Kogepan (2001 IMDb)

Categorization

Cozily unclassifiable look at the daily life of anthropomorphized baked goods.

Subject

A piece of bread was bumped off the plate and spent too much time in the oven, so nobody wants to buy it, blocking the natural path of its pan jinsei (bread life). The old guy makes some friends, but watches the fresh younger bread with inebriated jealousy.

Commentary

Well executed. Curiously effective metaphoric fluff: Kogepan is an intellectual pachyderm surrounded by normal people, only partly understanding that successful pursuit of the conventionally imagined meaning of life (being sold, in the case of bread) ends in misery (consumption, in the case of bread).

Japanese production animation series