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Shelter (2016)

A lonely teenager whose entire existence is a series of futuristic simulations learns the heartbreaking truth behind her life in isolation.

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Toshifumi Akai

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Porter Robinson
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A lonely teenager whose entire existence is a series of futuristic simulations learns the heartbreaking truth behind her life in isolation.

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Great and Terrible at the same time
7 October 2018 | by sgrockeremoSee all my reviews

This Music Video turned Anime Short is just... odd?

We follow behind a girl left in complete isolation who creates false realities within a simulation to combat her overwhelming loneliness and starts to discover through suppressed memories where she is really from and just how tragic her lonely origins are.

This is the best part of the short in all honesty, the story is rich, interesting, and largely to the point. More on why I said largely a little later. I would rate the story a 9.5 out of 10 as I had only 1 minor complaint with it. Also the art style and animation feel unique and stylistic vs realistic which is nice actually as it allows the short a unique to itself feeling. The scenes as they unfold are fun and imaginative and do a good job of promoting this overall feeling of longing and loneliness in a subtle way.

The art direction layout and style are all A+ material with the story being a solid A like I said but now for the things that held it back for me....

For one the story isn't an A+ for me because of the just flat out useless ending, her lines at the ending are fairly generic and added nothing to the narrative not a huge takeaway but still. It hurt it a little but this wasn't my main issue. Either it took away from the pacing of the story a bit.

The music is generic, a solid C type of music where it isn't horrible but it is just well. Generic.

But sadly this generic song is happy and up beat most of the time in the song and often conflicts the atmosphere the short would have otherwise achieved.

In short. Great art style and art direction. A+ Great scenes and layout. A+ Great story minus the generic ending statements the girl makes. A Overly generic song. C Song is just flat out, out of place to the feeling the short otherwise clearly wants to have. D-

Either way a good B+ - 8/10 short. It is good and worth the watch, but you will be left wishing its faults weren't there to really open up its otherwise great story.


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