"Come And Play" – Kakurenbo: Hide-and-Seek (anime) – 8/10 Pumpkins

Weather forecast for tonight: dark. ~George Carlin

Genre: Horror/ Psychological/ Supernatural

Review Status: Complete (1 Movie/1 Movie)

Licensed: Licensed in the US

Art/Animation: While the CG does look a little clunky and the character designs a little odd, this still has enough dark atmosphere and bright colors to make up for it.

Summary: Among the ruins of the city, there is a game only children can play. It is called “Otokoyo”; a game of hide-and-seek. But whenever children play this game, one by one they would disappear into the blinds of the buildings… The story begins when a boy enters the world of Otokoyo, to find his missing sister.

Review: At 25 minutes, this is the shortest movie I’ve ever seen. And yet it manages to be a fairly good one! You follow a boy as he enters the game of “Otokoyo”, a game that you can play once a month, when the lights of the city flicker and begin to go out. The goal? To hide from the demons in the heart of the building for as long as possible. If you reach daylight, you win. Everyone else… disappears. Such was the case for out protagonists’ sister, and now he’s come to find her.

The players discover that the game is more dangerous and sinister than they believed it to be, and our protagonist learns that there’s far more to the game than he could have believed… a secret that is at the heart of the city….

Overall, this is a great short film to watch if you want a case of the shivers!

Recommended: Yes! No blood, no gore, but there are disturbing themes/implications, so ten and up.

Other titles you might enjoy:
Perfect Blue (anime),
Higurashi: When They Cry (anime and manga),
Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service (manga),
Bizenghast (manga)
Muhyo and Roji’s Bureau of Supernatural Investigation (manga)


1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Hope_In_Song
    Dec 19, 2010 @ 17:26:10

    This looks like an interesting anime movie, I might wanna try it out myself! *loves scary stories*


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