Feb 10, 2012
I thought the mechanics of this short were nicely done, notably the use of the projection to denote precious memories and the idea that time has run out. I am rather keen on old things, so Yamamoto's decision to give this anime the feel of old film really worked its magic on me.
I especially liked filtering of the light and lines on grainy film aspects, as well as the fading memory at the piano with the transistion to an empty village square (to be extremely honest AND picky I thought the transistion itself was a little clunky, but I liked the thought behind it) and
Tamamoto's favourite faceless crowds. With all these rabbits and faceless crowds, I wonder if Yamamoto-san isn't quietly enduring some pain of his own as it seems to be a reoccurring theme.
I actually became somewhat bored by this film after the first five minutes, because Yamamoto seems to be pretty much a one trick pony. His music doesn't inspire me and neither does the animation, however the art work is nice and the mechanics used are sometimes rather lovely.
I wanted to give him a 7 for the effort and the nice aged filmy bits, but then the story just went on and on and it wasn't told in a markedly unique way nor did I find it touching. I suspect this was due to the music, which as with Anemone, was nice but not in the truly pleasant way, just in a "it was nice/ok/blah" way. I know that sounds harsh and I hope he keeps working at it because he has some good ideas and clever mechanics which have the potential to become something great; I just don't feel this is it.
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