The story takes place before WWII at a photo studio on top of a hill. Many people visit this studio to have their photos taken. One day, a couple comes, but the wife is so shy that she always lowers her head. The owner of the studio tries all kinds of tricks to get her to smile and eventually succeeds.
One year later, the couple comes again, but this time they bring their daughter along. She always looks grumpy, and again, the owner has to try everything to get her to smile. Thus starts a long-running relationship between the girl and the owner, and time passes to years and then decades...
Shashinkan- a beautiful tale of a woman who can't smile. Despite lasting only 16 min. shashinkan was unbelievably heartwarming and brought a tiny sparkle of joy into my life.
The art in this anime is definetly amazing. Fair enough characters don't look particularly anime-ish but when you look at them you can feel all the emotions running through their heads. Backrounds are exceptionaly well drawn and their vivid colours can undoubtedly be called "an eye candy".
There is not much I can write about the story or characters as the movie was too short to highly develop either of them. However makers of this masterpiece have
done a great job of making an admirable and likeable main character (photographer).
My favourite aspect of this movie is the soundtrack. 16 minutes of magnificent, well-fitting classical music will definetly be hard to forget.
To conclude i recommend Shashinkan to every lover of bitter sweet love stories. If you have quarter an hour and a supply of tissues to spare, you are ready to watch it!
I have never been this moved in 15 minutes. "Shashinkan" has a very powerful appeal to emotion, and all aspects of the piece gracefully came together in order to achieve this. Its visual and auditory harmony was so strong, it allows the viewer to fully immerse oneself in an enchanting soft-toned story about a passionate photographer and his loyal clients.
As a film that is bereft of dialogue, its music was an important narration device. The story's mood is guided through friendly arpeggios, seamless key changes, and befitting subtle dynamics. Using only a piano, the piece stays true to its semi-minimalist nature. This adds on to
the beautiful, and sincere tone that "Shashinkan" exhibits.
Its visual expression is very unique and stylistic. The characters have a simple and soft color pallette, and is contrasted by the detailed background, complimented with gorgeous patterns. All the colors are very harmonious, and creates a strong sense of 'togetherness' as a piece. The character design is very charming, and allows the viewer to empathize with them. I noticed myself smiling and tearing up while watching this short film.
I highly recommend "Shashinkan" for sentimental viewers that enjoy visually pleasing short films.
This beautifully poetic short is nothing less than a masterpiece.
The whole animation has an elegantly layered evolution to it. The story is delivered in several segments, or snapshots, where we watch as a photographer struggles to bring the smile out of a young child. Photography plays a major role in this anime.
The whole movie is void of any speech or talking. There are sublet background noises such as moans, laughs, and ones of nature. But this is all layered over with a classical soundtrack which if anything compliments the piece.
The styling reminds of the Professor Layton Games, especially with the coloring. As we are presented
with a new snapshot, the time frame skips forwards a few years and we watch as the child grows up. The layering comes into play here as well. For instance, as the family descends the stairs to the photographers home, the landscape of neighboring houses is layered on top.
The setting was placed during the first world war, though that was more layered to the background. If you were to see family photos from that time, you'd have hinted that war was taking place but there would be nothing overwhelming nor obvious as to how bad it was. This is nothing short of genius as overall, the whole story is presented to us as a family album. If you were to flick through one of your parent's albums, you'd see years skip by before your eyes. You'll see a story play out as how family members come and go. This whole concept was clearly taken into consideration and folded into this nice little 16 minute short.
As it is short, it is well worth the watch and the story itself is heartwarming, to say the least. So if you have a few minutes to spare, if you need to take a little break. I suggest this is a nice way to do it.