English: Sweat Punch
Synonyms: Deep Imagination, Dan Petory Kyoushu no Yuutsu, Professor Dan Petry's Blues, End of the World, Kigeki, Comedy, Higan, Beyond, Garakuta no Machi, Junk Town
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Mar 2, 2002 to Jul 1, 2006
Producers: Studio 4°C
Duration: 11 min. per episode
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or olderL represents licensing company
Score: 7.871 (scored by 10480 users)
1 indicates a weighted score
2 based on the top anime page.
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Jan 22, 2008
Wow. I don't really know what to say. It's good, that much is certain. It's basically a dark fairy tale about a swordsman and his hobby, and the little girl who finds out about it. I really can't say much more than that without spoiling anything, since it's so short. Just go watch it, there really isn't any excuse since it's just 10 minutes. The animation is very breath taking, in fact it is hauntingly beautiful, and appears as though it was shot through an old film camera, you can see all the artifacts and the fleeting frame inconsistencies-- very atmospheric. The artists who did this did a superb job, the effect is not cheesy, surprisingly. Like the other reviewer said, the art is so dark and yet so bright at the same time. The animation is just indescribable. The only thing I didn't like was the rather exaggerated portrayal of the "evil English," which made me laugh. But it's a minor quibble and does not ruin the overall effect. As for the story, it is not very innovative, but it's simple and well executed, as a 10-minute fairy tale should be. Thumbs up. read more
Mar 5, 2012
"Professor Dan Petory's Blues", a nine minute short directed by Ohara Hidekazu
What we have here is a show within a show. At the beginning of the short we see the view of a room from the position of the television set in that room - minimally animated, the only thing actually animated in this frame is the fireplace in the background - , which is turned on to some soap-opera or TV drama. A middle-aged woman dressed only in black lingerie is bored with the whole thing and changes the channel, our view changing at the same time. What's on the new channel is "Professor Dan Petory's Blues", a puppet show where some "professor" is ranting about relativity. Like the relativity of motion, or the relativity of views and opinions. The many different ways in which someone and something can perceive something, or something can be perceived. Of course, this discourse is framed in a twisted and not entirely serious context. How successful is the short at making these points come across... well, I think it's relatively successful at it. It's all relative to the viewer. But from my point of view, it didn't seem that successful at it at all.
The visual presentation isn't that impressive. For most of the clip, the animation is an emulation of puppetry. i hope you don't mind the antinomy but as interesting as that may be, it's not that interesting at all. Why not film a puppet show directly? Why digitally animate an imitation of it? Leaving the issues of copies of copies and the whole matter of simulacrum aside, it doesn't look good at all. The sound-work is good and the professor's seiyuu wasn't half bad... but, you can't really save a clip with sound and voice acting alone. Relative to the other aspects of an animated short, these parts aren't that important or predominant. 
"End of the World", a nine minute short directed by Kobayashi Osamu
The thing with short films that try to hide some social commentary behind their thin narrative and sketchy characters is that they always seem more like an excuse at doing something that one can brag about later, then actually doing something even the makers care about. If you want to point at certain aspects of society, if you want to highlight certain aspects of the world that seem wrong... a few minutes is not enough. It's difficult to make something that carries some weight behind it with so little time. it's hard to shove all that weight inside a little over five hundred and fifty seconds. And then there's also the issue with audience interest, whether this message resonates with the public. Unless you care about whatever it is the clip is trying to criticize... it's all just piss in the river. Unless you are concerned by whatever it is the makers of the work are concerned about or whatever it is that they pretend to be concerned about, you'll just sigh a 'whatever' and move on. I... did something like that. I just wrote some five hundred words that stand for "whatever".
Allow me to side-track for a little bit. "End of the World" is an example of why you shouldn't mix the two: politics with art. Or social matters with entertainment. Or pity... with fun. This is why I hate going to charity concerts and things like that. When I go to a concert, I go because I want to be entertained. Not because I want to pretend I am a compassionate human being who cares about the victims of X or Y natural disaster. I go because I want to have fun. Not because I pity some poor child dying from whatever disease a few thousand kilometres away from me. I hope you didn't find my honesty too repulsive. But that's why I don't like this short. It's about how the world is going to hell, how everything is rotting away. And how someone needs to stand up to this degradation. How you should punch the air above your head and try to make a difference. I'm sorry but I'm not sorry at all. I just don't care and I am sick of this kind of bullshit.
