Japanese Indie Animation: Fantasy and Fanfares

Time/Place:
A Gum Boy

Kuchao
Japan 2010
Director: Masaki Okuda
Producer: Koji Yamamura

Chewie Boy loves his gum. Clash gnash, clang clap Chewie Boy snips & snaps and annoys his class. When out of school he runs and chews, flies high with a balloon that’s red and likes gum too. So many things to do.

Bless by Kirakira

Bless by Kirakira
Japan 2010
Director: Overture
Producer: Overture

An old man confronts his fears, traveling across a personal landscape to realize and accept his path.

Summer Moment

suvehetk
Japan 2011
Director: Maya Yonesho
Producer: Maya Yonesho

I met friends, saw fire, felt, walk, meet, drew, and shot in Summer.

Uncapturable Ideas

Idea ga tsukamaranai
Japan 2011
Director: Masaki Okuda
Producer: Koji Yamamura

The men from whom is not possible to catch the idea by at all, are cornered steadily.

Island of Man

Hitonoshima
Japan 2011
Director: ALIMO _
Producer: Koji Yamamura

A man dressed in a suit and wearing boots gazes at the beautiful ocean before him. He is exhausted. The story gradually delves into his life.

Futurelina

Futurelina
Japan 2010
Director: Sojiro Kamatani
Producer: Sojiro Kamatani

Living by the principle of greeting makes everything better two young people are traveling from one star to another using greetings as a "weapon".

BONNIE

BONNIE
Japan 2011
Director: Masanori OKAMOTO
Producer: Tokyo University of the Arts

“BONNIE” is something like the wind, and she was hoping that everything would get blown away.

SPONCHOI Pispochoi

SPONCHOI Pispochoi
Japan 2010
Director: pecoraped (Ikue Sugidono & Miyako Nishio)
Producer: pecoraped (Ikue Sugidono & Miyako Nishio)

Actually, a human consists of many insects with their will. Suddenly a giant parasite, SPONCHOI Pispochoi, comes to their peaceful community. How do the insects break away from SPONCHOI Pispochoi?

Sound of Life

Seikatsu no oto
Japan 2010
Director: shiho hirayama
Producer: shiho hirayama

Body rhythms and environmental sound. Listen to music in everyday life.

swimming

swimming
Japan 2008
Director: Shiho Hirayama
Producer: Shiho Hirayama

Once upon a time in the summer, A little fat boy was going to take the swimming exam. He felt uneasy but at the same time looked forward to this. As a result, he experienced an extraordinary swimming journey.

Triangle

SANKAKU
Japan 2010
Director: Wakai Manami
Producer: Tama Art University

Triangle was not sure about the meaning of his life. His life was a monotonous routine.

Between Showers

Between Showers
Japan 2010
Director: Hirotoshi Iwasaki
Producer: Hirotoshi Iwasaki

People look up at the sky, point umbrellas, and,as if trying to recall something, vanish into the rain.The town is neither here nor there, and time is flowing as if non-existent.

YA-NE-SEN a Go Go

YA-NE-SEN a Go Go
Japan 2011
Director: Shishi Yamazaki Shishi
Producer: Shishi Yamazaki Shishi

Shishi dancing through YA-NE-SEN area in Tokyo, cramming some food she got from there into her mouth. YA-NE-SEN stands for Yanaka, Nezu and Sendagi.

When I was young...

When I was young...
Great Britain, Japan 2011
Director: Kaori Onishi
Producer: UCA Farnham Animation

An old lady is dying. The family is watching over her gently. The family is surrounded by the sorrow of loss. However the sorrow transforms into a celebration of the old lady going forth from her old body to live a new life as a whale.

Two Tea Two

Two Tea Two
Japan 2010
Director: Hiroco Ichinose
Producer: Hiroco Ichinose

As the alarm rings, a woman wakes up and decides to enter into her own past. Yet becoming one with one's own former self is not the right solution. Indeed, there is a whole new image.

The Dandelion Sister

Tanpopo no ane
Japan 2007
Director: Yusuke Sakamoto
Producer: Yusuke Sakamoto

The younger sister has two concerns - her inability to draw pictures and her fear of her elder sister. One incident leads them to reconciliation.