Drawer Hobs (2011) | JFF Plus: Online Festival 2020 Review

The animation Drawer Hobs (2011) by Director Kazuchika Kise known for his work on Ghost in the Shell only runs for 24 minutes. But from the moment it started and ended, I can not stop thinking about my life choices.

Do not get me wrong. My statement may seem frustrating for some; however, that is not the case.


Director Kazuchika Kise – Short Animation

Synopsis – Unfulfilled call-centre employee Noeru lives alone in a cheap apartment in a big city. One day, without notice, her mother sends her an old and bulky chest of drawers. Not exactly the most welcome piece of furniture for Noeru’s tiny place! But from that day, breakfast is ready in the morning although she doesn’t recall of having cooked any. And the kitchen is clean and tidy instead of the usual mess. And… wait, what are those weird kids doing in her room?


Unfilled is an adjective people can relate well. I, too, have that feeling within me. But I do not treat it as an enemy. Being unfulfilled is guides you to become who you are supposed to be. It is more like encouragement.

In the short animation Drawer Hobs (2011), our main character Noeru lacks something in her life. When the drawer which has five levels with the top part having two slide-out drawers, things started to change for the better.

The way I see it these are different levels of encouragement. People have various needs to make them confident and complete. All these six slide-out drawers offered the best form of encouragement, helping Noeru improve her outlook. How this transformation happened was heartwarming.

Now, let me ask you. Where can I get a drawer like this? Also, watching the first few minutes got me thinking if we have seismic tension rods on our furniture? Which reminds me, what is a seismic tension rod? Oh, do we have an emergency kit? I badly need a drawer like that.

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