films seen
8
average score
3.81*
nationality
Japan - 68 years old
status
Alive and kicking
more info

Rare treats

There's no weak link here, no bad parts or boring bits. It's a celebration of animation as an art form and it stands in stark contrast to other contemporary feature-length animation films.

Memories

Memorizu
1995 / 113m - Japan
Sci-fi, Animation
Memories poster

Anthology projects offer the world a glimpse of the diversity of Japanese animation. Memories is one of the best of its kind and probably one of Studio 4°C's most prestigious undertakings so far.

Akira

1988 / 124m - Japan
Sci-fi, Animation
Akira poster

Doesn't feel like it aged a lot. The animation is top-notch, the soundtrack is memorable, its universe feels alive and lived in, and the film goes out with a bang. Literally.

Steamboy

Suchimuboi
2004 / 126m - Japan
Sci-fi, Adventure, Animation
Steamboy poster

Simple enough to not alienate Western audiences, superbly animated and spilling over with lush details. Every single frame is a work of art, ready for hanging on the wall.

Neo-Tokyo

Meikyu Monogatari
1987 / 48m - Japan
Sci-fi, Animation
Neo-Tokyo poster

Neo-Tokyo (together with Robot Carnival, another 1987 anthology sporting promising names) helped to pave the way for a respectable stream of animated anthology films coming out of Japan.

The good stuff

A fine selection of shorts. There are one or two flukes here, but the rest is so unique and special that they're easy to forget. It's one of those animation anthologies that gives you a wide variety of styles, moods and stories in a very short span of time, exactly why I love these types of films. Robot Carnival is a classic, deservedly so.

Solid pieces

Mushi-Shi: The Movie

Mushishi
2006 / 131m - Japan
Fantasy
3.5*/5.0*
Mushi-Shi: The Movie poster

Irritation overload

World Apartment Horror

Warudo Apaatoment Hora
1991 / 97m - Japan
Comedy, Horror
0.5*/5.0*
World Apartment Horror poster