Ranked #2839

Mizu no Kotoba

Alternative Titles

Synonyms: Aquatic Language
Japanese: 水のコトバ


Type: Special
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 26, 2002
Producers: Studio Rikka
Source: Unknown
Duration: 9 min.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
L represents licensing company


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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.

(Source: ANN)


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Dame Otoko
Dame Otoko
Yoshiura, Yasuhiro
Yoshiura, Yasuhiro


Yoshiura, Yasuhiro
Yoshiura, Yasuhiro

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Feb 12, 2011
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 read more
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Nov 12, 2008
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 read more
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Apr 18, 2008
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 read more
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Jul 29, 2011
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 read more
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