Posted by psgels on 22 February 2011 with categories: Anime Reviews



Hell yeah, 700th review! For this one I again wanted to do something special, so why not look at something that actually won an Oscar?

How much can you do in only 12 minutes? Tsumiki no Ie shows that even within such a short time-frame, you can tell a great story. Tsumiki no Ie is very imaginative, it’s very artistic and is really a must-watch for everyone looking for a bit of time to spend.

Within twelve minutes, the creators make optimal use of their time in order to show what kind of an old guy the central character is, and yet it never feels rushed: the pacing remains slow and natural, and the acting is incredibly subtle, yet full of life. I refuse to spoil what it’s exactly going to be about, but let me just say that the entire idea behind the setting of this very short movie is a unique one.

This is a very short review, because I believe that this is one of those movies of which you don’t need to say much, and trying to analyze it just takes away some of its meaning. Suffice to say that it’s wonderfully executed, blending video, audio and storytelling all into one to create a great experience.

Storytelling: 8/10 – Very natural pacing. Very detailed.
Characters: 9/10 – Great characterization for only 12 minutes.
Production-Values: 9/10 – Excellent and dynamic animation; soothing soundtrack.
Setting: 8/10 – Simple, but unique and original.

Suggestions:
Comedy
Genius Party – Hapy Machine
Kino no Tabi

14 Responses

  1. Murderface says:

    I´ve watched not so long ago…very interesting choice for your 700th review…
    Its quite similar to the first five minutes of the film Up…

  2. Hogart says:

    This one was more moving in 12 minutes than most anime can muster in 12 episodes. Full stop.

    I honestly wish modern anime and cartoons would shut their characters up for a while and stop with the over-exposition.

  3. Watcherzero says:

    Not seen it but from the screenshots seems to be in the French animation style?

  4. jane says:

    Have you seen Le Maison de Petit Cubes (or something like that)? Same director.

  5. Coyotl says:

    Good to know you watched this short and enjoyed it. What a touching story.

  6. Coyotl says:

    @jane. It’s the same short, Tsumiki no Ie is just the japanese name.

  7. swa says:

    Do you know imageshack started doing this? http://i51.tinypic.com/2rdg276.jpg

    I’m mad about that, about they trying to force me log into their stupid page to enjoy your great reviews like I did before.

  8. brianwuzhere says:

    I think the only difference with the Japanese version is it’s narrated. Though I haven’t seen that version, I think it probably just works better without any dialogue whatsoever cause the visuals are moving enough.

  9. Roldan says:

    I like the one with no narration.

  10. Maygaess says:

    i recommend you to search and watch another short animated movie called “father and daughter” it has the same feeling when watching! these types of short movies are gems in my opinion. I cherish how lucky i am to be exposed to such emotions!

  11. Társio says:

    Parabéns! Congratulations for your 700th review! Always turn to your blog to check different anime series. Love Tatami Galaxy!

    And Tsumiki no Ie is really great! A beautiful way to talk about memory and lost. I saw only the version with no narration, works good in this way. No need to telling things.

    A big hug from Brazil! Abraços!

  12. Don says:

    I strongly recommend The Diary of Tortov Roddle, also directed by by Kunio Kato, with music by Kenji Kondo.

  13. TRazor says:

    I know that the show’s only 12 minutes and analyzing does take away bit of the fun, but the review could’ve been a bit longer…

  14. Arisu says:

    Didn’t expect you to review this, but hey congrats!

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  • WyattX
    (Wednesday, Nov 26. 2014 07:34 PM)
    Just watch it for how fracking trashy it is. “It’s so bad, it’s good” is a huge understatement. Go through the series in order for the full effect you’ll get when you watch the OVAs. Just pure gold.
  • WyattX
    (Wednesday, Nov 26. 2014 07:23 PM)
    I recommend you watch Princess Lover then watch the OVAs. The series itself is relatively normal (although crap) but the OVA are hentai. You get to see the hilarious jump from non-h to hentai as the main character turns into a hungry sex addict and tries to get into the heroine’s pants every five seconds when he HAD acted like a gentleman the entire series. LOL
  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Nov 26. 2014 01:02 PM)
    Generally later on when alot of comedies need to wrap things up they try to force in a plot so they can get some kind of ending. I know, agree its generally terrible, some of the drama later in toradora for example made me want to detusk a walrus in frustration.
  • WyattX
    (Wednesday, Nov 26. 2014 09:27 AM)
    What is it with light comedies trying to turn melodramatic as the series gets stretched out? What if we did the reverse? Let’s say theoretically that it happened to Tsubasa Chronicle. It would start out melodramatic as usual, then devolve into a simple, light slapstick comedy and forget about the story. People would lose their minds.
  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Nov 26. 2014 07:44 AM)
    Here I take a second look at time of eve/eve no jiken: http://emma-hime.deviantart.com/art/Review-Time-of-eve-496663893
  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Nov 26. 2014 03:06 AM)
    I’m not sure whether to watch the sequel or not.
  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Nov 26. 2014 03:04 AM)
    @Aidan: I try to avoid watching films where I can.
    Although you’ve got me to look back on my own review of guardians of the galaxy, the words I use in it don’t reflect the 4 out of 5 I gave it .
  • AidanAK47
    (Wednesday, Nov 26. 2014 03:04 AM)
    Started to notice pretty big plot holes too. like Gamora went to open the door to baddys chamber. But after opening it she shoots a hole in the roof and jumps straight into the bad guys chamber. So if you can get in that way then why did you send the others in a roundabout route instead of just blowing up the roof and getting there that way?
  • AidanAK47
    (Wednesday, Nov 26. 2014 02:49 AM)
    The comedy tends to only work once and it’s pretty weak. Like the “You are making me kick grass!” line. It’s not particularly funny, only random. The villain is just bland as hell. The characters are charming but not particularly deep.
    It’s a decent popcorn flick. But I am actually having second thoughts on getting it on DVD.
  • AidanAK47
    (Wednesday, Nov 26. 2014 02:46 AM)
    Hmm…Guardians of the galaxy wasn’t quite as good on a re-watch. First time it was pretty good. Now though it’s just…good. The film is just too damn long and like most marvel films…just mindless fun. That isn’t really bad, I mean there’s nothing wrong with fun. But when people are claiming this was one of the best superhero movies ever..yeah not so much.

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