Posted by psgels on 20 March 2011 with categories: OVA Impressions, Young Animator Training Project




The Young Animator Training Program is an initiative to create four standalone OVAs with the purpose of training new animators. Each short would be handled by a different studio, and each would get a certain budget for it. An excellent idea. Ojii-san no Lamp is Telecom Animation Film’s result. You know, the people from Secret of the Cerulean Sand, Uninhabited Planet Survive and Moyashimon.

For this OVA I was expecting this short slice of life story of Japan around 100 years ago, in which we would see a young boy and his grandfather’s lamp. You know, the kind of children’s slice of life that you see more often. As it turns out, I totally wrong about this. Instead, it paints a picture of the life of an oil lamp salesman. Only the first half of this OVA is about his childhood, the meat of this OVA is about him as an adult.

It turned out to be a poignant story, about the use of light in pre-world war Japan and the technological advancements. It’s not something you usually see, and this OVA actually has this great balance between its focus on lamps and the titular grandfather, with a strongly written ending. It may be a bit too dramatic at times, but this is nothing major.

As for the animation, we can expect nice things from the people who animated this in the future: the inbetween animation here is quite good and life-like. It’s perhaps nothing special for a seasoned veteran, but this definitely was a great start for inexperienced animators.
OVA Episode Rating: 8/10

3 Responses

  1. Ncrdrg says:

    Ojii-San no Lamp is my favorite thus far. Really touching story. Everything I expected from a short OVA.

  2. Blue says:

    Finally got around to watching this and I really liked it. I’m always fascinated by the conflict between moving forward/technological advancement and a past tradition.

  3. ravasa says:

    This is really good, I have been expected it to be a normal slice of life but this turns to be a very touching story which makes me tear-shedding a bit in the end. The theme is great, love it.

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  • Emma
    (Sunday, Dec 28. 2014 11:22 AM)
    Well then, I suppose I can add in Kaguya and The Jigen Lupin movie then in that case, the latter being the best thing to come out of the franchise since Mamo and Cagliostro.
  • Nyangoro
    (Sunday, Dec 28. 2014 11:10 AM)
    Aside from the Mushishi OVAs, the only one that I really enjoyed would have to be Tsuki ni Naku. But I adore Ryo-timo’s adaptations of Yozakura Quartet, so no surprise there. For most disappointing, I don’t know if I should choose Samurai Flamenco or Zankyou.
  • Nyangoro
    (Sunday, Dec 28. 2014 11:08 AM)
    Hmm, well, my favorite show that ended this year is easily Hunter x Hunter. Ignoring that title; Mushishi, Ping Pong, and Space Dandy are probably my top three TV series. That said, I got tons of enjoyment from Hoozuki no Reitetsu. Danna ga Nani Itteiru ka Wakaranai Ken was easily the biggest surprise. For films, well, I’d still include Kaguya, since there was no way for me to see it before this year. Otherwise, I guess it would be Jigen Daisuke’s Gravestone on style alone.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Dec 28. 2014 09:09 AM)
    Damn..you…princess Kaguya for coming out in 2013, damn you, now I can’t put you on the list.
    I guess the most genuine choice I can make is sidonia no kishi.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Dec 28. 2014 08:36 AM)
    AOTY:
    Now that 2014 is coming to an end is a good time to ask and see what everyone’s favorite anime of the year was?
    OVAs, specials, movies and series all count.
    (INB4 Aidan with UBW)
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Dec 28. 2014 07:38 AM)
    @Bam: I had a look at Jowdorosky’s works holy mountain and El topo. I felt watching both back to back really showed the development of his weird style, but I liked holy mountain more as the strangeness felt far better executed whereas el topo was far far too long. That said I loved the spin el topo was on westerns and how violent it was and the strange atmosphere it created.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Dec 28. 2014 06:05 AM)
    *@ggultra
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Dec 28. 2014 06:04 AM)
    @giggles: no there’s no header or subject field for comments and in-line html codes get filtered out by the site, but you can use a line that reads:
    **SPOILER**
    at the beginning as a general etiquette. Or just post your discussions on the shoutbox here like we do. There’s an everything goes policy for this chat.
  • ggultra2764
    (Sunday, Dec 28. 2014 05:41 AM)
    There’s no header entry for the blog comment section and I wasn’t even sure if there was any codes on this site that could be used for altering text such as bolding, italicizing or adding spoiler blocks like you could on a forum or the review site that I frequent. I don’t see any information for any coding that could be used in text boxes on this blog.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Dec 28. 2014 05:32 AM)
    I think the statue of limitations have passed on F/SN material, but it’s still more considerate to put a spoiler tag or header on comments that do contain some.

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