We first heard of Japanese animator Hana Ono, who goes by the nickname Onohana, a year ago when we stumbled across her gorgeous short film, Origami of Landscape. Since then, she’s been working with animation collective Onionskin (who produce some pretty amazing music videos) and produced a short film, Crazy Little Thing. The film, about a girl who strangles a man with a noose, unleashing a symbolic look into the world of loneliness, won the prestigious Noburō Ōfuji Award.
Now that the recent grad student is winning accolades, now seems like a good time to formally introduce you to her work. Although Crazy Little Thing isn’t available to watch on the Internet, you can watch the trailer. All of Onohana’s trademark quirks are there, from the way she uses sketches to the abstract way she combines color and movement. Above, a few other samples of her work. (Hat tip: Nishikata Film Review)
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Japanese animation collective Onionskin wants to push “animation into the future” (or at least that’s what Google Translate tells us). The four-person team provides animation for commercials and music videos, but their music video work is what sets them apart. Their whimsical illustrations straddle the line between quirky humor and storybook fantasy. Their video for Vampillia’s “ice fist” is the perfect example, showing exploding gorilla heads amidst an orgy of heavy metal skulls. However, their video for Lai Lai Lai Team’s “heaven” is less eccentric, showing a colorful rotoscope of band members playing instruments. If you have an hour to kill today, browse their portfolio to see all their music video work. Of course, we also made a few GIFs for you lazy people.
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