Thanks to an ANN news story about a Kobe tourism board-sponsored short animation, the quirky and eccentric Kobe & I:
I stumbled onto the director’s Youtube postings.
Kobe and I has a female lead with boyfriend-troubles, who also appears in the manic Hot-blooded alien:
Which reminds me a good deal of Yoshitoshi Abe’s I am an alien, and I have a question (don’t be mislead by the “graphic novel” — it’s only 20 or so pages long). I suppose it should remind me of Sunred, but I never got into that series, for some reason.
Half the films have a melancholy air, such as Melody, a Kunio Kato (Diary of Tortov Roddle, and the Oscar-winning
La Maison en Petits Cubes)-like short about a son’s memories of his deceased father. Watching it, I found myself wondering if my own children would have such memories of me (I fear I have no such memories of my own workaholic father).
It’s a bit trite and predictable, but sweet and affecting, and doesn’t overstay its welcome.
By far the best of the lot is the all-CGI Memory, which may remind some of Eve no Jikan (particularly the episode Nameless):
(If you like that sort of thing, take a look at this Russian adaptation of Ray Bradbury’s story There will come soft rains:
But be warned: the related links may turn into a TV-tropes-rivalling timesink.)
I don’t know if he’s got more animated shorts out there, or not. Google turns up some tantalyzing hints, but also hints that “Junichi Yamamoto” is not that unusual a name.