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. read more
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.read more
Like a work by Andy Warhol, End of the World failed to leave much of an impression on me, playing too much on modernism than anything of substance. Maybe if I was in some deluded state, not as quick, not as sharp, insightful or judging, it would have kicked me off my rocker and taken me to la-la land. But, presently, I'm not.
If you've ever watched American 90s cartoons, End of the World has the same feel and animation as those (or at least its closer to cartoons than most anime). Bright colors and a whole lot of wtf? Really, it's like Racko's Modern Life on more crack than usual. The sound also made me want to grind my teeth.
Though there is quite a bit of symbolism to be intriguing, its warped to the point of being too cryptic for the average anime watcher. The execution of the elements is underplayed, as much of the more interesting stuff in the atmosphere is never used. The characters are also forgettable, with their interactions and motives being something too 'forced' to be entirely beleivable.
But this anime doesn't want to be believable does it? It wants to bring you into a wonderland, "The end of the world" as it calls it. Unfortunately, (or fortunately), this 'world' isn't a place you'd ever want to go to. If that was the point of this short animation, then I applaud it for convincing me to never to want to go to that wonderland again- in other words I never want to watch this again
Perhaps it was all some of kind of parody or metaphor for society- there are multiple ways of looking at this piece. However, like anything, it cannot stand, or stand well, without substance- of which it has little of. It can almost be said that it lacks a certain 'beauty' that makes anime so enjoyable to watch.
I can see how you might enjoy this if you are intoxicated or something to that measure, but if you don't prefer to be airy or 'glazed over' stay far away from this. If you came here looking for something surreal, there are better anime that would give you more foundation (and be more memorable) than this. And there are plenty of other anime more enjoyable than this one.read more
As always Studios 4ºC provides us with a good animation and a unusual story. This time the story centers in a not so far away future, where robots are regular view in the streets.
Our main character is a little kid, while passing by on a street discovers this little robot head eating other robots parts and other mechanic in general and forming this stange tail on its back as soon as it eats a new part. Later we learn that the "tail" that the robot formed was just assimilated parts to form its own body. When the robot achieves its goal he becomes rather twisted and even tries to attack humans. In the end the robot it's just a little head again trying to do the same thing again, it seems that it didn't learnt its lesson. We can take a lesson from here. In Portugal we have a saying that goes something along these lines "Who wants everything looses everything", and I think it goes along fine with this short OVA.
It's good view. If you are familiar with short OVAs from the 4ºC gang this will not disappoint you.