When I look at the world we live in I like to think that as a species we are evolving, even though at times it seems to be painfully slow. Each generation becomes more and more tolerant and open to things not familiar and not status quo. The number one issue facing humanity is just our ability to get along with each other. There is not a place on earth in which people are dying, because of their race or the gods they worship or because of the person they choose to love. Amazing that a simple little flash anime such
as this can manage to sum up everything so sweetly that one hundred times longer can’t.
For a story with no dialogue, the message of There she is!! comes across loud and clear. All of its episodes are told as though they were music videos. One doesn’t even need to know what the lyrics are to understand exactly what is going on. The series starts out innocently enough, with a cat and a rabbit meeting at a vending machine and the rabbit developing a humorous love at first sight with the cat. Despite his struggles to get away and let her know that cats and rabbits shouldn’t be together her devotion is unwavering and absolute.
The first couple of episodes are sweet and cute and totally enjoyable to watch. Suddenly when the third one rolls around the message comes into focus. I was completely surprised but it as well. You can pretty much relate the struggles of the budding romance between the cat (latter named Nabi) and the rabbit (Doki) with any form of bigotry. Forbidden romance of either interracial, gay and lesbian, or ethnic backgrounds it all seems so silly and pointless to get so upset over. Honestly I wanted to laugh, cry and scream with anger all at the same time.
Everyone should really love the two main characters Doki and Nabi. Even though a word is never spoken their feelings come across clear as day. It’s a bit of a sad indictment of anime though that a series like this came come across as a great romance with great characters and have a running time of barely thirty minutes. It actually is possible to have a real relationship without all the blushing, angst, and harem drama.
The music is quite important to the series. The songs are all upbeat for the most part and fit the style of the animation and the mood nicely. Understanding what’s being said is not really that important though it’s unfortunate that a karaoke version of the songs was not available in the copy that I viewed.
For animation done completely with flash you would expect something crude and not all that interesting. You would be very wrong though! The only other flash animation anime I have seen was a series called Hanoka, and while it had some pretty decent and complex art, the simplicity of this series is its strength. Sometimes less is more and the character models are animation couldn’t have been better. I would even go so far as to say that if it was remade and animated with the very best CG effects and art that it would never be as good as this version.
Overall this was a series that took me a bit by surprise with how much I really enjoyed it. It goes to show that you don't need fancy artwork and animation or even dialogue to leave a powerful impression. There she is!! is something everyone should see. Don’t argue with me, just go out right now and watch it.
I first started watching it because my friends where saying how much they loved it. So I looked it up on YT and suddenly fell in love with the sad and sweet story that I absolutly adore.
The story was so great, the first part was sweet, I think Doki is adorable and I understand why she fell for Nabi. I never notice the signs until the last episode. Then when the story gets sad I feel their love, its just so cute.
The art was great because you can see the point so clearly, the person knew what they were doing.
The sound, even though I couldn't
understand the words of the songs I heard it still made me know what was happening. Everything made sense, I muted it once and understood why the sound was there. To help you realize what it means. Though it usually does I was just experamenting.
The character, oh this, the person who made this was clearly very good at story telling without words. The scenes clearly pulled the entire thing together, I could understand it so well.
I enjoyed this to the max, I don't know very many anime that can touch you so much.
10/10 all the way.
(I hope this review is good... D: If not I'm so sorry.)
There she is!!: Brilliance In Flash Animation Storytelling
Do you ever watch something that blows away your expectations completely? When I was watching this short series, I was blown away by how something so simple can be so complex at the same time. When I watch a flash cartoon, I expect something funny, silly, and sometimes downright vulgar. Typically, flash animation is not very provocative...however, this series stepped into that fray and did what most flash animators fail to do...tell a captivating story.
The story primarily revolves around a female rabbit named Doki who meets a male cat named Nabi at a vending machine. She immediately becomes
infatuated with him while he tries to avoid her knowing that it's socially unacceptable for a cat and rabbit to fall in love. In theory, it's a pretty simple story, but the societal issues of the story really pull at the heart strings when it comes to their relationship and really give the story life.
Here's what I think makes this a great story...
