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Extent

Seen in 2019.

Categorization

Anthology. Billed as volume 1.

Japanese production animation fiction moving picture series

Entry:

“Kanini & Kanino” (2018)

Creators

Yonebayashi Hiromasa (writer-director).

Extent

Seen in 2019.

Subject

Aquatic little people.

Commentary

The water effects are impressive, but it’s all the scaling flaws of The Secret World of Arrietty (2010) minus speech. The result is curiously similar to “Fish Out of Water”, the silent underwater episode of BoJack Horseman (2014), right down to “Kaka” bringing back a litter to rival that of BoJack’s seahorse.

Japanese production animation fiction moving picture

Entry:

“Life Ain’t Gonna Lose” (2018)

Creators

Momose Yoshiyuki (writer-director).

Extent

Seen in 2019.

Subject

Serious allergy.

Commentary

A sensitively crafted, softly realistic and didactic children’s film. Too bad it doesn’t have time for a plot beyond the egg allergy.

Japanese production animation fiction moving picture

Entry:

“Invisible” (2018)

Creators

Yamashita Akihiko (writer-director).

Extent

Seen in 2019.

Subject

An invisible man goes unnoticed even when carrying a fire extinguisher for added weight.

Commentary

The most original work of the anthology, it develops into an effective metaphor for social invisibility, never stooping to allegory.

Japanese production animation fiction moving picture