That GENUINELY was the fucking stupidest shit I've ever seen.
Story: 1/10. There isn't one. You could say it's about how societal norms devolve ordinary humans into zoo animals, but it isn't and if you think it is you are pants-on-head retarded.
Art: 1/10. I could draw three watercolors with a paintbrush up my asshole and that would've been roughly equivalent to the artistic skill involved in this. White backgrounds, same stuff in every shot, only like fifteen different images all in all.
Sound: 1/10. Basically, there isn't shit for sound here. No music, even. Just some twonks going "AGH!" and some other guys going "AGH!" at the same time.
Character: 10/10. Midget-In-A-Birdcage-Being-Poked-With-A-Stick is mah nigga! Total waifu material right there.
Enjoyment: 2/10. There's one bit where a woman suddenly starts riding a cop like a little horsie around the "zoo" (a bunch of cages on a white background). I laughed my ass off there, but other than that there is nothing to enjoy.
Overall: 1/10. Don't even bother. You will feel worse about yourself if you watch this. It will ruin your day. read more
Ningen Doubutsuen, also known as Clap Vocalism or Human Zoo, is truly the most influential anime of the twentieth century. Uneducated viewers new to the anime medium may find it jarring or confusing. It requires an inquisitive and analytical mind to peer into the rich imagery and deep symbolism of Ningen Doubutsuen. Allow me to show you.
The title cards for the introduction and conclusion are minimalistic in nature. It seems to mock television programmes and movies which use overly-edited footage and effects to have a bombastic opening and closure. Ningen Doubutsuen says, "No, I don't need any complicated effects to make the movie good." And this is resoundingly true. The content of the movie is so good, so solid, so FRESH that it doesn't need any extra fluff to make it as good as it is.
Again, the avant-garde animation follows the theme of minimalism as I mentioned earlier. Ningen Doubutsuen doesn't need fancy animation or a unique artstyle to make itself shine. It is fantastic on its own already. The inclusion of drawings instead of just words seems to be a mocking gesture by director Kuri Yoji. He seems to say, "Okay, I'll add this stuff on top so that it qualifies as an 'anime', even though it is amazing already."
Ningen Doubutsuen goes straight to the point. It draws important parallels between animal abuse and domestic violence in twentieth century Japan. In the feministic society, men trapped in loveless marriages and "caged in" and tortured by their wives, similar to how animals are trapped in zoo cages and abused. The Man is expected to be the breadwinner of the family while the Woman sits at home and does nothing, just like how animals are made to perform for the entertainment of humans. The fantastic voice acting echoes Kuri's sentiments. Sharp, high-pitched voices mimicking animals which sound almost sarcastic in nature. Mocking, showing derision towards marriages, gender roles, society, the very nature of humanity itself... Brilliant. Simply brilliant I must say.
Ningen Doubutsuen is by far one of the most important works of the twentieth century, and is one of the best films Japan has ever put out. Its vibrant symbolism and detailed historical context give an insight into Japanese married life in the sixties. One simply cannot call himself a so-called 'anime' fan if he has not seen this masterpiece. Truly, it is director Kuri Yoji's magnum opus.read more
Kuri Yoji is a genius at experimental works. Granted, a ton of people will be turned off by the lack of story, bizarre art, but his genius lies at using minimalist art to convey sick and twisted themes. Thus, he is more interested in seeing our reactions and emotions to the work.
It is a pity that Human Zoo has so much potential, but it is almost wasted.
Like other Kuri Yoji works, the emphasis on provoking emotions is there in Human Zoo through twisted minimalist imagery. The art looks like a five year old's drawing, though I may be giving too much credit to the art. What is more important however is his usage of the drawings.
Human Zoo explores animal abuse, power, and marriages. We see repeated viewings of the wife abusing the husband; for example, a wife will sit on the husband.
And that's about it.
Compare Human Zoo to his other works like Ai and there is more substance; Ai is about exploring the dark side of love and Kuri Yoji uses the drawings and sound to create an eerie atmosphere. Human Zoo has nothing of that sort.
I feel that the idea of Human Zoo is noble and witty, but the execution is sloppy and lazy. How does 2 minutes of seeing wives sit on husbands be either entertaining or thought-provoking?
That said, I did not entirely hate the work nor did I like it. I prefer other Kuri Yoji works and for those starting to watch his works, I suggest Ai as a better starter. People who already have seen his other works can give this a watch.
I wished Human Zoo didn't disappoint me. I really do.read more
Have you ever watched something so terrible it made you kill yourself? I haven't because I'm still alive
Human Zoo is really fucking stupid. It looks and sounds like it was made by a five year old. It's a series of terrible drawings of people with boxes with lines drawn around them to represent cages and stupid sounds like DUURRR AND BUNNNN or fucking whatever because it doesn't matter what the sounds are. This goes on for like 2 minutes.
Basically if you're a whore like me and want to make your completed longer, watch it. If not, don't bother.