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 39803,980 users)
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Ranked: #70872
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Popularity: #6523
Members: 9,672
Favorites: 35


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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

Artist R

Noboru, Mitani


Shionaga, Atsuo
Tamura, Shigeru
Director, Theme Song Lyrics, Creator


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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 ...
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 ...
Jul 22, 2007
Mixed Feelings
This anime can only be described as an animated poetry text that transforms the words into art. And it is just as hard to get a grasp of. I think you either need to have a grasp of the work in mention or be on a drug to fully enjoy what it is about. Nothing bad as such to say about it but it gets so deep it isn\'t of this world any longer.
The story is nonexisting. About the only thing we get to know is some background info on one of the characters, but he still remains a mystery afterwards. The art is a ...

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