I've watched this... delight.. with my dear friend Ennetsu as part of our hobby (don't ask). Which is watching art films that - in our opinion - don't have a place on MAL.
The score I give is usually meaningless, since these films/animation projects are very different in structure to the more conventional anime on the site. Their intent, distribution, origin is also not comparable. In themselves, these films have nothing going for them, only that they're art films for the sake of being an art film. This is why a more objective score is nigh impossible to give.
Nothing's stopping me to give impressions though,
so here they are.
We watched this movie as a part of the "L'Animation Indépendante Japonaise" art film compilation which contains 15 films from various directors. This one was the last movie of the compilation. The contrast this movie gave to the rest of the other (usually incomprehensible and some disturbing) pieces is surprising. It is considerably more lighthearted and considering our mental state which we were in after watching most of the films in one sitting, we had the best time with this one.
Make no mistake, this is still a "make of it what you will" sort of art film and as such is more suited for those who like that sort of thing, but after about 12 of 14 shorts that try to actively make you whince and recoil, this one was certainly fun. The animation and sound are comparable to any other half decent art film. They work, but nothing special. If you ever have more than two beers in you or you're into art films, then watch this, preferably with a friend. It'll probably put a smile on your face. Probably.
Transition wise story succeeded. Even relating back to introduction was done in a nice looping format.
Art provided a suggestive thought that kids were animals that they were studying. But as to what goal was being illustrated remains unsolved. Was it suggested that while kids elaborate on how foolish animals behave in truth they themselves are no different? Was the plot/art trying to state how things in life have pros and cons? Was there intended to be a notation on cruelty brought on by humans to other living things?
Not sure what impact muffled whispers had on story but my ears regretted its existence.
This was my first Atsushi Wada short. As of this review, it is the only one I have seen.
The enjoyment one may get from this depends on one's taste in art. This very much falls under the category of experimental art. There is not much of a story, but if I were to give a very base summary, it is about spring.
The sound was actually rather nice. At least, the sound effects were. There is no music or voice acting in this (except for a few unintelligible whispers).
If you have an artistic mind and find beauty in abstract art, you may enjoy this. Otherwise,
go ahead and skip it for something else.
A recommendation for those of you with artistic inclinations, check out Tsumiki no Ie. At least with that, you'll understand what's going on.
This short was funny in a weird way, as I said in my review of "The thing of rotation of a child." It would only appear to you if you have an immature sense of humor, meaning that you laugh at anything meant to be funny.
This short makes no fucking sense, and that's what makes it so funny. The frogs spinning the shell, then one jumping on the other, the schoolboys (I assume) watching a turtle on it's shell, just the whole idea of this short makes me wanna smile at how absurd it is.
Art is pretty good for an anime that
looks like it was made 2 years after the first anime. The faces the characters make are so bad looking they're funny, the frog's face being my favorite.
The characters in this, if you can call them that, are all random and don't really make sense, but as I said before, that makes it funnier.
The sound is half of how good it was in "The thing of rotation of a child," with the schoolboys sounding like they're whispering nonsense in each other's ears. The frogs also make pretty... creepy sounds, funny though.
If you don't have anything better to do with your day then I recommend watching this. Hey, a free list entry is a free list entry ¯\_(ツ)_/¯