A young, unnamed woman, while biking home from the bank she works at, happens upon a weakened tree goddess whose native shrine is being demolished for construction work. She rescues her and brings the goddess home with her. The two form a relationship, but what will happen to the goddess as the construction progresses?
If you enjoy eye-opening art, then this just might be an ONA for you.
I personally appreciated the anime's message as it is something that I believe we all forget about in our busy lives. The play between the characters and the underlying metaphors force the viewer to question the world after the short is over.
The music fit the bill. Its mood matched the storyline quite well.
The art was different, but it held its own within the world of the anime and its message.
I highly recommend this small pleasure. While it isn't perfect, I believe any imperfections you seek out only make the message stronger.
This isn't so much a review as it is just a straight up summary of the short. Spoilers galore ahead, not that it really matters, since the run time on this thing is literally five minutes.
So you're this lonely Japanese chick in your early to mid twenties, right? And one day you're pedaling hard as fuck in the pouring rain to get home from your boring job at a convenience store or laundromat or something along that line when you suddenly crash your bike like an idiot and happen upon this dying tree-spirit-kid thing that's just sitting there staring blankly as the orange of the
setting sun peeks through the clouds. As you approach it it looks at you briefly, then collapses on the ground.
Most people would likely run away immediately, maybe call the cops, then go home. You, however, are an alpha female, so you take the thing back to your modest apartment, nurse it back to health as best you can, and teach it some inane human bullshit like language, bathroom etiquette, how to use chopsticks, baseball, that smoking is bad for you, that fireworks are pretty, the names of constellations, and other stuff. And then you with your ovaries of steel have lots of steamy lesbian sex with it all summer long until it fucking dies, and you take it to this beautiful waterside vista far away from shitty human construction sites and give it a nice burial so that it can flourish as a tree again someday.
Overall a really odd little short. Wasn't sure if I was supposed to be smiling, crying, or unzipping my pants while I watched it, but it definitely left an impression on me. Music's really cool, too.
While most people will glance at this and move along, I recommended you stop reading this and spend five minutes with the short before even bothering to read this. It's a little more serious than a lot of people might be expecting; there are some pretty powerful scenes contained within the short.
I quite enjoyed this due to the feeling of brevity it instilled into what happened, though I'm sure a lot of time passed for them, it felt like it happened in a blink of the eye. It felt like I was a being outside the world, seeing a glimpse of something amazing.
This is given to us no only by the fact that there's a lot of jumps from situation to situation, but by the sudden emotional jerks it hits us with. Perhaps not everyone will feel as strongly connected to it as I did, but the bitter sweet swirl in my stomach is tantamount to how one might feel for a real life scenario, despite the fiction that's part of it.
I also found that there were some interesting collateral strikes in dealing with the abandonment of worship, loss of nature, culture, or love, and forgetting what we clung to so dearly cared about in the past. Just like love, loss is a part of life. It's a bizarre seeming thing, with no words, but I don't really feel that it needs them. It made me feel a warm sharp fuzzy pulse inside, and that was enough. I will admit that I was a little put off by the unusual animation and sound, but in the end I found it oddly pleasant as well. For what it is, I think I've given it the rating it made me feel it deserved.
Oh, my GOD. This was 5 minutes of extreme emotional intensity.
I enjoyed the visuals and story a ton, but what I really came here to rave about was the music and sound design in collaboration with the visuals. The choice of music was so strong, so visceral, and unsettling in a way that perfectly suited the story. I felt my heart pumping, and for a story consisting of no dialogue and only five minutes to do that to me is deeply impressive.
Basically, it's very short and worth committing five minutes of your time to experiencing. And you truly do experience it, rather than