It's finally happened. I'm actually going to dive far enough into the anime cesspool to review a Nagao Takena anime. Leave your standards at the door!
So who the FUCK is this Takena guy? Nagao Takena is basically the Shadman of anime, only he uses claymation for some reason. Nobody likes this guy. Nobody gives him positive feedback on his work. Nobody is funding this man on patreon or anywhere else. None of this stops him. He will just keep cranking out the worst claymation the world has ever seen until the day he dies. There is something quite admirable and beautiful in that. Takena must
be aware the whole world stopped laughing at "Oh No Mr Bill" in the 1970s. There is simply no demand for horrible things happening to little clay guys in a comedic fashion. Takena doesn't give a fuck that his dream is antiquated, absurd, impossible, and the whole world is laughing at him. He is a modern day Don Quixote and we all kind of HAVE to love him for it.
This is a comedic spoof of the first Texas Chainsaw Massacre film using claymation. Some young teenagers are on a date and one is brutally murdered. A girl runs into a house and encounters a whole family of psychopathic killers. They knock her out with a meat tenderizer and you probably know the rest.
Since Takena is entirely a 1 man production, the music is composed by him using MIDI. Sadly, Takena is NOT Nobuo Uematsu. The soundtrack is basically a cat walking on an old Casio synthesizer.
This anime is shit. It is complete and utter shit. However, I'm not giving this a 1 because it was made by only 1 person and I kind of admire his ambition. Same reason I didn't give Midori Freakshow Girl a 1. If you want to see what TRUE shitty anime is... or you just want to pad out your list and get some more achievements on MAL graph, I would check this shit out. It's only 5 minutes after all.
Bloody Date (BD) is a five minutes short film made by Nagao Takena. One of the more striking features in Takena's works is that they are done with clay. The claymation is pretty unusual, but it definitely has style. Personally, I found it pretty cool... but I’m getting out of the subject. This is Takena's fifth work, and is, at least in my humble opinion, the best (is also the most violent and graphic, so if you don't tolerate gore, you can stop reading now).
BD's story is about a young couple enjoying a nice date in a park. Everything was
fine until, out of nowhere, a psychopath with an axe appears and smashes the boy's head, spraying brain tissue all over the poor girl. Now, not only she's single, she must run for her life... Fortunately, our heroine finds shelter in a house. But, there's no such thing as a safe place in a horror movie, so the problems of our young protagonist are far from finished...
The animation is well done. The movement is fluid, the frame rate is pretty good for, well, clay. It looks like Takena put lots of effort in this stop motion business. There are several characters, all very different from each other. All of them are well done, and some are pretty creepy, specially the axe psycho. The landscapes... are made of paper and cardboard xD. The park is very colorful and has many trees. The house where our heroine seeks refuge is a box xD. But inside there are several pieces of furniture that are pretty detailed... there are even paintings in the walls (drawn with markers). So, the interiors were a nice touch.
The sound... well, this is a silent film, so no voices (there are dialogs, both in english and japanese. Faithfull to the silent movie style, there are no subtitles: the screen goes black for a few seconds for the reading, and then the action returns). We have music, though. At first, when everything is nice and dandy, we have quite music (sounds like a xylophone... or a keyboard... don't really know), and it become more intense in the violent parts, or in the chases. The music was correct in general, but I think the work in Bloody Night (another Takena work) was better. The sound effects can be present or not: we don't hear when the characters knock the door, but we hear when they shut it. Details n_n.
To conclude this, I recommend this short to people who like horror. There's an interesting amount of blood and dismemberment here, so if you don't like gore, stay away. To give an idea, the amount of clay-violence here is similar to Celebrity Deathmatch. I also recommend this to people without prejudice who want to see something new because, like I said earlier, claymation is not very abundant. And in addition to its original visuals, one of the strengths of BD is its story: for a five minutes horror short, the story is very good, and has a really interesting ending.
And if you liked this short, I recommend the other works of Nagao Takena, especially Chainsaw Maid and Bloody Night.
Bloody Date (BD) es un cortometraje de cinco minutos creado por Nagao Takena. Una de las características más llamativas del señor Takena es que todos sus trabajos están hechos con plastilina. La claymation es un tanto inusual en el anime, pero decididamente tiene personalidad. Personalmente, me parece genial... pero me desvío del tema. Este es el quinto trabajo de Takena, y es, al menos a mi humilde parecer, el mejor (y también es el más violento y grafico, así que si el gore no les va, pueden dejar de leer).
La historia de BD nos muestra a una joven pareja disfrutando de una cita tranquila en un parque. Todo iba bien hasta que, de la nada, aparece un psicópata con un hacha y destroza la cabeza del chico, regando de masa encefálica (violeta) a la pobre chica. Ahora, además de haber quedado soltera, deberá correr por su vida... por suerte, a los pocos metros encuentra una casa, donde le dan asilo. Pero como en todas las películas de terror, no hay lugar seguro, y los problemas de nuestra protagonista no hicieron más que comenzar...
