Kujira no Chouyaku

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Synonyms: Glassy Ocean
Japanese: クジラの跳躍


Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Nov 14, 1998
Licensors: None found, add some
Source: Original
Genres: Award WinningAward Winning, DramaDrama, FantasyFantasy
Demographic: KidsKids
Duration: 22 min.
Rating: G - All Ages


Score: 6.581 (scored by 38863,886 users)
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Ranked: #61872
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Popularity: #6394
Members: 9,393
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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.

(Source: ANN)


Winner of the Grand Prize at the 2nd Japan Media Arts Festival.

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Characters & Voice Actors

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Noboru, Mitani


Shionaga, Atsuo
Tamura, Shigeru
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Mar 7, 2023
I found this by using anilist to search for OVAs that came out from 1980-1999, scrolling down past the most popular ones, and just clicking on whatever looked interesting. I think I will continue to do this regularly from now on because this hidden gem is not even remotely similar to any anime I've seen before. The art reminds me of storybooks my parents would read me as a kid, the setting is incredibley unique and leaves much to your imagination. The blending of 2D and 3D animation creates visuals that are mesmorizing to look at. The sound design is simple but it adds to ...
Jun 12, 2020
Kujira no Chouyaku is the embodiment of what can only be described as a peace of mind. Based on a children's book also by Tamura Shigeru, Kujira no Chouyaku focuses on the leap of a single whale through the glassy ocean and the memories it stirs up of people who witness this special event.

As per the English title (Glassy Ocean) this world's ocean is glass; people traverse the wavy glass landscape while fish still swim underfoot and glass marbles float around in the sky. If you think about it too hard, it seems more like an apocalyptic world rather than a peaceful place, but ...
Dec 22, 2012
Mixed Feelings
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, ...

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