Title: Shoujo Tsubak
This is surely one of the most bizarre and mystery-shrouded animefeatures of the last decade: Midori. The name will probably not befamiliar, but the comic on which the film was based has been releasedhere under the title Mr. Arashi`s Amazing Freak Show. Yes, this film isan adaptation of a comic by the uncontested king of ero-guro, MaruoSuehiro. It`s remarkable enough that a Maruo Suehiro anime exists inthe first place, but no less remarkable are the circumstancessurrounding the film`s origin and presentation to the public.
Where to begin? First of all, Midori is a rather hard film to classify.It`s anime, but it`s not. Anime is known for being rather limited, butthis film takes limited to a whole new level. It`s closer to a kamishibai or paper play, a type of one-man entertainment that was popularin pre-WWII Japan. Maruo`s original comic is in fact an adaptation of akami shibai, so it`s an appropriate analogy. And the remarkable thingis that this anime version really is a one-man entertainment: everydrawing you see in the 52 minute film was drawn by one person, therebymaking it true to the spirit of the original - a modern kami shibai.Attempting such a thing is pretty much pure insanity. It wound uptaking this person five years to make the film. The madman in questionis one Hiroshi Harada 原田浩.