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Synonyms: Smile, Minna no Uta: Egao
Japanese: みんなのうた「笑顔」


Type: Music
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 2, 2003
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Source: Unknown
Duration: 2 min.
Rating: G - All Ages


Score: 6.781 (scored by 5,738 users)
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Ranked: #41642
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Popularity: #3129
Members: 8,683
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A young woman brought a hamster back to her apartment. While watching the cuteness of the hamster was enjoyable, she suddenly recalled her boyfriend she used to have....

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Shinkai, Makoto
Shinkai, Makoto
Tazawa, Ushio
Tazawa, Ushio
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Aug 25, 2015
In two short minutes of animation, "Egao" tells a short love story that begins with heart-wrenching melancholy and ends with head-scratching confusion. I suppose Makoto Shinkai has always been a master at manipulating emotion.

Egao certainly does not evoke this confusion through deep or complex storytelling, however; it falls very much on the opposite side of the spectrum. The problem, rather, is that Shinkai just does not say or do much of anything with it. The story starts on a happy note, the unnamed protagonist enjoying the company of her new hamster, and then it decides to suddenly turn things into a story of unrequited read more
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Apr 16, 2008
Again, another short from Shinkai Makoto.

First off this isn't really a proper "anime anime" really. It's actually simply a kind of music video for which the art was constructed by Shinkai-san :) . It's a very short special item so there isn't really much to review for it but it is a fairly entertaining item to simply add to your list.

Story: Well, it is basically as mentioned above and is about a women and her hamster.

Art and Sound: The music itself to which the anime is set is pretty decent. It to me sounds a bit like it could be an opening theme to a read more
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Aug 18, 2012
There isn't much to this short really. There is a small story line, but there are only 3 types people who will enjoy this one.

1.) People that adore Makoto Shinkai.

2.) People who liked Hamtaro. A lot.

3.) Moe fans.

I belong to the first category, and while this was nothing extraordinary, I can say that watching this short won't be a waste of time.

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Apr 15, 2015
Shhhh... And listen to the feels. The story was about a woman getting a hamster and him becoming her companion. It's not really an anime but more of a music short. The melody is calming and I listen to this when I'm sad. It's worth a look at and definitely worth your time.
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