April 4, 2009
Take 35 stanzas from the poems of Basho (Japanese poet), give 35 different animators to animate each stanza and walla, you have an anime titled Winter Days. For example, the above animation by Raoul Servais is on this following stanza:
My grass hut – where I offer the heron my belonging
Having to hide while the hair grows back
As you may have guessed, 35 different animators mean very wide range of animation styles, which sometimes can be beautiful, sometimes not. As for me, there were things like clay animation that I don’t particulary fancy, as well as some really stupid and (to me) kind of pointless shorts, but there were some great ones as well, so I guess it’s worth a look only if to see some short stanzas by this Japanese poet translated into animated medium.