crossroads (shinkai)

Anime director Shinkai Makoto has collaborated with Z-Kai, a Japanese company that runs cram schools and correspondence classes, to produce a 1:59 min long commercial. It’s a mini-story – titled 「クロスロード」(Korosuroudo/Crossroad) – of two students cramming for their entrance exams, simple but illustrated in Shinkai’s usual style – in other words, a colourful and light-filled feast for the eyes.

Because the company name doesn’t pop up until the very end (and without any explanation of what they do), it doesn’t feel like a commercial at all, but just a tiny snapshot of the life of two people.

Subtitles in both English and Chinese (simplified) are available, you can select them from the captions menu.