Posted on 12 August 2012 with categories: OVA Impressions, Young Animator Training Project

Nearly everyone here is probably familiar with the workoholic trope: a father works a lot, neglecting his child, and some drama is created from that. If it’s told from the perspective of the father, the main theme is guilt, if it’s told from the perspective of the child, the main theme is loneliness. Dudu the floatee is entirely dedicated to this trope, but it actually manages to be different from the norm.

What really surprised me was how much heart this short has. I mean, this was told from the perspective of the child, and it does go on with the theme of loneliness for a while…. and then her floatee comes alive, takes her into a strange world full of floatees who kidnap her father and this turns into a quest for her to save her father. Instead of the usual conclusion in which the father realizes his errors, both of them actually come to an understanding with each other: the girl understands that her father is both afraid of water and that he sometimes needs to be at work, and the father realizes that he can’t keep using his fear of water as an excuse to ignore his family life. This two-sided development is what especially impressed me here, and it turned this into a very heart-warming little episode.

Anyway, this is the entry to the Young Animator Training Project by the Answer Studio. They’re a small studio that I really like, because they don’t release often, but when they do they always go for the really imaginative anime like Flag, Otona Joshi no Anime Time and Votoms’ Pailsen Files. Dudu the floatee gives me a lot of confidence to their junior division, because it was again really well animated. This episode also was directed by the director of Otona Joshi no Anime Time by the way, and it shows: it again has this really down to earth relationship between a parent and a young child.

So, to summarize the second iteration of the Young Animator Training Project: skip Buta, but definitely check out the rest, because these are some very well done animated shorts for every age: they’re aimed at children but have enough depth for adults to enjoy. Buta was probably the only one who didn’t get this and instead is just a bit of fun for children.

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  1. Blue Bomber says:

    That title…

  2. martin says:

    oh man i loved this one. it was so freaking cute and really pulled at the heart strings. exceptionally well animated like the other entries of the Y.A.P. especially the 2nd half which kinda had that european sensibilities in color. plus the animation looked a bit more western at times.

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  • Jalapeno Bagel
    (Saturday, Apr 19. 2014 06:05 AM)
    @ninja well :P this is just a general shoutbox, no need for political correctness here.
  • Jalapeno Bagel
    (Saturday, Apr 19. 2014 06:00 AM)
    and yes, there have been bigger deals over less. my own opinion on that is that it’s excessive.
  • ninjarealist
    (Saturday, Apr 19. 2014 05:58 AM)
    @JalapenoBagel I will admit though that disgusting was too strong of a word, I should’ve used the word squicky. It’s just squicky.
  • Jalapeno Bagel
    (Saturday, Apr 19. 2014 05:58 AM)
    @ninjarealist anything with a fundoshi does that.
  • ninjarealist
    (Saturday, Apr 19. 2014 05:52 AM)
    @JalapenoBagel I’ve seen people make a bigger deal out of less. How would you feel if a show depicted a male with all of his genitals basically visual from the impression in the underwear?
  • Jalapeno Bagel
    (Saturday, Apr 19. 2014 05:49 AM)
    @ninjarealist likely just wasn’t worth making a fuss over, but to each his own.
  • ninjarealist
    (Saturday, Apr 19. 2014 05:19 AM)
    @JalapenoBagel In general yes. Specifically, there were a few panty shots that were…extremely form-fitting. And no, I’m not going to post screen shots. If you missed them then all the better.
  • Emma
    (Saturday, Apr 19. 2014 05:12 AM)
    @Bagel: Big fan of his artwork in general especially his designs for last exile.
  • Jalapeno Bagel
    (Saturday, Apr 19. 2014 05:04 AM)
    a range murata panel at sakuracon…missed opportunity T_T.
  • Jalapeno Bagel
    (Saturday, Apr 19. 2014 04:31 AM)
    @ninjarealist borderline disgusting? rather, I was more impressed with how tame it was.

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