Posted by psgels on 29 July 2012 with categories: OVA Impressions, Young Animator Training Project

Shiranpuri is a short with its very own artistic vision: it’s got very distinctive character-designs, rather than going with the same thing over and over again. This is the entry for the Young Animator Training Project by Shirogumi. You know, the people who are currently animating Moyashimon, and they also did Antique Bakery. These are people who definitely go for interesting and unusual premises, but Shiranpuri is very different from their usual stuff.

Here, we get a story about bullying, and more particular: about being a witness to bullying without doing anything about it. And it really was quite good. On one hand it was indeed a bit preachy, but on the other it was very realistic in how the bullied kid ended up transferring schools, in the hopes of building up a completely new life. There was some really good character-development in just 20 minutes for the three central characters, and the use of adults as bystanders was well-balanced.

What’s interesting is that this shows that Shirogumi is nowhere near dead: they’re still producing things, but at their own pace, but this short shows that they’ve acquired a couple of very good animators. There were a few scenes in which the movement was really dynamic and even the backgrounds (albeit simplistic) moved seamlessly, and they were able to draw the models right from many different angles.

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  1. elianthos says:

    That’s a good theme and the visuals are extremely interesting. Worth checking out. Thank you ^^.

  2. martin says:

    WOW, thanks for the post. I just watched this and i gotta say this was a refreshing piece of japanese animation (even though aesthetically i was slightly reminded of My Neighbors The Yamadas). Nice modest story with excellent execution.

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  • Bam
    (Thursday, Oct 2. 2014 08:47 AM)
    I wonder how far a show about Gotham can stand on its own feet, without the caped crusader.
  • Bam
    (Thursday, Oct 2. 2014 08:46 AM)
    @Emma: and at this point that’s all that it is. It has some decent acting and a heightened style of grit that reminds me of late silver age Batman, and that’s good. I liked the Nolanverse, but they went with a hyper-realism that took away some edge. Gotham is meant to be a gothic modern Victorian megalopolis, and not just an average city like Chicago.
  • Emma
    (Thursday, Oct 2. 2014 08:33 AM)
    I’ll be satisfied with my Batman year one comic, for a satisfactory Gordon plot.
    Gotham, not sure I’m interested in it, it could end up just another cop show.
  • Bam
    (Thursday, Oct 2. 2014 08:13 AM)
    Where is Fox going with this Gotham series? The tone and presentation is inconsistent, and from what I’ve seen so far I doubt it will mount up to anything.
  • Bam
    (Thursday, Oct 2. 2014 07:34 AM)
    @K-off: true, I bet Eastwood has never been a cowboy either :D
    The magic of cinema I guess.
  • k-off
    (Thursday, Oct 2. 2014 07:33 AM)
    Therefore, one is not truly better than the other.
  • k-off
    (Thursday, Oct 2. 2014 07:32 AM)
    That, is fact, no one can argue. But both actors have played their own iconic roles, and Wayne is the quintessential icon as a soldier (though he’s never even fucking been in the Army) while Clint Eastwood is the icon in his own genre.
  • Bam
    (Thursday, Oct 2. 2014 07:27 AM)
    @K-off: well that’s subjective, but I’m saying from a historic global perspective the Man With No Name is the quintessential Western icon.
  • k-off
    (Thursday, Oct 2. 2014 07:26 AM)
    Also, I’d like to mention the fact that Wayne possibly had a much more prosperous career. He’s taken part in 170+ films, whereas Clint Eastwood contributed in 50+ films. Not really important at all, just throwing that out there.
  • k-off
    (Thursday, Oct 2. 2014 07:20 AM)
    Again, Clint Eastwood’s movies weren’t any better or worse; they merely had attributes that stuck with modern audiences better than say, Wayne’s films about duty&love of country.

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