Naruse Kunihiko is an upcoming short film-maker who shares the spotlight with no one. He writes his own scripts, his own music, and uses the one-man art of claymation to realize his vision onscreen. An arrogant artist who doesn't take any shit or tolerate any criticism, he operates solely on the desire for praise. And he ~DOESN'T~ share. So when he forms a friendship with Nakata, who has been assigned to interview him, Naruse finds himself unprepared for the trials of a real human relationship.
Meanwhile people who criticize Naruse have a way of "getting hurt." As Nakata finds himself drawn deeper and deeper into Naruse's world, he starts to suspect Naruse...
When a Tokyo teenager botches a suicide attempt, he finds himself recovering in a hospital where most of the patients are more than twice his age. Rejecting his mother's visits, he spends his time counting the hours between meals and blood-tests until a run-in with another teenage patient leaves him with an unlikely new friend.