Nihon Animator Mihonichi is a collaborative series of standalone anime shorts with the support of various directors and studios. Aiming to expose new animators to a worldwide audience, these small works offer a glimpse into the future of the industry, featuring rising talents, cutting-edge techniques, and experimental aesthetic designs.
What happens when you smash the urban vulgarity of Ralph Bakshi with the lightspeed sledgehammer of Studio Trigger, the people behind cult anime classics like Kill la Kill and Inferno Cop?
Digging the Suburban escapade from across the city outskirts, Ever wondered what it's like on living in a monstrosity filled with crime syndicates that purges destruction? It almost transcends the body of humanly extinct by forming into lifeforms and once regain a new catalyst to be awaken.
You’ll find your answer in the toughest streets even Martin Scorsese would be afraid to walk down, where the detective agency
of the hot headed shark Machspeed, talking blow up girl Sex, and an ape called Violence that is the definition of what it means to have a stick up your rear happened to slime its way into. Being two of the main characters are literally named Sex and Violence, you should be warned well enough of the content in Imaishi’s short film.
While the events in Machspeed are extremely crude, it’s always done with strong comedic timing and style. It’s also geniusly animated like Trigger’s more well known productions, where every line of dialog, character movement, and even backdrop gels in the beat of the film. I can’t stress enough how much I love the way the Trigger team makes their animation work, it’s like listening to a beautiful, complicated Jazz number. There are so many notes you can barely keep them straight, but they flow so well the mountains of music jargon melt into pure listening pleasure.
Stepping the boundary to happen, Casually attaining the insanity and each bizarre craze, Intends us to leave a huge mark without a tone. Themes can be varied in a thematic concept of such memoir abstract detail through storytelling.
Visuals are hard to follow, it grasp a deniable tacky turn from every satirical mind titilating scenarios. Invoking the drastic unraveling catastrophic messed up routine can keeps you the very hype-turn the back of the seat.
Fumbled, nauseating.. and so far confusing?
Exactly, While depicting a trigger lore series, each shows can be classy and stylish. Unless, the cinematography suits to be pack of clashing graffiti feast.
Considered as a low-key bamboozled zany type with artsy cookie cutter flaws. Can also be viewed in a eerie unpleasant schlock mundane between meth and cocaine, since apart of that seizure it ain't rough to a slew of crass gags that made up so sketchy since it never comes off as cheap or off putting like a lot of American adult cartoons, it’s deliciously grotesque in a way you can’t keep your eyes off it.
Since ME!ME!ME!, Sex&VIOLENCE with MACHSPEED and Dragon Dentist have gotten enough exposure, I'll explain why you should watch some of the other shorts that you may not have heard of.
A music video of Yamadera Kouichi with an infusion of traditional Japanese music with rock. There's a love story, Asian pirates, some badass fights and a stage concert with goofy dancing. The song of Yamadeloid is a lot catchier than ME!ME!ME! and is completely safe to watch in public. The visual style uses lots of thick lines and references to Japanese art. It's very over-the-top in a way similar to Jojo's Bizarre Adventure.
on a Czech novel, this short is about a man named Adam who destroys everything in existence except himself, and it punished by God to become the creator of a new world. When he creates the world, and people to inhabit it, things don't pan out how he expected. It's a comedy on religion and atheism which doesn't take any unfair shots at the ideas it makes fun of. It's a good comedy because it's very honest, and nothing is funnier than the truth that we're not willing to say out loud.
A serial-killer turned regenerating superhero, Hammerhead, is dying after pursuing the strongest possible enemy. Hammerhead wanted to die at the hands of someone stronger than himself. Most of the short is recounting the deeds and motivations of Hammerhead, but after a new threat emerges, Hammerhead is not allowed to die and is resuscitated in order to protect the world once again.
Bubu & Bubulina:
A weird French-style story about a dancing ghost that possesses people using her shoes to find peace so she can move onto the next life. The art style is sketchy and doesn't use bright or glossy colours. It has a jazzy soundtrack and very creative design on the various lifeforms that show up during the short. The biggest thing going for this short is the aesthetic. The animation on the dancing is pleasing to look at, despite being quite weird and French.
Robot on the Road:
Directed by the man behind Jin Roh and A Letter to Momo, Hiroyuki Okiura, this short is about a hitchhiking robot that tries to get photos with and of the women that pick him up for his popular blog. The draw for this short is the character design and the animation. The animation is realistic and lifelike, and the design for the robot in particular is quite nice. It's amusing to see the robot make excuses when he gets caught, and the credit song is a silly robot-themed La Bamba.