Well, part of what I said is not entirely true. Actually, if something is done well I couldn't fault it for something that annoys me about its content. But the thing is, "End of the World" is not a well done short. How everything is packaged in the short isn't that nice either. It's not only that I didn't like the animation style, but the animation itself isn't good technically either. The motion is very choppy. They didn't even bother to properly animate the mouths of characters when they talk (by that I mean, even less so than in your average anime of course). There's a mix of not that well blended CG in a lot of the scenes. It isn't always in sync with the sound.... et cetera. Speaking of the sound... it was decent. And that's saying a lot. If this was better done at least on a technical level, watching it wouldn't have been such a tedium. And even though I can say that maybe other individuals more sympathetic than I am to these things might like it, because the clip's message would resonate with them, I don't think too many people would enjoy its bad animation and half-assed execution... 
"Comedy", a ten minute short directed by Nakazawa Kazuto
You can smudge the lines, you can crook a curve, you can ignore edges... making something good and following a certain pattern are not one and the same thing. Still, it is often that good stories contain common strokes. An exposition, an intrigue, a climax, a conclusion... and the main body of the story which contains all these and then some. If you get all these right you might not necessarily stumble upon a masterpiece. But you will find that what's in front of you may well be a good piece of storytelling. You can find all these elements in "Comedy". Above all else it is a short film that tells a story, and tells it well. There is no character development, there is no elaborate de-concealment of their individuality, because if you think about it, a story can go on even without it. The characters are peons on a board, actors on a stage. And I don't mean to say that the short's characters are bad of course. Their characterization is quite good, surprisingly good maybe, considering the clip is only one sixth of an hour long. They have enough flesh on their bones and carry a well revealed "why" on their backs to fit their place in the story. And the story moves on with them at a great pace; the short is very well directed. To pull off something like this is pretty rare and it shows.
The film offers just enough information so that the viewer won't be lost walking through the story from scene to scene. The exposition isn't overbearing. It all takes place somewhere in a fictional Ireland, during a fictional early twentieth century - it's a frame, a container for the story. Anything more than that isn't really necessary, things won't happen in a different way if we know the exact dates, the name of the village, or the location of the castle. It offers a compelling intrigue - a motive for its characters to interact, a reason for them to act their roles. And it all steadily grows to the story's climax. The confrontation. You know it is coming; you can call it predictable... or you can call it inevitable - same thing, different nuance.
But that doesn't make these happenings any less interesting. Not all stories need a surprising change to be interesting. Stories without plot twists are still stories, and stories with plot twists aren't necessarily good stories. And it all ends with a satisfying conclusion, tidbits of which have been sprinkled throughout the short. Even during the very first scene.
This being an animated short, there are other aspects to take into consideration besides its plot and its characters. Like the sound. The first thing I should mention is the very appropriate choice for the background music. For most of the short you will hear the refrain of Schubert's "Ellen's Third Song", the "Ave Maria" prayer. Considering "Comedy" is among other things, a fictionalized account of some event during the Irish War of Independence, this choice was quite fitting because it is a prayer for the Virgin Mary to intervene and mediate a conflict. It's not only something nice to hear, it is meaningful in the context of the story. And then the song that plays during the film's climax is another piece by Schubert, which adapts Goethe's version of the "Erlking" - the Black Swordsman and the Erlking fit each other like a glove to a hand.
The voice acting was pretty good too. Most of it is Maeda Ai's narration as a girl who recounts the events we see, the only other seiyuu for the clip being Midorikawa Hikaru who acted the Knight's few lines. Most of the short is done in limited animation with very little movement, although there are scenes which are completely animated. My biggest gripe with the animation is the poor sync with the sound when the Knight says he accepts to help the girl. Probably because it was done before the sound recording. Still, I liked the animation style and most of the it was pleasing to look at. A small mishap is not something that could ruin the experience.
"Comedy" is great. Even more so considering it's bundled next to some pretty mediocre or outright horrible pieces in "Sweat Punch"... it made watching the collection something worthwhile. 
