Anime: Oji-san no Lamp


This is by far my favourite short that came out of all the projects so far. It’s right up my alley in terms of storyline. I really enjoyed every moment of it, I think it was beautiful. The characterization was great, the pacing was great and the entire set up of just this one episode was perfect. It speaks volumes of the changes and adaptation the Japanese have had to go through. Yet it brings it across in such a simple and easily relatable way.

Oji-san no Lamp is set in the time of slow modernization of Japan. It tells the story of a young boy who begins in poverty, yet has the foresight to set up his own lamp business. After making a name for himself and settling down, changes continue to occur in Japan and his livelihood is threatened. He has two choices, to change with the times or to prevent that change from reaching the places which he serves.

It’s a poignant tale, that is heart-wrenching at times, yet heartwarming at others. There’s a lot that can be gleaned from the show, and the character development in just 20 minutes is brilliant. It’s a classic example of why writers should show and not tell. One can see the amount of thought and feeling that has been poured into this project and in my opinion, none of the other projects even from the more recent years can compare to this particular one. I highly recommend you watch it if you haven’t already and let me know what your thoughts were on this lovely piece.

Oji-san No Lamp

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