Now before we get into this I just want to take the time to say this is my first review so have mercy.
Now if your wondering "Yo what's up with this Nihon Animator Mihonichi?" Well look no further as I'm hear to give you a general idea of what this collection of short films has to offer.
Let us begin with the stories of Nihon Animator, I feel that there is a special short film waiting for everyone in this collection. There is a huge variety of types of stories that are told here, some are just little fun shorts to watch while others have a
deeper meaning. Some are happy and others are sad, some are simple and others make you think. I believe this is the best feature in this collection because you can connect to a bigger audience. There might be some short films that are not for you in this collection, there will be some shorts that just end without an explanation but this also makes you think harder about the film which is what I think they want you to do. I don't want to talk about any of the films, because first of spoilers and second off its interesting going into this with no clue what you are going to get. (Nihon Animator is like a box of chocolates, you never know what your gonna get.) So I will just let you experience the shorts for yourself.
The art of this collection is exactly how I explained the stories. Each short film has its own unique art style put into it. It really comes down to the watcher's opinion on art whether they think it is good or bad. I think this also adds to the feeling the short film gives off, so it makes the experience all the much more unique.
I think the music will have a strong impact on the viewer because most of it captures the feeling of the short film its in. Also the voice acting was good so thats always a plus.
There were some shorts that I didn't care for but I understand that they were not meant for me so I didn't judge them too hard. Some of the music in this collection is AMAZING! *cough* ME!ME!ME! *cough* Girl *cough* There are alot of beautiful visuals in this collection. After finishing all of these short films it feels as if I've been on a journey. I had so many feelings felt when watching all these short films: happy, sad, confused, relaxed, and weirded out at some points but I'm glad that I watched all of Nihon Animator Mihonichi and I hope you feel the same way by the time you finish it.
(This review is based on the assumption you have not watched these already. I will explain the four current shorts briefly without spoilers, so you can get an idea if you want to watch these or not.)
Edit: As this review was posted at the time where only four shorts under this franchise were released, I will update and review the other titles after I have watched them and caught up. Thanks, feel free to read the current four posted here.
This is a very interesting set of shorts, and it's the first time I've every approached something in this genre. I've never written a review before,
but I figured I'd make one because there aren't any on this site at the moment, so if this can help someone that'd be great. Let's get started.
At the moment, there are four shorts: The Dragon Dentist ,Hill Climb Girl ,Me!Me!Me! ,and Carnage. I'm going to give my brief thoughts on all of these separately below.
Dragon Dentist is a very interesting short. It has a concept on... well... a dragon, and some people who appear to be training to become the dragon's dentists. The short has an interesting concept dabbling in different realms of some sort, interesting and good, but not my favorite of the shorts. Moving on. 7/10
Hill climb is about climbing hills, if you couldn't guess that. It follows the journey spanning about two days of a school girl who loves bicycles, and she seems to be racing her friend every morning to school. This short has a CGI style that is similar to that of RWBY, the characters don't look like your traditional or modern anime, but they don't look bad. If you like racing anime, this might interest you. 7/10
Next is Me!Me!Me!, my favorite of the current four. It follows a story of the main characters inner struggles with a hallucination. This short has the most superior animation out of the group, and is actually quite impressive. The themes are very odd at first, but there really are some deep concepts here if you're looking for something to really interpret and think about after watching. I think almost everything is symbolic for something if you really look at it. It shoulders some themes of purity/diluted views and loss and regret. 9/10
Finally, is Carnage. This is a very interesting short indeed. It follows the story of a girl in an old western setting who has lost her arm, and concerns the path she takes for revenge. I won't say much more, because anything else would pretty much spoil most of the plot. 8/10.
Overall I give this an 8, being very good. I tend to rank things rather highly though; if I liked something, it usually scores high. Maybe I'm being a little generous with an 8, but the shorts are worth a watch although Me!Me!Me! and Carnage are both very graphic and contain nudity, so if you don't like that, just watch the first two. Those are pretty much clean, although do not have as heavy of an effect as the later.
Shared universes are a long-standing tradition in American comics and now all the rage in movies, but relatively rare in anime and manga. This has made Space Patrol Luluco - a series that's combining Studio Trigger's various other series into a single story - all the more unusual and exciting.