Title: Iblard Jikan (Literal Translation: Time In Iblard or Iblard Time)
Episodes: Film (30 minute run-time)
Producer: Studio Ghibli
Recommended/Similar Titles: Whisper Of the Heart, On Your Mark
Much like looking through a window, Iblard Jikan explores the fantastic and beautiful world of Iblard by panning through art created by Naohisa Inoue. Iblard shows itself to be nothing short of amazing and will wash serenity over your mind.
It is said that the humanities is what makes a man civilized – especially those of the arts; whether it be visual, written, or performed. In Iblard Jikan we do not get so much of the written as we do the visual and auditory to create a relaxing atmosphere as the viewer enjoys some fine visual pieces and soothing musical selections. Their is no plot, characters, little dialogue, or even exact purpose other than guiding the viewer through an assortment of art pieces by Naohisa Inoue that almost seem to mirror various impressionist art by names such as: Claude Monet, Camille Pissarro, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, and others of that period. Much of the film does seem to have guided art tour feel – with no explanation spoken and only leaving the viewer with background music, the artwork, and their own imagination as the journey throughout this strange and wondrous world called “Iblard” unfolds.
Studio Ghibli has always possessed a technical and alluring hand when combing its animation with art, but with Naohisa Inoue’s unique visuals it becomes even more starkly impressive. While most of the scenery are Inoue’s impressionist/surrealist themed pieces, many are transformed before the viewers eyes as living, moving pieces while others are captured in still-motion representing the very artwork it was born from. Combined with Inoue’s depiction and faithfulness to the original impressionist/surrealist techniques and also some beautiful (if not unique) musical tracks, Iblard truly does take on an impressive life of its own.
In my own personal opinion, Iblard Jikan is great film, not only for what it presents, but also for how it presents itself. It does not exactly do anything new in the world of anime, yet it does change the definition of how anime can be looked upon and shows fans that it can be more than the usual singular faucet. That said, Iblard I believe would also make a great educational device for art students partially due to Inoue’s study and use of the impressionist and surrealist qualities in his pieces. Even if you are not a big fan of art, Iblard can be enjoyed by everyone I believe and just by taking a few minutes out of your day might even make you feel better for it. If you like you impressive visuals and thirty minutes to give, then you can definitely get more value out of this remarkable film and maybe a little something more.