Rainbow-Colored Fireflies, Anime Secret Santa 2014 (Part 1)

Gift Title: Rainbow-Colored Fireflies: The Eternal Summer Vacation (Nijiiro Hotaru: Eien no Natsuyasumi)

Even seemingly endless days must, inevitably, come to an end.

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Mothballs: The Stamp Fantasy Act of 1961

This Week: Stamp Fantasy (Kitte no Gensou)

We edge ever closer the one of the busiest shipping and transport times of the year, so taking some time to focus a bit on a film about stamps feels appropriate.

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Mothballs: The Parasites Walk At More Than Midnight

This Week: The Midnight Parasites (Kiseichuu no Ichiya)

Yōji Kuri was, at one point in the 1960’s, the most internationally famous Japanese independent animator. The unofficial “head” of the Animation Association of Three (Animation Sannin no Kai) group by virtue of his prolific output, even among his two peers which included Ryohei Yanagihara and Hiroshi Manabe, he was instrumental in spearheading a wider awareness and celebration of Japanese experimental and adult animation in film and counter-cultural circles.

Yet, I have never before touched on any of Kuri’s works on this blog.

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Band of Ninja, and the Fundamentals of Animated Revolution

This 1967 film, courtesy of director Nagisa Oshima, may well be the most literally accurate movie length adaptation of a manga ever created.

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Pictures at an Exhibition and Osamu Tezuka’s Gallery on Decay

Released in 1966, this Osamu Tezuka directed anime film makes use of Russian composer Modest Mussorgsky’s ten movement suite from 1874 to guide us as viewers through a series of dialogue-free shorts.

With the framing device of the audience being led through a museum art gallery, we are shepherded through a choice selection of professional occupation portraits as we then come to explore their perceived nature and impact. A reflecting pool on the march of modern society and what it champions as the heroes of today.

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Mothballs: Time Bears Away All Things, Even Iblard

This Week: Iblard Time (Iblard Jikan)

Studio Ghibli’s short direct to video film about the paintings of Naohisa Inoue.

Not about the artist or their creative process, mind you.

All paintings, all the time.

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A Hatsune Miku Music Video Chronology Marathon

Hatsune Miku is not a character from an anime. But, her music videos would count as animation produced in Japan.

After one of said works ended up included in my binge of Fantasista Utamaro’s animation directing work, database hound tools like MALgraph have been nudging me to watch other music videos featuring her ever since.

We are going to need a much bigger word processor document boat to tackle this fish.

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