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.
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
and mood: everyone understands how he or she wants. And we never can not understand a true plan of the author. This movie opened slightly to us a door in any not clear, but close to us, world ... and closed.
If you include music more loudly, you will feel effect"brain squeezings" more better. At some point goosebumps ran on my skin . It is undoubtedly reached by means of music which consists of classical noise and chaos of various sounds. These sounds oppress nervous system and cause unconscious negative emotional experiences.
In any case, Yoshiura Yasuhiro's work associates at me with works Shinkai Makoto, though they have different approaches to studying activity. One tries to comprehend life as it is, another does an emphasis on lyrics and the love drama.
After viewing this clip you set involuntarily by questions - Who I am? Who are you? Is the white mask with holes for eyes? Where I go? Why I live? What it is necessary to find to remember the essence? After all when you have no memoirs you are not person. Or person? Is ignorancel pleasure? Or knowledge is force? Also that is more terrible: remember or forget?
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
wrap things in a nice small box for everyone has different taste. Which means i can't say you are going to become a lawyer who enjoys a sand-which heavy with mayo for you might dislike mayo. But, they can be guidelines but tons of tons have to be read to full picture.
A mess. Normally black and white films can work here it does not. I can understand the black and white concept to show confusion which does a good job at but in certain if not a good portion of the film some segments were far to bright or far too dark. Contrast was flawed. Also, some things were too blurry.
The main character stood out for she lacked a vital necessity. To this moment i don't quite have a grasp on why that was. Perhaps, she did not have it to begin with as indicated by the picture shown in the film? Or perhaps it more symbolical to the fact of one's limitation on themselves?
Nothing direct in terms of character development. It is mostly up for interpretation but it does convey solitude.
If you're into cold, lonely and especially strange atmospheres in your movies, this might be the thing for you.
I gave it a middle score because frankly, there isn't much of a story, it's telling you something, but it's so open to interpretation that it feels wrong to rate it too high or too low because I wouldn't know what to use as a standard.
Through the film you'll be traveling through the main characters instable mind and go through a bunch of strange scenes. If you're into abstract storytelling and such things left open for interpretation, you'll most likely enjoy this.
The animation does
seems a bit wonky, for lack of better words, though it really works, that odd animation, along with the fact that the whole film is in black and white, creates a really cold and desolate atmosphere.
You won't be hearing much music in this film, mostly what you'll hear during these 6 minutes is what seems to be machinery banging in the background, a faint static, and an occasional "hoh" from the main character. The sound really comes together well with the artwork, everything comes down to bring you that really cold and strange atmosphere.
Just like the story, I felt it would be unfair to rate this aspect too high or too low, because in a short 6 minute film it would be hard to create a fleshed out character or create any sort of development, and that isn't the goal of the film in the first place.
Personally speaking, I enjoy these kind of short films like this, it can be fun trying to find a meaning in the various strange scenes that show up. So as I said before, if you're into films filled with possible metaphors leaving you to interpret them as you see fit, then you'll most likely enjoy this short film.
Well well well. Another Dementia anime. Kikumana was actually something, I got to say. It didn't grant my expectations, but it was definetely close.
Story - 2
Couldn't follow. I could say something more, but it was really just... blurry?
Art - 7
Well, it was decent. Wonky at some places, but in general? It was nice. Everything was moving smoothly. And it didn't cut my eyes! So, that's already a good start.
Sound - 4
Barely any music. Sometimes you can hear the protagonist mumble something, or some banging, or some piano.
Character - 3
I don't know anything about the backstory (couldn't follow the story), but the designs are... I
guess they are something. I couldn't enjoy them that much.
Enjoyment - 7
I enjoyed this because I remembered that this is a Dementia anime. Not a lot of Dementia anime I watched are good, but this one was actually alright! It actually creeped me out in some places, and it wasn't sh*tty.
Overall - 6
This was a 6 minute Dementia anime, and I expected more, but hey! It was alright. A fine piece. If out of curiosity or for collecting anime, I recommend you to give it a try.