First of all, the entire series has zero dialogue. All that is shown are voiceless, animated characters in motion to the sound of music. It's the classic example of how a picture tells a thousand words because each episode is 3-5 minutes, has no dialogue, and tells a beautiful story of romance, friendship, and societal views and change. The music plays an integral role as it essentially tells the story with no dialogue. Even if you can't understand the music, the tone it sets along with the flow of the story helps set the mood.
Secondly, I was absolutely stunned at how it approached the topic of intercultural/interracial relationships in society. While I'm not sure how it is viewed in Korea (the origin of the cartoon), in the United States, intercultural and interracial relationships were taboo for quite a period of time. Among some cultures and societies, it still is, but generally speaking it is more socially accepted now. While it is more socially acceptable now, there was a time when it wasn't and you could argue explains in some nice detail about how that sort of society works.
With that being said, I could argue that there are some pretty minor flaws. The series really didn't go into much detail as to WHY these relationships are taboo. In most cultures, there's usually a good reason...some reasons being because of a superiority complex...some being political reasons...and so on and so on. Here's a really minor complaint for me but I really felt like this was too short. There really wasn't that much "character development" between Doki and Nabi...as well as with the side characters. It's so vague in parts that I had a difficult time trying to connect the Jjinta Set (the three thug rabbits) and their relationship to Doki. However, I will say this...the character development that is there...is FANTASTIC. I'm not sure if this was only 5 episodes equaling 23 minutes in length because the story ended there...but I can assure you there's more to this story that can be told in more than 23 minutes. A minor complaint that I had that I didn't use to affect the score is I really wish there were English subtitles for the songs. Perhaps there are and I haven't found them but it really would help out in regards to understanding the minor nuances within the story.
I'm going to come out and say this right now. Of all the flash animated cartoons I've ever watched, this series is the best flash animation series...EVER. I enjoy my share of flash animation cartoons, mostly for comedy. However, I've never seen one that's had such a captivating love story with the addition of social commentary. I will admit, I shed a few tears watching this and considering that was done by flash animation, that's impressive. I will admit, the first two episodes tested my patience a bit. I liked them, but didn't necessarily love them. The third episode is when the ball really got going for me and by the fourth and fifth episodes, I was in love with this series. I would recommend this series to anyone that's ever found themselves in an intercultural/interracial relationship, whether it be love, friendship, or even on the political spectrum to give this a watch. It's deep despite it's simplicity and it really shows how the power of love can change friendships and how it can change society for the greater good.
“There She Is!!” is a five-episode ONA in which each episode is about five minutes long. The premise is a female rabbit falls in love with a male cat in a society that rejects the idea of interspecies relationships and how they cope. There is no dialogue at all in the series, but each episode stars a song that matches the mood of the episode. What I loved about the story was despite the short length and lack of dialogue, there is a strong story and good character development. The moral of how all love should be accepted is strong and presented well, and it’s
still relevant today.
Then there are the characters. Our leads are a female rabbit, Doki, and a male cat, Nabi. When the first meet, Nabi is against the idea of challenging society but eventually gives in. After several dates, he starts to fall in love with her. During the rising action, Nabi is becoming overwhelmed from the fighting between protesters and supporters, but Doki stays strong. In the end, they fall back in love. Their perseverance through their trials, errors, and successes is heartwarming. That’s not to exclude the side characters. There isn’t much to say about them as they aren’t the main focus, but the few distinct characters within are very supportive of the relationship and cause making them likable. There isn’t much to say about character except for there is strong development (better than some anime).
The only thing to talk about for sound is the music and that does not disappoint. Each song fits the tone of the accompanying episode. The songs I liked the most were in episodes 1 and 4 (as well as the story points in those episodes). Episode four especially conveys the distressing atmosphere of the war between the protesters and the supporters and the relationship of Doki and Nabi stuck in the center of it all.
The animation is done with flash, but it fits the short in a sense. It has an innocent appearance which, I feel, further appeals the powerful message within. It’s nothing noteworthy, but it’s cute.
Overall, it is a phenomenal piece of art with good music, likable characters and story, and a beautiful and powerful message: all love should be accepted.
