Several people are spending their evening in a cafe. Two gossiping girls, two debating men, a bookworm and a boy, who just broke up with his girlfriend. The cafe's waitress starts a chat with him, persuading him to take a look at certain easel, while other customers begin to notice unusual things.
9 minutes. That was my initial thought when a friend told me about this piece of work. So obviously I had close to no expectations while watching it. Normally I would have thought it was a waste of time, but for 9 minutes? why not?
So I watched all 9 min and 5 seconds it had to offer and I was amazed with what it produced. It gave some nice insight in to the way people think and the values people have. In 9 minutes they introduce 6 characters and develop them just enough to keep it interesting. The art was an interesting style that was appealing and essential at some key points. There was a nice smooth soundtrack to match the setting of a small relaxed coffee shop. It was highly enjoyable and I would encourage everyone to watch it, and for 9 minutes why not right?read more
It was clear to me after a few viewings that 'Aquatic Language' or 'Mizu no Kotoba' is a prototype for what would become 'Eve no Jikan' or 'Time of Eve.' Or, perhaps, more correctly, Eve is an expansion on the concepts put forth by Studio Rikaa in Aquatic. The animation style, scripting, 'camera work', layout of the coffee shop, the appearance of the cafe hostess (compare to Nagi), and even the ping at the end of Aquatic are all incorporated, albeit somewhat refined, into 'Eve no Jikan.'
I don't know why Studio Rikka waited 6 years from one project to the other, but from what I have seen of 'Eve no Jikan' I'm glad that they finally moved ahead. As a retrospective on the origins of 'Eve no Jikan' I would say that 'Mizu/Aquatic' is well worth watching. Aquatic seems to explore some things that haven't appeared in Eve yet, but since that series is in its infancy at this moment, it seems premature to assume that they won't appear.
'Aquatic Language' can stand on its own merits, but I think it has more value as a pre-history of the world of 'Eve no Jikan.'read more
Because I'm of those persons who likes the start and ending and don't care about the middle I can say, wow.
It really makes your squirrel move. It has alot of references (or... the ones I noticed). That makes the cut a little dynamic. And think about whats happening.
And, well... its just weird. Because a lot of things happened at random times.
Also, they tell you some of every character, even if there are 5, the cut tells you the personality of everyone, just what I like, what type of person they are...
Thats why I liked it o.o read more
Despite being a short piece, Mizu no Kotoba is anything but bare and a satisfying use of nine minutes.
One of the anime's most interesting features was how it develops characters in such a short space of time: six people seems like an over-the-top number considering the anime is under ten minutes long. Each action is expressive and the viewer is left with a good impression of each person's personality.
Peppered by quotes from famous literary works, the feeling of watching people as creatures in an aquarium is done justice. I was personally intrigued by how real it felt: the atmosphere is very much that of a calm evening and overhearing snippets of conversation is similar to entering a café in real life. There is not much of a story present, but the brevity of Mizu no Kotoba means this does not matter and suits the time frame well. The ending was alluded to by one of the given quotes, but somehow didn't mesh well with the rest of the story. Baffled, I tried to decide what was supposed to be going on. Somehow the truncated nature of each part of the video ruined the overall piece for me as I was unsure what parts were really important.
Although the art has a quite an individual style, I found it too clunky to fully appreciate it. When the climax makes its appearance, however, we are treated to very soft visuals which emphasise the true surrealism of this piece. Despite minor flaws, the images flow well into one another.
I watched the English dub of this animation and found it hideous; future viewers should definitely seek out the original! The soundtrack was fitting but did not quite leave a lasting impression.
On the whole, Mizu no Kotoba is an enjoyable experimental video but viewers should not expect much and prepare to reel with confusion.