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English: Love
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Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: 1963
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Source: Original
Genres: Avant GardeAvant Garde, RomanceRomance
Theme: PsychologicalPsychological
Duration: 4 min.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 4.211 (scored by 25292,529 users)
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Ranked: #131912
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Popularity: #9018
Members: 4,271
Favorites: 5

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A short experimental anime about a woman desperately in love. Made by Yoji Kuri, a well-known Japanese indie animator.


Winner of the 1965 Oofuji Noburou Award.

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Kuri, Youji
Ono, Yoko


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Mar 13, 2013
Many people who go to watch this experimental film are probably expecting an anime. However... This is not an anime... It's a work of abstract art and is in of itself something that you can not get if you don't study art or do not have an avant-garde artistic sense. If you don't understand either of them, don't rate it. It's like trying to get a pop lover to rate the works of Stockhausen. They are two completely different things.

Story: 8
It's obvious that this is very well crafted. People confuse abstract with complicated ideas, but this is a very straight forward portrayal of love ...
Dec 23, 2018
Mixed Feelings
I'm an art student and as you know, 'art' definition can change in years. Okay, I agree on this isn't a masterpiece but please bear in mind that It was made in 1963. "Ai" is an experimental Japanese animation, a short story about love. Today we watch it and say "Typical story, basic drawing, zero quality" but those days art technology didn't have that many opportunities and story concept not even close to today's percept. So maybe this was a very original story. (And heroine is the very first yandere ever :P)

In addition to all these, I liked "Ai". It's trippy and psychedelic in a ...
Dec 3, 2010
Just really, really creepy. If having your mind crawled on by spiders is what you're into, go for it. But with terrible art, terrible voice acting, two plain and stereotypical characters, and a terrible story (was there even a story?), the four-minute-long anime (can it be called an anime?) was almost unwatchable. I counted the seconds.

The best part about this anime? It was only four minutes long. Seriously, I hated it.

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