From STUDIO4â„ƒ, the cutting-edge anime studio that is home to many of the revolutionary animation available today including "the Animatrix" and "Tekkonkinkreet" comes Genius Party Beyond; 5 New features from 5 anime heavyweights.
The concept remains the same: Gather an all-star team of contemporary Anime creators, mixing established legends with the brightest up-and-comers. Give each one free reign to make an entirely original film, providing only a single guiding theme: The Spirit of Creativity.
But more than extension of the original Genius Party, the directors of Genius Party Beyond have pushed the envelope even further and the results, quite simply, are extraordinary.
The Revolution Continues.
Directed by: Mahiro Maeda (Animation: Kill Bill)
It came out of the sky...huge, unheralded, unknown, falling to the plains of heaven. Co-oni, amongst the panicking throng, trembles in speechless anticipation. "It lives!" With Hagoromo and Yamaneko, Co-oni rushes to Jii. The silent, massive object now begins to change. Co-oni and his cohorts grab their instruments and run to it, and see that it slowly awakens. "Let the party begin!"
#2 "Moon Drive"
Directed by: Kazuto Nakazawa (Key animation: Ergo Proxy)
Four notorious villains of the moon colony: Zico, Yuki, Micchi and Pekepeke. Lead by the rumour of treasure, they obtain an old map from a watchmaker. However no one can read the ancient script! They storm the house of a scholar and ask him to decipher it. It tells of another map, a legendary treasure map, to which this map is but a guide. In order to obtain an airship to get to the island, Zico bets it all on a game of pool. And then, out of the blue, a major upset!?
#3 "Wanwa" the Doggy
Directed by: Shinya Ohira (Key Animation: Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence)
A little boy is playing by his hospitalised mother. Suddenly a ghastly demon appears and tears the boy from his mother. He awakes in a strange world. The boy chases after a dog, "Wanwa", and the demon appears again! With the help of Wanwa, the boy outruns the demon and reaches a big tree. But, Wanwa won't move anymore. Sad and lonely, he is cornered by the demons. Then he hears his mother's voice...
#4 Tou Jin Kit
Directed by: Tatsuyuki Tanaka: (Conceptual Design: Batman Gotham Knight)
A residential complex surrounded by massive factories. In one of these apartments, lives a young girl. Using a strange machine, she implants a mysterious creature called a "tou bug" into her doll, bringing it to life. Withdrawing into her dark room, the expressionless girl dwells on this forbidden game. But not for long. One day Shimada, an investigator from the administration bureau and the Glassheads, tipped off, rampage through her room. The girl grabs her doll and makes her escape...
#5 Dimension Bomb
Directed by: Koji Morimoto: (Animation Director: Mind Game)
Shin, a boy in a pupa, meets a girl named Kuu. The time he spends with this free-spirited one-off girl transforms him. Fond, unforgettable memories. Fragments of words from the past flood back. Including the words that tore him apart... "I hate you." Body and soul, aimlessly out of control and floating. Where has the warm yet cold, fun yet sad, angelic yet devilish girl gone? Can the boy emerge from his pupa and move forwards?