Since I have been MIA, here is something that surprised me today.
There is this whole segment of Japanese advertisements (CM == commercial message) that are animated. Given that these are well funded, they can have production quality closer to anime features.
Anyway, today, I discovered that Makoto Shinkai had done a few of these ads.
Consider this series of advertisements for Taisei Corporation, a construction company.
「地図に残る仕事」/ “Work remaining on the map” [no-subs]
And this longer one for Z-kai, a correspondence test-prep company. Since I watched it after it popped up on my YT recommendation, I initially mistook it for an extended trailer for a new anime show. There are comments on YT wondering why it isn’t a movie already.
Ｚ会 「クロスロード」/ Z-Kai “Cross Road” [Use CC to turn on English sub]