Half way through I realized I was crying...can't help it I love nostalgic things...
One of the best 12 minutes I've spent watching something, I really can't understand how people don't like this /:
or maybe I just love it because it actually made me cry for minutes?..hahaa
I really dug this as a short animated film. Beautiful visual style, great soundtrack (I think I loved this most of all), and a simple yet touching story. However, I'm not really sure if I want to call this "Anime". Not that that's a bad thing mind you, its just that beyond being from Japan there really isn't anything about this that makes it anime. I think I'll leave it unscored, but it was extremely enjoyable.
That was terribly sad. I just decided to watch it 'cause I had a few spare minutes... Ahaha, I wasn't expecting that.
Excellent. You can see the house showing things like the preciousness of youth and how everything seems so simple when you're younger. The art reminded me of those old national film board of Canada shorts. I like it when they can tell a story without words.
Maybe it's because I'm still young, that this doesn't affect me emotionally THAT MUCH. But, overall, it was really artistic. Without any kind of dialogue, you can feel the emotion in the story and the feelngs of the old man through the whole film. It was a really nice short, I recommend it. :)
adamantine said: It reminded me of the beginning of Up. Very touching look at someone's life; I definitely liked how they showed that with the levels of his house.
its entirely possible that the beginning of Up may have been directly influenced from this short.
"...our faces marked by toil, by deceptions, by success, by love; our weary eyes looking still, looking always, looking anxiously for something out of life, that while it is expected is already gone – has passed unseen, in a sigh, in a flash – together with the youth, with the strength, with the romance of illusions.” - Joseph Conrad ('Youth')
I'm crying. ;~; Yes, I'm a baby, but this man had such a beautiful life. The world was so soft and mellow and loving, too, with the colors and the sounds and the mood that engenders. I wish I lived in an environment with that kind of emotional reality. I'd never paint my world so yellow in my mind. His nostalgia is simply wonderful, and I'm still crying. This is a gem.
I dare an animator to trump this with another 12 minute short! Would be really tough because I think this is a masterpiece. The fun thing for me is I watched this for the 'first time' just now only to realize that I actually saw this short a long long time ago when I was more interested in western animation (ie. fantastic planet) and other shorts rather than anime. Was just as impressed then as I am now.
I like how the old man tries to keep living despite his circumstances. The memories he had in the past is what he holds most important. It was simply beautiful. In a matter of minutes I was filled with many emotions.