Fumiko no Kokuhaku ("Fumiko's Confession")
By the way, both times after she confesses her love the boy responds with "I'm sorry, I want to concentrate on playing baseball!"
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!