Most beautiful 10 min of your life
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Published: January 21, 2009

(BTW, please ignore the header pic...Noname-san is being extremely OOC today... *punches him*)

Sorry for this random little journal, but I watched the short "Kigeki" today and I just had to share it with everyone! It's so lovely!

Kigeki (English trans.- "Comedy")

Feudal Ireland in the midst of war and occupation. Deep in the Black Forest lies a ruin nicknamed the Devil's Castle. There is a rumor that a skilled swordsman lives in the castle and will lend his services in exchange for rare books. A young girl sets out to find this Black Swordsman and requests him to save her village.


This is one of the most beautiful shorts I have ever seen. Despite being only 10 minutes long, Kigeki manages to fit in a deep and dark story that is far from a comedy. The limited colors and soft glows create a haunting atmosphere, and the action scenes are just gorgeous to watch. The background music, Ave Maria, is different from most bgm and stands out, but it's certainly fitting when you think about one of the many causes of contempt between the two countries at that time (Roman Catholicism vs Protestantism). There are only two characters and we don't even know their names, but I think leaving out the names makes it both a story many can relate to, or a fairytale that was never real in the first place. The 10 minutes does rather leave you craving for more, but keeping it short also preserves the mystery behind it. Kigeki is definitely something everyone should watch at least one time!

:star::star:Here is a link to the video on Veoh:…

Discussion time/ Self-contemplation:
(Please only read this after you watch Kigeki...)

(Everything will sound obvious after I say it, but sheesh did it make me think at first. XD) When I first watched it, I wondered why this was called 'Comedy' when the story seemed to be the opposite! But after the second time, the Black Swordsman's words in the beginning, the village sage's stories, all began to make sense. There was a time of severe strictness when laughing and the such was forbidden. All books with humor were burned. It was during this time that the Swordsman was born, which might explain his seemingly lack of emotion. To read some Comedy, to fill up the hole with what he was denied all his life, he was willing to do anything-even kill. Perhaps in a dark time such as that, what everyone needed was just a little comedy to lessen the pain on both sides. And even now, the importance of comedy in our lives can't be forgotten~
The Black Swordsman is portrayed as a vampire. With his "black hair and pale skin," being able to see at night, his threats to the little girl about eating her flesh and drinking her blood, the disappearing bodies and his mouth stained with blood at the end, he does seem rather...unearthly. But I believe he is 100% human. Perhaps he fueled the rumors so he could have an excuse for the degree of his actions.
"What happened to the bodies?" They were hidden under the bridge. (:
At the time of the girl, were comedy books still banned? I can't tell... If it WAS banned, then how would the girl be able to get her hands on one? And it wasn't even hidden... If it WASN'T banned, then why didn't the Swordsman just go and buy his own books? Did he feel guilty reading such books? Hmm...d-does anyone want to think?

There is one thing I don't get...
15 years after their meeting, Ireland gains its independence... HUH?! Didn't Ireland gain its Independence 1921-ish? So 15 years before that is 1906... Armies wore metal coats of armor in 1906?! What the heck? Is anybody Irish here, care to explain history to me? I have a feeling Wikipedia isn't telling me something...XD Or the anime is off...really off...

Oh, and creepy laugh is creepy. 8DDD Good job Midorikawa-san! Ah, I love his voice~ It's Seiran~~!

The art inspired me to try to color this old pic of Noname (anyone remember?!). But well..I got a little impatient near the middle so not everything is colored, but the important thing was that I wanted to catch the colors and the glowy feel of Kigeki. I tried to paint a winter bg scene but it turned so obscure and now it looks like abstract art or something. :XD:

I used (partial) vector drawing. I realized I should've used vector for my animation before, it would've looked cleaner in the zooming and stuff...

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bunnbunn's avatar
wahhh, such a great little short <33
And the art coloring got the atmoshere very well. (LOL, Noname XD)
I think they just drew them in armor for stylistic purposes?
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Maybe they forgot..XD After all, they drew Swordsman reading a book backwards, I wouldn't be surprised if they mixed up centuries... OTLLL

Whut, why lol at Noname... =v= You remember him or something?
bunnbunn's avatar
nyo, I just thought his name was funny XD
ryutenken's avatar
must resist watching right now.... must resist to watch.... must.... resist.... x_x orz
You know, because of you, I already lost an entire night of sleep because I started watching One Outs and couldn't stop - and I don't even like Baseball on top of it orz :o
(and totally forgot to tell you about that because afterwards I got hyper with too much coffee xD)
Maybe I should tell you to start watching Kuroshitsuji (if you aren't watching it already, that is) and hope that you'll get reeeally hooked up on it >;p
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It's only 10 minutes! Why, you can definitely spare 10 minutes in your schedule! 8DDDD

Ouuuuu.. You really watched One Outs?? I'm so happy! I always felt like most of the time I'm just writing journals to myself, so I'm really glad that someone actually read (and tried out!) the anime I recommended! Well, I'm not happy that you didn't get any sleep, but hey, I always felt that losing sleep makes you appreciate the little sleep you get even more! :slow:
I didn't like baseball really either, but it was just that addicting! XD

Ah, Kuroshitsuji~ I've been following the manga, but I haven't watched the anime yet. I wonder how similar they are...
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Haha yeeeah I'll be able to spare it in like 2 weeks, when I really should study for my exams instead 8D

Hehehe nah I usually read journals if they're written interesting or funny (and yours are), so yeah xD
Ah well, I happen to be one of those persons who don't get any sleep quite often, so you shouldn't be too unhappy about it 8D
Haha yeah, it was actually TOO addicting orz how the hell can you get so hooked up on something, that is about something you don't like? It shouldn't be possible, should it? XDD

Aaaaah, you should check it out; Sebastian's voice is so sexy *loves* I still haven't read the manga yet (I have it on my hd, though), so I can't really tell you how similar they are.... but I think I heard they are fairly similar indeed ^^
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i watched Kigeki. ! i was so good XD for a 10 min video
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Isn't it so pretty? =///v///=
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