The short film tells the story of a young boy, who as a result of seeing a dog's corpse, becomes interested in the bodies of living things and starts to develop phobias. Before long all manner of things begin to appear grotesque to him.
Alright so basically I didn't like the anime mostly because of its way of going about things. I probably just wasted a whole 6 minutes of my life and What do I get out of it? Nothing. If I were to say how much I disliked this anime if I could score a 0 as an overall rating I really would. Well if you wanna watch it you can but I highly don't recommend you watching this not because of its horror just because you waste time on this well, It's basically how the synopsis summarized it. That is exactly what happened
I entered "evangelion" into the search bar of the streaming site I used and for some reason it took me to the page for this (the site is known to have a weird search function). It was tagged as dementia, I clicked on it and seeing it was only 6 minutes long I decided to watch it.
I'm not entirely sure what the animator was trying to do with this, I'm not even sure the animator knew what they were trying to do with this. It's poorly drawn, crudely animated, sounds like it was recorded on a built-in laptop microphone, grotesque, off-putting, and doesn't even have
any english subs. Despite this, it is possibly one of the most unique things I have ever seen and left enough of an impression on me that I decided to write this review, when I've never written a review before.
It was the most unnerving thing I have seen in quite a while, I was completely unprepared for it. If you are looking for a quick trip down WTF lane or just have nothing better to do, watch this short film
Yukidoke (The Thaw) is a conceptual work. In of itself, it shows the viewer the perspective of a boy who sees a dog's carcass, and from then on plunges into his own fears. Due to the nature of the film being short, it doesn't leave a lot to see, but a lot to interpret. The visuals are haunting, disturbing, memorable. The sound, minimal, but droning. Dread is the key word here; it's heavy, demented, and sickly.
The negatives come with the character. There isn't much here in regards to that; the short film is more about the atmosphere, the feeling it gives, rather than the characters
Overall, this is a good short, not really meant to be considered "anime", but still important in terms of Japanese animation.
The thaw is a conceptual work by Kei Oyama, detailing a boy that, upon seeing a dogs entrails falling out of its corpse, began to develop a phobia of every single thing around him.
The work is just that. It has no special meaning beyond that, or at least none that is sewn into the work itself; you would have to add that meaning yourself. It is simply the story of a boy devolving into a paranoid mess. It does this well, the art aiding to the visceral concept and showing the perception of the world around the boy slowing deteriorating. The droning, noisy sound
like a throbbing headache that only gets worse. It all aids to showing us an already disturbing world slowing getting worse and worse for him, until we close out with the boy seeing all things as disturbing and horrific.
There's not much beyond that. its an interesting 8 minute watch, but it does not leave you with any other thoughts then "neat, i guess". No questions are asked, none are answered. It is simply there to be there i guess. You can read a bit more on the process of it at the authors blog, translated here: