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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Sugar Cereals And Ice Cream Dreams: The DAICON III And IV Opening Animations

There comes a point the life of any given fan where they are so fascinated by all the Cool Things they like, that they just really want to show it all to other people. They’re practically bursting at the opportunity, the chance, the potential to explode in the raw ecstasy of talking up said Cool Things to anyone within earshot. There’s a certain childlike wonder and glee to that, so while it can certainly be handled poorly by many in less than socially acceptable ways, it’s a powerful sensation to both feel and behold.

Daicon Film, an amateur film club who came together to work on the opening ceremony video for the 1981 Nihon SF Taikai convention, clearly had such sentiments in their hearts when assembling a means of kicking off a science fiction event. To concoct an embodiment of the concept of Cool Things. In many respects, the eventual two opening animations they would go on to create are arguably among the most anime of anime to ever anime.

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