She And Her Cat: Their Standing Points is Makoto Shinkai's first work. It is a 5-minute short and was released in 1999. The focus of the story is the relationship between a woman and her cat; the latter provides the narration, recounting events in the girl's life about heartbreak and loneliness.It is animated entirely in black and white, reflecting on the minimalist nature of the cat's perspective. Through the use of detailed still images and careful incorporation of sound, the end result is a highly concise and sweet tale of love and innocence, elements that Makoto Shinkai will integrate into all of his subsequent works.
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