There are lots of questions in the world. “Why did Ghostbusters 2 happen? What’s the best way to tell everyone you have child porn on your computer and not get arrested? How do you make scrambled eggs? etc.” Shigeru answers none of those questions. But it does something more. It makes you ask all the questions. And asking questions is more important than having them answered.
“What is this?”
“Who made this?”
“Sawako Kabuki's work pushes the boundaries of comfortability by depicting female bodies masturbating, defecating, and even puking. (Source: Nishikata Film Review)” (Source: MAL)
And really, asking questions and having them answered is really the basis of all art. Because sometimes art doesn’t need explanation, only interpretation. And this is what you’ll be doing, interepreationing. Because it’s art, and that’s what you do with art. Interpret it.
As I refuse to rate this on my list and it’s required to give a rating on a review, I’m thinking a 10. Because it’s 10 seconds long. That’s how things should be rated, on how long they are.
One day, I randomly stumbled upon this divine specimen by sheer luck. Little did I know that within this short amount of time, someone could create something perfect.
The story follows an unknown man and an unknown deformed woman travelling across a plain. On their journey they discover various different things about life while teaching the audience different lessons, such as appearances being deceiving, the meaning of dreams, the right path towards a bright future and so on. The story is very compact but has a lot of impact. It is truly the definition of quality over quantity.
Art & Animation: 10/10
While the art may be
bizarre, one gets used to it very quickly. The characters are drawn in a quirky way and the colors are also strange, but mix together flawlessly. The art might not be good on its own but as a compliment to the story, it serves its purpose wonderfully. The animation is also very fluid, with excruciating detail. Just one frame is enough to make you have faith once again.
The soundtrack only consists of a single music track. Despite this, the track itself is wonderfully crafted and is an important part of Shigeru. It describes the tone, setting and characters all the way through to the end. The composer knew what Shigeru was and made the most appropriate track. The sound effects are also top-notch. The voice acting was also exceptional. The actors really put a lot of emotion into it and the sound is engineered brilliantly.
I cannot describe the characters in enough detail without spoilers. There are two characters: an unknown man and a deformed woman with strange proportions. The reasons for their personalities, why the deformed woman looks the way she does and their life struggles are all fleshed out. Considering the amount of time this lasts, the character development is exceptional. You could start to sympathize with them even within the first few seconds. They are that good.
My enjoyment was very high. There is nothing quite like this. This breath of fresh air reinvigorated my spirit and even made me analyse some of the characters' actions when it was over, in philosophical detail. Truly something that can be enjoyed by everyone.
In conclusion, I feel that Shigeru is the work of a mastermind and that it is a masterpiece of animation. Despite the shortness of it, it manages to have an interesting story, extremely fitting art, an amazing single-track music piece and very well-developed characters. Give it a try and you'll be sure to love it!
Truly the great work of art i have ever witnessed. I stumbled upon this masterpiece when I was searching the Dementia Category on KISSANIME by pressing random, and this was the great result of the search. As a watcher of many dementia category animes, I must say this one is perhaps one of the greatest ones I have seen. It gets even more majestic every. single. time. Why haven't you watched it? It's less than 10 seconds long go for it! Watch it!
The entire thing is great. Obviously it has a great story, the art is just immaculate, the sound is superb to anything else,
and the one character whos head spins around is just beautiful.
*interlaces fingers, bends outwards. Shakes hands.* do you recall jesters? Do old timely? okay, how about jokers? Nothing? *sigh* don't tell me you are not aware of the old Rick Astley joke. I am not sure what started it but took his 'never gonna..." song and was cued in gag videos. I was not a fan but i grasped the idea. Here in this animation is a more lack luster gag. A pointless 10 sec 'meme' if you prefer, that is not only terrible to see but to hear. For it provides nothing of interest. The plot of it as good as expired milk.
For both has no retain-able substance value. Sure, one could turn it to cheese (improved form) but that would take time and skill. Not worth the effort. As for the art it a work of a has been. Someone who has lost the urge to create masterpieces and decided a cut and paste job would work. Only, positive things i can say about the art is the animation was smooth for the walking aspect. And, the background was nice. If you want further kind messages you wont be getting any.
Move on to anything you have in life. This should remain buried in the darkness of the shadows.