"Beyond", a six minute short directed by Muraki Yasushi
Assuming this is a drink, "Beyond" is a short you have to drink bottom's up. It's one of those works that are focused on a single moment, and everything in them works towards it. Everything that happens is tied to and makes most sense in light of the final scene:
A man is giving his final breath. The doctors remark what a "peaceful" face he has. They comment on how even though he died on their operation table, he didn't suffer in his final moments. Of course, you as a viewer saw everything that happened in the clip... and realize that was just remembrance. The whole thing sets in, and finally hits you.
The clip doesn't have much of a story. It's more like a sequence of scenes that only hint to what is actually happening. It's something like what you'd see while running in the dark - the sight between each blink, a glimpse on your surroundings. It's all about the atmosphere, not the narrative. Its visual style works from that. A lot of dark scenes, filled with shadows that only reveal what they're covering when a missile explodes somewhere, or someone is firing their mech gun. As does the sound - silence, punctuated by sudden noise. From a technical perspective, both the animation and the sound are very good. As for protagonists and things of that nature... the clip doesn't really have any characters. Only a few lines uttered now and then, and traces of faceless faces. The nobodies you won't care about. The nobodies the people in their world won't care about either. Cannon fodder.
I think what made the short special is also what drags it down though. It gathers all its energy and struggles to deliver it in one punch. It's building a lot of pressure and blows off at the end. But all the tension that's released is more like a fizz than a bang. It's nice, it's somewhat interesting... but in the end it's underwhelming. Something like an afterthought. Maybe that was intentional... maybe not. 
"Junk Town", a twelve minute short directed by Ito Nobutaka
A pretty straightforward short. Take a normal ten year old boy, take a robot with some special ability... and put them together. The idea isn't new at all, it's been done many times over. But the result isn't that bad, and "Junk Town" was a fairly nice watch. It's something like a "boy and his pet" story: a kid finds some weird robot that starts eating all sorts of electronic equipement and extends its body with what seems to be a useless tail at first. Of course the robot is like an annoying happy dog and starts following the boy around... or the boy is curious child and follows the robot around... a little bit of both is true. What follows isn't that hard to guess.
The short's animation is great. It mixes traditional cells with 2D and 3D graphics very well and the end result was aesthetically pleasing. The directing isn't always great though. Some scenes felt out of place. The pacing of the clip isn't that good either, its development is pretty inconsistent... moving faster or slower for no reason at all. But "Junk Town's" colourful world is pretty convincingly portrayed and the short's protagonists while entirely unoriginal, are decent guides for the experience. The sound is very good as well, and the voice acting was good... ignoring one or two scenes with unnatural whining from one child or another. You can tell the director has worked on "Kare Kano" though, not every line in the short is uttered out loud. He used speech bubbles to portray some of the boy's thoughts.
Nothing too interesting, but nothing too bad either. That's what "Junk Town" is. But the very good animation and sound make it a decently entertaining if unoriginal short film.  read more
May 19, 2009
Like a work by Andy Warhol, End of the World failed to leave much of an impression on me, playing too much on modernism than anything of substance. Maybe if I was in some deluded state, not as quick, not as sharp, insightful or judging, it would have kicked me off my rocker and taken me to la-la land. But, presently, I'm not.
If you've ever watched American 90s cartoons, End of the World has the same feel and animation as those (or at least its closer to cartoons than most anime). Bright colors and a whole lot of wtf? Really, it's like Racko's Modern Life on more crack than usual. The sound also made me want to grind my teeth.
Though there is quite a bit of symbolism to be intriguing, its warped to the point of being too cryptic for the average anime watcher. The execution of the elements is underplayed, as much of the more interesting stuff in the atmosphere is never used. The characters are also forgettable, with their interactions and motives being something too 'forced' to be entirely beleivable.
But this anime doesn't want to be believable does it? It wants to bring you into a wonderland, "The end of the world" as it calls it. Unfortunately, (or fortunately), this 'world' isn't a place you'd ever want to go to. If that was the point of this short animation, then I applaud it for convincing me to never to want to go to that wonderland again- in other words I never want to watch this again
Perhaps it was all some of kind of parody or metaphor for society- there are multiple ways of looking at this piece. However, like anything, it cannot stand, or stand well, without substance- of which it has little of. It can almost be said that it lacks a certain 'beauty' that makes anime so enjoyable to watch.