Do I recommend it? Yes, yes I do. I don’t care how old you are, take 20 minutes to sit down and watch this ONA. It can be found on YouTube.
I saw the first episode or "step" to this show and couldn't understand why it was getting a lot of hype. Curious I stuck around and watched it till the end. I have to say for those twenty minutes my face expression went from blank to *GASP*.
Story: The story is plainly forbidden love. It's a more serious subject, that is evident in our world today. I'm glad that a few animators took the time to create something short and cute with that kind of topic.
Art: The art is just cute. I couldn't help but aww at Doki and Nabi many many many times.
No spoken words, just songs. Don't worry about not being able to speak Korean. You just gotta feel the rhythm and the animation tells the story without the words.
Character: Ahhh the characters. Now the characters, seem typical. You have the guy, the girl, the envious one who likes the girl. But don't let this stop you from watching this!
Enjoyment/Overall: It's short, it's cute, it touches an important subject and it's very enjoyable! It's definitely a good watch and I recommend it to all those who wish to watch it.
Seriously, go watch this right now! You will not be disappointed!
The story is lovely and is very real (even in today's societies). The music adds an even greater element of enjoyment, making you feel even more feels than you would normally. The art style was simplistic, yet pleasing, and each character was adorable with having their own looks and personalities.
This was a pleasant surprise and it made it even better when I found out that this was based on the history of when Japanese and Koreans were not allowed to be together.
A very heartwarming story that I highly recommend for anyone to
Firstly, to clarify, I am really unfamiliar with Korean animation. This is probably only animated thing from Korea I have ever seen. But I love it. I really love it. If this is Korean animation, than I am as into it as possible for simple human being.
This is the simple one. Cat and rabbit fall in love and struggle to make it work in the world they live in. When I was first saw this thing I was about 11 and I didn't really get the message that this story resonates with, but I
still understood how twisted their world was.
How could we violate something as simple and innocent as love?
Only after few watchings I realised the metaphor in this ONA and it hit me like a truck. I have already seen other shorts and movie trying to talk about this issue in form of metaphor and I loved them all. And that was the reason why I loved this thing.
That was the reason why I loved this when I was younger and reason why I love this now. It symbolises how our world is twisted, how sick we are, in form of cute and relatable love story that happens every day and could happen to all of us. It made me laugh, it made me cry, just like real love, just like real life.
Even the smartest concept can fail when delivered badly. Luckilly, this isn't the case, because the creators did their best with budget they had. I am glad that they chose to use simplistic style for they animationa and not play with something they couldn't afford, because that would make it look bad and really cheap while this version looks just okay.
I admit it's hard to do magic with Flash animation, because honestly, have many visually pleasing shows ever came from this. I can think maybe of one really visually good show that was made in Flash. And not evenm handfull of okay ones. And this show made it into okay one category.
The characters may not be that great looking and background characters could easily blend into any other show like this, but I love the backgrounds and in the end, their movements are pretty smooth and what's important, it creates just matching environment for the story (if you get what I'm trying to say).
I appericiate that they did they best with it. Highlighted the important parts and well, the not important parts are... not that important.
Oh man, I love those songs. Have you heard them? They are awesome. Not they only match the story, but they tell the story themselves. You don't need to understand lyrics, to understand this ONA, because music will speak to you. Music is universal language and this story proves it.
But if you take some time to look on translations, you will fall in love with them. Let the music speak.
(Better make it short, this review is already long enough)
After all this groundbreaking things, I can say that the characters are basically the weakest part of the story, but definitely not in a bad way. They just weren't given enough space to be themselves in more complex ways.
This is the problem of lot short anime, because they only have enough time to focus on one thing (mostly it's comedy, but not here) and I don't blame them and I don't blame this thing either. They did their best with the time given and they also did a great work on the character development with it's little time. We can see how our characters grow and we fall in love with them really quickly, because they are nice and likeable and as I said, relatable, what is the most important part in this piece. So, bravo!
(Thank you for reading this till the very end. Sorry for any mistakes. Spread love!)
I've never written a proper review once but i guess i'd give it a go.
