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Mizu no Kotoba (Aquatic Language) -A tribute to Alpha?

1) Girl runs coffee shop
2) Girl apparently enjoys conversing with costumers
3) Coffee shop has images of fish.
4) ... (something you'll have to find out on your own at the end of the video, don't want to spoil it)

Given these similarities, I couldn't imagine the short film's creator, Yasuhiro Yoshiura, not having heard of YKK.

You could watch the 9-minute animation here:

Your thoughts?

- Jonathan
Tuesday, October 10, 2006


Interesting. A lot of the memes are the same, but the pace is sure different. I wouldn't be surprised if the created was inspired by YKK.

I wish the dub was better.



- dDave
Tuesday, October 10, 2006

I’m curious about what she meant when she said that she was merely following the 3 Laws. Was she referring to
A) her trying to cheer him up, or
B) her stopping him from falling for her (“Out of all the people I’ve met, you’re the one I’m most compatible with.”)?

If it’s the latter, then this might actually shed some light on why Alpha also turned down/let go of Takahiro as a potential lover and why Kokone is reluctant to get “lovey-dovey over some guy” (as Shiba put it). Perhaps the robots were programmed to avoid having relationships with people as a restriction of the Laws of Robotics (since their differences would be a "fatal flaw" in the relationship as mentioned in the short film)? Of course, this is probably just pure speculation from a fan and I really doubt it if Ashinano would even refer to the Asimov’s Laws ever since his focus was always on humanity. That is, he was more of obscuring the line between man and machine instead of contrasting the two in order to focus on the little intricacies of human nature (ie. Alpha as "more human than human").

- Jonathan
Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Clearly it is a reference to classic science fiction author Isaac Asimov's "Three Laws of Robotics." You can see the first law written out three and a half minutes into the film. "A robot may not harm a human being, or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm."
There was a Will Smith movie released in 2004 (I, Robot), that borrowed the name and some story elements from an anthology by the same title. There is a good Wikipedia entry for those who are interested:

- Jimmy
Thursday, October 12, 2006

The creator of "Aquatic Language", Yasuhiro Yoshiura, has more recently created another animated work titled "Pale Cocoon" which is a remarkable tale told in 23 minutes. Interesting story, good music, well drawn- It's worth looking for a copy.

I hadn't connected the similarity of these stories, but they both deal with decaying worlds, and are thought provoking-

- Peter Van Overen
Friday, November 10, 2006

Nice short anime. Though I wish that it was in Japanese instead.

- painsama
Sunday, November 26, 2006

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