The short film series "Japan Anima(tor)'s Exhibition" presented by Studio Khara and Dwango. Original projects, spin-off projects, promotional films, Music PV, and VJ Films, etc... Various omnibus animations produced with love and energy, regardless of any genres. The digital distribution anime series bring opportunities for project development, R&D, human resources development, and free production under limited period and budget, to explore the possibilities of future film production.
(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.read more
Why do we watch anime? Some people for the characters, some for the stories, others for the culture. But hopefully all of us can get an appreciation for some gorgeous, if brief animation, right? Of course, that fails to do NAM justice.
Nihon Animator Mihonichi plays host to a number of unrelated shorts with storytelling as varied as the artstyles of each piece. The one common factor is that the stories themselves are rarely direct and you'd be forgiven for wanting to watch it again until you have an understanding for what it is. This isn't a bad thing, as it's sign of the rare occasion where quality has been condensed into a brief seven minutes. Quite like the budget. The first short is about a girl who's hoping to become a Dragon's dentist (quite literally) and the requirements and training to be one involve her dying on the battlefield. Are you lost? It makes contextual sense by the end, but you'll want to watch it and a lot of the others (The infamous ME!ME!ME!) at least a second time or recall upon them in your memory banks a few hours later at work, school, or just while having a drink.
The animation alone is why I personally keep watching. Even when a story doesn't invoke my attention enough or fails to impress me from a story level, the animation is always expressive in one way or another. Hill Climb Girl, for instance, utilizes pure CGI, but it's nigh flawless on its own, while Carnage is not done justice by words. Others utilize still images, these ones being those directly related to actual full-length anime, i.e. the Gundam and Evangelion franchises. They're interesting in their own right and, especially if you're a fan, should take a look at.
This is where I should mention the naked breasts.
Following the third and currently infamous "ME!ME!ME!", which uses so much sexual symbolism to the point of numbing the viewer to it within its short run time or bringing a more sensitive person to smash their computer, two of the next, and presumably some in the future, contain nudity. Quite a bit, in some cases. While I'd personally call "ME!ME!ME!"'s breast turrets as enough a sign of satire as any, Carnage and 20 Min Walk should convince you with their artstyles that it is not so much along the lines of fanservice as an artistic appreciation for the human body, such as art used to contain before the idea of sexualization confused people on what "offensively sexualized" even meant. I digress. If you think you should skip the third, do it. You won't lose much except the chance to send a link to terrorize coworkers, parents, and normal people with.
And after those two, the rest is pretty simple. The sound that is available is synched to the visuals in a way that works, though is rarely memorable. When it is, it usually has to do with the fact that it was designed around being a music video. See #10. YAMADELOID for an example. For character, well, with little dialogue I can't say you'll meet with complicated psyches too often, but the characterization certainly doesn't make these guys unlikable as the 6-7 minute video takes them through the one task they want or need to accomplish.
And do I enjoy it? Christ, yes. The videos flow beautifully and I can't find a single time they're boring. If you were skeptical at first about watching these, here's a somewhat spoilerific synopsis of a few.
1. A tale reminiscent of a military training video, with more than a few direct parallels, joined with fantasy elements for that much more intrigue.
2. Training leads to success, as one schoolgirl and the daily challenge she holds with her friend encourages her to push herself to her limits.
3. An otaku lies in bed as memories of his past and present torment him.
4. A one-armed girl who seeks vengeance takes it to the church.
5. A number of still frames taken from the animation studios of the original Mobile Suit Gundam team are put up next to each other slowly for the audience to observe the process of animation itself.
If any of these interest you, I cannot give you a higher recommendation than to continue with the rest. Keep in mind, Studio Trigger was responsible for the animation of the 11th. It, at the least, is worth a gander.read more
Overview: - a 9.5 out 10
After watching this series one can truly understand the different art styles story telling that anime encompasses It is just not quiet Moe pie or a sci-fi cyborg or prince on white horse thingy but also encompasses fluid art style with varieties of genres that you may hate or may love with all your hear this series contains it all it is a price trip for everyone. I think it should be watched by all, anime fans or not cause this series is anime in entirety encompassing all flaws and beauty in the nutshell. Sure it is just a promo material but the quality is just remarkable.
Story: - a 9 out 10
Each episode is independent with story of its own, some with too deep meaning that makes you to think, some everyday life like slice of life, heck some even don't have story at all and are just promo material, which leaves u with annoyance ,anger ,happiness, joy and some intriguing .This might be going a little generic so let me give you an example (no spoilers of course) The first episode is just a prelude to a whole saga like a first 10 minutes of whole Avatar the last air bender, meaning You can't say it is good or bad until you have seen its entirety .And then in third episode which looks like your average (but beautifully animated) booby-Chan Moe anime with a somewhat catastrophic plot which just boggle your mind turns out to be a great philosophical anime with gr8 message hidden if u connect it to the life of certain group of people. And then if we move further forward we goes on a tour of an anime in creation, to a poop... ....oh (sorry) pop idol pv, to a daily life okabe Chan , with some mind twisting plot and blood pumping Sci-Fi (boys goanna dig it) stuff .Sorry I almost forgot to mention it also have gr8 sex ,violence love,.....you will see. The only reason for giving a nine was almost all of them doesn't have a well-defined end rather a prelude to something big which sometimes put you off(But I didn’t expected a gr8 ending from a 6min anime anyway which in some cases is not the case.)
