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Excellent Anime You Might've Missed -- BREAK UPS

It's a lot more than 'slice of life.'

Sometimes, you just feel like idly snooping through CrunchyRoll’s back catalogue. Sometimes, you even come across a gem.

It’s amusing that this is labeled as ‘slice of life’ when the premise involves a couple just stumbling across a ring-shaped time machine on the beach. I suppose ‘slice of life’ is just a shorthand in anime for anything involving scenes of genuine, human interaction. Or maybe ‘magical realism’ is too specific a label.

Anyway, this is a Korean-produced short that seems like it was made for a film festival as opposed to the usual programming block. It very much plays like a distilled version of ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND - - a final-shaped acorn next to that sprawling oak. Both the subject matter and art style favorably recall TATAMI GALAXY: more cartoonist, gestural linework that gets at the truth of regret and relationships through the lens of the fantastic.

My aversion to a slice-of-life shows here is that they’re usually criticism proof. You can rarely go wrong if your goal is simply to show a kid coming back from school and moping about how crummy his day was. So the time travel gimmick actually puts the drama into a sharper focus here. There were plenty of moments in this one/off relationship inventorying which I found relatable - - and I’m sure there are plenty you can relate to, too - - but it’s all kept a brisk clip that’s irresistibly diverting.

If you want anime that’s unlike 90% of the anime you usually watch, and you’ve got 15 minutes to kill, you’d do well to check this out…

Watch the short and decide for yourself.

Donwunon Aug. 18, 2014 at 3:44 p.m.

Sounds good, will check on it Tom, Thanks

sickVisionz moderator on Aug. 19, 2014 at 4:37 a.m.

I was trying to remember the name of this short but it slipped my mind. Really good short.

freestyle_champon Aug. 26, 2014 at 5:09 a.m.

was actually sort of out of ideas on what to watch so I'll give it a try hopefully is something up my alley :)

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