Regular readers will already know about my love for Voices of a Distant Star director Makoto Shinkai‘s work, so will understand why I’m pissed with Canadian anime fans right now. Not that the lucky bastards have done anything wrong, it’s just that if they can get to Ottawa this September, then they’ve got a chance of catching the premiere of his latest short Neko no Shūkai (Cat’s Gathering) at the city’s annual International Animation Festival. Like I’ve said before, so far Shinkai has proved he works best in the short film medium, so hopefully it’ll be something special. Check out a trailer I found below.

And while we’re talking about short, here’s a TV ad he made for his hometown’s newspaper. 15 exquisite seconds of pure Shinkai.