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: 7.821 (scored by 10966 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Jun 19, 2013
The first story in the package is called Professor Dan Petory's Blues, it's a story about some doll scientist talking about various things like color of the planet or why ufo's fly in zigzags. It was suppose to be a comedy, but the jokes i found used in it only made me feel like being insulted by whoever made this. I don't know whoever thought this could be funny in any possible way. I didn't get any of the stuff he was talking about, because halfway through this horrible anime, i just didn't care anymore. And it was 10 minutes long. The story is so horrid i thought a sane and sober person couldn't possibly make it. Absolutely horrible in every single possible way.
End Of The World - even the synopsis sounded very bad, and it was also terrible. It's about a girl that meets an alien girl in a concert one night. She invites her to her home and from this... I couldn't even guess what the hell was going on. I don't know how much weed was smoked while making it but i guess a lot. After the alien girl arrives at her home she suddenly jumps out of her tv on a giant robo dinosaur and goes... somewhere. This was so horrible i decided to turn it off after i watched half of it... 5 minutes that is. The only thing good i can say about it is one nice camera angle while the eagle flies across the sky in the beginning. Anything else is horrifying.
Kigeki is The Third and undoubtedly the best story in this bundle. It's set in Ireland village and is about a girl who hears a story about a swordsman which offers his services in exchange not for money, but for books. One day English troops are 'bout to raid the village. She takes a book from her library and goes to give it to the guy to help her village.
The thing that really stood out here, was the artwork. It was drawn simply, but beautifully, black-white and red are basically the only colors present here and it build a very good atmosphere. Nothing to notice about the sound, I'm not even sure it was there. The characters were very nicely drawn, although i would like to see more details to them, but i guess you could explain it as being the part of the climax.
The story lacked sophistication, it was very simple, maybe it was cause of time restrains but i thought it could've been done better. Not good enough.
Score : 6/10
Higan, shortest of all stories, tells a story about a man lying on the hospital bed, dying, thinking of all the chaos that took place beforehand.
The action sequences were pretty boring and repeatable, the story not interesting, and the artwork very average. I don't know if it was suppose to represent something, but for me, it was just another boring story in this package.
Score : 3/10
Finally, Junk Town, the last of the series, a story about a boy living in the world full of robots, who apparently wanted to have a robot but his parents said no. One day, as he walks down the alleys he meets a particular robot.
Junk Town, in my opinion has the best art of all the series here included. It's detailed, it's pretty. Character designs are also good. The story however, is not. It's very simple, very childish and very boring, as are all stories in this package. I liked the direction, though. Especially the scene with the boy running. Good angles, good animation. It's not consistent though.
Score : 3/10
This is a short package of boring, childish and absolutely horrible stories. Only one of them is actually representing something. The rest shouldn't ever see the light of day. The first two looked like one of the worst american made cartoons i had a pleasure to watch sometime ago, and are a disgrace to japanese animation.
I don't recommend watching this unless you have insomnia, or you want to get high while watching the first two. Story, Art, Sound, Characters - everything is dreadful. And it's the first time i couldn't watch a 10 min animation to the end. Stay away from this.
Overall Score: 2/10
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