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Akai Ito

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Synonyms: Red Thread
Japanese: 赤い糸


Type: Special
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: 2009
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Source: Unknown
Duration: 4 min.
Rating: G - All Ages


Score: 6.721 (scored by 880 users)
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Ranked: #44062
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Popularity: #5966
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The film takes a simple idea—creating a picture using a simple thread—and transforms it into an engaging flow of animated images. From East Asian folklore, Okushita takes the symbol of the red string of fate. There are many variations of this ancient tale, but the main idea is that the gods tie men and women together who are destined as each other's soul mates together with a red thread.

An invisible red thread connects those who are destined to meet,
regardless of time, place, or circumstance.
The thread may stretch or tangle, but it will never break.
-ancient Chinese belief

(Source: Nishikata Film Review)


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Jan 10, 2015
According to Eastern legend, destined lovers are bound by a red string of fate -- "Akai Ito" in Japanese. In this animated short, director Kazuhiko Okushita cleverly uses a single red string to illustrate the life of a man and the woman to whom his string leads him.

MAL's rubric, split into categories like "Story" and "Character," is useless for an animation like this. It's four minutes long, with no named characters, no voice acting, and exactly one color: red. Two, if you count the white background. This minimalism is the anime's greatest strength, for it allows no distractions from the message: read more
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Sep 22, 2014
"The gods tie an invisible red cord around the ankles of those that are destined to meet one another in a certain situation or help each other in a certain way.
The two people connected by the red thread are destined lovers, regardless of place, time, or circumstances. This magical cord may stretch or tangle, but never break. " - Source: Wikipedia

A love story.
Romance isn't my thing, but I really enjoyed this, and I''ll tell you why.
It's just a red string, really, but what the string is used for, is just.. art.

The animation still has it's problems, too.
For example, lack of detail, you read more
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Jan 30, 2016
As other people say, this isn't some random string used for the animation. The red string was picked specifically because, based on Eastern culture, a red string is tied around the two people that are destined to meet. It originated from Chinese culture where it is said that Yuè Xià Lǎorén, the lunar god of marriages, ties a string of destiny around two people that are considered soulmates. Akai Ito should be praised for bringing attention to a cultural belief that I think is incredibly fascinating and romantic.

Though, however strong Akai Ito is in that respect, this anime was bound to have its inevitable pitfalls. read more
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