Cencoroll is a 2009 Japanese animated science fiction film nearly singlehandedly written, designed, directed, and animated by manga author Atsuya Uki.
In Cencoroll, large, mostly white amorphous creatures have been appearing in town. Tetsu is a male high school student who keeps one such shapeshifting creature named Cenco, which he can control via telepathy, though wants to keep it a secret. An inquisitive girl named Yuki chances upon Cenco at school.
Curiosity getting the better of her, she sticks with them, even as they get attacked by Shu, who wants Cenco's powers for himself.
Based on a one-shot manga titled Amon Game, written and illustrated by Atsuya Uki. The manga won the Grand Prix Award in Kodansha's Afternoon Shiki manga competition in 2005. In 2006, Anime Innovation Tokyo began an initiative to sponsor anime produced by independent animators and small studios and chose Cencoroll as their first sponsored project. In 2007, Uki created a Cencoroll short film and distributed it over the Internet; due to the praise it received, Uki decided to nearly singlehandedly write, design, direct and animate a 30-minute Cencoroll film. Cencoroll marked the first time the production company Aniplex had agreed to back a project that was animated almost entirely by one person.
A sequel is in the works. The first trailer can be found here. The film should hit Japanese theaters in 2018.
This Film Provides Examples Of...
- Artificial Limbs - Cenco becomes one for Tetsu, after he eats the latter's arm so he can regrow his own.
- A Boy and His X - Erm. A boy and his transforming, techno-organic, white hippopotamus creature.
- Cannibal Clan - Tetsu says the monsters seem to need to eat each other to survive, but Cenco regularly eats other things.
- Cutlass Between the Teeth - Handlers seem to spend a lot of time in their monsters' mouths, especially Shu.
- Extreme Omnivore - Cenco, who's shown to eat chocolate, pudding, metal scraps and Tetsu's arm.
- Gratuitous English - The ending theme.
- Idiot Hair - They're used to control the monsters.
- Mon - They're pretty damn close to Eldritch Abominations, actually.
- Ordinary High-School Student
- Sequel Hook
- Shapeshifting - Cenco.
- Tap on the Head: Yuki takes a baseball bat to Shu's head.
- Teleporters and Transporters
- Unusually Uninteresting Sight - Partially Averted. The monsters are noticed, but most people don't seem to take much interest in them. ...Or much of anything, really... it doesn't mean that you can't take a giant pudding out for a walk, though.