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Japanese: キクマナ


Type: ONA
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 14, 2001
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Studios: Studio Rikka
Source: Original
Genre: Avant GardeAvant Garde
Theme: PsychologicalPsychological
Duration: 6 min.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 5.651 (scored by 45574,557 users)
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Ranked: #107842
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Popularity: #6547
Members: 9,191
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This work "Kikumana" is an animation of a girl called Kikumana who acts like in a stage performance, the role defeated by such an ill circumstance though she tries to find herself. The primal aim is to get the audience feeling a strange atmosphere spread from this work. The image has a pictorial atmosphere and a documentary touch at the same time. Unrealistic phenomena take place there.

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The prodution received various rewards, such as: Tom Sheet Award at Japan Digital Animation Festival 2001, Ito Yuuichi Prize at Digital Stadium (with Demonstrator), Art Award at DoGA 14th CG Anime Contest, and Honorable Mention at Ars Electronica 2002.

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Yoshiura, Yasuhiro
Director, Script, Sound Effects, Music, Original Creator


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Jan 6, 2013
Only six minutes. What is possible to tell during this time? For example, about infinity and depth of human knowledge, about a tide of life, about the Universe which is hidden in a book, about riddles of the past and movement in the future, about development and stagnation, fading and the birth, about loneliness among books and the real depression. What is it? Fantastic fairy tale? Madness, incarnate fear, a hallucination, surrealism, a sketch on writing-book fields, history about terrible loneliness of the child in the illusive world of adults? Or is it simply black-and-white melancholy of self-knowledge?

In Kikumana everything is based on associations ...
May 27, 2022
Mixed Feelings
A decent experimental short. There's no dialogue or discernible story. Just a girl with what appears to be a mask shuffling through a small little abode, reading books, dreaming, hallucinating, and being visited by strange figures. Visually, it's compelling enough and consists of various animation techniques and 3D modeling—on the audio side, there's effective sound design and piano music.

I suppose there's some specific concept or themes explored, though to really grasp what is being said—if anything—one will have to pay attention to visual cues. With the dreamlike lapses into temporal, strange worlds, it is reminiscent of Alice and Wonderland or some other fairytale.

The element ...
Mar 1, 2017
Rate 3/4
no vocals/art piece

No clear path to follow. The patch jumped in and out. Since the path was not clear neither could the message be. It could be a say on imprisonment or amnesiac but i thought it was a take on development. Development the stage where we grow in our mind and on whom we are. Books are engraved as fountains of knowledge. So, it is a no wonder we turn to them in times of troubles. Alas, in terms of defining our individual paths the books can't help. For books are general. With such a wide spread of knowledge it is hard to ...

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