Since this anime is very obscure, I will try to be very fair to this anime.
While this anime is very subjective and people will struggle whether or not this can be considered anime, I applaud this short film for being creative and abstract in its storytelling.
From what I've gathered from the abstract plot, the story documents a man's recollections of his life and death after being diagnosed with an ambiguous disease.
We see an assortment of visuals meant to represent a state of despair and almost, nothing-ness. These visuals vary from bleak to grotesque, and while watching I got a strange sense of unfamiliar feelings and
something close to ''fear'', which I think this anime incorporated quite well.
The figures are drawn realistically, but deprived of a physical image and identity, which may suggest these memories are distant, or rather the people.
We see the main character being diagnosed,a strange scene with a woman, who I presume may be a nurse or his wife inspecting him. We see several children watching outside as the main character reflects on their condition, and the addition of a lone child sitting in the corner, doing nothing.
We see this woman overtaken by a strange disease as she is injected with a needle and she seemingly dies.
We then see a play, a man with a dog fall and collapse, dying. It is my belief we witness the disease of the main character overtaking and killing him, he is rushed away by the ambulance and seen in the following shot, which parallels the opening.
From this strange story, I have gathered one possible conclusion:
1) The lone child is the main character's son. The nurse is his partner or wife, she is infected with the same disease, dies and slowly the man collapses and the disease has taken its final form. I have gathered this since the main character in the following ''nurse'' scene is identified by a wound on his right knee, which he scratches at the end. After the ''play'' scene where the audience laughs at his demise and the camera zooms in on his face, we see him cut back to reality, which suggests this story was in head and he is reflecting on his life and the disease that overtook him. It is also possible this disease is spreading, as the same condition on the x-ray scan of our main character is seen on a newspaper, therefore he is not alone.
Despite the mystery surrounding this story, I enjoy re-watching it and attempting to form my own interpretations of this obscure tale, though I feel it was too vague to reach a connection with its audience, especially on an emotional level, it deserves a higher score for attempting something original and abstract, its visuals are eerie but effective and I recommend watching, though I understand it is not for the ''average'' viewer.
I'm only writing a review for this because nobody else has. That being said, let's get to it.
There honestly isn't much to review here. It's 8 minutes long and lacks almost all necessary components of a story. The entire time I was watching it, I wasn't confused so much as...uncomfortable. Not in the squeamish sense of being bothered by blood or the even in the sense of not liking the language or subject matter. It felt as though I was watching something that was never meant to be seen; like I had uncovered someone's darkest secret. It didn't do anything poorly, but it didn't do
anything well either, except creep me out.
It lacks a cohesive story. I interpreted it as his diagnosis either triggering flashbacks(such as his knee injury) or causing him to imagine an entire set of scenarios that don't correlate. None of the scenes connect.
It was actually a decent art style. A sort of waving, watercolor look that left faces distorted and horrifying. Almost everything was shades of grey, black or white except for a few splashes of muted color here and there. Very simple, yet disturbing.
The limited use of sound works in favor of this movie. It has no dialogue, no music and very few effects. The only "talking" consists of a horror villain faced nurse moving her mouth and wet sounds coming out. Sounds like a bull blowing out air underwater, or a toilet burbling back when its clogged. Other than that, there is audience laughter during the play scene but that's it.
There is literally no solid character development. Maybe the other scenes are about the nameless man in the doctor's office? Even if they are, all we know is that he has a spot on his brain x-ray and a knee injury. That's all the viewer is given.
I didn't enjoy this. At all. I was on edge the entire time and it wasn't something I would ever watch again. I'm fine with silent films, strange art and creepy vibes but the bottom line is that I didn't enjoy it.
It wasn't the worst thing ever but I wouldn't call it good. It was a muted fever dream of possible dementia induced scenarios. I still don't know what was up with the headless obese man spinning and spraying blood(?) on the walls. And I can honestly say I'm okay with not knowing. You might enjoy it. Maybe. If you have absolutely nothing better to watch or want to waste 8 minutes, watch it.