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YouTube Japan Video Awards Offer DIY Inspiration

Not even remotely timely, but the vids are awesome nonetheless

Folks, let's all hop into the Wayback Machine and take a trip into the mists of time to the month of January, 2010. It's OK if you need to go chew on some ginko for memory, I can wait. Anyways, back in mid-January YouTube Japan held voting for its annual video awards and there were over seventy entries in seven categories, including an anime one. While I can't post all the videos here I can give you a link to the YouTube Awards site where they're all viewable and give my commentary on a handful of the notable anime entries.

Fumiko no Kokuhaku ("Fumiko's Confession")

The winner for the 2009 anime category, Fumiko's Confession really had me white-knuckled for the titular character's precarious situation as she plummets through a town built on a ludicrously steep mountainside that seems to never end. I was wondering if this is a parody on the tendency for Japanese schools (in the countryside, at least) to be built on hilltops, like modern day castles of knowledge. The animation was, at times, almost Disney-like, and the music further emphasized a very Western feel. That's not a criticism by any stretch--a job well done is just that any way one slices it--and with the gratuitous panty shots throughout, this anime remains firmly grounded in Japan.
By the way, both times after she confesses her love the boy responds with "I'm sorry, I want to concentrate on playing baseball!"

Yume (Dream)

While Yume may strike viewers as crude at first glance, there is so much detail in each shot and the action is so well-timed to the soundtrack that one can't help but gawk in awe at creator shunke1984's meticulous attention to detail and boundless imagination. This is surreal stuff, folks--like revisiting Willy Wonka's boat ride through that freaky tunnel, only longer and Japanese. The music (did I mention he did the music too?) is dreamy and compels me to sleep, but the visuals absolutely will not allow it. Now that I think about it, the style reminds me a lot of Australian graffiti artist Yok, whose stickers have made their ways to the posts, bollards and subway walls of Japan.

Mukougaoka Chisato Wa Tada Mitsumiteita No Da (Chisato Stared)

Agggh! Those piercing red eyes! I know there's a deeply significant story in here somewhere. If only I had the time to analyze it in-depth. During the first half it felt like I was part of the greatest side-scrolling video game ever made as Chisato sprints through her environment...right up until the first car crash. The saturated watercolor style enhances the dreamlike surreality of this piece.

the TV show

I saved the best for last. This animation was floating around the net late last year and I must say, why it didn't win in either the animation or music video category is beyond me. This video is a celebration of virtually everything awesome in the Land of the Rising Sun, covering so many conventions of pop culture in one place it borders on aural overload. Kaiju films, stiff newscasters, world-weary yatai (food stall) tenders and much more, you're going to need to watch this several times to appreciate it all--and with the chill Daft Punk-esque soundtrack you'll probably be doing that anyways. I'm very much looking forward to director Sugimoto Kousuke and musician Manabe Takayuki's future works. Pray for more collaboration. Sacrifice a goat if you gotta!
Kelleth moderator on March 16, 2010 at 12:03 p.m.
lol this is like the 10th time i watched the TV Show and i agree with you that it should have gotten an award other then being onbestamv`sofalltime`s youtube channel.
MoonStormon March 16, 2010 at 12:49 p.m.
That 3ed video was some cool S*!%. The TV show is also good. Man I need some more. 
Boddingtonon March 16, 2010 at 1:36 p.m.
@MoonStorm: Definitely visit the link then and check out all the other entries. The other categories ain't bad either.
Count_Zeroon March 16, 2010 at 2:54 p.m.
Fumiko's confession is positively hilarious. It reminded me a lot of the "Roger Rabbit" shorts at the start of "Who Framed Roger Rabbit" and "Honey I Shrunk The Kids".
Konandaon March 16, 2010 at 7:38 p.m.

I remember seeing the TV Show a day after it was posted and it was awesome. I have seen it many times since and it still is awesome.

Fleonixon March 16, 2010 at 10:17 p.m.
I watched the TV show a couple of times it was very entertaining.
Lunarmothon March 17, 2010 at 12:29 a.m.
I really liked Fumiko's Confession and Chisato Stared. I believe both of them where truly creative. As a aside I have had The TV show booked marked for weeks!
John_Martoneon March 17, 2010 at 4:58 p.m.
Hmm, interesting. I hadn't seen most of these yet.
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