La animación está bien hecha. El movimiento es fluido, y el frame rate es muy bueno para tratarse de plastilina. Se nota que le metieron muchas ganas al stop motion. Los personajes están bien, hay varios, todos muy diferentes unos de otros. Mención especial para el asesino, realmente es perturbador. En cuanto al paisaje, es de papel y cartón xD. El parque es muy colorido, y tiene varios árboles, así que cumple. La casa donde nuestra heroína busca refugio es una caja xD. Pero adentro hay varios muebles, bastante detallados, y hasta hay obras de arte, como un cuadro (dibujado con fibra). Todo un detalle.
El sonido... bueno, esto es una película muda, así que no hay voces (aunque si hay diálogos, tanto en ingles como en japonés. Fiel al estilo de las películas mudas, en lugar de ser subtítulos, la pantalla se pone negra por unos segundos para que leamos, y luego se reanuda la acción). Si hay música presente. Al principio, cuando todo esté bien, es tranquila (suena como la de un xilofón... o un órgano... la verdad no tengo muy buen oído musical) y se pone más intensa en las partes violentas o de persecución. No está mal del todo, pero creo que la música en Bloody Night (otro corto de Takena) estaba mejor. Los efectos de sonido pueden estar o no presentes: no escuchamos cuando se golpea una puerta, pero si cuando se traba. Solo detalles n_n.
Para finalizar, recomiendo este corto a las personas a las que les guste el terror y no se impresionen por la obscena cantidad de sangre y desmembramientos. Si, es plastilina, pero la violencia está presente, así que si el gore no les va, manténganse alejados (para que se hagan una idea, es similar a Celebrity Deathmatch). También recomiendo esto a la gente que quiera ver algo nuevo y no tenga muchos prejuicios, por que como dije al principio, la claymation no es algo muy abundante. Además de su originalidad a nivel visual, uno de los puntos fuertes de BD es su historia: para ser un corto de terror de solo cinco minutos, es muy buena, y tiene un final muy, muy interesante.
Si este corto les gusto, recomiendo los otros trabajos de Takena, especialmente Chainsaw Maid y Bloody Night.
I gave the sound a 1 because it's a silent film and there really is nothing to rate, but that really doesn't effect how much I liked it. It probably has the most plot out of Takena's films. I have said this a billion times, and I will say it again- I love Takena's style. A bloody little story that is definatly worth watching, and quite interesting. The character's don't have much personality, but I rated them 7 for designs. I enjoyed this quite abit. While there isn't much to say, it's definatly something you should watch.
I have no idea what i seriously watched, nor why. If you've ever heard of Nami then you know what i'm talking about? It's a clay story without any purpose. Two people go on a date, you know the usual stuff? Then it happens. Purposelessly they show us a blood bath which is disgusting and you're left wondering why. Everything is wrong. The characters don't even talk, nor do we understand where culprit came from. The art is shit, i'm pretty sure Shitcom had better art because they can't even make a night scene with clay. My favourite part is the sound. Why? Because there
is no sound. This means that there's an entire category which is not included because i really don't wanna hear what '' fitting '' background music they'd put. Honestly i'd rather watch a Boku no Pico GIF then watch this. This is worse than Shitcom and Nami together. The difference is that this leaves a weird effect. You feel like throwing up and maybe consider moving closer to the ocean so that you have someone who likes your throw up.
Our minds go blank. As blank as my review. Because this is not a review. IT'S A WARNING. Seriously keep away unless you have a really weird fetish. You're not gonna feel destroyed if you just press the '' X '' button on your browser. 1/10
My biggest takeaway from watching TK's works has been that his mantra is "love is fake, murder is real". Rest assured-enjoying a nice evening at the park did not go extremely well for the couple depicted here. This desperately needed SOME music as the drawn out drama building mixed with silence simply didn't produce an engaging viewing experience. It featured a mundane and predictable cliche horror story. It was violent enough to earn a decent rating but the poor animation made the main character completely unrelatable and unsympathetic and her naive actions didn't help. It's worth watching if you're into gore and have a few
spare minutes but it's nothing particularly impressive. It was unexpectedly conventional for a Takena Nagao animation.
I'll make this short.
this was the best one out of all those short claymations made by Takena.
it was simply bloody! twisted, short yet very surprising!
especially the ending t-t, it was very unexpected.
you should watch it. lol.
Claymotion animated videos was always scary not matter the plot of the story.
Takena succeeded to make a decent horror story in only 5 minutes.
Would have been more interesting if there was sound.
The killer make me think of the one from The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, the woman and her daughter make me think of Morticia and Wednesday Addams I don't know why. Despite the drawing from the wall I wasn't expected that ending. Somehow I used to watched Takena's work when I was little because I remember something in that style. Also I'm subscribed to Takena's youtube channel and I'm excited to see other
animations created by him.
I would give it 1 because i don't like horror movies in general with the exception of saw but even then i still slightly hate it. So, not to be biased with my review i graded it for what it was a horror. Which lead to a 5.
Art was in clay form. It takes one set of skills to construct good animation. It takes another set of skills to portray a life like tale. So, the art one might say was well preformed.
sound: yes. it was a silent film you were warned at the beginning so let's skip this.
story: i answered in the art
character: could have used more a back story for everyone.
Enjoyment: already answered this in my intro.
p.s. this setup they went with is too played out. Middle of woods, psych killer, house in the woods... yadada.