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An Anthology Film released by Studio Ponoc in 2018. It consists of three short films:

Kanini & Kanino: A story about two children who live underwater and get separated from their father during a storm, and go searching for him. Notable for being a short film with very minimal dialogue, where very few words are spoken beyond the character's names.

Life Ain't Gonna Lose: A Slice of Life story centered around a young kid named Shun and his mother living life along with dealing with his severe allergy to eggs. It stands out as the only short film with no fantasy elements.

Invisible: An invisible man struggles to go about his day-to-day life unnoticed by society, with the only thing attaching him to Earth is a fire extinguisher he carries, preventing him from floating off into space.

Outside of Japan and North America, the film is billed as a Netflix Original and was released on the platform in the relevant territories on September 6, 2019. In North America, the film was released theatrically by GKIDS on January 10, 2019.

The film provides examples of:

  • Badass in Distress: Kanini and Kanino find their father injured and hiding from the large trout swimming around.
  • Cursed with Awesome: The protagonist in Invisible has invisibility, which doesn't help with people not noticing him. He's also nearly weightless, but he needs something heavy enough to keep him grounded, otherwise he risks floating off into the sky. During the climax, he manages to take advantage of the latter when trying to outrun a truck to save a baby. He gets knocked off his moped, but gets flung forward enough thanks to his lack of weight that he's able to grab hold of the baby stroller and pull it to safety.
  • Incorrect Animal Noise: Played Straight on purpose. The trout that skulks about the river makes growling and heavy breathing noises as if it were a hungry dragon on the prowl.
  • Our Fairies Are Different: The fairies that are briefly seen in Kanini & Kanino have dragonfly wings and tails, which makes predatory fish a lot more threatening when one of their wings is found by itself underwater.
  • Plot Allergy: Shun has a severe allergy to eggs, to the point where it causes hives and anaphylactic shock, but avoiding the many, many foods that contain eggs is a bit of a daunting task. While his lunch looks almost nearly-identical to the school-provided lunches, his food is entirely prepared by his mother and it's implied that the school won't provide food for him at all since he couldn't go on a field trip without requiring him to be driven back and forth to his house to eat instead of with the other kids.
  • Visible Invisibility: The protagonist of Invisible is only visible because of his clothes, though for whatever reason, society always seems to see right through him regardless. There is a brief moment when his face starts becoming visible when he encounters an attractive woman, almost like a window fogging up to highlight his face, though it disappears pretty fast when she still pays him no mind.