Ga-nime (画ニメ, Ga-nime), a portmanteau of “illustration” (画, ga) and “anime”, is a relatively recent trend in Japanese animation to create highly aesthetic short anime films using non-traditional animation techniques, often directed by artists who have limited involvement with the anime industry.

Typically, these films will utilize a series of illustrations accompanied by voice acting and music, with the only motion provided by extremely simplified limited animation, computer animation, camera movements such as panning and zooming, or stop-motion animation. They are generally produced by only a handful of staff members, with the director often writing, illustrating, or even scoring the piece themselves.

Since 2006, Toei Animation has produced several ga-nime, directed by various notable artists, including Yoshitaka Amano and Keita Amemiya, on a variety of subjects ranging from original stories to adaptations of the works of Osamu Dazai, Sakutarō Hagiwara, and H. P. Lovecraft. (Wiki)

Ga-nime (Official Website)

Some works:

G-9 by Keita Amemiya
Bird’s Song by Yoshitaka Amano
Fantascope ~Tylostoma~ by Yoshitaka Amano

This reminded me of the animation segment from Robot Carnival called Cloud directed by Mao Lamdo with music by Isaku Fujita.

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