Imagine one of those extremely hot days where the horizon appears to be shimmering (this is pretty difficult when you’re Irish but I’m sure the rest of you can imagine one of those days quite easily). Everything you view from a certain distance off appears to be moving like water. The outline of a plane in the sky in the sky appears to be swimming, waving from side to side like a giant fish.
Crash course about this anime: Twilight Q is an OVA made in 1987. It consists two totally unrelated episodes made by entirely different people. The first is a rather forgettable piece about a time travelling camera. It starts well, a bit like those creepy asian horror movies you watch and then really wish you hadn’t, but then becomes a bit of a mess and leaves you wondering what on earth the whole point of it was. Maybe if you really liked House of Five Leaves then you could give it a shot, because it’s the same director, but honestly I’d say you should skip it. The second episode features the above sequence of a plane turning into a fish, in what has probably taken over FLCL as the strangest opening scene to an anime I have ever seen. The director is considerably more famous for this episode. Mamoru Oshii, who directed things like Patlabor and Ghost in the Shell.
Seeing as it’s only half an hour long, I can’t say a whole lot without spoiling stuff, but that fish turning into a plane should really be hook enough. It’s the sort of thing I was expecting when I went on my epic search for 80’s OVA’s. That slightly mind-boggling story-telling that leaves your head hurting just a little after watching. Mind you, Twilight Q wasn’t that difficult to understand. They pretty much spell everything out to you, but you start to piece the story together one step before everything that happens on screen. That’s also it’s only real flaw. The whole story is told via exposition. The guy literally reads the story off a page. But amazingly it still works and is a thoroughly fine way to spend half an hour.