I watch a lot of anime, but what really excites me is independent animation projects (pretty much from anywhere in the world, though I’m most focussed on Japan). Things like Pale Cocoon and Aquatic Language (from Eve no jikan’s Yasuhiro Yoshiura and Rikka Studio), the clever Kakurenbo.
Among my favorite sources of delightful shorts is Studio 4C, a studio which does a lot of music video work (and as a result, have developed a tightly-edited style that manages to tell a coherent story in just a few minutes). Studio 4C has only had one solo release make it to the United States — the magnificent Mahou shoujotai Arus, released in the US as Tweeny Witches (at the moment, RightStuf has a pretty good deal on the Tweeny Witches collection). With luck, their new release, Genius Party (a collection of shorts), will make it over here. It’s been shown on the festival circuit.
But here I’m going to give you a glimpse of one of Studio 4C’s shorts, the ten-minute long The end of the world.
The end of the world starts in a seedy club, where our two protagonists encounter one another for the first time:
They hit it off, and end up wandering back to one of their apartments, which is spacious (by Tokyo standards) even before the interdimensional portal opens up:
As her host panics, the guest pulls out a PDA with a killer case-mod:
She rides through the interdimensional portal, to deal with some baddies:
But things don’t go well. Fortunately, her new-found friend shows up and brings about the end of the world.