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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Studios: Studio Colorido
Source: Original
Genres: DramaDrama, Slice of LifeSlice of Life
Theme: HistoricalHistorical
Duration: 16 min.
Rating: G - All Ages


Score: 7.281 (scored by 30123,012 users)
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Ranked: #26852
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Popularity: #6658
Members: 7,405
Favorites: 8

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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, Key Animation, Screenplay
Iwanami, Yoshikazu
Sound Director
Kimura, Shinji
Art Director
Koyama, Yasumasa
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Dec 7, 2016
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...

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