“Genius Party” is a film anthology. “Shanghai Dragon” deals with two Chinese kids who are caught in an alien invasion. It turns out that their imagination may be able to save the day. “Deathic 4” is about a zombie kid who finds a living frog. He goes on a quest to take it to the center of the town so it can return to the realm of the living. Can he help the frog get back to his home while avoiding the police? “Doorbell” tells the story of a young man trying to prevent his doppelganger from taking over his life.
This is a very good movie that’s not afraid to experiment with the limits of animation and dip its toes in a wide variety of genres. “Limit Cycle” is the only clunker in the bunch, but that’s because it comes across more as a vehicle for pretentious ramblings rather than pushing the boundaries of animation as a visual storytelling medium. “Shanghai Dragon” is one of Shoji Kawamori’s better works, because his new age sensibilities are successfully integrated into the story without going off the tracks into his usual philosophical ramblings. Shiichiro Watanabe’s short, “Baby Blue”, may seem a little odd to people who were expecting something like “Cowboy Bebop”. But it’s very good and shows that he’s very good in working in other genres. It’s surprising that none of the animators tried their hand in making a horror short. It would have been pretty interesting. Honolulu anime fans looking for a good anthology film should buy “Genius Party” as soon as possible.
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