Nyaako and Nyatta’s excellent adventure

“There are some things in painting which cannot be explained, and that something is essential.” – Pierre Auguste Renoir

I finished Cat Soup. I have to admit it was quite a trip. Acid trip, perhaps. In a nutshell, the story is simple; Nyatta rescues part of his sister Nyaako’s soul from Death and must embark on a quest to restore her fully. The two set out on the quest, and encounter God along the way. It’s very, very difficult to really say more about this title because it’s so surrealistic in nature; I quickly found that the best way to approach it was to treat it like a work of art and not a narrative. Continue reading “Nyaako and Nyatta’s excellent adventure”

Cat Soup

Via Nick, this anime title was brought to my attention. The description at ANN is compelling:

Plot Summary: Cat Soup is an extremely difficult film to describe, due to its awesome surrealism and almost nonexistent dialogue. It is more a work of art than an anime. There are many underlying themes, such as the transience of man’s existence, but it can be enjoyed without understanding any of them. The plot, though simple, isn’t necessarily understandable without being explained. The main character, a cat named Nyatto, embarks upon a journey to save his sister’s soul, which was ripped in two when Nyatto tried to save her from Death. She trails after him, brain-dead. They encounter many brilliant, mind-bending situations, beginning with a disturbing magic show.

Given that the show contains sex, drugs, and extreme graphic violence, it’s not exactly kawaii-safe. Though you wouldn’t know that from some of the visuals: Continue reading “Cat Soup”