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  • Accidental Aesop: Use your vacation days! It's okay to take a break once in a while, so you don't die while on the job.
  • Awesome Music: The short's leitmotif has a haunting quality to it that perfectly compliments the melancholy tone.
  • Heartwarming Moments: When the man falls in love and gets a girlfriend, the two share a tender moment under the moonlight in the middle of the man's fantastical view of the world. Even though it goes downhill from there, it shows that finding his one true love is one of the highlights of his life, if not THE highlight.
  • Realism-Induced Horror: The main character's life is no different than what a real-life person goes through, and that's exactly the point, making it incredibly effective in its poignancy.
  • Tear Jerker: The whole short is a sobering experience condensing the life of a man constantly brought down by harsh realities of life.
  • Values Resonance: Before the term Karōshi became a known concept everywhere else — a Japanese term meaning "death from overwork" — this short from the late 60s portrays the consequence of being a workaholic to fatal results, giving the subject matter more teeth than ever before. Heck, the short was even released two years before Japan's first recorded case of karōshi in 1969.