I can see how you might enjoy this if you are intoxicated or something to that measure, but if you don't prefer to be airy or 'glazed over' stay far away from this. If you came here looking for something surreal, there are better anime that would give you more foundation (and be more memorable) than this. And there are plenty of other anime more enjoyable than this one. read more
Jan 7, 2009
After encountering several one-shots created by Studio 4°C, I told myself that I will not be going anywhere near their works again. I am not a fan of theirs, to say the least. But when I stumbled upon the cover image for Kigeki, I couldn't help but get drawn to it. Unable to fight my own curiosity, I decided to give it a try. How much could ten minutes possibly hurt even if I ended up hating it?
During such a short time period, the story, or rather an excerpt from it, was very well thought out and beautifully presented. The war setting, as well as some historical facts mentioned in the anime, provided a realistic feel despite having fantasy elements. It created the atmosphere of a dark fairytale that could have really happened somewhere far away where nobody would witness it.
We face only two characters in this anime -- a skilled swordsman and a little girl. All she wants is to save her village; all he wants is a book of a certain genre. There is very little interaction between the two of them. He reads the book; she watches him silently.
You will not find much character development or additional information, nor should you be looking for it. Kigeki is meant to be very brief and subtle, and the viewer is not provided with facts that would be unnecessary. There is no need for names, no need for words, no need for anything other than a girl and a swordsman. Which is why I thought it was perfect in this category. The two of them and their unspoken relationship was another beautiful component of this masterpiece.
Both art and animation were stunning. It's difficult to describe in words something so visually beautiful. It was like a moving painting. The little girl running through the forest, the swordsman's cape fluttering in the wind as he rushes through the battlefield, the blood-stained white flowers... The overall atmosphere and melancholic mood created through the art and colors were truly amazing.
The two pieces used throughout this anime were Ave Maria and Erlkönig, both by Franz Schubert. The choice in music was perfect; it almost felt like these pieces were composed solely for Kigeki. They shared and enhanced the overall dark and mysterious mood of the story.
I was in awe upon finishing it, because it truly felt like a full-length film. read more
Jun 22, 2008
Giving the perfect score for story to a 10-minute movie is not easy, however Comedy brings to life the Irish folk tale of the black knight in the most enchanting and mesmerizing way imaginable. It is said that the black knight, a dark, lanky, and brooding man, will take any request in exchange for ancient books. When an English army is descending on a little girl's village, she flees into the black forest to the ruins of an old castle with a book handed down through generations of her family and upon finding the home of the black knight, offers him the book in exchange for the salvation of her home. I won't spoil how things transpire, but it is a whimsically dark tale. The charm of Comedy lies in it's storytelling, taking the perspective of the little girl as she looks back on the event years later. Despite the encompassing dark atmosphere and theme of the story, it always has a sense of lightheartedness and fun, which is reflected in the show's title.
Insert stream of obligatory superlatives here. For the entire 10 minutes that I watched this show my breathing had come to a complete halt. Comedy has a style that nothing else I've seen as matched, mixing intense darkness and a faded, oil-painting look that draws the viewer into an unforgettable experience. Studio 4c lives up to it's reputation with incredibly fluid animation as well.
Most of the sound in Comedy comes from the little girl's narration, and she is very well-acted, having a voice that fits the tone of the story. Quiet and somber are good words to describe the show as a whole, and for the atmosphere being created, it works perfectly.
There are only two characters in Comedy, and they create a beautiful contrast. The adorable white-haired little girl is innocent and wide-eyed, playing around and being utterly cute while the black swordsman is silent and stone-faced, usually sitting still and molding into his environment. Watching the two interact is cute and fun, and gives the show it's whimsical edge. The black swordsman also probably takes my spot of my favorite dark hero.
Comedy is among the most memorable and amazing anime to grace my eyes, and is more enthralling in ten minutes than any full production could ever be. read more
Sep 16, 2009
As always Studios 4ºC provides us with a good animation and a unusual story. This time the story centers in a not so far away future, where robots are regular view in the streets.
Our main character is a little kid, while passing by on a street discovers this little robot head eating other robots parts and other mechanic in general and forming this stange tail on its back as soon as it eats a new part. Later we learn that the "tail" that the robot formed was just assimilated parts to form its own body. When the robot achieves its goal he becomes rather twisted and even tries to attack humans. In the end the robot it's just a little head again trying to do the same thing again, it seems that it didn't learnt its lesson. We can take a lesson from here. In Portugal we have a saying that goes something along these lines "Who wants everything looses everything", and I think it goes along fine with this short OVA.
