Feb 10, 2012
Glassy Ocean is an inspired and avant-garde story that gives its audience numerous perspectives surrounding one "large" event - a whale jumping through waves of green glass.
For the people of this sea made of glass what seems like a small event to us is something to be marveled at. You bring your family and friends, tell your neighbors - you pack a blanket and a picnic and make a day of it. If you're really lucky, it's the event that marks the day you met your true love. This is the kind of day that people talk about for the next
50 years! "Hey, remember that time the whale jumped?" "Hmmm, yes, those were good times." ^_^
This was an anime that felt like every aspect was done very much on purpose. The music was whimsical and fit the scenes perfectly. The cast had conviction and talent. The art could be wonderful and quixotic one minute and simplistic the next (or simultaneously), but I felt that it all added to the charm of the scene.
I think that Shigeru Tamura is of the option that "Time" is no small matter. A single occurence can take a moment or many days or perhaps longer. In Glassy Ocean, we see several variations of the passing of time in a multitude of ways. We see a world where it passes similar to our own world, one where it perhaps has begun to decay and one where at least certain physical laws that are associated with time have slowed to almost a stand still. Shigeru created an imaginative place where he could give us beautiful dreams and vivid concepts using very simple imagery.
Whether we are looking at art or sharing a story, Shigeru Tamura's beautiful tale suggests we should take a moment and appreciate the world that we see.
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