japanese short animation

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1. Chage & Aska: On Your Mark (1995 Video)

7 min | Animation, Short, Music

Set in the future: Two men learn that a mysterious winged girl has been taken prisoner, and then decide that they must free her at any cost.

Director: Hayao Miyazaki

Votes: 3,427

2. House-hunting (2006)

12 min | Animation, Short, Adventure

Fuki sets out on a journey to look for a new house. Along the way, she encounters many of Japan's guardian spirits.

Director: Hayao Miyazaki | Stars: Tamori, Akiko Yano

Votes: 164

3. The Day I Bought a Star (2006)

16 min | Animation, Short, Fantasy

A young boy is tired of the city and escapes into the country. Two strangers trade him a strange seed. The boy accepts and the seed sprouts into a miniature planet, which continues to grow.

Director: Hayao Miyazaki | Stars: Ryûnosuke Kamiki, Kyôka Suzuki, Genzô Wakayama, Yô Ôizumi

Votes: 268

4. Jumping (1984)

7 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

A small child takes small leaps, which progress into huge bounds over buildings, forests and continents.

Director: Osamu Tezuka

Votes: 1,054

5. Broken Down Film (1985)

6 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

A cowboy seeks to rescue, then woo, a damsel in distress. But he is constantly thwarted by the scratches, breaks, and other imperfections present in the film print itself.

Director: Osamu Tezuka

Votes: 779

6. Muramasa (1987)

9 min | Animation, Short

A samurai discovers a cursed sword thrust through the heart of a straw man. With this weapon he slays all who oppose him, and many who do not. Men are scythed down as if they were made of straw.

Director: Osamu Tezuka

Votes: 98

7. Memory (1964)

6 min | Animation, Short

Explores the pros, cons and the nature of memory.

Director: Osamu Tezuka | Stars: Shinsuke Chikaishi, Adolf Hitler

Votes: 176

8. The Drop (1965)

4 min | Animation, Short

A sailor is desperate for fresh water to drink while adrift on a raft in the sea.

Director: Osamu Tezuka

Votes: 83

9. Mermaid (1964)

8 min | Animation, Short

In a totalitarian society where daydreaming is forbidden, an imaginative boy fantasies about catching a mermaid and playing with her.

Director: Osamu Tezuka

Votes: 196

10. Push (1987)

4 min | Animation, Short, Sci-Fi

Eco-toon, the rough looking rider spruces up from the desert vending machines but his attempts to replace the devastated earth are rejected.

Director: Osamu Tezuka

Votes: 76

11. Legend of the Forest (1987 Video)

30 min | Animation, Short

A tranquil forest and all of its residents must face the destruction of man. A squirrel, born and raised in the forrest, fights to defend his home and faces trials and adversities along the... See full summary »

Director: Osamu Tezuka

Votes: 258

12. Pictures at an Exhibition (1966)

39 min | Animation, Short

A series of short animated segments, explore major characters of modern society, such as the plastic surgeon, the fashion-obsessed woman, the rumor-monger, and others, leading to a concluding comment on the progress of civilization.

Director: Osamu Tezuka

Votes: 136

13. Animated Self-Portraits (1989)

8 min | Animation, Short

An animated film compiled by David Ehrlich consisting of 19 animators from different countries all explaining themselves through their animation.

Directors: Jirí Barta, Sally Cruikshank, Borivoj Dovnikovic-Bordo, David Ehrlich, Kihachiro Kawamoto, Renzo Kinoshita, Pavel Koutský, Candy Kugel, Mati Kütt, Nikola Majdak, Josko Marusic, Bill Plympton, Priit Pärn, Maureen Selwood, Jan Svankmajer, Osamu Tezuka, Riho Unt, Hardi Volmer, Dusan Vukotic

Votes: 207

14. She and Her Cat: Their Standing Points (2000 Video)

5 min | Animation, Short, Drama

A lonely young woman adopts a cat on a rainy day.

Director: Makoto Shinkai | Stars: Makoto Shinkai, Mika Shinohara

Votes: 2,248

15. Clover (1999)

7 min | Animation, Short, Drama

A short anime film based on the hit manga series by Clamp.

Director: Kitarô Kôsaka | Stars: Sumie Ozawa, Maaya Sakamoto, Kishô Taniyama

Votes: 57

16. Cat Soup (2001)

34 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

A young anthropomorphic cat goes on a psychedelic journey with his sister in order to save her soul.

Director: Tatsuo Satô

Votes: 4,292

17. Mount Head (2002)

Not Rated | 10 min | Animation, Comedy, Fantasy

A sad rakugo of a stingy old man experiencing the unforeseen consequences of eating a few cherries whole, without throwing the pits away.

Director: Koji Yamamura | Stars: Takeharu Kunimoto, Bruno Metzger

Votes: 1,288

18. Comedy (2002 Video)

11 min | Animation, Short, Action

A young girl, desperate to save her village, sets out in search of a legendary swordsman who accepts only rare books of a particular genre as payment.

