Sep 11, 2023
Wonderfully disturbing, among my tops for stop motion horror. A work of art, but storywise, I'd say it's not exactly thought provoking. The characters may not be this film's strong suit, but you won't be missing too much if you go into it for the experience, and ho boy, it's a treat of spooky soundscapes and bizarre imagery. I also have a fear of holes, so the part with the holes in the flesh singing gave me an uneasy feeling. Overall, it's a nice short worth your time if you're looking for something different with an unsettling atmosphere. I wholeheartedly recomend giving it a try.
Sep 11, 2023
I like the style and music, and the concept is one I resonate with strongly. I feel the need to rate this a 4.5, but in lieu of partials for our rating system, I'm rating it a 5. Why? Because it's not that it's bad... it's just painfully... plain.
It's a simple, safe representation of taking the first steps to overcoming depression. I respect it, and I wish good things to the student who made this film. At the same time, I'm not really sure if I'd recomend this. It's short, so if you want to watch a slightly feel good story about overcoming depressing, I'd ...
Jul 10, 2023
It's short and has charm, so watch it if the premise appeals to you. But don't go into it thinking it'll be on par with series like Ninja Scroll, the Kage OVA, or Vampire Princess Miyu in terms of either fights or beautiful animation. It's got style, but at a fraction, but it's definitely got some things going for it that make it a classic.
Animation was alright, and I'm not just saying that for the time this came out. It feels like, surprisingly, despite this OVA being an almost 1:1 shot of the one-shot it was based off of, that the manga did it better. ...
Jun 13, 2023
Provacative, surreal, and psychedelic, this is a film unlike anything I've seen before. The artstyle, sometimes muted, washed with watercolor dripping down the screen, and other times loud with vivid reds and greens that pop out at the viewer, is as beautiful as it is haunting. The animation, minimal at best, is slightly choppy but surprisingly very fluid during very specific scenes. It all feels purposefully done, as if to make those scenes stand out even more than the others. The music also serves a very large role, other than the instruments helping to convey the tone of the scene, often the singer will serve ...
Dec 26, 2022
I'll preface this by saying that the song, itself, isn't one of my favorites. That aside, it isn't terrible by any means, and when watching the accompanying music video, it all goes together nicely. The animation is absolutely gorgeous, as are the designs. The story behind the music video, I feel is easy enough to follow, and overall I'd say it's about a 6.5 for me (but I bumped my score up half a point since I feel a straight up 6 would be kinda low for how I feel about it).
It was an enjoyable watch, but I don't think it's one I'll be coming ...
Oct 8, 2022
Well, that was an experience! "Jam" is definitely not going to be for everyone, but it was a fun watch for me. What I like about it is just the sheer absurdity of how much chaotic "noise" can be created both figuratively and literally. New monsters appear with the old when a new sound is added, and it gets messy QUICK, which is the point. However, it's also not much beyond a novelty.
Because of its simple premise, it's an experimental art piece (with sound that is fairly grating to listen to). If you can tolerate the sound (or if you happen to enjoy it), the ...
Jun 18, 2022
A very simple, yet beautiful story of an older woman in China reminiscing both the tragedy and happiness of her past. The animation has no real dialogue but is easy to follow, the true gem of this short being the painter-esque animation. With what looks like watercolor, each scene drips into the next like a beautiful stream of consciousness. If I had to nitpick, I think the sound design could use some work. Most notably, when certain characters were running, the sound was quicker than their steps. But overall, most of the ambience was nicely done.
It's only about 10 minutes, so I'd definitely recommend going ...
Jul 8, 2021
This review will be short and sweet. Both the pretty designs and artwork, as well as the simple animation are very charming. Nothing on par with Tsuki no Waltz, but still cute. The song is also pretty good, and for me, wins out on the characters and story, which are simple by design (but in no way is that me insulting it, just saying you go in it less for that and more for the art and song). I gave it a 6 because it's just that, it's fine. It's a short watch, so I'd recommend it for its storybook style and soothing song.
Jul 8, 2021
I'll keep this review short and sweet. The music was great, the animation absolutely beautiful and charming, and the story a surreal trip through stunningly designed backdrops. I'd say give it a watch for yourself, it's about 4 min 45 sec. For me, the strongest points are definitely the art and music, whereas the characters and story, I feel are lacking somewhat. It's not a bad thing, but it's harder to understand the story since it's more abstract and left to viewer interpretation, which makes the characters feel a slight bit less interesting for me because they feel a part of the backdrops rather than ...
Jul 8, 2021
Was only mildly interested in the music, though it definitely isn't bad (just not my cup of tea). The animation is really really cute, and the music video's story is absolutely what makes it worth it.
In short, the video is about a human boy who seemed to be contemplating suicide, and a demon boy who was out on the run from two demon officials who were trying to rope him back into slavery. No spoilers, but if you watch it, you should pause it at 2:43 to read the letter for a bit more context over the reaction of the two at the end.
Overall, I ...