Anime: Buta


I have not been watching a lot of anime recently. I just started working and I realized I don’t have the time that I used to have to spend on anime. That being said, I’m really excited to share the 4 anime works that were part of 2011 young animators training project.

Very briefly the young animators training project started in 2010, and this is only the 2nd year that it’s been implemented. It distributes funds to 4 anime studios to train young Japanese animators. I think it’s definitely something that the anime industry needs, and although I haven’t seen the 2010 anime works, I must say that I have been really impressed with the 2011 ones. Each anime is just an episode long, and they could be viewed as mini-movies. Because of the funding received the quality of the animation is very high. It just goes to show how good anime could look if given enough money and time. SO yes without further ado, let’s look at the first anime, called Buta.

This anime is from Telecom Animation Film. I’m not really familiar with them, but apparently they do help with Moyashimon as well. As for Buta, it is an animal based anime. So all the characters are different animals. It’s really cute and it comes across as an anime that is geared towards kids. The story line is simple, about a fox and a pig (buta). The little fox gets kidnapped because of the heirloom he is in possession of which is actually a treasure map. He’s a smart kid who manages to enlist the help of Buta who was a hired mercenary. What ensues is adventure on the high seas and a budding relationship between the two.

It was entertaining and funny, yet heartwarming at times. It does bring to mind Porco Rosso which is one Studi Ghibli’s movies. Even though it’s geared to kids, I think it’s something everyone can enjoy. Amazing animation aside, the story is actually really good and just sets the stage for more adventures as Buta attempts to bring the fox back to his home. I really enjoyed it, and I really don’t understand why it’s rated so low on MAL. Perhaps because there’s only one episode, or perhaps because all the characters are animals. But I feel that this is a very classic tale that can become a timepiece to be enjoyed by people from all generations and ages. So yes, go watch it if you haven’t already and share your thoughts on it!

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  1. […] Anime Mirai (Future of animation) is a training programme where studios are selected by The Japan Animation Creators Association (JAniCA) to be recipients of  a share of 214.5 million yen given by the Japanese government’s Agency of Cultural affairs in order to find and foster talent in the Japanese animation industry. These young animators who were selected received 38 million yen to create 30 minute projects that showcase some of the best and brightest ideas out there. These are the shorts from 2011. Everworld over at annoyingdragon has reviewed Shiranpuri, Puka Puka Juju, Wasurenagumo and Buta. […]

  2. […] when I talked about the Young Animators Training Project last year? Well, I recently managed to catch up on this year’s […]



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