Tuesday, May 22, 2007

~Anime Short: "Kigeki" (trans. Comedy)~

Hello everyone, how are you? Well, a member on here known as "Ciel" showed this video to me a week ago and thought perhaps I should share it with you guys as well. It's a good idea, since I really haven't seen anime in the form of a short before. There's not much I can give you for background info, but this short was made by Studio 4 C and is about 10 minutes, being the full length version. The artwork is breathtakingly beautiful coupled with the instrumental pieces throughout it creates a wonderful gothic atmosphere. At the end it had me craving for more, but this is quite an amazing short. I hope you enjoy. Thanks Ciel. ^^

In summary this short is about a young girl from Ireland seeking out the help from the infamous 'Black Swordsman' to help fight against the invading British soldiers. The Swordsman never accepts money to pay for his services, but he does offer his services in return for a rare book. Apparently a lot of books during that time were burned and laughter was scarce to none, so that's where the title comes in. The little girl offers a comedy to the Swordsman for his services.

Discussion topics:
1.) What sort of mystical creature do you think the Black Swordsman is? (there is no right or wrong answer. ^.~ I'm interested to see what you guys think.)
2.) If you were the Black Swordsman, what sort of genre of books would you accept worth your services?

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At May 22, 2007, 7:33:00 PM, Blogger Kip said...

OMG, thanks Ceil/Rin.
I have a copy of the unsubbed version on my computer and I wasn't sure if I would ever understand what was going on in this short.

At May 23, 2007, 7:26:00 PM, Blogger Kira-neko said...

the black swordsman I believe is a Jiang shi. Many undead or those who live forever would probably desire something of the time period in which they were born. They would also regret any destruction of the past. I am also considering the knowledge I have that most vampires(which I am classifying with the Jiang Shi) are noble and virtuous by standard and do not delight in wonton acts of violence. Seeing as the dark swordsman desired a book from a time past, a comedy no less, displays a certain behavior that I find quite like a vampire lord. His actions in the movie also display the characteristics of the Jiang Shi as well.


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