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

3 Responses

  1. Avatar 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. Avatar 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.

  3. Avatar Dragonluver says:

    Ok someone needs to explain what was going on to me, because I got absolutely none of what that story was trying to imply. Pretty much what I got out of it was a girl puts a sub-dimensional species in dolls and the po po is trying to kill them… Why!?? I am so confused, I get that these Dimensional things could tear a hole in the space time continuum or something but that begs the question why was she hiding them if she herself knows that there are dangerous? What was her motive and what the heck was that thing anyway? Can someone please explain (・_・ヾ

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