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Art house and artful anime

Anime that emphasizes and favors audiovisual aesthetics, artful scenes and experimental styles or formats or ideas over conventional narration and exposition. Or what the uninitiated call weird and artsy shit. But we know better. I marked my personal recommendations; 3 stars is pretty decent on my scale. In alphabetical order.
1 1001 Nights

1001 Nights

2 20min Walk From Nishi-Ogikubo Station

20min Walk From Nishi-Ogikubo Station

☆☆☆

3 A Child's Metaphysics

A Child's Metaphysics

By Kōji Yamamura

4 A Piece of Phantasmagoria

A Piece of Phantasmagoria

Vignettes from a fantastical world.

5 Anemone

Anemone

☆☆☆☆

By Junichi Yamamoto

A short about making life decisions.

6 Angel's Egg

Angel's Egg

By Mamoru Oshii

Not my personal favorite, but a highly influential work that you should consider watching.

7 Ani*Kuri15

Ani*Kuri15

☆☆☆☆

By 16 different directors/animators

Fifteen very inventive one-minute shorts.

8 Mt. Head

Mt. Head

☆☆☆

By Kōji Yamamura

9 Bavel no Hon

Bavel no Hon

By Kōji Yamamura

10 Cat Soup

Cat Soup

☆☆☆☆

Watch Nekojiru Gekijou first for some context.

11 Cigarettes and Ashes

Cigarettes and Ashes

By Osamu Tezuka

12 Coffee Tadaiku

Coffee Tadaiku

13 Dead Leaves

Dead Leaves

By Hiroyuki Imaishi

14 Digital Juice

Digital Juice

By 6 directors, including Kōji Morimoto

15 Eternal Family

Eternal Family

By Kōji Morimoto

16 Franz Kafka's A Country Doctor

Franz Kafka's A Country Doctor

By Kōji Yamamura

17 Fuyu no Hi

Fuyu no Hi

☆☆☆☆

A collaborative visualized interpretation of a renku poem from 1684.

18 Genius Party

Genius Party

19 Glassy Ocean

Glassy Ocean

☆☆☆

From the makers of "A Piece of Phantasmagoria".

20 Googuri Googuri

Googuri Googuri

☆☆☆

21 Gosenzo-sama Banbanzai!

Gosenzo-sama Banbanzai!

☆☆☆

By Mamoru Oshii

A theater play in animated form.

22 Iblard Jikan

Iblard Jikan

☆☆☆☆

By Naohisa Inoue

A living fantasy landscape painting gallery.

23 Interstella 5555 - The 5tory of the 5ecret 5tar 5ystem

Interstella 5555 - The 5tory of the 5ecret 5tar 5ystem

☆☆☆☆☆

Mute animation set to the music of Daft Punk's album Discovery.

24 Jumping

Jumping

By Osamu Tezuka

25 Kaiba

Kaiba

☆☆☆☆☆

By Masaaki Yuasa

A series about memories and identity with fairly experimental styles and ideas.

26 Kanamewo

Kanamewo

☆☆☆☆

Allegorical short.

27 Kanashimi no Belladonna

Kanashimi no Belladonna

By Eiichi Yamamoto

28 Kanoun

Kanoun

29 Kick-Heart

Kick-Heart

☆☆☆

By Masaaki Yuasa

30 The Sensualist

The Sensualist

☆☆☆

Brothel adventures with very poetic and artful aesthetics.

31 Legend of the Forest

Legend of the Forest

☆☆☆

By Osamu Tezuka

Mute animation set to classical music.

32 Legend of the Forest: 2nd Movement

Legend of the Forest: 2nd Movement

☆☆☆

By Osamu Tezuka

Mute animation set to classical music.

33 Mind Game

Mind Game

☆☆☆☆☆

By Masaaki Yuasa

34 Muramasa

Muramasa

☆☆☆

By Osamu Tezuka

35 Neo Tokyo

Neo Tokyo

☆☆☆☆☆

36 Noiseman Sound Insect

Noiseman Sound Insect

By Kōji Morimoto

37 Out of Sight

Out of Sight

☆☆☆☆

An audiovisual representation of the world of sounds.

38 Paulette no Isu

Paulette no Isu

☆☆☆

Allegorical short.

39 Pictures at an Exhibition

Pictures at an Exhibition

By Osamu Tezuka

40 Rain Town

Rain Town

41 Robot Carnival

Robot Carnival

☆☆☆☆☆

By 7 directors, including Kōji Morimoto

Seven mostly non-spoken short stories dealing with the possibilities and implications of robotization and advanced AI.

42 Sex and Violence with Mach Speed

Sex and Violence with Mach Speed

☆☆☆☆

43 Superflat Monogram

Superflat Monogram

By Mamoru Hosoda

A psychedelic commercial for Louis Vuitton.

44 Tamala 2010: A Punk Cat in Space

Tamala 2010: A Punk Cat in Space

☆☆☆

45 Tekkon Kinkreet

Tekkon Kinkreet

☆☆☆☆

46 The Diary of Tortov Roddle Specials

The Diary of Tortov Roddle Specials

☆☆☆

The Red Berry is a standout episode.

47 The Diary of Tortov Roddle

The Diary of Tortov Roddle

Vignettes from a fantastical world.

48 The House of Small Cubes

The House of Small Cubes

☆☆☆

Age and memories.

49 The Nighthawk Star

The Nighthawk Star

50 The Old Crocodile

The Old Crocodile

☆☆☆☆

By Kōji Yamamura

A simple but brilliant fable with a good non-moral to learn from.

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AzrelDC Nov 20, 2018

This is an artful list!