One thing i really like about this animation is that it's short - yes 5 mins per episode. And yet, every 5 minutes makes so much sense and touches you deep within.
The typical love stories that has it's hardship, and the song was definitely suitable (and funny to an extent). I think it was really enjoyable, it's a really light hearted animation! Do watch it even for fun only :D
Every so often I am lucky enough to come across a series or a short that gives me a reason to sigh and say "This is why I love film/anime" and "There She Is!!" by Korean Flash animator and comic book store clerk, Amal Rock (or Amalloc on MAL) and picture book author/illustrator, Pore (Sogong) - the series art director (two of the three members of the animation's small Korean production company: SamBakZa) is one such love story; guaranteed to go down in history as one of the best shorts ever made, if it ever gets the recognition it truly deserves.
It begins as
any star-crossed love story should, overly enthusiastic girl meets boy and stalks him with love until he succumbs to her loving embrace, but soon we learn that there is so much more and these characters become catalysts for their era (or at least their town). The real brilliance of the shorts is not only their length, but how much emotion they contain in very simply drawn and animated expressions.
Another important element of the series is the music, which seems to have been hand-picked and matches the character's emotions and the mood of the series beautifully. I was particularly impressed by the choice of "떳다! 그녀!" (There she is!) by Witches for Episode/Stage 1 and"월식" ( Tabu or Eclipse) by Wolsik for Stage 4.
Poignant and and striking, through a series of five "silent" (no dialog), 5-min. episodic music video "Stages," we see the introduction and development of what happens when a girl, Doki, falls head over feet in love at first sight with a boy, Nabi, who's not stereotypically "her type." The shenanigans that ensue through the series takes us through emotions of bliss, heartache, anger, loss, fear, and love - the kind that only words like Truly, Madly, Deeply could convey.
Going into this I didn't expect anything special, but was pleasantly surprised when that was exactly what I found.
The art was simplistic. I mean that in the best way possible though. High quality and flashy effects just aren't needed for this. In fact, using simple and cute art like this was a smart design choice, as the subject matter is rather dark.
All of the songs were great. The mood of each episode was defined by its song and I appreciated that. There is no voice acting, so nothing to say about that.
The story and characters had a surprising depth I didn't expect. After the first
episode I thought it was a moe sketch comedy, and almost dropped it, but the second episode kept my attention and by the third I was hooked. The third episode came and I was surprised how accurately they depicted a couple that isn't socially accepted. The fourth episode took a surprisingly drastic turn, and I fell in love with this mini series.
If you enjoy social commentary in your anime, or even just anime that make you think about the current social situation, I can recommend this without much hesitation. The cute art might put some people off, but it's deeper than it first appears. Don't watch this if you don't approve of interracial couples, as that is the main focus of this series of shorts.
I can't remember when I first saw this short, but the impact of it hasn't changed at all since it first came out in 2003.
At only 23 minutes long, it's really incredible how strong There She Is's main message is. I've been told it's a commentary on Japanese-Korean relationships, and while I'm not knowledgeable at all on that subject, the story works no matter what country you're from. The animation may be simple and rather rough, but the framing, timing, colors and everything else about it is actually fantastic. There's no spoken words throughout, and there doesn't need to be. The two main characters
Doki and Nabi are an adorable couple anyone can relate to/understand, and as side characters the gang rabbits and older cats are equally important to the story (especially in punching some sense into Nabi later on).
The first "steps" (episodes) are more casual and comedic as they set up for the rest of the story - while these episodes aren't as great, the rest of the story (steps 3 - 5) breaks my heart every time. Here's where I gotta mention the music, because it is PERFECT. Each step has its own song, and the song choices couldn't have been better for fitting the mood of the step (animation is also synced to the music). Step 4 in particular I haven't forgotten even after many years - the song is Wolsik by Tabu, a sad and powerful track that makes step 4 the most impactful of them all.
This short may be cheesy at times and rough in the animation, but it really is an unforgettable and effective story about how nothing can come between two people in love. I've already watched it about 6 times, and I know that in the future I'll be back to experience it again and again. The message and its delivery, after all, don't seem to lose anything with age.