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Short animations getting artsy

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byPxHC
May 20 2023, 9:19 PM | Updated May 21, 2023 10:14 PM
Experimental, surreal, abstract, trippy or just artsy.
A mixed bag of genres, most of these pieces are up for interpretation.
Beware, you are getting at non-conventional and weird grounds here.

More stacks going deeper in this world:

- An introduction to short animations
https://myanimelist.net/stacks/29151

- Short animations getting dark
https://myanimelist.net/stacks/29194

- Short animations getting scientific
https://myanimelist.net/stacks/29216

Let me know your thoughts and suggestions for this stack :)
Puparia
ONA, 2020, 1 ep Me:- Author:10
By Shingo Tamagawa and unusually high rated for MAL community standards, Puparia seems like a mainstream pop star compared to the rest. Great art quality using more accessible visuals and also great soundtrack, maybe the least "experimental" of the bunch that you are going to see here. I could go on about nature, civilization and modernity anxiety, but I'm not gonna bore you all with shallow interpretations, think for yourself or just appreciate, what really matters in art is how it makes you feel. It doesn't matter what Puparia "means", it's just feels good to watch.
Okashina Hotel
Special, 2008, 1 ep Me:- Author:7
A short by Michio Mihara, if you ever wondered what you heard going on in the corridor...
Shiroi Unabara
Movie, 2015, 1 ep Me:- Author:7
Missing You is the graduation work of Satomi Maiya. A touching piece about loss and grief... is the scenario literal or a symbol to express how they feel?
Crazy for It
Movie, 2012, 1 ep Me:- Author:8
Yutaro Kubo's graduation work, a very nice surreal piece with great soundtrack.
Ushinawareta Choushoku
ONA, 2015, 1 ep Me:- Author:8
A comedy act about a routine and what it does to you... I guess... a work by Q-Rais.
Muramasa
Movie, 1987, 1 ep Me:- Author:7
A short by The Man himself, the godfather of anime and manga, Osamu Tezuka. The story of a samurai and a cursed sword.
Shukatsu Kyosokyoku
Movie, 2012, 1 ep Me:- Author:9
Recruit Rhapsody is the fantastic Maho Yoshida's graduation work about job hunting.

Muybridge no Ito

Muybridge's Strings

Muybridge no Ito
Movie, 2011, 1 ep Me:- Author:8
Koji Yamamura's award winning animation telling the story of Eadweard Muybridge, a pioneer in motion-picture projection.
Gabrielle
CM, 2017, 1 ep Me:- Author:7
A very beautiful animation by Shishi Yamazaki using Cara Delevingne as model, it's actually an ad, but ignore that part.
Templex
Movie, 2015, 1 ep Me:- Author:8
By Tomomi Komazaki, A woman wake up and after staring herself at the mirror she starts combing her hair. What does her background and thoughts tell?
Kamo ga Suki
ONA, 2017, 1 ep Me:- Author:7
I Like Ducks is supreme Q-Rais. Just common daily life.
The Collected Animations of ICAF (2001-2006)
OVA, 2006, 16 eps Me:- Author:8
A collection of best works on festivals, as all collections it has its ups and downs but I believe way more ups.
I particularly like Tokyo White and Black by Naohiro Takahashi for its gritty punky urban aesthetics, but this stack in special I really recommend Masaki Buma's Street of Millimeter. But the collection itself is very interesting.
Jubilee
Music, 1999, 1 ep Me:- Author:9
A nice surreal video by Koji Yamamura for Kazuyoshi Nakamura's song Jubilee.
Around
Movie, 2007, 1 ep Me:- Author:7
An award winning experimental animation by Ryu Kato.
Pianoman
ONA, 2020, 1 ep Me:- Author:8
By Tetsuro Kodama, I find it a very cool surreal clip to watch if you don't waste time trying to interpret the generic meaning.

Enkinhou no Hako: Hakase no Sagashimono

The Researcher's Search - Perspectivenbox

Enkinhou no Hako: Hakase no Sagashimono
Movie, 1990, 1 ep Me:- Author:7
By Koji Yamamura, The Researcher's Search is about an anthropologist observing the city and cataloguing his artifact findings.
Calm
Movie, 2007, 1 ep Me:- Author:8
Beautiful abstract art and nice soundtrack by Ryu Kato, the name is exactly what it evokes.

