Japan, a country infamous for producing very questionable content; a source of ire to the uninitiated, and equally so, the reason for its adoration for those in the know. Something anime fans like you and I find ourselves being the "in-crowd" partakers of, as we actively explore the medium, consuming new titles that cross that thin line between social acceptance and the absurd. But sometimes, the content we come across can be labeled as "odd," even by the standards established by the land of the rising sun. Content that could even throw jaded consumers for a loop.
Nami was that kind of short. It's 3
minutes that passes the point of absurdity to become mildly disturbing, even comical to some extent. Not quite sure if there's message here, as this stop-motion short doesn't seem to be concerned with establishing anything. If there was a message, it might be alluding to a woman's naturally produced pheromones that comes as a result of not cleaning the "pink taco," as we quite literally see fish swimming towards a lady's private parts. Or maybe it's just a guy with too much spare time on his hands that just so happen to have a passing obsession with stop-motion and fish. With Japan, anything is possible. Either way, you could be the judge of this... "thing."
Nami is a form of an art. It is simply mindblowing.
This anime had a deep meaning. This is my analysis. The story is about a girl searching for enjoyment, but it was backfired when what she searched for coming crazy at her. It caused internal pain to her and she was struggling with every single thing that she had to dealt with. She withstood the pain with everything she had, this can be seen with her facial expressions. Fish represented as problems that she had to deal with daily. The fish came for various places indicating that we, as a human being will have
troubles or problems no matter we go from various sources. Then, all of the problems that caused harm to her built up to the point she couldn't contain the problems, it exploded and she had to pay it with a price and thus her normal life is no more. This depicted that in real life, if we run away from problems, we will eventually "explode" or the actual term is failing at our life. The meaning is that we shouldn't avoid problems but facing with it instead.
The animation they put on this anime is amazingly well done considering that it came out in 2000. The pacing is very fast and it is very clear that everyone could understand and see it. The choice of using fish depicting her problems is pure genius. The movements of the fish are very fluid.
The sound effect in this anime is over the top. The usage of the same sound effect showed that the problems she faced are basically the same but it is something that she can't get over.
The character development is simply fantastic! She at first was searching for some fun like I've mentioned before. But she later realized what she did was wrong. She tried to redeemed herself but it was too late. It bottled up and she wasn't able to get away from it. I am sure if there's ever a sequel, she would become a better person.
The anime makes you think deeper. Look things at different perspectives and never judge it without thinking about it critically. I analyzed this anime with every single neuron in my brain that I have. I really did enjoy this. It was- no, it IS still a masterpiece to this day.
I highly recommend you to watch this because it challenges your intellect. The director wanted to see either him or the viewers have better eyes.
Nobody has to be a genius to know when you encounter content that may be "rare" and also very, very "indescribable" perhaps because these contents were not made for you and only did so as a hobby that somehow ended to come to you when least expected or wanted.
Now the more interesting question is: What is it the content with which you had the "amazing" luck to find ?. A "movie" (if it can be considered one) to 3 minutes long about a fish with stop-motion animation ... trying to attack and rape someone ?.
To be honest: I have no
idea, I could not stand and I immediately started to read a book to the first half minute, removing the sound and I forgot that I was watching the video and when I realized I had already spent 10 minutes after the video ended and I'm glad I did.
In the end all depends about how you are going to consider the time you spent watching "this", but personally, I do not recommend it, because you could save three minutes from preventing watch pure garbage and use them with more important things.
"What is anime?" A question many have asked and answered, but what is it really? Today I will answer that question, as well as give some insight as to why you should (not) watch Nami, which ironically enough can't be considered anime. Without further ado, let's begin!
Anime as we know it today is a visual storytelling medium. Consisting of multiple key factors like story, art, animation, characters and sound, the sky's the limit for what can be produced. That does not come without its shortcomings though, whether it's bad directing, faults in the story, jarring art/animation or poor sound, there's always something
you can detract from the overall quality of an anime. Even some of the most renowned shows like Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood have flaws that can pull them down. However the topic of this review is not the most renowned anime ever, but quite the opposite, one of the worst "anime" (can I really call it an anime?) ever created. Today I will take a look at the not-so critically acclaimed "Nami".
Raise your hand if you've ever heard this one: A woman is pleasuring herself in her room, when all of a sudden a fish appears out of nowhere and slides inside of her. Raise your hand again if you expected hundreds, if not thousands of other fish to appear and slide inside the woman aswell. If you raised your hand to either of these situations, then congratulations, you've probably watched Nami. The fish appear from everywhere, from inside the TV, out of walls, and even places you didn't know fish could be (not like any of the places I mentioned are locations where fish are usually at anyway.)
With the head-scratching synopsis for Nami out of the way, let's move on to something less...strange, if you will. Don't get me wrong, I don't mean less strange in the form of it not being weird, but less strange as in you will at least understand what's going on, as opposed to the wild synopsis. This less strange thing is in fact animation, the very backbone to an anime in many people's opinion. While good animation isn't necessary for an anime to be successful, it can certainly help build up tension or ambiance, depending on how it's done. In Nami however, what you see is what you get, and it is piss poor at that. From censorship (REALLY? Not this again) to awful movements from both the woman and the fish, this is definitely some of the worst "animation" I've ever seen.
If you thought the animation was bad, just wait until you hear the sound, it's beyond horrible. The sounds the fish make are definitely some of the weirdest sounds I've ever heard. It's like a group of people slurping up something liquidy, except it's much worse and much louder. I had to turn my sound down while watching due to it being painful to listen to.
I didn't think it was possible to find something worse than Pupa or Utsu Musume Sayuri, but Nami blew me out of the water with how unfathomable and awful it is. I actually watched Nami twice, because I didn't understand it at first. While I did end up gaining some very basic understanding for it, having to experience it not only once, but twice was an incredibly straining task that I wish I hadn't done, even if it "only" took 6 minutes in total. Nami actually has ZERO value, something I never thought I would say ever. Don't watch this, you're better off doing absolutely nothing.