Kakurenbo is a Japanese animated short written and directed by Shūhei Morita, and premiered in September 2004. Kakurenbo’s animation style is called cel-shaded, which consists in less shading 3D animation made by computer to make it look handmade 2D animation as was done before, painting the celluloid.
Kakurenbo is based on Otokoyo, a game of hide and seek, in which children wear masks fox near the ruins of an abandoned city. Those who dare to participate disappear, and believed that their spirits are kidnapped by demons. Kakurenbo follows Hikora, a boy who joins the game in hopes of finding his sister Sorincha, who disappeared after playing the game.
Hikora and the rest of the kids decide to play Otokoyo after dark; everyone has their reasons for entering. From the beginning, realize that the stories are real, and one by one are taken away by demons. Each of these has a personality, weapon and different strength: increasingly become more powerful and more difficult to combat. After a while, Hikora is the last child of seven who began. His perseverance is due to the desire to find his sister. When he thinks he’s achieved, he follows her, and here a secret is revealed: Sorincha is no longer Sorincha. Because he was the winner, Hikora will earn a dark and full of mystery destination, just like his sister. Despite being a film that only lasts 25 minutes, Kakurenbo is a gripping story because of the nearly apocalyptic scenarios done to perfection, the gloom of the narrative and its so unexpected end.
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