Oshiruko

Red Bean Soup

Oshiruko
ONA, 2005, 1 ep Me:- Author:7
By Jun Aoki, it might as well be an horror story.
Kitsune Tsuki
Movie, 2015, 1 ep Me:- Author:6
Fox Fears is about a boy that talks to his mother after fearing being cursed. I didn't think much of it until I noticed Miyo Sato was actually talking about what it is to be a mother.
Yamasuki, Yamazaki
Music, 2013, 1 ep Me:- Author:8
I think Shishi Yamazaki love doing shorts about happiness.
The House of Greed
Movie, 2012, 1 ep Me:- Author:7
A funny and perhaps a tad black humor short by Iku Ogawa about monster bird-house (perhaps, a Mimic?) giving some trouble.
Usalullaby
Movie, 2013, 1 ep Me:- Author:7
An experimental animation by Asami Ike about rabbits and a dolphin, I feel like she was inspired by watching random microscopic life just moving around on a stage clip.

Kujira no Yu

Bath House of Whales

Kujira no Yu
Movie, 2019, 1 ep Me:- Author:7
Bath House of Whales by Mizuki Kiyama, I really don't think I can add anything to the spot-on synopsis.
Ya-Ne-Sen a Go Go
Movie, 2011, 1 ep Me:- Author:6
Dance dance Shishi Yamazaki, another nice rotoscope short that is pretty much about happiness.
Nara Shika Monogatari
ONA, 2004, 1 ep Me:- Author:6
Jun Aoki telling you to not a be a dick to animals.

Kairaku no Sono

The Garden of Pleasure

Kairaku no Sono
Movie, 2008, 1 ep Me:- Author:7
A very freudian experimental animation by Masaki Okuda.
Kappa no Ude
Movie, 2009, 1 ep Me:- Author:6
The epic of an arm, by Ryo Hirano.
Googuri Googuri
Movie, 2010, 1 ep Me:- Author:6
By Yoshiko Misumi, another work I can't add to the synopsis.

Fashion no Hajimari

Beginning of fashion

Fashion no Hajimari
ONA, 2005, 1 ep Me:- Author:7
Beginning of fashion is a comedy short by Jun Aoki, if I write more here it will take longer to read than to watch.
Kakegae no
ONA, 2012, 1 ep Me:- Author:7
Irreplaceable is a short animation by Rapparu, what can happen in a blink of an eye while you are distracted.
Fast Week
ONA, 2015, 1 ep Me:- Author:8
More great Q-Rais.
Decadence: Remix
Music, 2012, 1 ep Me:- Author:7
A nice and sad romance story made by Rabbit Machine for Heavenstamp's song Decadence. The music here is more experimental than the animation.
00:08
Movie, 2014, 1 ep Me:- Author:8
Another take on routine, this time by Yutaro Kubo.
Al Dente Tango
Movie, 2011, 1 ep Me:- Author:9
Maho Yoshida tells a very dramatic story through a very dramatic dance.
Fly
ONA, 2012, 1 ep Me:- Author:7
Some nice surreal short by Tetsuro Kodama, very short, just enjoy the clip.
Mormorando
Movie, 2014, 1 ep Me:- Author:8
Another work by Tomomi Komazaki, this is actually slice of life.
Cornelis
Movie, 2008, 1 ep Me:- Author:7
By Ayaka Nakata, perhaps some piece of interpretative dance? If you came this far, just sit and enjoy the imagination.
Life no Color
Movie, 2003, 1 ep Me:- Author:6
A boy meets girl by Ushio Tazawa.
Houkago Pilot
Movie, 2008, 1 ep Me:- Author:7
Pure slice of life by Kei Oyama.
Paper Moon
Music, 2013, 1 ep Me:- Author:6
Music video for Metome's song Paper Moon by Asami Ike using her usual characters and style. Only now that I'm posting it here I noticed it is a music video, I thought this IDM was just the kind of soundtrack that would fit her work anyway.
1001 Nights
Movie, 1999, 1 ep Me:- Author:7
This is at the bottom of the list because by the length this is a featurette and not a short, but it's really a impressive piece with amazing art and music. Psychedelic, surreal, abstract, a very unique experience.
Miracle
Music, 2016, 1 ep Me:- Author:7
Closing this stack with a beautiful animation by Shunji Iwai made for the Yojiro Noda's song Miracle.

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