The second episode of Hoshi ni negai wo, a pair of OVAs that are part Lain, part Matrix, and maybe a little bit of Clannad, showed up a few days ago.
The first episode, Cold body x Warm heart introduces us to Hikari Stellamaris, her mother (a sentient computer that runs her ship, the Armadillo), and their world. While surfing cyberspace, Hikari encounters a floating blob, which she loads into a bit of spare hardware, to discover that it’s the preserved consciousness of a forgotten video-game programmer. They have a few adventures, dodging the firewalls and antivirus software of their universe.
In the second film in the Hoshi no negai wo series, Fantastic Cat, Hikari meets the doll-jointed Lily,
encounters a cobbled together plush Cheshire Cat,
and brings about the end of za Waruldo.
At first, Lily can only see Hikari framed in her camera’s viewfinder, but, when Lily tries to chase down the elusive cat, she surprises Hikari on the roof of the school building, where they agree to pursue the cat together.
But the anti-virus software appears once more to give them chase,
and it turns out that the cat is a key to Lily’s past, and maybe Hikari’s, too.
Short films like this give me hope for the future of anime. It’s not a gem of a science-fiction tale-telling to rival Eve no Jikan, but it’s a promising start.
Barnum Laboratory is a studio to keep your eye on.