Director: Kazuto Nakazawa | Stars: Ai Maeda, Hikaru Midorikawa

Votes: 410

19. Hiromi Iwasaki: Egao (2003 Video)

2 min | Animation, Short, Music

A short music video about a girl and her pet hamster.

Director: Makoto Shinkai

Votes: 464

20. Voices of a Distant Star (2002)

Unrated | 25 min | Animation, Short, Drama

The love of Japanese high school students Mikako Nagamine and Noboru Tera is tested when Mikako is sent to fight aliens in a distant universe and voice mails to and from Earth become months to years in transmission.

Director: Makoto Shinkai | Stars: Mika Shinohara, Makoto Shinkai, Sumi Mutoh, Chihiro Suzuki

Votes: 7,820

21. Kakurenbo (2005)

TV-14 | 25 min | Animation, Short, Fantasy

A young boy named Hikora enters the ruins of a forbidden city with a group of other children to play "Otokoyo" (a game of hide-and-seek where the players are said to be kidnapped by ghosts and demons) to find his missing sister.

Director: Shûhei Morita | Stars: Dan Green, Mika Ishibashi, Akiko Kobayashi, Ryô Naitô

Votes: 808

22. Pale Cocoon (2005)

23 min | Animation, Short, Drama

In the far future when the continuity of the history has been lost, humans live in an ever more deteriorating completely artificial and enclosed world. The sea and the sky have disappeared,... See full summary »

Director: Yasuhiro Yoshiura | Stars: Minako Kawashima, Nakao Michiosu, Hiroka Oyama, Yasuhiro Yoshiura

Votes: 952

23. Kafuka: Inaka isha (2007)

21 min | Animation, Short

Surreal events occur when a hapless country doctor visits an ill boy one cold night.

Director: Koji Yamamura | Stars: Sensaku Shigeyama, Shigeru Shigeyama, Doji Shigeyama, Shime Shigeyama

Votes: 977

24. The House of Small Cubes (2008)

12 min | Animation, Short, Drama

To save his house from rising flood waters, an old man uses bricks to build it higher, then he relives events from his past while searching for his dropped pipe.

Director: Kunio Kato | Star: Masami Nagasawa

Votes: 9,723

25. Rain Town (2011 Video)

10 min | Animation, Short, Adventure

A little girl and an old robot form a beautiful friendship in an abandoned town where the rain never stops.

Director: Hiroyasu Ishida

Votes: 259

26. Possessions (2012)

14 min | Animation, Short, Fantasy

One night of the eighteenth century, in the depths of the mountain, a human being is lost and finds a small temple. In the moment when he enters the room space is transformed into a completely different world.

Director: Shûhei Morita | Stars: Kôichi Yamadera, Aoi Yûki, Takeshi Kusao, Jessica Boone

Votes: 678

27. The Adventure of Panda and Friends: Panda Family! (1972)

34 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

When her grandmother goes away on a trip, 7-year-old Mimiko stays at home by herself in her small, friendly village, unafraid of burglars. When she arrives back home from the train station ... See full summary »

Director: Isao Takahata | Stars: Kazuko Sugiyama, Kazuo Kumakura, Yoshiko Ohta, Yasuo Yamada

Votes: 1,562

28. Someone's Gaze (2013)

7 min | Animation, Short

A futuristic story about a newly independent female and her maturation into independence. The narrator details the effect her development is having on her relationship with her father.

Director: Makoto Shinkai | Stars: Fumi Hirano, Satomi Hanamura, Shinji Ogawa, Rina Endô

Votes: 1,180

29. The Old Crocodile (2005)

Not Rated | 12 min | Animation, Short

A very old crocodile is shunned by his family after eating one of them.

Director: Koji Yamamura | Star: Peter Barakan

Votes: 199

30. The Apple Incident (2001)

3 min | Animation, Short

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Director: Kunio Kato

Votes: 78

31. Haze (2005)

Not Rated | 49 min | Horror, Mystery

A man wakes up to find himself locked in a cramped concrete maze of corridors, in which he can barely move. He doesn't remember why he is there or how he got there. He has a terrible stomach injury and is slowly bleeding to death.

Director: Shin'ya Tsukamoto | Stars: Shin'ya Tsukamoto, Takahiro Murase, Takahiro Kandaka, Masato Tsujioka

Votes: 2,169

32. Monmon the Water Spider (2006)

15 min | Animation, Short, Adventure

The short film's main character is a water spider who seems to have fallen in love with a water strider. Though she is scared of him at first, the water strider soon gets used to the presence of the spider.

Director: Hayao Miyazaki | Star: Akiko Yano

Votes: 252

33. Iblard jikan (2007 Video)

30 min | Animation, Short, Fantasy

A fantastical city portrayed in artful pictures that come to life through animation, music and background sounds.

Director: Naohisa Inoue

Votes: 520

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