Hiroyasu Ishida’s “Rain Town” Is a Haunting, Beautiful Animated Short

A short set in a town where the rain never stops, Rain Town is a mysterious tone piece of a film that reveals Hiroyasu Ishida to be an animator to watch.
Rain Town

I’m sitting here in my office, listening to the sounds of a truly lovely Nebraska spring thunderstorm. As such, it only feels appropriate to write about Rain Town, the latest short film from Japanese animator Hiroyasu Ishida. Ishida made a bit of splash back in 2009 with the frantic and hilarious Fumiko’s Confession. Rain Town is a complete one-eighty from Fumiko’s Confession, though: a haunting, mysterious tone piece set in a town where the rain never stops. Or, as the official synopsis puts it:

In this town, since who knows when, rain has never stopped.
Residents moved out to suburbs and high ground around ​“Rain Town.”
People’s memories are now deeply submerged.
But into this forgotten rainy town sometimes, someone wanders.

I’ve embedded the short below, but I highly recommend watching it in HD in order to experience the full extent of Ishida’s lush designs and animation.