Mizu no Kotoba

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Synonyms: Aquatic Language
Japanese: 水のコトバ


Type: Special
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 26, 2002
Producers: None found, add some
Licensors: None found, add some
Studios: Studio Rikka
Source: Original
Genres: DramaDrama, Sci-FiSci-Fi
Theme: PsychologicalPsychological
Duration: 9 min.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 6.751 (scored by 1339013,390 users)
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Ranked: #50502
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Popularity: #3925
Members: 23,389
Favorites: 27

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Several people are spending their evening in a cafe. Two gossiping girls, two debating men, a bookworm and a boy, who just broke up with his girlfriend. The cafe's waitress starts a chat with him, persuading him to take a look at certain easel, while other customers begin to notice unusual things.

(Source: ANN)


In 2003 it won the Excellent Work Award at the Tokyo International Anime Fair.

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Dame Otoko

Yoshiura, Yasuhiro













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Feb 12, 2011
jbiscuits1 (All reviews)
9 minutes. That was my initial thought when a friend told me about this piece of work. So obviously I had close to no expectations while watching it. Normally I would have thought it was a waste of time, but for 9 minutes? why not?

So I watched all 9 min and 5 seconds it had to offer and I was amazed with what it produced. It gave some nice insight in to the way people think and the values people have. In 9 minutes they introduce 6 characters and develop them just enough to keep it interesting. The art was an interesting style that was read more
Nov 12, 2008
zirinbaku (All reviews)
It was clear to me after a few viewings that 'Aquatic Language' or 'Mizu no Kotoba' is a prototype for what would become 'Eve no Jikan' or 'Time of Eve.' Or, perhaps, more correctly, Eve is an expansion on the concepts put forth by Studio Rikaa in Aquatic. The animation style, scripting, 'camera work', layout of the coffee shop, the appearance of the cafe hostess (compare to Nagi), and even the ping at the end of Aquatic are all incorporated, albeit somewhat refined, into 'Eve no Jikan.'

I don't know why Studio Rikka waited 6 years from one project to the other, but from what read more
Jul 9, 2016
Paraturtle (All reviews)
There's a lot of content here bundled up in a short period that is incredibly underwhelming. Despite it being introspective, it gets some sort of point across, but it's really just bits and pieces of a bigger picture that is never fulfilled. It's decent enough to speak to the viewer but not good enough to leave any lasting or memorable experience. I've already forgotten half of what happens, or what was discussed, and I only watched it (with my full attention) nearly 5 minutes ago.

The art is fitting, but it's a bit of a clash. It's jarring at first but then settles down to a read more
Apr 18, 2008
Slykain (All reviews)
Because I'm of those persons who likes the start and ending and don't care about the middle I can say, wow.
It really makes your squirrel move. It has alot of references (or... the ones I noticed). That makes the cut a little dynamic. And think about whats happening.
And, well... its just weird. Because a lot of things happened at random times.
Also, they tell you some of every character, even if there are 5, the cut tells you the personality of everyone, just what I like, what type of person read more

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