I watched Sweat Punch after hearing good things about one of the stories called Kigeki. Basically it's a series of short stories from the same studio. Hoping to find very good artwork and storytelling, the only thing i found after watching all of these stories was a big, big disappointment, in all aspects.
The first story in the package is called Professor Dan Petory's Blues, it's a story about some doll scientist talking about various things like color of the planet or why ufo's fly in zigzags. It was suppose to be a comedy, but the jokes i found used in it only made me feel
like being insulted by whoever made this. I don't know whoever thought this could be funny in any possible way. I didn't get any of the stuff he was talking about, because halfway through this horrible anime, i just didn't care anymore. And it was 10 minutes long. The story is so horrid i thought a sane and sober person couldn't possibly make it. Absolutely horrible in every single possible way.
End Of The World - even the synopsis sounded very bad, and it was also terrible. It's about a girl that meets an alien girl in a concert one night. She invites her to her home and from this... I couldn't even guess what the hell was going on. I don't know how much weed was smoked while making it but i guess a lot. After the alien girl arrives at her home she suddenly jumps out of her tv on a giant robo dinosaur and goes... somewhere. This was so horrible i decided to turn it off after i watched half of it... 5 minutes that is. The only thing good i can say about it is one nice camera angle while the eagle flies across the sky in the beginning. Anything else is horrifying.
Kigeki is The Third and undoubtedly the best story in this bundle. It's set in Ireland village and is about a girl who hears a story about a swordsman which offers his services in exchange not for money, but for books. One day English troops are 'bout to raid the village. She takes a book from her library and goes to give it to the guy to help her village.
The thing that really stood out here, was the artwork. It was drawn simply, but beautifully, black-white and red are basically the only colors present here and it build a very good atmosphere. Nothing to notice about the sound, I'm not even sure it was there. The characters were very nicely drawn, although i would like to see more details to them, but i guess you could explain it as being the part of the climax.
The story lacked sophistication, it was very simple, maybe it was cause of time restrains but i thought it could've been done better. Not good enough.
Score : 6/10
Higan, shortest of all stories, tells a story about a man lying on the hospital bed, dying, thinking of all the chaos that took place beforehand.
The action sequences were pretty boring and repeatable, the story not interesting, and the artwork very average. I don't know if it was suppose to represent something, but for me, it was just another boring story in this package.
Score : 3/10
Finally, Junk Town, the last of the series, a story about a boy living in the world full of robots, who apparently wanted to have a robot but his parents said no. One day, as he walks down the alleys he meets a particular robot.
Junk Town, in my opinion has the best art of all the series here included. It's detailed, it's pretty. Character designs are also good. The story however, is not. It's very simple, very childish and very boring, as are all stories in this package. I liked the direction, though. Especially the scene with the boy running. Good angles, good animation. It's not consistent though.
Score : 3/10
This is a short package of boring, childish and absolutely horrible stories. Only one of them is actually representing something. The rest shouldn't ever see the light of day. The first two looked like one of the worst american made cartoons i had a pleasure to watch sometime ago, and are a disgrace to japanese animation.
I don't recommend watching this unless you have insomnia, or you want to get high while watching the first two. Story, Art, Sound, Characters - everything is dreadful. And it's the first time i couldn't watch a 10 min animation to the end. Stay away from this.
Kigeki is in fact a brilliant old dark comedy before comedy of this day actually meant funny. Its a Dark Comedy in itself where it precieves one thing but is in fact another thing. In this series they are short so it would take you maybe an hour or 2 maybe not even that long to watch the full series but it is a defiantly must see series.
It draws you into its illusion the first second you start to watch it and it keeps your attention until it finally ends. This was a very amazing series to me I have never seen anything like it
and so long when it comes to animes. I would have to say I do recommend this to everyone who is interested into it.
It will be worth your while to watch it and its very astonishing how things go in it to where you will be surprised and you will be taken into a new way of thinking about things. Its a mystery of how things go but very brilliant in its own way.
Wow. I don't really know what to say. It's good, that much is certain. It's basically a dark fairy tale about a swordsman and his hobby, and the little girl who finds out about it. I really can't say much more than that without spoiling anything, since it's so short. Just go watch it, there really isn't any excuse since it's just 10 minutes. The animation is very breath taking, in fact it is hauntingly beautiful, and appears as though it was shot through an old film camera, you can see all the artifacts
and the fleeting frame inconsistencies-- very atmospheric. The artists who did this did a superb job, the effect is not cheesy, surprisingly. Like the other reviewer said, the art is so dark and yet so bright at the same time. The animation is just indescribable. The only thing I didn't like was the rather exaggerated portrayal of the "evil English," which made me laugh. But it's a minor quibble and does not ruin the overall effect. As for the story, it is not very innovative, but it's simple and well executed, as a 10-minute fairy tale should be. Thumbs up.
After encountering several one-shots created by Studio 4°C, I told myself that I will not be going anywhere near their works again. I am not a fan of theirs, to say the least. But when I stumbled upon the cover image for Kigeki, I couldn't help but get drawn to it. Unable to fight my own curiosity, I decided to give it a try. How much could ten minutes possibly hurt even if I ended up hating it?
During such a short time period, the story, or rather an excerpt from it, was very well thought out and beautifully presented.
The war setting, as well as some historical facts mentioned in the anime, provided a realistic feel despite having fantasy elements. It created the atmosphere of a dark fairytale that could have really happened somewhere far away where nobody would witness it.
We face only two characters in this anime -- a skilled swordsman and a little girl. All she wants is to save her village; all he wants is a book of a certain genre. There is very little interaction between the two of them. He reads the book; she watches him silently.
You will not find much character development or additional information, nor should you be looking for it. Kigeki is meant to be very brief and subtle, and the viewer is not provided with facts that would be unnecessary. There is no need for names, no need for words, no need for anything other than a girl and a swordsman. Which is why I thought it was perfect in this category. The two of them and their unspoken relationship was another beautiful component of this masterpiece.
Both art and animation were stunning. It's difficult to describe in words something so visually beautiful. It was like a moving painting. The little girl running through the forest, the swordsman's cape fluttering in the wind as he rushes through the battlefield, the blood-stained white flowers... The overall atmosphere and melancholic mood created through the art and colors were truly amazing.
The two pieces used throughout this anime were Ave Maria and Erlkönig, both by Franz Schubert. The choice in music was perfect; it almost felt like these pieces were composed solely for Kigeki. They shared and enhanced the overall dark and mysterious mood of the story.
I was in awe upon finishing it, because it truly felt like a full-length film.