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Caleb Johnson’s review published on Letterboxd:
This review may contain spoilers.
There is a so much that's conveyed in this all packed into a 30-ish minute span of time.
Makoto Nagahisa knew exactly what tone to go with for this story, and it's easily the best part of the entire thing. Accompanied by the music, dialogue, and cinematography, this can often times be a pretty jarring experience. You'll have these rapid fire shots that play one after the other, all visually pleasing in their own way, but it's all enough to give you a stroke. It makes the whole thing feel bizarre and otherworldly.
But mixed in with those, Nagahisa includes lots of static shots that linger in a more suppressed, less hectic and zany tone. It all comes together to form a short film that is wholly unique and wonderfully vibrant. It's a perfect tone to convey the theme of existential crisis and feeling of being stuck.
Definitely one of the best short films I've seen, even if we don't get to see the goldfish in the end.