Art: - a 10 out 10
well as I said earlier it a festival of anime out there you will get your anime selection from early 80s to latest CGI animation all in super packed episode with less than 6 min per episode what greater do you expect , though every episode is a feast to eye some episode really deserve the mention especially Evangelion (ep ..I think 12 or 11).All episode a very vivid imagery which varies from a super simple dark imagery of kanon to bright and beautiful colour of High Climb Girl .Everything is quiet intriguing to me in term of art .Hand down
Sound: - a 8 out 10
I am not a great listener of music but I can say that there is not a single uniform but each track fits its own image with the episode like the pop and electronic music me!me!me! and a super simple monotone of onishi so it was quiet good .Though in most of the episode it was not quiet striking, but each music in its own serve it its purpose and were quiet pleasing. Though there are only some tracks that you can hear independently.
Characters: - a 9 out 10
There is not a definitive character which , but a whole bunch of them for example let us say....we have a otaku , Adam (literally human creator),a cyborg, A girl from Honey I shrunk The kids, An electric town, a futuristic police , a whore , a cute grim reaper and your average Kill Bill woman .There is whole bunch them, therefore I will say of though some were annoying , some were equally enjoyable and with such a great selection I think you will definitely find your pick I surely got mine.
Animation:- a 10 out 10
Although it is not a new point to make from my perspective but animation in this series is fluid you can find it just by watching the opening the quality of work this s series have done. I am not goanna say more just that the anime in each episode was fitting and beautiful.
Enjoyment :- a 10 out of 10
On a scale of ten I gave a ten because of mainly two reason:-
Firstly, because I was in on it without expecting anything out of it and man I am just stunned enough to write my first review here.
Secondly. Because I find it engaging and entertaining .Though for those who don't like half ended they might give it a 4-5 out of 10 for the whole series. But I might say they are biasing it only on story point of view (which in itself is sometimes great), but in overall aspect I think this series is a real winner.
Also by the time I am writing this review I have only seen 24 episodes ,but I am sure the episode which are coming in future are going to impress me rather than disappoint me.
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This is my first review so I don't really know how to go through this processing stuff.
The Dragon Dentist - Animation 7/10 Story 7/10 possible genre Supernatural? I actually liked this shortie but I felt like it was a 50-50 chance that this would catch peoples attention.
Hill Climb Girl - Animation 8/10 Story 9/10 possible genre Sports? With the sporting genre not popular nowadays, this has the possibility to be a unique idea for sporting genre, no? upon watching the shortie it gave me the idea that its about the sport of cycling with a bit of romance.
ME!ME!ME! - Animation 9/10 Story 9/10 possible genre Slice of Life? Its about a guy and his addiction, you have to watch it to understand its deep context. I won't explain any further.
Carnage - Animation 8/10 Story 9/10 possible genre Seinen? The animation is rustic and old for its kind and thats what makes it unique. A must watch and the animator did a superb job on this.
Gensatsu Gundam - Animation 6/10 Story 6/10 possible genre Adventure? I feel this is a remake or tribute of sorts, maybe its just me but I had seen my fair share of Gundam related anime back in the day so maybe it affects my view on this shortie. But im glad that people are still dedicated in the gundam aspect of anime, I guess its just japanese influence.
20min Walk From Nishi-Ogikubo Station, 2 Bedrooms, Living Room, Dining Room, Kitchen, 2mos Deposit, No Pets Allowed - Animation 8/10 Story 9/10 possible genre Slice of Life? Its not what you'd expect waking up the next morning. Mankinds greatest fear is when it starts to "fly" The sturggle is real!.
until You come to me - Animation 7/10 Story 7/10 possible genre Fantasy? It did not show much story wise but the plot can be seen with references of Neon Genesis it is just a shortie after all.
Tomorrow From There - Animation 8/10 Story 9/10 possible genre Slice of Life? Depicts an everyday life of a person the hardships, the joy, the life it offers. The music is great the idea is good and lovely. No matter how life treats you there is always a tomorrow and onwards. Great theme high porspects for the animator and co.
Boys Invent Great Hero - Animation 8/10 Story 7/10 possible genre Mecha? A jacked up version of UltraMan, childhood amped up to another level. So, given the tile a boy invents a great hero or something great? Maybe its kinda like the hollywood story of Real Steal by Hugh Jackman.
The expo promotes animators to share their talent and show what they have instore. Even though it was shorts after shorts I fully enjoyed each one of them with its unique nature and surpirse factor it was worth the watch.
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.