Genius Party

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Genius Party
Geius Party DVD cover.jpg
Genius Party DVD cover
Directed byAtsuko Fukushima
Yoji Fukuyama
Hideki Futamura
Shōji Kawamori
Shinji Kimura
Mahiro Maeda
Kôji Morimoto
Kazuto Nakazawa
Shin'ya Ôhira
Tatsuyuki Tanaka
Shinichirō Watanabe
Hiro Yamagata
Masaaki Yuasa
Produced byYukie Saeki
Written byYoji Fukuyama
Hideki Futamura
Shōji Kawamori
Mitsuyoshi Takasu
Masaaki Yuasa
StarringTomoko Kaneda
Rinko Kikuchi
Lu Ningjuan
Taro Yabe
Yûya Yagira
Music byKaoru Inoue
Nakagawa Toshio
Akio Izutsu
Seiichi Yamamoto
combopiano
Fennesz
Nobukazu Takemura
Yoko Kanno[1]
Production
company
Release date
  • July 2007 (2007-07)
Running time
85 minutes
CountryJapan
LanguageJapanese
Genius Party Beyond
Directed byMahiro Maeda
Kôji Morimoto
Kazuto Nakazawa
Shin'ya Ôhira
Tatsuyuki Tanaka
StarringArata Furuta
Akiko Suzuki
Shôko Takada
Urara Takano
Music byAkira Ifukube
Warsaw Village Band
Minami Nozaki
Juno Reactor[2]
Production
company
Release date
  • October 11, 2008 (2008-10-11)
Running time
85 minutes
CountryJapan
LanguageJapanese

Genius Party (ジーニアス・パーティ, Jīniasu pāti) is an anthology of 12 short animated films from Studio 4°C initially intended to form a single release. The first volume containing 7 shorts is simply titled Genius Party and was released on July 7, 2007. The second volume containing 5 shorts and titled Genius Party Beyond was released on February 15, 2008.

Each short in the anthology has a distinctive animation style and unique story from the directors including Masaaki Yuasa, Shōji Kawamori, Shinichirō Watanabe, and Mahiro Maeda.[3]

Genius Party[edit]

The films[edit]

No. Title Director Summary
1 "Genius Party" Atsuko Fukushima In a barren desert, a human-like figure with a bird-like mask and appendages interacts with sentient egg-like stones in what seems like a symbiotic relationship.
2 "Shanghai Dragon" Shōji Kawamori An young Chinese boy finds a futuristic device that can make his own drawings come to life, but it is part of a plan by humans from centuries in the future to save their civilization.
3 "Deathtic 4" Shinji Kimura A boy in world of zombies finds a living frog that falls from the sky and he tries to return the creature to its own world.
4 "Doorbell" Yoji Fukuyama A young man encounters other versions of himself causing confusion about his own existence.
5 "Limit Cycle" Hideki Futamura A salary man, seemingly trapped in an endless cycle of work, makes an existential examination of the world.
6 "Happy Machine" Masaaki Yuasa A infant suddenly discovers that everything in its nursery is fake and goes out into the world outside where it encounters a range of alien like creatures, some friendly and some not.
7 "Baby Blue" Shinichirō Watanabe A bittersweet story about two high-school students and long-time friends who skip school for a day before one leaves for another city.

Voice cast[edit]

Genius Party Beyond[edit]

The films[edit]

No. Title Director Summary
1 "Gala" Mahiro Maeda A massive object lands near a village filled with strange creatures. A boy and girl sense that it is alive and when they start playing music it begins to grow.
2 "Moondrive" Kazuto Nakazawa A group of violent criminals seek a rumored treasure on Giants Island, but after only finding huge disappointment, they destroy the entire island.
3 "'Wanwa' the Doggy" Shinya Ohira While his mother prepares to give birth to another child, a child has vivid dreams revealing a bizarre mix of fears, hopes and joy.
4 "Toujin Kit" Tatsuyuki Tanaka In a steam punk world, a young woman illegally creates alien life forms inside stuffed animals, but the authorities eventually catch up with her.
5 "Dimension Bomb" Koji Morimoto An eccentric young girl summons boy from another dimension but their relationship changes resulting in an explosion of visual pyrotechnics as they each follow their own destiny.

Voice cast[edit]

  • Arata Furuta
  • Akiko Suzuki
  • Shôko Takada
  • Urara Takano

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