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Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Short Peace (2013)

Kōji Morimoto's anime intro is followed by four short animations from Shūhei Morita, Katsuhiro Ôtomo, Hiroaki Andô, and Hajime Katoki, respectively. Each one takes a different thematic approach to its subject, but all in some way represent Japan and capture a little of what makes it unique. Subjects include culture, religion, passion, folklore, noble sacrifice and post-war concerns, set as far back as the Sengoku Era and up to the near future. They’re all created digitally but animation styles differ from one to the next. The first is the only one that looks awkward, being too digital in nature. In contrast, the second is a loving nod to emakimono, even down to the perspectives used.

4 protective measures out of 5

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