Anime: Aru Machi Kado no Monogatari

Also known as tale of a street corner by Tezuka Osamu back in 1962. To be able to come up with something like this 50 years ago, it’s no wonder he’s called the Godfather of anime. The anime OVA is an amazing depiction about a street corner. Not your normal depiction of people living or working at a street corner mind you, but it delves into the story of a family of mice, of the posters on the wall, about a tree, a lamppost and a girl who lost her teddy bear.

The music in this OVA is integral and tells the story in place of dialogue. The ability to tell a coherent story (with a plot mind you) without using any dialogue just blows my mind! No doubt the OVA is pretty short at 38 mins, but it’s a sweet, heartwarming story worth the time. The animation is lovely, and just like how they say a picture tells a thousand words, this anime expresses emotions through the art and music to great effect. The playfulness of the mouse, the sadness of the girl, the love blossoming between the posters, the jealousy, the cheekiness of the moth, the desperation of the tree, the effects of war and the hope that remains. Everything comes together accompanied by music and weaves a story about what happens in that particular street corner.

It’s a very interesting concept for anime, and it goes to show the imagination of the creators (they used posters to tell a love story!) as well as the importance of having good music. Silent anime should be a staple – especially if it’s done this well. Conveying emotion and a story through music and animation alone is really an art and worth a look. Just don’t expect too much action.


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