Most anticipated animated feature of the year? Well, Mamoru Oshii's Sky Crawlers certainly gives it a good run but I do believe that Studio 4C's Genius Party Beyond - the second part of their aptly titled Genius Party anthology series - still holds the top spot. Why? Because Studio 4C is, for my money, the best animation studio in the world today and this series assembles all of the best talent out there and turns them loose to do their respective things. Think you know what Japanese animation is supposed to look like? You may know the past but you don't know the future until you take agood hard look at what Studio 4C is up to. This installment features five shorts from directors Koji Morimoto, Mahiro Maeda, Tatsuyuki Tanaka, Shinya Ohira, and Kazuto Nakazawa all of whom embrace very different styles and all of which look very, very impressive. Based on the trailer my personal favorite is - by far - Morimoto's Dimension Bomb, which looks just flat out stunning.
The trailer has just arrived online and we've got it in the ScreenAnarchy Player below the break.