Hikari Toriumi’s short anime film Koishi doesn’t need color to be to be utterly luminous. In fact, its grayscale palette makes its tale of a boy in mourning all the more the more breathtaking.

On Vimeo, Toriumi explains the title, “a Japanese pun, ‘KOI’ being the kind of fish used for the flag designs and ‘KOISHI (こいし)’ meaning ‘I miss you’.” The music is by Daiki Okuno.

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This Toriumi’s first-year film at CalArts. Wow. We can’t wait to see what comes next.

[via Watermelon Animation]