Genius Party & Genius Party Beyond Blu-ray

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About Genius Party & Genius Party Beyond Blu-ray

Genius Party & Genius Party Beyond contains a total of 12 short anime films from acclaimed Japanese directors Atsuko Fukushima, Shoji Kawamori, Shinji Kimura, Yoji Fukuyama, Hideki Futamura, Masaaki Yuasa, Shinichiro Watanabe, Mahiro Maeda, Koji Morimoto, Kazuto Nakazawa, Shinya Ohira, and Tatsuyuki Tanaka.

From groundbreaking animation outfit STUDIO 4°C (MFKZ, Mind Game) comes two extraordinary projects with a shared, simple vision: to take an all-star team of some of the best animators working in anime today, and give each free reign to tell a unique short story built around "the spirit of creativity."

The results are Genius Party and Genius Party Beyond, two animated anthology films featuring contributions from directors Shoji Kawamori, Shinichiro Watanabe, Masaaki Yuasa, Mahiro Maeda, and many others. Full of boundless imagination, fantastic worlds, and unique visual styles, these two acclaimed films are now available for the first time in North America.

Details

  • Publisher: SHOUT FACTORY
  • Media: Blu-ray
  • Spoken Language: Japanese
  • Subtitle Language: English
  • Genre: Action, Drama, Fantasy
  • Age Rating: ALL
  • Run Time: 170
  • Year Created: 2007
  • Release Date: 10/15/2019
  • Dimensional Weight: 1
  • Region Code: A

Ratings & Reviews

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Difficult to Recommend, A Shame to Miss

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I really enjoy collections of shorts whether completely disparate (such as Short Piece or Memories) or bound by a theme (such as Robot Carnival, or The Animatrix).

The shorter, collected format allows creators to truly experiment resulting in incredibly creative and wildly inventive visuals, stories, and settings, however, this same format can, at times, result in wildly uneven quality.

Genius Party and it's successor, Genius Party BEYOND (collected together here) occasionally achieves great heights and has more than a few stumbles. It is good? That will very much depend on the viewer and your tastes and expectations.

That having been said, I can promise you that it provides an experience which is wholly and utterly unique, creative, and memorable. It is at times beautiful, inspiring, absolutely incomprehensible, and even exhausting, yet never fails to be an interesting glimpse into the minds of the talented creators assembled.

Collection of shorts by Innovative Directors/Creators

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I personally like anthology films such as aforementioned Memories, Robot Carnival, Batman: Gotham Knights, and A Short Piece (which I own but haven't watched yet!).
Sometimes the experimental shorts are easier to watch than experimental FEATURE-length films.
I've watched films by Studio 4C but they're just not my cup of tea story or design-wise. This compilation is NOT like those from the sense you're getting small doses of experimental animation within a short length which is easier to digest. Experimental by its nature is nonconventional and doesn't always hold to established norms of storytelling or doesn't really have a plot which can be off-putting to many people.
If you've liked ANY of the compilations myself and another reviewer mentioned, then I'd give this disc and try it out. I probably would split the films over 2 days watching but you might be happily surprised...