Ugh. I’ve still been busy for college studies, but I’m starting to see the light at the end of the long tunnel. Alas, I shall not arrive there for a while (after maybe 4-5 days). For now, here’s another very good work of Shinkai Makoto: She and Her Cat ~ Their Standing Points.
She and Her Cat is a bittersweet short anime about a woman, her cat, their lives, and their lives together. Told from through the cat’s point of view, we can see that the cat is very fond of the woman. Their days together pass by contentedly in a small apartment. Through the cat’s eyes, we see the woman’s story of love and heartache. The whole short is done in black and white, giving it that film noir effect just like the previous short that I just recently talked about, Tooi Sekai ~ Other Worlds. The animation is well done, and the camera angles are panned over scenes frequently giving us a glimpse and sight into the life of the cat and the woman. Details are very nicely done, such as the raindrops and the objects scattered around the apartment. Music is used sparingly; there is almost no background music, yet this achieves a melancholy atmosphere with the highly contrasted dialogue.
As for the characters, there are three: the woman, the cat named Chobi, and the female cat named Mimi. Chobi is a very nice charismatic narrator, in fact I think he’s one of the best narrators I’ve seen in anime so far. Mimi is a young child who is in love with Chobi and wants to marry him, but Chobi does not see her as a fully-matured woman and says that it’s a false promise and prefers the woman. The woman we see reacts and reflects on what’s happening around her just as typical of human nature, and note that Chobi is so endeared with the woman that he doesn’t seem to care for anything around him.
She and Her Cat is a very nice, sweet animation short with several poignant themes: innocence, love, heartache. This is Shinkai Makoto’s first well-known work that propelled him to fame and onto his next work, Voices of a Distant Star.