Rain Town

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Japanese: rain town


Type: ONA
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Mar 4, 2011
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Source: Original
Genre: DramaDrama
Duration: 10 min.
Rating: G - All Ages


Score: 7.101 (scored by 1407614,076 users)
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Ranked: #36952
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Popularity: #4311
Members: 25,704
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An independent animated short-film by Hiroyasu Ishida, the animator of Fumiko no Kokuhaku.

In a small, forgotten town where the rain never stops, a chance encounter between a robot and an inquisitive little girl brings back memories and a chance reunion with a girl the girl the robot has never forgotten.


Winner of the New Face Award on the 15th Japan Media Arts Festival.

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Mar 28, 2018
Rain Town is a punchy short story that tells what needs to be told with without exaggerations or understatements.

The anime truly shines on its art. Because of the lack of the dialogue, the depth of the scenery and art direction brings up the themes. It's more of a location study than it is a narrative. The characters are given some level of analysis but it's rather flimsy and superficial. Their individuality is mostly undistinguishable and blends in with an existential and somewhat larger-than-life narrative on the nature of memories and childhood. And in that it's pretty impactful, although somewhat tongue-in-cheek and not so elaborate.

However, the ...
Jan 21, 2018
How beautiful it is to just press pause and stop this chaotic world for just ten minutes. In the complete absence of thought I found myself appreciating what I was looking at, a beautiful piece of art. Art doesn't always have to picture a realistic portray of the world, but this time it does just that. You look at the background imaginary and you see yourself finding similarities with places you have been to in your life. The color of the sky, the houses, the streets, everything reminded me of pieces of the world i experience daily. Never before I had felt this sensation watching ...
Mar 1, 2023
Mixed Feelings
Strong directorial vision and truly unique visuals, but somehow ends up having a bit of a convoluted plot?

As with most shorts, this is more of a mood piece than a narrative one. It's definitely a world that feels like it could be explored in more depth and brought to life in interesting ways. Unfortunately, Rain World decides to focus its short narrative around something which would take way more time than it has to build something meaningful out of. The incongruities kind of smother the impact of the story and its few moments of surprise (two, in total) don't really make up for that.

It's still ...

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