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Seminal Short NOISEMAN SOUNDINSECT Streaming on YouTube

Seminal Short NOISEMAN SOUNDINSECT Streaming on YouTubeNOISEMAN SOUNDINSECT, an anime short from 1997 that brought together some of the industry’s top talent, is streaming for free on YouTube until November 18.

That’s thanks to Studio 4°C, the studio which originally produced the short.

NOISEMAN SOUNDINSECT, which runs 15 minutes, was directed by Koji Morimoto (Memories, The Animatrix) and featured the talents of animator Masaaki Yuasa (Mind Game, Inu-oh). The music is by Yoko Kanno (Cowboy Bebop). Now that’s a dream team.

At the time of this writing, there are no subtitles on the upload, which is a bit of a bummer, but it’s a largely visual-driven short anyway.

Here’s how Studio 4°C describes it:

A short animation produced in 1997 by Studio4°C, together with Bandai Visual. It tells of the battle between the Noiseman monster that robs the people of music and controls the town, and the boys and girls who have been freed from the noise spells by the truth of music. The director is the creator who represents Studio 4°C, Koji Morimoto.

Appointing Masaaki Yuasa to handle character design, environment settings, and animation directing, a never-before-seen feeling for color and a sense for molding brings new perspective to animation. The music, so full of a sense of speed was composed by Yoko Kanno.

From the beginning, this was produced with the intent to distribute on DVD. The substantial inclusion of digital technology in both the visual and musical facets of production created quite a sensation. The combination of quick story development and appealing visuals within a short time span of a mere 15 minutes secured a following of die-hard fans and turned it into a cult hit.

Source: ANN

Matt Schley

Matt Schley (rhymes with "guy") lives in Tokyo, and has been OUSA's "man in Japan" since 2012. He's also written about anime and Japanese film for the Japan Times, Screen Daily and more.