This 10-Minute Short Animation Will Tear Your Heart Out

posted on by Bamboo Dong
Latest short from comedian Tekken commemorates 140 years of Shinano Mainichi Shimbun paper

Japanese comedian Tekken may have a modest foothold in the Japanese comedy scene, but he's perhaps best known overseas for his incredibly moving flipbook animations, one of which was even used by the British band Muse as an official video for "Exogenesis: Symphony Part 3 (Redemption)."

He's recently completed another tear-jerker, this time to commemorate the 140th anniversary of Japan's Shinano Mainichi Shimbun paper. "Kazoku no Hanashi" (The Story of a Family) uses 1,918 hand-drawn frames, and will leave you sobbing uncontrollably by the time it's over.

Through newspaper clippings, the story follows the son of two apple farmers who tries to find his own path in life. The city of Ōmachi in Nagano prefecture, where the paper originates, is Tekken's birthplace.

Here's a short behind-the-scenes look at how the story was made from the newspaper's official website:

Source: Jiji Press

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