Mar 17, 2018
Sesshomaru (All reviews)
黒いきこりと白いきこり - Kuroi Kikori to Shiroi Kikori is an animated short film with a length of about 15 minutes including intro and credits. The Anime was first published in 1956 and the story was taken from the original work by Hamada, Hirosuke.

The story appears like an old folk tale revolving around a bear, a fox and a squirrel who are trying to find a warm shelter during a snowstorm. The story begins slowly, but becomes exciting and tries to give its young viewers a moral orientation.

The first thing you notice is that the art is amazingly detailed, especially the character sketches of Mori, Yasuji, who was and is famous for his cute animal drawings, which still testify to his creativity. His work in its entirety was relevant to the next generation of Manga-Ka and continues to affect the younger generations of Manga-Ka today. Moreover, the animation is brilliant, energetic and expressive, please remember that it was 1956 and everything had to be done with cell animation, which is relatively difficult to use, as such processes require a lot of experience, especially in colouring. The art of the backgrounds and characters, as well as the animation of the fire in the open fireplace, the small running creek and movement in general, illustrate in an elegant way that we have revealed an often overlooked treasure from the past. Even those who can see that there was a strong influence which many Japanese animators from the late 1930s and the following decades followed cannot deny that this is a very beautiful animated film, overall. It took a few more years until the Manga artist, animator, film producer Tezuka, Osamu varied many Disney animation techniques in the 1960s to trigger a veritable Manga revolution. Not to be misunderstood, Osamu-san liked Walt Disney's cartoons, but he was the pioneer who set a new trend in the manga and anime industry in Japan. He also invented the unmistakable "Large Eyes" style of Japanese animation. But that's another story. Sorry, I got a little carried away.

There are no dubbing voices, but gestures and facial expressions make the whole story easy to understand. The musical arrangements by Kojun, Saito and Takanobu, Ito, arouse the appropriate emotions in the audience, so that the intention of the action can be well understood, even if no words are spoken.

The anime is a little treasure, which - simply said - tells a story about "It is blessed to give instead of to receive". Look at it to the end, you'll certainly be pleased to have seen the anime.

Have fun watching!