This short movie was produced by some amateur trainees at Madhouse. And you can tell, because it wasn't very good.
The story was highly unrefined and boring.The short movie clearly strived to be a thriller and psychological drama. This inherently means the pacing was somewhat decent; there were a few new things to hold my interest for a few seconds.
However the climax was very disappointing. It was not even clear which scene was the climax because the pacing was so monotone and inorganic. It was like reading a list of events on an author's outline, rather than being engaged by the world or characters. So in
that sense the story-boarding was quite subpar.
To tie things off, the ending did not resolve anything and was 'open' for the sake of being open. This 'story' was just a one-way trip to nowhere.
There are argubly multiple main characters instead of just one. At least, most of them shared about the same screentime. This was a bad idea because the story was already so weak and pretentious. There was nothing compelling about the characters, and most of their issues and mysteries remain unresolved.
I cannot give away too many details without giving away the plot. And therein lies the problem. The movie was just one cheap surprise.
The animation was typical of Madhouse, very rigid and crisp, thick lines and low keyframe-rate (unsmooth movement). The sound was decent enough; the voice-acting immemorable and unexceptional. Some of the characters were drawn well enough to be memorable. The only female character however, did not stand out and was quite forgettable.
The only strength of this movie was that it dealt with a rather uncommon theme; life and death. Errr, but again, more cannot be said without giving 'plot' away.
If you like being mystified by horror movies that is just full of cheap surprises but leads to nothing substantial, this movie 'might' be for you.