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Mayumi is on holiday when she finds an old camera while swimming. Out of curiosity she has the film developed-only one frame can be saved. The picture shows her with a young man she has never met. Returning to her holiday base to investigate, she learns from the camera manufacturer that this model hasn't even been made yet. She finds herself caught up in weird events that take her back in time to WWII and forward to her own graveside. This unsettling paradoxical tale is seemingly without meaning, a bizarre entry in the girls' anime catalog. The second story takes matters even further into fantasy, opening with the transformation of an airship into a giant carp and focusing on a small girl, seemingly the reincarnation of a powerful deity, and a mysterious detective in shades. He's a Tokyo detective who wants to find out why every aircraft over his town has suddenly vanished without a trace. The magic of the transformation sequence is unforgettable, but there's little that could be described as action.

The surreal goings-on in this short-lived "twilight zone" were made by the crew of Patlabor but owe a heavy debt to the 1960s live-action show Ultra Q[uestion] (a forerunner of Ultraman). Whereas its predecessor threatened to "apart your soul and going into the mystery zone," this modern update preferred to "take over your reality and disable the stop button."

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Toshio Kawaguchi Key Animator
Kazunori Ito Original Concept Writer.
Mamoru Oshii Original Concept The director of the Ghost in the Shell films.
Akemi Takada Character Artist/Designer Illustrator and character designer.
Katsuya Kondo Character Artist/Designer
Tomomi Mochizuki Director
Hiromasa Ogura Art Director Art director for various anime: FLCL, Strike Witches, Dead Leaves
Shichiro Kobayashi Art Director
Kenji Kawai Music A Japanese composer known for his work in Mamoru Oshii's movies.
Shinji Otsuka Animation Director

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General Information Edit
Name: Twilight Q
Release Date: Jan. 1, 1987
Name: トワイライトQ
Romaji: Twilight Q Toki no Musibume-Reflection; Twilight Q 2-Meikyu Bukken File 538
Release Date: Feb. 28, 1987
Rating: None
Runtime: 30 (mins)
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Aliases TQ: A Knot in Time TQ2 Labyrinth Article File 538
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