Review: What did I gain from this ten minutes long anime? Of course it’s not something I would expect to get from regular anime series like witty dialogue, complex character development, exciting animation or innovative ideas. It’s something much simpler and more subjective than those things. It’s the feeling you get when you sit back, relax, close your eyes and listen to a piece of classical music; it’s pure, simple joy.
Comedy is the story of a girl whose village is about to be attacked by an invading army. One day she takes a book from her home and runs into the forest looking for the legendary Dark Swordsman. She intends to give to book to him and hope that he will help save her village in return.
At first glance, Comedy is unnaturally pale. Not only does the lack in color make the anime look and feel different, it also subtly represents the timeline of the story; Comedy is a distant memory of a girl. A fond and fantastic yet threatening memory she cannot share with anyone. For the music, Comedy cleverly uses Franz Schubert’s Ave Maria which is amazingly compatible with the anime’s look and feel. The use of classical music for the show strongly reminds me of another short anime ‘Magnetic Rose’ released under the title ‘Memories’.
Comedy leaves a great deal of details surrounding the quiet and secretive Dark Swordsman unexplored to a surprising impact. The unknown, in this case, leads to the anime’s mystical and dream-like atmosphere. It’s like listening to a bedtime story. You don’t mind if it is a lie, you let the story fly you away. Aside from the aesthetic merits, Comedy provides one simple yet important take home message; peace and books are invaluable treasure. In this anime, the human soldiers are the villains raiding and destroying the peaceful life of a little girl. The human cares only about blood and war. The girl tries to save her village by asking a mysterious Dark Swordsman for help. Similar to the girl, the Swordsman cherishes peaceful life and he spends his days reading books on tree branches and sipping tea. The reason he unsheathe his sword is because the girl offers her book as a payment. Ironically, the ones who see the true value of peace and books are a child and a monster, not human adults.
Comedy is a piece of art with incredible accessibility. Whether you like anime or music, you can surely enjoy it. I cannot think of any better way to spend ten minutes of you free time. This anime is a must watch, by all means.
Genre: fantasy, musical
Released date: February 5, 2002
Running Time: 11 minutes
Director: Kazuto Nakazawa
Animated by: Studio 4C