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Genre Adventures, Music video, Short subject
Original video animation
Director Shinji Kimura, Yasufumi Soejima, Osamu Kobayashi, Shōjirō Nishimi, Mamoru Oshii, Kazuto Nakazawa, Ranji Murata, Tatsuya Yabuta, Atsushi Takeuchi, Tobira Oda, Yasuyuki Shimizu, Makoto Shinkai, Mahiro Maeda, Michael Arias, Shōji Kawamori, and Satoshi Kon
Studio Studio 4°C, Gainax, Gonzo, Madhouse, Production I.G
Released 2007 – 2008
Runtime 1 minute each
Episodes 15
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Ani*Kuri15 (アニ*クリ15 ?) is a series of fifteen 1-minute shorts that aired on the Japanese TV station, NHK between May 2007 and 2008. Intended as companion pieces to the Ani*Kuri program and as filler between regularly scheduled programs, the shorts were broadcast in three seasons of 5 episodes.[1] Each short was directed by a different director and the episodes were collected and uploaded to the official Ani*Kuri15 website in 2008. [2]




Season 1

  • "Attack of Higashimachi 2nd Borough" (Shinji Kimura: Studio 4°C) - Three aliens come to a cardboard Earth to invade.
  • "From the Other Side of the Tears" ("Namida no Mukou" ?) (Akemi Hayashi: Gainax) - A sad young girl recovers from a heartache.
  • "Blaze Man" ("Hyotoko" ?) (Yasufumi Soejima: Gonzo) - A groups of native warriors attack a giant kami in the shape of a bear. The kami sets one of the warriors on fire spiritually.
  • "Sancha (The Aromatic Tea) Blues" (Osamu Kobayashi: Madhouse) - An avaricious record-store owner watches greedily as patrons look through his records.
  • "Invasion from Space - Hiroshi's Case" ("Uchujin Raikou Hiroshi no Baai" ?) (Shōjirō Nishimi: Studio 4°C) - Hiroshi tries to read his manga but a small robot is shooting pellets to distract him so the robot can escape.

Season 2

  • "Project Mermaid" (Mamoru Oshii: Production I.G) - A fish turns into a mermaid who swims out into post-apocalyptic city.
  • "Yurururu ~Nichijou Hen~" (Kazuto Nakazawa: Studio 4°C) - An animator spends the whole day animating a 1-second clip of a giant fish in a city.
  • "Gyrosopter" (Ranji Murata: Gonzo; and Tatsuya Yabuta: Gonzo) - A young gyrosopter pilot visits a pool of water and remembers a gyrosopter battle and the death of a friend on a watery planet.
  • "Wandaba Kiss" (Atsushi Takeuchi: Production I.G) - A young boy and his dog initiate a complex Rube Goldberg machine in order to steal a kiss from a young girl.
  • "Supaatsutaisa" ("刺客來搜山了" ?) (Tobira Oda; and Yasuyuki Shimizu: Studio 4°C) - A peaceful samurai has his meal stolen by a cat after being attacked by a ninja. He then falls into a river and drifts over a waterfall.

Season 3

  • "A Gathering of Cats" ("Neko no Shuukai" ?) (Makoto Shinkai: Comix Wave Film) - The family cat has had its tail stepped on one too many times and dreams of revenge.
  • "Princess Onmitsu" ("Onmitsu Hime" ?) (Mahiro Maeda: Gonzo) - A magical girl and her doll must defeat an invading horde of air pirates.
  • "Okkakekko" (Michael Arias: Studio 4°C) - A group of children run across fields and play with a giant scary robot.
  • "Project Omega" (Shōji Kawamori: Satelight) - As an alien force hurtles toward NHK headquarters in Tokyo, the NHK building springs to life as an evangelion-transformer to battle the foe.
  • "Good Morning" ("Ohayō" ?) (Satoshi Kon: Madhouse) - A young girl gets up from bed and sleepily tries to awaken herself.


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