It’s been a long time since it was announced, but Anime Limited finally managed to release the Production I.G Short Stories collection.
Pigtails and Other Short Stories from Production I.G is a special collection of anime short films from the animation studio. These short stories, much like Genius Party, each have their own style, animation and director attached to the projects.
Here are the list of anime shorts included in the collection:
Pigtails (Mitsuami no Kamisama), directed by Yoshimi Itazu and released in 2015. This is the main feature of the collection, running at 28 minutes length.
Kick-Heart, directed by Masaaki Yuasa and released in 2013. This is notable for being funded by a successful Kickstarter campaign with support from fans across the world. The film runs at 12 minutes length. Note: Due to exclusivity with the kickstarter, the English dubs will not be included with this release.
Li’l Spider Girl (Wasurenagumo), directed by Toshihisa Kaiya and released in 2012. This is part of the Anime Mirai project in 2011, running at 25 minutes length.
Drawer Hobs (Tansu Warashi), directed by Kazuchika Kise and released in 2011. This is part of the Young Animators Fostering Project and Anime Mirai project in 2010, running at 23 minutes length.
Oval x Over, directed by Hiroyuki Imaishi and released in 2005. This was a promotional anime for the Bridgestone Indy Japan 300 Mile race, running at 9 minutes length.
Anime Limited acquired the licenses for these shorts in July 2016 and it has taken almost three years for them to be released. Listings had been up for a very long time for the standard edition but in recent months the distributor finally revealed their shop exclusive collector’s edition set which comes with a storyboard book for Pigtails and another book dedicated to going into depth on each short, much like the distributor’s collector’s edition release for Genius Party & Genius Party Beyond.
The Collector’s Edition release includes all five short anime films on one Blu-ray disc and one DVD disc, region locked at B & 2 NTSC formats. The films are only available in Japanese audio with English subtitles. The white subtitles are locked during playback. Song lyrics are included for Pigtails, but not for Li’l Spider Girl and Drawer Hobs. There are some noticeable banding for these short films, but aside from that they do look great on Blu-ray though Oval x Over is an obvious upscale.
Audio: Japanese Linear PCM 2.0
Video: 1080p High Definition Native format with 16×9 ratio (Upscale format with anamorphic 16:9 ratio for Oval x Over)
Locked Subtitles: Yes
Audio: Japanese Dolby Digital 2.0
Video: 480p Standard Definition in NTSC format with 16:9 ratio (4:3 ratio for Oval x Over)
Locked Subtitles: Yes
Plot Synopsis (via Anime Limited):
From Production I.G, the legendary animation studio behind Ghost in the Shell and Miss Hokusai, comes a collection of five award-winning and rarely seen short films, directed by some of the best animators from Japan.
Pigtails: A thought-provoking fable portraying a nation’s unspeakable feelings in the aftermath of the 2011 tsunami and Fukushima disaster.
Kick-Heart: A love story between a pro-wrestler and a nun, each one with a secret to hide.
Li’l Spider Girl: A broken antiquarian meets with a scared, eight-legged baby arachnid slipped out from an ancient book.
Drawer Hobs: Unfulfilled call centre operator Noeru has to deal with six weird kids who have occupied her tiny apartment.
Oval x Over: Running against destiny was never this burning hot.
Blu-ray On-Disc Extra Features:
DVD On-Disc Extra Features:
Collector’s Edition Extras:
Rigid box with clean artwork & title on spine
156-page Pigtails Storyboard Book
140-page Material Archive Book
Pigtails and Other Short Stories from Production I.G is available as a Blu-ray & DVD combo pack from Anime Limited.