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Apr 13, 2019
Mochibei is a short animation made in 2005 by Keita Kurosaka. It lasts about 57 seconds.

There is no narrative, or at least no narrative that can be immediately applied to the animation.

Yet again, the star here is the animation and style that Kurosaka exhibits. A strange human-esque figure almost slithers up from a black void and, whilst spouting profanity and insult laden dialogue, slams its face against the screen several times, distorting the face into frightening, distorted features. A moment of screaming ensues while the figure seems to bubble and twist and distort further. The figure eventually collapses after one final curse, revealing a blue read more
Apr 28, 2018
Another (Anime) add (All reviews)
I was introduced to Another as a show where the gore is the highlight of the piece; because of this, I avoided it for a long while. I do admit I have a certain bias when it comes to gory shows or movies; if it is done right, it can add a hyper-violent atmosphere bathed in shock value that doesn't take away from the narrative. When done wrong, well, you get pure shlock that overshadows the entire experience (see Blood-C for an example of this).

After deciding to just sit down and check the show out, I can confirm that the gory moments are quite effective read more
Jul 20, 2016
Watashi no Kao is a hauntingly cool (yet sadly, very short) work by the (in)famous Keita Kurosaka.

Right off the bat, the story is not the focus, as there is very little.

What is of focus is the incredible art style that Kurosaka employs. A twisted, surreal depiction of humanity that embodies the grotesque, creating a style that is oddly part-realistic and part-surrealistic. This style is often seen in his works, and speaks to the unique nature of his artistry. I love it.

The sound design is very good, and backs up the intense imagery with an equal dose of intense sounds. It feels demented, out read more
Jul 20, 2016
Ga no Iru Tokoro (A Place Where There Are Moths) is an interesting beast. The story revolves around urbanization and nature, with a middle-aged woman serving as the character we focus on, and her experience with the moths.

The art is photo-realistic...what seem to be animated portraits of things such as buildings, a pot, a middle-aged woman. The only exception lies with the moths, which seem unreal, not of the plane the woman exists in. I admire the odd art style and the decision to utilize it.

The sound is...fitting, but not without it's faults. The moths often use a small sound that could get irritating very read more
Jul 20, 2016
Seizure warnings could not prepare you for Aki no Puzzle (Puzzle of Autumn). This is an exercise in experimentation and psychedelic imagery. Not much here for most people, especially with the constantly flashing lights and the noise-esque music.

However, if you dig the art style and the sounds, there might be something here for you. There is a certain character to the drawings that one may manage to even see.
The sound design is the only home-run here; perfectly suited to the cacophony of color and distortion, noise attacking the senses like a hammer. As a fan of noise, it was quite the spectacle, and raised my read more
Jul 20, 2016
Yukidoke (The Thaw) is a conceptual work. In of itself, it shows the viewer the perspective of a boy who sees a dog's carcass, and from then on plunges into his own fears. Due to the nature of the film being short, it doesn't leave a lot to see, but a lot to interpret. The visuals are haunting, disturbing, memorable. The sound, minimal, but droning. Dread is the key word here; it's heavy, demented, and sickly.

The negatives come with the character. There isn't much here in regards to that; the short film is more about the atmosphere, the feeling it gives, rather than the characters read more