It's good view. If you are familiar with short OVAs from the 4ºC gang this will not disappoint you.
Rate: 6.4/10 read more
Sep 5, 2009
The visuals in Comedy are magnetic, more so than anything I`ve seen to date. There is an overall attention to detail like camera, and weight in the character`s movements but it`s the color palette and visual style that`s so aesthetically pleasing. Most everything in Comedy is dark, deep colors, if not black. Anything lighter, like the unnaturally pale skin of the characters and the little girl`s blond hair feels almost as if it`s on a different dimension than everything else on the screen; it just jumps out.
Comedy flows completely around Schubert`s Ave Maria. It manages to tell its story while following the cues and the moods of the music. The first minute of the film is a grotesque monologue put against a still image of a seriously creepy looking tree. The setup is that of a horror movie, or perhaps a thriller, and that is supported by its dark visual style. In stark contrast is the sweet young woman who narrates the story after the monologue. She`s reminiscing, almost fondly, on her frightening, yet at once endearing encounter with a swordsman she sought for help when she was 5. The woman`s voice is like a sugar coat. Dark and mellow as the images often are, her narration keeps the film on the lively, cute side of this dichotomy between horror and innocence.
The story is rather simple, befitting a 10 minute film. I have already spoiled half of it, as will any synopsis. It`s concise, but doesn`t feel hurried. In other words, it takes time to smell the roses when appropriate. It does all this with a storyboard that was designed around a piece of music. This is precisely what I love about good short films. They always feel more visionary than features. Each scene has a more direct contribution to the grand scheme and all its parts work in greater harmony. The final product ends up being cohesive, leaving you with little criticism to offer.
There isn`t much to criticize Comedy on, but I will leave something of a warning. I almost expect short art films to have a "point." Something as simple as an argument about philosophy, or as complex as highlighting a rare emotion. Comedy is an atmospheric, and perfectly told story, but seems to lack a resounding message.I can`t in any fairness call that a fault, so as far as I can see, there`s no reason NOT to watch Comedy. read more
Jul 18, 2008
Story: For the length, this story is perfectly suited. However my one gripe is that it's really hard to fully understand.
Art: WOW! I came across this anime on youtube of all things, and opted not to watch the entire thing, instead i immediately started looking for a better copy. My word this anime has the best atmosphere of any anime i have ever seen. I Could have watched this on mute with subtitles off for any random two minutes and i would have enjoyed it. Just the way it's presented is the stuff of nightmares (i mean that in a good way). It's really quite hard to describe...
It is mostly high contrast, with very little color. It's almost like Lithographic Photography. Some of it is also very stylized, and the combination of the two works pretty well.
sound: Brilliant. Plane and simple (not the music the brilliance of course).
Character: Given the length you cant learn that much about the characters, but despite that, the anime benefits from unique interaction, and great portrayal of the two (and only) characters.
Enjoyment: This was just great to watch. Ten min of candy for the senses. read more
Oct 6, 2009
This is a very, very unique OVA. I was very surprised I enjoyed this as much as I did, but there was no denying that I loved every minute of it. Well, considering it was only nine minutes long, that isn't very hard... but that's not the point.
Story (10): Well, you don't understand a lot of the story, it seems like. It's just sorta... there. Take it. This is all we're going to give you, so be happy with it. But I still really liked it. You started to understand what was going on gradually, and the whole time, things just start to click. It's kind of hard to explain...
Art (9): I loved the character designs for this! Although there were a few things I wish I could tweak, it was still amazing. Very slow, dark, pretty scenes throughout the whole thing. Not an eyesore like some OVAs I've seen...
Sound (10): There was pretty much only one voice through the whole thing, the main girl narrating it, except for two lines where the Swordsman actually said something. I was happy that they didn't have an annoying girl voice, like most girl voices tend to be.
Character (10): If I could, I would marry the Swordsman. I'm serious. He's so awesome. And the five year old girl is just so adorable! They are pretty much the only characters in this whole thing, so there isn't a lot to criticise.
