta are two abstract, visual pieces that will appeal to fans of the bizarre. Expect little to no plot in both and a very slow pacing.
Yoshtaka Amano's artwork transposed into an ethereal world of dreams. 1001 Nights is by far the better and the shorter of the two titles - it's fluidly animated, while Tori no Uta is essentially a series of Amano pictures - but fans of his artwork and the dreamy pace will likely will not find their time wasted with either title.
One dark and blustery night, a lone doctor is called to a village ten miles away in order to help with a sick patient. Quickly losing his servant to ill-intentioned hands and whisked away upon frightening horses, the doctor meets his young and ailing patient under the scrutinizing eyes of his family. It is here that the doctor will try to discover the root of the boy’s illness and also try to make some sense out of his own psyche.
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.
Ever since childhood, Kintoki (commonly known as Kai Doh Maru) has lived a difficult life of bloodshed, as a woman who was raised to be like a man. With the help of her mentor and comrades, she helps defend her city from evil spirits and beings that threaten it. However, Kintoki cannot forget her past, and soon, her past will catch up to her...
Kai Doh Maru and Tori no Uta have an unmistakengly similar, sketch-y type animation style, with a thin plot and very slow pacing. I didn't really enjoy either but fans of one will probably like the other.