Posted by psgels on 11 July 2009 with categories: Anime Reviews, Genius Party



While there are other quiet shorts in Genius Party, Toujin Kit definitely feels to be the most down-to-earth no-nonsense movie of the bunch. At the end of the thirteen minutes, there is no doubt what the story is about: there’s hardly any deep symbolism, there is no over top action, and instead Toujin Kit is what it is, and because of this it definitely has its merits.

The director for this one is Tatsuyuki Tanaka, who is one of the lesser known names to participate in Genius Party. He’s one of Studio 4C’s key animators, and also worked on a few random other series. In Toujin Kit however, he definitely demonstrates that he belongs among the big guys. I remember Anonymous’s comments on the animation of Eden of the East versus Dimension Bomb, and after Toujin Kit I’m really starting to understand what he meant. Because of the attention to detail in today’s animation, animators are forced to cut a lot of corners in animation.

Toujin Kit has none of this: here characters are animated: they move realistically, and hardly ever stand completely still. The frame-rate is incredibly smooth, and the rest of this short is on purpose kept very simple and down to earth, in order to not have any cheap distractions from the animation. In fact, there isn’t even a soundtrack: just some background noises.

The characters and story however aren’t dull in any way either. Because they’re so well animated, they’re easy to connect to and well likable, despite the fact that none of them are really nice people. Some of their motivations are well explained, the others are easy to guess or imagine and together they form a very complete little story.

Storytelling: 8/10
Characters: 8/10
Production-Values: 9/10
Setting: 8/10

2 Responses

  1. Denizen says:

    I absolutely loved this one. It was so…satisfying, I would say. And the animation was indeed incredible both in the realism of human figures and the seamlessness of the blobby creations.

  2. senerikfred says:

    I agree with Denizen, that was the most satisfying entry in all of Genius Party. They should’ve put it after Dimension Bomb, which was kickass but too incomprehensible to leave off well. The narrative style made it drag almost all the way through, but coming through for what it was in the end and the expressive animation made it feel complete.

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  • Bam
    (Tuesday, May 3. 2016 10:41 AM)
    The film is Chuck-full of loosely related venues with laughs an light satire, and meandering rants try their best to conceal the thin yet superficially convoluted plot.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, May 3. 2016 10:31 AM)
    There were elements which I enjoyed- the acting, the music, cinematography, beach noir set in the seventies and narrated by a women were nice and endearing.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, May 3. 2016 10:28 AM)
    I finally mustered up the intrigue and patience to rewatch ,and this time actually finish, Inherent Vice. When it comes to Andersons I tend to prefer Wes over Paul Thomas, but Magnolia and There Will Blood were both amazing films; much better executed than Inherent Vice . This film didn’t need to be who hours and twenty minutes long.
  • k-off
    (Tuesday, May 3. 2016 05:21 AM)
    @Wicked Exactly, the main characters got thorough characterization and each of them got their own character arcs.
  • k-off
    (Tuesday, May 3. 2016 05:20 AM)
    Kokoro Connect’s Heartseed was just a half-assed character, he’s just in the story to contrive one angsty drama after another, with no interesting motivation or personality beyond “I feel like it.” The main characters were so much more colorful by contrast
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    (Tuesday, May 3. 2016 04:50 AM)
    @Kaiser: sorry I was literally in the mountains. I saved that list and will get to the shorts soon.
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    (Tuesday, May 3. 2016 12:04 AM)
    @kaiser Kokoro connect has the benefits of characters having relatable problems. Kids not really understanding their teenage feelings is a relatable thing. Kiznaiver characters have anime problems, like I feel no pain, or I’m cartoonishly obnoxious, which is not a problem as plot devices, but tenuous as a trait to connect the audience
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    (Monday, May 2. 2016 10:41 PM)
    @Kaiser: yeah, like I said, the ending actually justify everything come before and that ranks really high on my book
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    (Monday, May 2. 2016 10:39 PM)
    @mamamoo:On Kiznaiver, yeah I like the characters well enough,, they have a good chmestry altogether and those small moments are great.
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    (Monday, May 2. 2016 07:24 PM)
    @mamamoo, On matter of the plot, yeah its not really hitting a sweet spot. But I find the characters really likable.

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