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Comedy Review

December 14, 2008

story 7/10

Comedy screenshot

The only humour this short engenders is unintentional. Essentially a rather serious mood piece, Comedy depicts fighting during the early twentieth century Irish War for Independence as one between swordsmen and knights. This is about as ridiculous as depicting the Pacfic War as a confrontation between cowboys and samurai. As the entire piece otherwise feels quite medieval and the sole identifying factor is a throaway line at the end, this seems rather unnecessary.

Also, the plot is slightly obtuse - to understand the title requires either familiarity with the source material or to make one or two indirect inferences.

All that said, the narrative is effective, lingering in its mood yet never overstaying its welcome. Plot points are established unhastily yet are also resolved satisfyingly. What complaints I've made are very minor and doubtless will not occur to or interest most viewers -this is more smartly constructed than I may appear to give it credit for. Overall, Comedy is more story driven and posesses more depth than the average short.

animation 8.7/10

The world of Comedy is a dark, densely forested Ireland that existed only in the minds of Gothic authors - and is utterly breathtaking. Vividly composed and superbly animated, the short would be worth watching for the visualsĀ alone. Mostly drenched in soft blacks and whites with a mixture of grey, other colours may rear their head for excellent contrasts - particularly, and most strikingly, red. It's langurously gloomy in a very elegant sort of way.

sound 8/10

The whisper-like voice of the girl narrator is memorable, as is the swordsman's detached tone, the use of classical music is also appropriate. The excellent sense of aesthetics shown in the animation carries over to the audio.

characters 7/10

There are only two persons of import; a young girl and the mysterious Black Swordsman. In this case, less is certainly more - so much understated personality is given to them through movements and some choice lines of dialogue that each makes an impression. Both have more presence than many characters in full length anime.

overall 8/10

Gorgeously grim, Comedy promises a gothic mood and some action, and delivers both. While not my personal favourite of the Studio 4C shorts, its popularity is certainly justified - it should, and does, appeal to many who do not normally watch anime shorts. By all means give it a try.

Anime Info

  • OVA (1 ep x 10 min)
  • 2002

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...

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NicoNicoDesu avatar NicoNicoDesu
Aug 5, 2012

I agree with everything you said--this was absolutely stunning.

sopuli avatar sopuli
Sep 5, 2011

I dont know why, but in a way this ova was kinda touching, i smiled of happines in the end. Great Review anywho, made me watch this. Thanks Valondor.^^

lycanking20 avatar lycanking20
Nov 6, 2010

great ova thanks for the review :D

now to look for some ova's that are like this XD i really liked the art and the mood :D

somebody got a suggestion? :D

HopeGrace avatar HopeGrace
Jun 24, 2010

I find the title very appropriate and well thought out.  It's the kind of title that you won't get at first, then when you finish the OVA, you will look at the title and say, 'Oh!'  Ingenious title really to me.

It's all about comedy.

PrincessOfLies avatar PrincessOfLies
Nov 1, 2009

I'm not sure why I liked Kigeki, but I did. Thanks for this review, it was what made me decide to watch it!

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