I’m kind of surprised, myself, that I never brought this up before… but is there any more anime out there along the lines of INTERSTELLA 5555?
I don’t know what place INTERSTELLA 5555 has in the hearts of the more experience anime-watching community. Actually, seeing how it’s been seven years since it was released, I suppose some of you might even remember it. You can describe it as the world’s longest AMV or anime’s answer to Pink Floyd’s THE WALL with equal mileage. It was a collaboration between living legend Leiji Matsumoto (he of CAPTAIN HARLOCK and GALAXY EXPRESS 999, among many others) and the House duo, Daft Punk, visualizing the latter’s 2001 concept album DISCOVERY.
Certainly musical scores are essential to anime, but I get a special enjoyment out of animation that’s specifically music-driven. There’s a sense of… totality to the artistic expression that you don’t really find otherwise. You really do feel like you’re stepping into another world. And it’s something I’d love to see more of. The only other example I can think of an official production (well, technically unofficial but still not just a fan edit) is DAICON IV, which was the perfect meeting of my interests in Gainax, E.L.O. and basically everything else in 80’s genre entertainment.
Maybe it’s just too much of a niche market? I remember Walt Disney wanted FANTASIA to be an ensemble piece that would get updated ever year, but its disappointing box office performance quashed those plans. FANTASIA 2000 was incredible, but even that didn’t do well-enough to warrant Disney doing more.
That’s a frustrating prospect to accept and I’m really hoping this is just a case of me not being aware of the other musical anime that's out there. So I ask you, oh rhythmic Anime Vice community, to help me out here. Name some similar titles I should look for, and let me know where INTERSTELLA 5555 stands.