Mizu no Kotoba

Aquatic Language

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Japanese: 水のコトバ
English: Aquatic Language
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Type: TV Special
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 26, 2002
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Studios: Studio Rikka
Source: Original
Genres: DramaDrama, Sci-FiSci-Fi, SuspenseSuspense
Theme: PsychologicalPsychological
Duration: 9 min.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 6.701 (scored by 1423114,231 users)
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Ranked: #57972
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Popularity: #4398
Members: 25,175
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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












Yoshiura, Yasuhiro
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Jan 11, 2020
Spoilers in bound. Watch the short first! At the time of writing this, it's available on youtube with english and spanish subtitles.

Mizu no Kotoba, or Aquatic Language, it's the first short of Yoshiura Yasuhiro, in which he expunges his views on Kotodama, the belief that words are living things, with inherent power when they're spoken. This idea isn't just present in this short, not by a long-shot, but it's one of the few I've seen that name-drop the concept directly. Another one that comes to mind is the movie, Kimi no Koe wo Todoketai, that funnily enough it's about cute girls doing radio. But what ...
Dec 6, 2023
Mixed Feelings
As a huge fan of Eve no Jikan, as I was watching Mizu no Kotoba, I was having quite a bit of deja vu, and sure enough, this is the springboard for what later became one of my favorite movies. It was certainly interesting to see the roots, the nascent ideas starting to kick in the womb, and particularly visually and atmospherically, it still has some merits of its own. Sadly, the themes and narrative elements are quite a bit weaker here. Muddled and benign, breaking away from coherence (if it ever was in the first place,) and simply pretty words with ...
May 6, 2023
Found it on Crunchyroll while searching for another anime. It felt like I was watching a demo of someone trying to test whatever techniques they could pull out in a shortest amount of time. Honestly not a fan but again it was 9 minutes and 5 seconds so I wasn’t expecting much until I saw people giving it a good review so I decided to watch it but it was meh tbh.
The story was unique I guess but you’ll have no idea wtf is happening since it’s too short, is it intriguing? Nope not at all. The characters i found them annoying tbh it felt ...

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