Jul 8, 2009
I think Iblard Jikan deserves few words to be spent. Although it could be more properly named 'video art' rather than anime, in order not to raise flames among the conservative otaku (I can hear screams of "Where's the fuckin' plot, the fuckin' characters..?"), and even if I don't play the role of the snobbish anime viewer I understand that rating this work as anime could be confusing.
I think this is not only a gentle, good-vibration-inducing work, but also that its beauty lies in the details and the beautiful hybrid between sense of wonder and warmth: the harmony of the sound of a revolving door
merging with the soothing music (Background? Sound is a protagonist nearly as much as sight, in Iblard Jikan), the contrast between a home-like, Ghiblian scene of girls playing and pebble-Zeppelins (!) floating in the sky, the pleasure of letting the eye lose itself in the color traces, the gentle thrill of wondering what will move in the next scenery, whether a girl will fade from reality into paint or a rectangular train will come. I think this 30-minutes piece could be refreshing and new even after watching it several times.
Don't look at the vote, it's only to put a number and to note the quite sad truth that Iblard Jikan is a fish out of water among anime: it could either raise childlike wonder or be terribly boring, and it would not be difficult to label it as 'artsy' in the worst sense. But it's a splendid work nevertheless, a fantasy in the real meaning of the word.
Reviewer’s Rating: 8
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