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Anemone

Anemone

Released Year : March 29, 2011 to ????

No of Episodes : 1

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Genre : Drama,Magic,Supernatural

Plot : Anemone is a work produced in order to find answers about hopes and to live in the future. Currently, the annual number of suicides in Japan is said to be more than 30,000 people for the last 10 years. Yes, about ten times the amount of soldiers that died in the Iraq war. I don't have the power to resolve this problem which Japan holds. But with the power of animation I hope to awake even a few dreams and a little bit of desire in the people that watch it, and that they'll have the courage to live in the future.

Our Review : Esta review también está en español.

Several years ago, I read a mystery novel called "The Specialty of the House". In the author comments, at the beginning of the book, there was a peculiar advice: "Stop reading the author notes now, read the novel, and then come back here. That way you'll understand everything". For Anemone, I will give you a similar advice: read this review, THEN SEE THE VIDEO, AND LASTLY, READ THE SYNOPSIS (IN ANEMONE'S PAGE, OF COURSE). THAT WAY, YOU WILL UNDERSTAND BETTER WHAT HAPPENS (well, at least for me, it worked that way xD).
Understood? Ok, let's begin.

Anemone is a five minute short created by Junichi Yamamoto, and is about... well, let's say it's about how re-watching our past can help us to overcome the present, and move forward.

The characters in this work are: our protagonist, and ordinary young girl, a bit depressed and confused by her current situation, a yellow rabbit (looks like Mr. Yamamoto really like those, he also used one in the short film Melody), that in the style in Alice in Wonderland, have an important watch, and a child, who would be the trigger for the progress of the story. There are other characters, which I will simply call “the masked ones", which remind us, once again, that you can be alone even if you are surrounded by people...

Visually, this short is impressive. We have landscapes amazingly well done, contrasting a grey distorted world (my personal favorite) that has many dimensions (or lot of camera angles), with a much more friendly and homely atmosphere (just a regular and comfy house), full of color and hope (and... anemone seeds, apparently... I didn't get that part xD). The character design is a bit more... let's say, experimental. Not bad in any way (pretty cool, actually), but they're a bit weird.

The music is the typical in Yamamoto's works (and in the drama genre, at least in the short films I watched), pretty similar to the one in a music box, very soft and calm.

As a closure, I will simply say that Anemone is a beautiful short. When I was writing this review, I noticed (actually, already knew), that drama is not my area. Is just way out of my league. Still, I decide to make it anyway, for the same reason I did the rest: to draw attention of the people on this page, to watch something not very popular (at the moment writing this, only 200 hundred people watched it). Unlike the things I usually see, this short has a message. I recommend this film to everyone reading this. See it. Understand it, absorb the message. And be happy, which is the most important thing :).
Oh, and the other Yamamoto works are pretty similar, so, if you liked this one, you will surely like the others.
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Hace varios años, leí una historia llamada “La especialidad de la casa”, de Stanley Ellin. En los comentarios del autor, al principio del libro, había un consejo bastante peculiar: “deje de leer las notas del autor, lea la novela, y después vuelva a estas notas. De esa forma lo entenderá todo”. Para Anemone, voy a darles un consejo similar: lean esta review primero, DESPUES VEAN EL VIDEO, Y POR ULTIMO LEAN LA SINOPSIS. DE ESA FORMA, ENTENDERAN MEJOR QUE ES LO QUE PASA (bueno, al menos así paso conmigo xD).

Entendido? Bueno, empecemos.
Anemone es un corto de cinco minutos creado por Junichi Yamamoto, y trata sobre... bueno, solo digamos que trata sobre como reever nuestro pasado puede ayudarnos a sobreponernos al presente, y a avanzar hacia el futuro.

Los personajes presentes son nuestra protagonista, una joven común y corriente, acaso deprimida y confundida por su situación, un conejo amarillo (se ve que al señor Yamamoto le gustan, también uso uno en su corto Melody), que al mejor estilo Alicia en el país de las maravillas, tiene un reloj muy importante para la trama, y una niña, que será el disparador para que la historia avance. Hay otros personajes, a los que simplemente llamare “los enmascarados”, que nos recuerdan, una vez más, que podemos estar solos a pesar de estar rodeados de gente...

A nivel técnico, este corto es impecable. Por el lado grafico, tenemos unos paisajes muy, muy muuuuuy bien hechos, contrastando un distorsionado mundo gris (mi favorito personal) que posee varias dimensiones, con un mucho más amigable ambiente hogareño, llena de colores y esperanza (y de semillas... de anémonas... esa parte decididamente no la entendí bien xD). El diseño de personajes desentona un poco con el de los fondos, pero creo que eso es a propósito. No por eso estoy diciendo que están mal hechos, solo que parecen mas... “experimentales”, por usar una palabra.

La música es la típica de Yamamoto (y de este estilo de cortos dramáticos), similar a la de una caja de música, muy tranquila y conciliadora.

Para terminar, Anemone es un corto hermoso. Cuando me plantee escribir esta review, me di cuenta (en realidad, sabía de antemano) de que el drama no es mi área. Simplemente está más allá de mis habilidades. Así y todo, decidí hacerla exactamente por las mismas razones que hice las demás: para llamar la atención del resto de la gente en esta pag. Y a diferencia de lo que usualmente suelo ver, este corto tiene significado. Recomiendo este cortó a todos los que me están leyendo en este momento. Véanlo. Entiéndanlo, asimilen su mensaje. Y sean felices, que es lo más importante :)
Ah, y los otros cortos de Yamamoto tienen una onda similar, así que si les gusto este, les van a gustar los otros.

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