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.
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
50 years! "Hey, remember that time the whale jumped?" "Hmmm, yes, those were good times." ^_^
This was an anime that felt like every aspect was done very much on purpose. The music was whimsical and fit the scenes perfectly. The cast had conviction and talent. The art could be wonderful and quixotic one minute and simplistic the next (or simultaneously), but I felt that it all added to the charm of the scene.
I think that Shigeru Tamura is of the option that "Time" is no small matter. A single occurence can take a moment or many days or perhaps longer. In Glassy Ocean, we see several variations of the passing of time in a multitude of ways. We see a world where it passes similar to our own world, one where it perhaps has begun to decay and one where at least certain physical laws that are associated with time have slowed to almost a stand still. Shigeru created an imaginative place where he could give us beautiful dreams and vivid concepts using very simple imagery.
Whether we are looking at art or sharing a story, Shigeru Tamura's beautiful tale suggests we should take a moment and appreciate the world that we see.
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
blend of 3D CG and very simple 2D hand drawn characters. Nothing exiting either but one of the animes stronger points. We get treated with some interesting songs, but nothing memorable.
To conclude things, this anime is for those who are seeking and daring to watching something that is totally off the main stream of anime out there.
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?
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,
any strange pacification, allowing to remember something such important, but long ago the forgotten …
I won't play a role elderly girl, fulling life experience and who have seen a lot of on her century... I will make the clever face slightly tired of misunderstanding, and I will surely declare: "I want to admit that after viewing didn't understand absolutely anything!" But now, only ten minutes later after the completion of viewing (minutes five it is still cunning on remembering where I am and who I am) understood that it is an anime especially and it is not necessary to understand. It establishes in soul peace and tranquillity, harmony with itself.
When you analyze this film, even it is somehow too petty and ridiculous to discuss such subtleties as graphics and music.
It is soft surrealism. And if you don't perceive such genre don't undertake at all viewing.Though, for the sake of interest you can look it. The film leaves unusual impression.