Anime Review: Out of Sight

Anime Review:
Out of Sight

What this is about: Watching all of the anime shows so you don’t have to! For more information about me and my reviews, click here for details on what I am reviewing.

Series Premise: Out of Sight is a five-minute-long short animated feature produced by three graduate students at the National Taiwan University of the Arts, released on the web in July, 2010. A young, blind girl loses her seeing-eye dog, and goes on an adventure through the town by exploring the touch, sounds and smell of the city.

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ep. tl;dr review: Blind girl imagines the city around her through her senses; Short and very sweet.

Episode summary: While walking through the town with her seeing eye dog, a young girl is suddenly robbed of her bag. The dog gives chase, leaving the girl all alone. But with the help of a stick she finds, which “transforms” into a magical wand, she explores the street by using her other senses. First she comes across a bakery, then a perfumed pedestrian, a soft kitten, and more — before she is finally reunited with her dog.

My Impressions: If it is made in China, does it count as anime? I don’t care. This is awesome.

There’s no subtitles or words (except for the little girl calling her dog’s name), but it doesn’t matter at all. This is just a five minute long short feature done as a university project, simply an animated appetizer that certainly indicates a bright future for the students involved. Frankly, I don’t have much to say about this, there’s not really much of a story to chew on, but that’s not the point. It’s simply a way to show how much of the world around us is defined by more than just what we see, but also what we can touch, hear, and even smell — all through the creative mind of a little girl. The animation itself is bright and colorful, alive and fluid. C’mon, it’s just five minutes long, just watch it already.

The verdict:

For more information:

  • The entire thing officially online on Youtube — 1.5 million views already!
  • Info resources: My Anime List (no entry), Anime News Network (no entry), AniDB, and Wikipedia (no entry).
  • Official website in English, with lots more info.

Sampling of Online Reviews:

  • ““Out of Sight” An absolutely breathtaking animation. The less known the better, just watch and be inspired. Enjoy :)” – I Sweat in Taiwan
  • “A touching short animated movie about a blind girl who relies on her other senses and a lot of imagination to discover the world around her when she is separated from her dog. I would guess that the creators are big fans of Japanese animation house Studio Ghibli as you can see the influences throughout.” – Osaka Pop
  • “This cute little student film…owes a lot to Miyazaki. But they’ve picked up the right ideas from the Master and the finished film, Out Of Sight, is loaded with imagination and heart. ” – Cartoon Brew
  • …Actually very few “reviews” of this short, but there are tons of people online who provide links to it (including Roger Ebert) along with two or three line descriptions.

Miscellaneous Odds and Ends from before 2011 left to review: YanYan Machiko Episode 1, Tachumaru Episode 1, Naruto Movie: The Lost Tower, Naruto to Machin to Mitsu no Onegai Dattebayo Special, Major OVA: Message, You are Umasou Movie, Armored Trooper Votoms: Case;Irvine, Heartcatch Precure Movie, Senkou no Night Raid Special: Devil in the Opium Den, Pokemon: Best Wishes Episode 1, Dragonball Super Saiyan-jin Zetsumetsu Kaikaku, Armored Trooper Votoms: Finder, Bleach Movie: The Hell Verse

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