Genius Party Review

Animation Production – Studio 4C

Graphically and thematically diverse collection of shorts of varying quality.

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Genius Party – Atsuko Fukushima (Animator) – Dialogue less opener, visually fun to watch.

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Shanghai Dragon – Shoji Kawamori (Famed Mech Designer and Escaflowne Creator) – Enjoyable premise, kid finds a device that creates whatever he can draw, giant robots.

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Deathtic 4 – Shinji Kimura (Background Artist and Art Director) –  Zombie kid finds a living frog, world full undead, zombie police (above right).

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Doorbell – Yoji Fukuyama (Manga Artist and Story) – Disappointingly bland.

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Limit Cycle – Hideki Futamura (Animator)- Philosophical monologue, 18 terribly boring minutes, just fast forward through it.

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Happy Machine – Masaaki Yuasa (Kaiba, Mind Game, Kemonozume Director) – Same animation style as kaiba, cute but quickly descends into abstractness.

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Baby Blue – Shinichiro Wantanabe (Cowboy Bebop Director) – Pulls a Makoto Shinkai, guy is about to move to a different town and spends time with childhood friend, bike chase scene pretty awesome.

Overall a decent collection of shorts but none stand out as a must watch.

Rating – B

Available on DVD (86mins)

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