Dareka no Manazashi

Title:Dareka no Manazashi
Someone's Gaze
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Notables: Original Concept - SHINKAI Makoto
The story is set "slightly in the future" and revolves around Aya "Aachan" Okamura, a woman who has been working for two years and has begun living on her own for a job opportunity. With Aachan's mother working overseas as a doctor, Aachan's father is now living alone with the family's longtime pet cat Mii-san. One night, Aachan returns from a long day at work, and as she rests on her bed, she reminiscences about the times the family had together. She remembers the sadness she felt when her mom went overseas, and the solace she felt when her father brought home Mii-san to give her comfort. Then, she receives a phone call…
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6 minute short that premiered at the Tokyo International Forum on February 10, 2013.
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Watch 9 8 8 7 5 Ggultra2764 [series:2780#1552]
Another Makoto Shinkai work, Someone's Gaze attempts a story with a father and daughter reconnecting after the death of their family cat in a near-future setting, with yet another case of Shinkai's "long distance relationships suck" theme implemented with divorce being the major element that causes the slow drift in the family relationship. While this short tries to be endearing with the story it attempts to tell, the six-minute runtime is too short to allow enough focus on the characters for me to get attached to them, especially with the heavy reliance on an all-present narrator to explain what is going on. As to be expected for a Shinkai work, the visuals to this short are high quality with highly detailed and vivid shots of the near-future setting, nicely drawn character designs and fluid onscreen movements (even if animation isn't the prominent element of this short). If you're a Makoto Shinkai fan, this will definitely be a watch for you. Otherwise, this is only worth checking out once as the short length of this film is too limited to get any attachment to the family in this film.

Last updated Wednesday, September 11 2013. Created Wednesday, September 11 2013.

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Free Legal Stream of Dareka no Manazashi http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mpwoGkKQDik#t=441
Posted through the Nomura Real Estate's Proudchannel Youtube Channel. Includes an option to add English subtitles to the stream.

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