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."
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.
Stop motion is animation too, but this certainly isn’t a good example of it. Traditional animation wouldn’t have saved it either. There’s a very good reason why this anime this is not a critically acclaimed anime.
The story of this anime involves a large number of fish crawling into a young woman’s vagina. That is all there is to it. I don’t think this really counts as a story in the first place, but it’s all that happens in the anime.
You could call the art hyper realistic, but that would be giving it far too much credit. It’s stop motion so it uses real life props
which are animated through still images. As for animation it looks quite choppy since they didn’t take enough pictures for it to truly look fluid. The girl in it did at least move fairly realistically at first making it look like she was filmed and the fish were CGI, but as it goes on it becomes obvious that it is done all as images and that the girl was just good at acting for stop motion. I’m sure it took a lot of time, but that certainly doesn’t make it good.
The sound was extremely disturbing. It was slimy and not pleasant at all. It amplified how awful the anime is. If the animation wasn’t bad enough the sound effects made the fish sound lubricated which makes it even worse. There isn’t much else to the sound other than the gross fishy sound.
The only character in the entire anime is the girl who sits there and takes the fish like a man, so to speak. She seems to have a Tardis hidden inside her vagina since the fish just keep going in and it never fills up. She doesn’t seem to have much of a personality. Her only attribute is a physical one so there’s not much of anything to talk about. You can’t really call the fish characters either, although they do seem to have some kind of a homing ability. They could be heat seekers and with the vagina being the hottest part of the body they could just be going there for that reason rather than trying to rape her, but they could also be sent by someone to rape her. This is all speculation, though, since the anime itself doesn’t seem to try to explain itself and the creators may not have thought about why the fish are there. It could even be that the woman’s vagina is a fish magnet.
I found this to be a very painful anime to watch. Nothing about it was fun. Even at only 3 minutes in length it felt too long. I really doubt it was meant to be enjoyable, though. Even if it was the project of someone you knew you probably wouldn’t tell them you liked it. That isn’t the intention. It’s like two girls one cup or the muslim beheadings, it’s not meant to be watched for enjoyment, it’s made for you to hate it. It’s clearly intended to be as disgusting as possible. In that aspect it succeeded, but I wouldn’t consider that to be a good thing. It’s merely confusing.
I personally would not recommend this anime. It’s repetitive, disgusting, and painfully awful. Even as a gross out video it sticks to a single idea and just keeps going. Once you get over the initial gross out factor it’s just boring. You wait for something even worse to happen and it never does. The fish just keep coming and they keep going into the same place. There is nothing redeemable about this anime at all. A 1/10 would be a generous score.