films seen
8
average score
3.81*
nationality
Japan - 67 years old
status
Alive and kicking
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Rare treats

Short Peace

by Koji Morimoto, Hiroaki Ando, Hajime Katoki, Shuhei Morita, Katsuhiro Otomo
Also known as
Shoto Pisu
Specifics
2013 / 68m - Japan
Genre
Animation
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rating
4.5*/5.0*
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Short Peace poster

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

by Koji Morimoto, Tensai Okamura, Katsuhiro Otomo
Also known as
Memorizu
Specifics
1995 / 113m - Japan
Genre
Sci-fi, Animation
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rating
4.5*/5.0*
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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

by Katsuhiro Otomo
Specifics
1988 / 124m - Japan
Genre
Sci-fi, Animation
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rating
4.5*/5.0*
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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

by Katsuhiro Otomo
Also known as
Suchimuboi
Specifics
2004 / 126m - Japan
Genre
Sci-fi, Adventure, Animation
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rating
4.5*/5.0*
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Steamboy poster

Steamboy is a treat for animation fans everywhere. Simple enough to not alienate Western audiences, superbly animated and spilling over with lush details.

Neo-Tokyo

by Yoshiaki Kawajiri, Rintaro, Katsuhiro Otomo
Also known as
Meikyu Monogatari
Specifics
1987 / 48m - Japan
Genre
Sci-fi, Animation
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rating
4.5*/5.0*
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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

Robot Carnival

by Atsuko Fukushima, Hiroyuki Kitakubo, Hiroyuki Kitazume, Koji Morimoto, Takashi Nakamura, Yasuomi Umetsu, Manabu Ôhashi, Hidetoshi Ômori, Katsuhiro Otomo
Also known as
Robotto Kanibaru
Specifics
1987 / 90m - Japan
Genre
Sci-fi, Animation
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rating
4.0*/5.0*
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Robot Carnival poster

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

by Katsuhiro Otomo
Also known as
Mushishi
Specifics
2006 / 131m - Japan
Genre
Fantasy
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rating
3.5*/5.0*
Mushi-Shi: The Movie poster

Irritation overload

World Apartment Horror

by Katsuhiro Otomo
Also known as
Warudo Apaatoment Hora
Specifics
1991 / 97m - Japan
Genre
Comedy, Horror
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rating
0.5*/5.0*
World Apartment Horror poster