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Fumiko's Confession
November 12, 2009 8:18 AM   Subscribe

Fumiko's Confession - a short film animated completely by one person. (via)
posted by flatluigi (23 comments total) 11 users marked this as a favorite

 
note on translation: first conversation is Fumiko asking the boy to date her, last conversation is her saying she'll make him miso soup every day, a marriage proposal.
posted by flatluigi at 8:19 AM on November 12, 2009


That was great.
posted by chunking express at 8:28 AM on November 12, 2009


I know that ubiquitous upskirt camera angles are standard for the genre, but it is really distracting and creepy.

Regardless, hats off to pulling of an animation as a one person project.
posted by idiopath at 8:33 AM on November 12, 2009


Now I want miso soup.
posted by Max Power at 8:48 AM on November 12, 2009


I've had a recurring dream for most of my adult life that closely resembles (though not as comically) the lonnnnnnnnng flight of stairs sequence. I sort of jump from the top stair and it's a strange, floaty free-fall for what seems like a mile. I, too, always land intact, though there's never a freaked-out cat on the landing, sadly.

Pardon my ignorance, but is it very odd to see a short like this made by a single animator?
posted by heyho at 8:49 AM on November 12, 2009


It's very well done and a lot of work for a single person, heyho. I thought it was impressive.
posted by flatluigi at 8:51 AM on November 12, 2009


Man, that was great. It was like a reverse of Nanaca Crash.
posted by yeloson at 8:55 AM on November 12, 2009


Pardon my ignorance, but is it very odd to see a short like this made by a single animator?

It is not very odd, but it's rare outside of being done for, say an art school degree or being specifically paid for it. I used to attend animation festivals in the 1990s and you'd have stuff done by "one person" but there'd usually be a few people attached to it helping them do work. am not 100% convinced that isn't the case here, too.

(When I did a short animated film myself, even I had what would be called a "crew" of 3 helping with cutouts and photography, and the music was done by another 4-5 people.)
posted by jscott at 9:03 AM on November 12, 2009


That was pretty impressive without being overly derivative for an anime.

However, I am officially tired of schoolgirls' panties.
posted by cmoj at 9:21 AM on November 12, 2009


Hm! Pretty cool; I really had no idea. I see credits, but I guess I just never really gave it much thought. I like animation, but I don't spend nearly enough time seeking it out. I will now. Thanks for this, flatluigi.

And jscott, that was great! Loved the song.
posted by heyho at 9:37 AM on November 12, 2009


"However, I am officially tired of schoolgirls' panties."

Wusses. (NSFW)

You're gonna miss out on one of the funniest/wrongest/moe-est animes of the year with that kinda attitude. KissxSis is a bit like watching Doctor Tran being victimized by hot highschool girls. Sure, it's wrong... but it's also pretty charming.

Let us have us refleshing young memories of frying young panties!
posted by markkraft at 9:56 AM on November 12, 2009


While the overall color palette was rather dull, I really enjoyed the pace.
I sometimes dream about endlessly falling down hills in ski jumping fashion, I can't recall wearing panties in those dreams though.
posted by quoquo at 10:05 AM on November 12, 2009


Heyho: Try using this search for student animation projects that have won the YouTube popularity contest.
posted by jscott at 10:08 AM on November 12, 2009 [1 favorite]


I do not like anime much, but I looked at the film twice. Elliot (8yrs) is sitting on the same table as me, watching all the top gear episodes he can find on you tube. Petrol head! All of the sudden I hear him laughing, then so hard his orange came out of his nose and he almost wet himself. Again! He said. So we watched again and the tears of laughter rolled over his cheeks. I did not like it very much, but this film and this post made my day!
posted by kudzu at 10:16 AM on November 12, 2009


Squealing girls is why I continue to avoid anime. Unfortunately there's probably some decent stuff in there. I'll never know.
posted by ODiV at 11:25 AM on November 12, 2009


flatluigi: note on translation: first conversation is Fumiko asking the boy to date her, last conversation is her saying she'll make him miso soup every day, a marriage proposal.

but what does HE say what does he say??
posted by JaiMahodara at 11:47 AM on November 12, 2009


"Squealing girls is why I continue to avoid anime. Unfortunately there's probably some decent stuff in there. I'll never know."

*nods*

I feel the same way about Canadians, their funny accents, and their "a-boots".

Where would America be if others started writing entire cultures off due to superficially annoying eccentricities?

(Of course, a good argument can be made that *our* eccentricities aren't merely superficial, but are, in fact, overtly and willfully annoying. No wonder we hate the French... they're a lot like us, in that respect!)
posted by markkraft at 12:16 PM on November 12, 2009


That was pretty good.
Echoing heyho, this is also really similar to recurring dreams/nightmares I have. Basically the same thing; I trip or fall and the land is so steep I just keep going, exactly how it happened in the short. Odd.
posted by CitrusFreak12 at 12:30 PM on November 12, 2009


I didn't realize it was a Japanese eccentricity. I've watched Japanese films before and not been annoyed by squealing. I got the impression (wrongly?) that it was safely constrained within anime.
posted by ODiV at 12:33 PM on November 12, 2009


but what does HE say what does he say??

He essentially says "Sorry, I must concentrate on baseball".
posted by splice at 1:12 PM on November 12, 2009


"I got the impression (wrongly?) that it was safely constrained within anime."

Depends on who the film is made for, really. Lots of their films are based on manga, and even several of those which aren't based on manga or anime can contain a healthy amount of squealing.

Maybe you should try something like Planetes or Wolf's Reign. Very low squealing quotient... although I would recommend the Japanese versions, with subtitles, as oftentimes it's the American voice actors who are more likely to screw things up.
posted by markkraft at 2:12 PM on November 12, 2009


He should have hired someone to draw in their noses.
posted by Kraftmatic Adjustable Cheese at 5:32 PM on November 12, 2009


JaiMahodara: "but what does HE say what does he say??"

I was waiting on a better translation from a friend (and I didn't want to spoil his answers at the very top)

His first answer is 'No, I have to play baseball today' and his second answer is 'no, I have to play baseball all week(?)' as far as I know.
posted by flatluigi at 6:38 PM on November 12, 2009


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