Short Peace

I chanced upon this anime anthology in my weekly #fridaymovie viewing (something I've always wanted to wind down my week with, event when before I was blogging), and saw a low-res version online and found it pretty inspiring - I've always loved anthologies myself, catering to my lack of attention span ;p - and then having seen the higher-res versions in trailers and PVs, makes me really want o search for the original DVDs for! Regardless of my own viewing habits and preference, I present to you; "SHORT PEACE"!

WHAT IS: "Short Peace (ショート・ピース Shōto Pīsu?) is a multimedia project composed of four short anime films produced by Sunrise and Shochiku, and a video game developed by Crispy's Inc. and Grasshopper Manufacture. The four films were released in Japanese theaters on July 20, 2013 and will be screened in North America during April 2014. Sentai Filmworks have licensed the films for North America. The video game was released in January 2014 in Japan and April 2014 in Europe." (via Wiki)

The four shorts are:

1. Possessions (九十九 Tsukumo?)
- A lone traveler is confronted by unusual spirits in an abandoned shrine. Directed by Shuhei Morita. (Above)

2. Combustible (火要鎮 Hi no Yōjin?)
- A spectacular tale of love, honor and firefighting in ancient Japan. Directed by Katsuhiro Otomo.

SPOILER: "Combustible"
(In Japanese language + Non-English subtitles)

3. Gambo
- A mysterious white bear defends the royal family from the predations of a red demon. Directed by Hiroaki Ando.

4. A Farewell to Weapons (武器よさらば Buki yo Saraba?)
- A tour-de-force saga of men battling robotic tanks in apocalyptic Tokyo. Directed by Hajime Katoki. The latter film is based off an Otomo manga of the same name.

SPOILER: "A Farewell to Weapons" in FULL (23:33)
(in Japanese Language + Non-English subtitles):

CONCEPT: "The idea behind the Short Peace was of a hybrid project composed of the four anime shorts and one video game. The overarching theme of the project is Japan, with each entry representing a different setting within the country's history. Because the modern era had not been represented in the anime, the team decided to represent it using the video game. The decision to bring both the four anime as well as the game to the west was made early in production." (via Wiki)

(All images via Google Images)