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Kujira no Chouyaku

Kujira no Chouyaku

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Synonyms: Glassy Ocean
Japanese: クジラの跳躍


Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Nov 14, 1998
Genres: Drama, Fantasy
Duration: 22 min. per episode
Rating: G - All Ages
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Ranked: #38272
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Time has come to a standstill. A whale appears from a glassy ocean and spends half a day soaring gracefully across the skies. What makes this works extraordinary is the artist's decision to use the transparency and visual bulk of 3D computer graphics only for the un-moving ocean and glaciers. The people, whale, and ships are all hand-drawn, and with this contrast, he invites the viewer into a different world. This is a poem written in animation, the creation of a true fantasy. This project was a considerable under taking, and the results are marvelous.

(Source: ANN)

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Alternative version: A Piece of Phantasmagoria

Characters & Voice Actors



Shionaga, Atsuo
Tamura, Shigeru
Director, Theme Song Lyrics, Creator
Ogasawara, Hiroshi

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Feb 10, 2012
Glassy Ocean is an inspired and avant-garde story that gives its audience numerous perspectives surrounding one "large" event - a whale jumping through waves of green glass.

For the people of this sea made of glass what seems like a small event to us is something to be marveled at. You bring your family and friends, tell your neighbors - you pack a blanket and a picnic and make a day of it. If you're really lucky, it's the event that marks the day you met your true love. This is the kind of day that people talk about for the next read more
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Jul 22, 2007
This anime can only be described as an animated poetry text that transforms the words into art. And it is just as hard to get a grasp of. I think you either need to have a grasp of the work in mention or be on a drug to fully enjoy what it is about. Nothing bad as such to say about it but it gets so deep it isn't of this world any longer.
The story is nonexisting. About the only thing we get to know is some background info on one of the characters, but he still remains a mystery afterwards. The art is a read more
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Dec 2, 2011
How does someone even begin to envision a concept like this? The storyline is really imaginative (people exploring a whale jumping from a green ocean of glass in slowmo, now we're talking), the imagery is really dreamy, the trance music is just heavenly and as if they couldn't torture us enough, they unleash the camera panning and flexing in every curious direction, making this an organic adventure into some other planet excluding the planet on which I am writing this review. I know I'll definitely be revisiting this in the future... future?
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Dec 22, 2012
This film will dip you into the world where glass waves gently concern the green sky, where it is possible to bring the flying fishes who have stiffened in flight, where translucent sea inhabitants in whom there are small fishes, will sing to you slow, smooth and fluid, as water, the song. Here the jump of the whale who has come up from water lasts exactly six hours. And during this time it unites lives of many people — old friends meet about it, appointments are appointed … About the motionless stiffened huge body... And in each soul this body awakens something the best, read more
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they are both very artistic and poetic and driven by an awesome musical score.. so if you can't appreciate something that's more interpretive and artsy then this probably isn't for you.. they feel something like a daydream, something pleasant and floaty.. yea, floaty.. hah.. anyways they're both great.
They both belong to the dreamy Tamura Shigeru Studio and have a surreal quality of story-telling think pieces with heart.

Phantasmagoria consists of fifteen 5-minute shorts and each is a delight.
Both are set in a surrealistic world.
Surreal obscure-ocean setting. They both concern about fish.
Both are set in a surrealistic world.
Both are surreal works with an emphasis on water-the unmoving ocean in one and steadily rising rain in the other.
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