DEDICATED TO : - My mother, who opens my eyes about the world - Japan and its music, who inspires me - Shamisen, who keeps me relaxed and focused
PURPOSES OF THE PROJECT : - To introduce a little part of my Virtual World to you - To share some values of life with you - To let you feel how inspiring traditional music is
BEHIND THE SCENE :
(Actually I think I don't need to write these things since you're all have incredible sense of art. In addition, this animation doesn't have as many analogies as the previous one, I Ain't Pinocchio [link] . However, I just can't stand to write, so forgive me for the spam, okay? (",) )
Why Daurian Redstart / Jōbitaki (ジョウビタキ) ? Jōbitaki is said by the Japanese to be a stupid bird because it's not afraid of people and easy to be caught. Our Kazu here (the boy) has a similarity with the bird. He is abandoned and left alone. What's the difference from living in a cage like a bird?
A wasted talent A talent is a special feature of one which will find its meaning if it is shared with others. So with nobody to share, what is the mean of 'talent'? It will drift away in vain, it will be a waste.
Blind or pretending to be blind? I do believe that some blind people can 'see' and some normal people is 'blind'. You may agree with it or not, but that's the reality--I think.
Everything in this world is ruled by the law of giving and taking. Remember when Kazu and the Sakura tree (Chloe) make a contract? Nothing is free and effortless. To get something, you must do something; and that's for sure. Even for something like the air ( try to imagine a dying man who needs to buy oxygen to keep on breathing and living. )
Death = Gift = Freedom? No one knows if 'Death' is really the greatest 'Gift' a man can have. Nobody knows whether 'Death' really equals to the gate of freedom. However, can you imagine how many people have committed suicide? Maybe they gave up on their life, maybe they thought that 'Death' can give them 'Freedom'. According to me, 'Death' and 'Freedom' are totally different. Chloe knows this well, but Kazu doesn't.
Bloom to your fullest, Guys! Do not waste your talent, do not waste your life. Dare to dream, dare to discover! We're all gifted--and wouldn't it be awesome if we share our gifts? ;D
Does sacrifice always become a good thing for others? "Because I was planning to give my body to you after I died... so that you could continue on living in this infertile soil." Is Kazu really a good boy? Is Chloe really a stupid tree? If you think it simply, the answer is a 'yes'. But can you tell how Chloe would feel if that happened? Sometimes it exists in our real life -- realized or not.
A lifeless life Just living is not enough. We need some colors and more flowers. :3 I mean...who wants to live on the infertile soil?
Life and death are inevitable A dying man needs to die, and a sleepy man needs to sleep, and when the time comes, it is useless to resist. Death and Life keep rolling like an endless cycle--and that's what I call a perfect balance. There's time to survive and there's time to rest. So live as you would have live when you are dying.
A cherry blossom who flutters in the wind Wealth and authority will vanish into nothingness, but good names and sweet memories will always remain in our heart. Try to left precious traces in the hearts of your loved ones.
PROJECT DETAILS :
English title : Nameless Hill Japanese title :名もない ( Namonai / Nameless )
The first short poem can be read as :
" Torikago ni iru jōbitaki ga Misuterareta, koritsusareta, nagekomareta Dōyatte utsukushisa o misareru mono ka? Dōyatte jiyuunitoberu mono ka? "
English translation :
" A bird in a cage Abandoned, isolated, and thrown How could it show its beauty? How would it fly freely? "
The last short poem can be read as :
" Kono sekai wa kayowakute Saiteru sakura no youni Kaze ni hatameiteru Hitotsuzutsu no hanabira ga "
" This world is so fragile Just like a cherry blossom Who flutters in the wind One petal after another "
Music : Namonaki Oka by Yoshida Brothers (They're my favorite shamisen players in the entire world. >__< Please don't ban this work because of the song-- I don't use this work for commercial uses or take any material advantages. I just want to participate in popularizing Japanese traditional music --though it's popular already, lol. )
Length : 14:21 ( At first I had an idea to create a simple three-minute short story, but it 'mutated' into this stuff. |D )
The chirp that you heard at the beginning of the animation is the real jōbitaki chirp. :3
No sakura brushes used, all drawn by Ps default brushes.
Those two do not die, I'm telling you. lol. Namonai is a side-story of my 'Virtual World'; so they just go to the place where they belong and continue the adventure with Ruka and Centaro from my 'I Ain't Pinocchio'.
Yes, You can use the letters in 'Le Shamisen' to write 'Nameless Hill' -- by adding two more 'L's. XD
What's wrong with Kazu's eyes? Let the history remains a mystery. sshhh....
Many of the scenes in this work popped out in my head while I was listening to Namonaki Oka for the first time. aasdfghjkkl it's so inspiring. A huge for it!
=Navio-Tantra and I spent the whole of our school holiday by making this-- please let us know that someone cares by giving critiques, comments, opinions, thoughts, suggestions, anything!
Beautiful work; I loved it how you kept the colours monotone with a splash of warm colours - that came across as very powerful, and gave the story an element of hope. The cherry blossom tree being central to this added a lovely touch too, especially with regards to the symbol how of life and its gifts are fleeting, but should be revered as much as possible.
A lot of the art I've seen that involves cherry blossoms tends to focus more positive hope, its beauty and life. What made this more original in my eyes is the spin it put on that. It came across as being Kazu's story, rather than something slightly more general.
The art was also very well drawn, and contributed to the overall mood very well. However, there were a couple of parts that were a little pixelated, when they would have come across better as being slightly smoother. Additionally, the music, despite helping to reiterate the main themes of the work, got a little repetitive and wearing; perhaps silence in some parts would have been more beneficial. That aside, the story flowed well and the animation was brilliant.
The story had a great impact on me. I felt that I could relate to his despair and loneliness, especially when it was mixed in with his desire to give something which, although unimportant to himself, could perhaps help another in a positive way. This, mixed in with all the symbolism (hope, life, death, growth etc), was very thought provoking on a number of levels. The only aspect which lessened the impact of this was the fact that the girl had such huge breasts - it came across as being misplaced, and distracting from the main point of the story.
I do not know where to begin... well, first I have to tell that the music was perfect, because during the animation, the music don't change and It make that you look the history with more precision without distractions, but in the same time, make a beautifull background. I like a lot the drawings They express the personality of the melancholic boy and the optimistic girl/tree. The history is beautiful, reflexive and inspiring, is it all, I love it so much. The colors make you see the simbolism and some details because the black, white shows perfectly the sadness and melancholic of this hill and the boy and the pink shows the life, the enjoy, the hope .. and It is asigned to the tree/girl that Is a simbol of life, very nice. In the end the life can make us learn some things and the most important thing is hope, this is what I understand of this animation. It's a awesome message, I'ts a beautiful staging and I have to say that this is in my favourites
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