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: Original
Genres: DramaDrama, RomanceRomance, Slice of LifeSlice of Life
Duration: 4 min.
Rating: G - All Ages


Score: 6.411 (scored by 12901,290 users)
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Ranked: #71882
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Popularity: #10416
Members: 2,505
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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: ...
Jan 27, 2017
As Chinese legend tells it, every individual has an invisible red string tied to their pinky that will lead them to a future soulmate. This film places a creative spin on that proverb, using a single red thread to animate a love story.

In just four minutes Akai Ito manages to work through the romantic ups and downs of a couple. There is a confession, dating, separation and finally a resolution. There are no words or color variety, just an unbreakable string with a life of its own telling the story of the people it connects together.

This is minimalism art at its finest telling ...
Jan 30, 2016
Mixed Feelings
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. ...


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