films seen
8
average score
4.06*
nationality
Japan - 62 years old
status
Alive and kicking
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Beyond exceptional

Genius Party Beyond

by Masahiro Maeda, Koji Morimoto, Kazuto Nakazawa, Shinya Ohara, Tatsuyuki Tanaka
Specifics
2008 / 85m - Japan
Genre
Animation
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rating
5.0*/5.0*
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Genius Party Beyond poster

Studio 4°C establishes and confirms its title of best and most interesting animation house out there and dishes out a set of short films that challenge the medium in all sorts of ways.

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.

Genius Party

by Nicolas de Crécy, Atsuko Fukushima, Yoji Fukuyama, Hideki Futamura, Shoji Kawamori, Shinji Kimura, Mahiro Maeda, Koji Morimoto, Kazuto Nakazawa, Tatsuyuki Tanaka, Shin'ichirô Watanabe, Hiro Yamagata, Masaaki Yuasa, Shin'ya Ôhira
Specifics
2007 / 85m - Japan
Genre
Animation
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rating
4.5*/5.0*
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Genius Party poster

The best thing about this anthology is that you really can't do justice to the visual beauty with simple screen caps.

The good stuff

Sound & Fury

by Junpei Mizusaki, Michael Arias, Koji Morimoto, Elsa Nakamichi, Masayuki Matsumoto, Henry Thurlow, Arthell Isom, Takanobu Mizuno, Hajime Sasaki
Specifics
2019 / 41m - Japan
Genre
Action, Music, Animation
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rating
4.0*/5.0*
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Sound & Fury poster

An interesting mix of album film and animation anthology, helmed by some of Japan's most talented animation directors. The animation quality is exemplary, the variation in art styles is refreshing and the length is perfect. Ironically the soundtrack is one of the weakest elements here, but fans of the famed Studio 4°C anthologies can't go wrong with this one.

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.

The Animatrix

by Peter Chung, Andrew R. Jones, Yoshiaki Kawajiri, Takeshi Koike, Mahiro Maeda, Koji Morimoto, Shin'ichirô Watanabe
Specifics
2003 / 100m - Japan
Genre
Sci-fi, Action, Animation
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rating
4.0*/5.0*
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The Animatrix poster

A fine collection of Matrix-related short films, dominated by the Studio 4°C efforts. The anthology sports a varied range of art styles, first-class animation and several interesting takes on the Matrix universe. Not all shorts are a hit, but there are plenty of stand-out pieces that make this one a very easy sell.

Dubious filler

Fly Peek!

by Koji Morimoto
Also known as
Tobé! Kujira no Peek
Specifics
1991 / 80m - Japan
Genre
Animation
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rating
2.0*/5.0*
Fly Peek! poster