The Portrait Studio

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Japanese: 寫眞館
English: The Portrait Studio
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Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Nov 9, 2013
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Licensors: None found, add some
Studios: Studio Colorido
Source: Original
Genres: DramaDrama, Slice of LifeSlice of Life
Theme: HistoricalHistorical
Duration: 16 min.
Rating: G - All Ages


Score: 7.301 (scored by 36743,674 users)
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Ranked: #26962
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #6927
Members: 8,485
Favorites: 9

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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...

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Nakamura, Takashi
Director, Screenplay, Key Animation
Iwanami, Yoshikazu
Sound Director
Koyama, Yasumasa
Sound Effects
Kimura, Shinji
Art Director


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Aug 26, 2017
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 ...
Jul 27, 2017
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 ...
Jan 14, 2021
Mixed Feelings
Shashinkan was a 16 minute short I found while browsing YouTube and at first, I was a bit opposed to it because the art style unnerved me. But as I went on, I unearthed the true essence of this short. And while I can appreciate both its narrative and overall storytelling, I can't praise it too much.

For starters, the run time is by far the weakest aspect of this video, everything that happens besides when the young girl is getting a picture goes by so quickly and unmentioned that it simply becomes a faint afterthought. The beginning scene, her mother almost has no place ...

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