Posted on 13 July 2009 with categories: Anime Reviews, Genius Party



Most of Genius Party’s animation is hand drawn or animated with cells. Deathtic 4 instead is nearly entirely CG, and feels the most like a platform to try out new CGI techniques. On top of that, the characters are all zombies and talk in some strange kind of Scandinavian-ish language that nobody can understand. The director is Shinji Kimura, a guy who mostly is involved with background art for big hitting movies as Akira, Angel’s Egg, My Neighbor Totoro, Steam Boy, Tekkkon Kinkreet and Prime Rose, and he also took care of the art of the first short of the Gotham Knight movie.

So as expected, the background art is very good. I didn’t notice it at first, but the he designed a very original city that at the same time doesn’t distract from the real art in the foreground. You can see that a lot of time went in designing every single building. On the opposite side though, the story and characters feel among the dullest of what Genius Party has to offer. It’s straightforward, there’s no real symbolism or depth to the story. It just feels flat.

But this is really the power of Genius Party: because it has directors with so many different backgrounds, there’s lots of stuff that you can see. Baby Blue had a director who is excellent at characterization, and so that short had the best characters. Instead shorts like this one, Toujin Kit and Wanwa the Doggy that are directed by animators and background artists have a very distinctive visual style instead. This is why I’m a fan of these compilation movies, and I can only hope that in the future, more of them are going to be released.

On a side-note, anyone know what happened to Le Manchot melomane?

Storytelling: 7/10
Characters: 7/10
Production-Values: 9/10
Setting: 8/10

6 Responses

  1. senerikfred says:

    Ah, low score. The story was very simple, but it didn’t need to be complex in the space of ten minutes, did it? The characters are funny and move the story forward, and I don’t know how you could give the frickin’ ZOMBIE POLICE a 7/10. It was cute and fun, if a little gross, but the unique and more interesting aspects of the setting should’ve made up for that. And bah, symbolism shouldn’t get that much credit. I honestly thought it was one of the more solid entries in the first part.

    Would you mind elaborating more on how this got a lower score than Wanwa, which you complained about?

  2. psgels says:

    The zombie police was indeed kickass, but my gripe was the lead characters, who were really ennoying, especially that lead zombie. His acting felt stiff, and lacked the comedic timing. Wanwa the Doggy, while it was weird and freaked me out, still was also charming in the end, even though at this point I’m still not exactly sure why. But indeed, that score was a tad too high. *goes to fix*

  3. Denizen says:

    I presume you watched this RAW, or was it subbed?

  4. psgels says:

    Denizen: it was subbed. BSS released the missing two shorts a few days ago. You can find them in their batch fo the first Genius Party.

  5. Denizen says:

    Oh, awesome. Thank god for BSS, i’ll get those now.

    I hope Genius Party stays a Studio 4c tradition.

  6. Mai says:

    They were speaking swedish at some point in the short.

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  • Vincent
    (Friday, Jul 25. 2014 05:54 AM)
    @K-Off I’ll do you a solid for that retort and post this conversation on Reddit lol
  • Vincent
    (Friday, Jul 25. 2014 05:51 AM)
    http://cdn2.cagepotato.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/kelso-burn.jpg
    Lol, I can see that UltimateReaper clearly doesn’t know how to trust sources. So since SOME in the press speculated, while the RESEARCHERS conducting the test gave data, you trust the press? Dude, the media’s job is to spread speculation to generate interest in a topic.
  • K-Off
    (Friday, Jul 25. 2014 05:46 AM)
    Some in the press speculated that a contributing factor to Dolly’s death was that she could have been born with a genetic age of six years, the same age as the sheep from which she was cloned.[17] One basis for this idea was the finding that Dolly’s telomeres were short, which is typically a result of the ageing process.[18][19] The Roslin Institute have stated that intensive health screening did not reveal any abnormalities in Dolly that could have come from advanced aging.[17]
  • K-Off
    (Friday, Jul 25. 2014 05:46 AM)
    A post-mortem examination showed she had a form of lung cancer called Jaagsiekte,[15] which is a fairly common disease of sheep and is caused by the retrovirus JSRV.[16] Roslin scientists stated that they did not think there was a connection with Dolly being a clone, and that other sheep in the same flock had died of the same disease.[14] Such lung diseases are a particular danger for sheep kept indoors, and Dolly had to sleep inside for security reasons.
  • K-Off
    (Friday, Jul 25. 2014 05:46 AM)
    For those too lazy to read it, this is what it said:
  • K-Off
    (Friday, Jul 25. 2014 05:45 AM)
    The first article is identical to the page I linked, in that they just describe the same process as in the one I had linked. I come back from a jog and this shit is what I find, what gold. Thanks for linking me your own misinformation.
  • K-Off
    (Friday, Jul 25. 2014 05:43 AM)
    @Ultimate Wow, fucking dumbass. It states in the wiki page that Dolly had a common form of lung disease called Jaagsiekte, Roslin scientists stated that there was no connection to her being a clone, and that her flock had shared a similar disease. Fucker, did you just read the part about the press speculating about the connection and warp the facts?
  • TheUltimateReaper
    (Friday, Jul 25. 2014 05:08 AM)
    @Emma I think society is too squeamish as it is. Morality is just an illusion, but people are so anal about everything.
  • TheUltimateReaper
    (Friday, Jul 25. 2014 05:07 AM)
    @K-Off Case in point: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10784448
    and then on Dollys Death: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dolly_%28sheep%29#Life I told you, telomere degeneration which is a main cause of aging is a current issue with cloning. Why don’t you learn what you’re talking about.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Jul 25. 2014 05:05 AM)
    Actually theres something to worry about =< Societies become pretty damn desensitized =<

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