Vastly higher production values, less introverted, released theatrically alongside The Cat Returns (2002). About 25 minutes long. Directed by Momose Yoshiyuki.
A spicy karee challenge inexplicably using Ford/Marley’s No Woman No Cry, an office anecdote with erotic elements (by Ghibli standards), a full repetition and expansion of Nonaka’s love story, and a walk performed by the fish-like character who had ominously infiltrated the studio in the original, interspersed with dancing.
The trailer “clarifies” that the Giburi reading identifies this alternate world. Some parts look top-notch, others are more like the original.