Enjoyment (10): I enjoyed this so much. Since it was only less than ten minutes long, it was very easy to stay with it the whole time. There were scenes that made me sad, ones that made me laugh (specifically when she throws the rock at him and he kicks her in the face xD), and ones that just made me happy.
Overall (10): I suggest that you go watch it. Like, right now. Seriously, it's one of the shortest things ever (besides Hetalia) and is very interesting. The ending was a little surprising, but very enjoyable. Big recommendation! read more
Jun 16, 2009
Amazing. As short as it is, Kigeki is a wonderful short-film. It's 10 minutes long, but trust me, it'll be worth your time. I can't say too much because it will spoil it for you.
Oh and don't be fooled by the title, which translate into "Comedy". Kigeki isn't all that funny (though it does have its moments)
Story: 10 --- Original and nice. It's a dark story, but kinda heartwarming at the same time.
Art: 10 --- I love the dark theme. It's very nice, yet kinda scary.
Sound: 9 --- There's some nice opera-like music in there, and it adds a nice touch to the movie.
Character: 10 --- Though you don't know that much about either characters, I think you'll love how they have a mysterious atmosphere around them.
Enjoyment: 10 --- Love it. Really nothing more to say. :]
Overall: 10 --- Well, I'm sure you saw this coming. Give Kigeki a try. I'm sure you won't be disappointed. read more
Nov 13, 2008
The story of how a girl manages to enlist the help of a mass cannibalistic murderer to get the rid of the evil brutish British because thats what they deserve...yes, we will add lots of special effects to disguise it.
What struck me at first was the well designed backgrounds and art in general of this 10 mins of fairy tale story. The special effects were particularity good and the visuals were well created, the characters emotions, rather, lack of emotion, was evident from this which fits in with the whole mass murderer feel to the story.
I can see why the creators decided to portray the British the way they did, but, the fact is, isn't the story about the mass murderer. Isn't the whole idea to show him in a good/bad light, just as Macbeth is shown in Shakespeare? Mercilessly killing British troops who look like bad guys just says to me "yea! He killed the bad guys!...oh, wait, isn't he supposed to be a cannibal?"
This says to me that the creator either intentionally or unintentionally made a sort of pseudo-propaganda piece against the British. It would have been better if the British were more "human" in stature and he mercilessly slaughtered them it would give the "bad" side of the murderer more evident and make the story have a much deeper meaning akin to Macbeth and the great works of romantic heroes.
Yes, he did save a village, but he killed and ate British soldiers which stood no chance for a girl that gave him an apparently hilarious book.
Freedom and Liberty of Irish independence? I think not.
Aug 11, 2010
It draws you into its illusion the first second you start to watch it and it keeps your attention until it finally ends. This was a very amazing series to me I have never seen anything like it and so long when it comes to animes. I would have to say I do recommend this to everyone who is interested into it.
It will be worth your while to watch it and its very astonishing how things go in it to where you will be surprised and you will be taken into a new way of thinking about things. Its a mystery of how things go but very brilliant in its own way. read more
Dec 14, 2009
If I were listening to The Resistance by Muse on LSD, this is what I would see, and I would wake up and never want to have a high like that ever again.
MAY CONTAIN MINOR SPOILERS! (not that it matters... it's only 10 minutes long)
Story: The story itself had a dark underlying meaning behind. For example, aliens taking over the world in the future and killing us all. You'd never want to see that world. It was decent story an anime short. If I say more, I'll just give away spoilers, but I can say that it was very unique.
Art: I liked the old school artwork. It remind me of an animated Sims. I would have to say that it is the art that saves the anime. The colors also give you the feel of being high... very high... like outrageously flamboyantly high. But overall, I did like it.
Sound: Music was almost absent besides the OP. I did like the OP though. The name of the song is Saloone by Lolita No. 18, which the anime does a job of promoting. Ah, shameless self promotion... I love music.
Character: I actually did like the main characters Kazumi and Yuko. Japanese Punk Rock chicks in a psychedelic dream about defeating aliens? Pretty sweet. Fight scenes were decent too. Pink blood...
Enjoyment: I won't lie. I enjoyed the short somewhat... But I'm a hippie so... I'm not surprised I did...
After watching Sweat Punch's Kigeki which was an absolute masterpiece, I have to say... I expected much, much more. read more