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Kousuke Sugimoto’s The TV Show Is A Gorgeous Mix of Art and Music

I don’t care if it’s five years old, Kousuke Sugimoto’s The TV Show is still damn cool.

The 208-second film is a wonderful fusion of animation and music, that tells a delightfully skewed tale of media gone awry. It’s a love letter to popular culture that’s littered with countless references to anime, films, and video games that range from the iconic to the obscure.

What’s most impressive, though, is the way the film itself presents itself. The TV Show is composed of 19 separate threads, which all begin separately. Through the course of the film, they slowly and meaningfully intertwine with one another, until every character, every set is in a state of absolute anarchy.

It’s colorful, it’s quick, and it’s just plain lovely to behold. Every character, every scene is brimming with personality, and the plot itself just revels in its absurdity. The pacing is masterful, and the deft management of 19 separate plotlines is utter genius. We’ve posted the video above, so definitely check it out!

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Samantha Ferreira

Samantha Ferreira is Anime Herald’s founder and editor-in-chief. A Rhode Island native, Samantha has been an anime fan since 1992, and an active member of the anime press since 2002, when she began working as a reviewer for Anime Dream. She launched Anime Herald in 2010, and continues to oversee its operations to this day. Outside of journalism, Samantha actively studies the history of the North American anime fandom and industry, with a particular focus on the 2000s anime boom and bust. She’s a huge fan of all things Sakura Wars, and maintains series fansite Combat Revue Review when she has free time available. When not in the Anime Herald Discord, Samantha can typically be found on Bluesky.

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