Vastly higher production values, less introverted, released theatrically alongside The Cat Returns (2002). About 25 minutes long.
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.