Koji Morimoto: Ken Ishii - Extra
Koji, a master animator and premiere Japanese Anime director (Founder of Studio 4c) best known for his work as animation director of Akria (One of my most inspired films of all time) as well as the animatrix’s “Beyond” <— Video here. Has delievered a rather Neo Tech music video here for Japanese Electronic artist Ken Ishii.
The video seems to follow one man fulfilling his needs through some augmented reality game, of killer baby sitting robots, and other sinister (Probably not sinister at all) characters in which he intends on shooting.
Here is the famous Koji
Here are some of his sketchs (Though he is known for his animation)
My Comment: The first time i witnessed this video, i was quite young and astonished at the brutality an animation could feature. I had watched little Japanese Animation (Guyver) which was also rather violent but never seen it applied to music. The outcome is a rather Neo-Tokyo, blade runner type city. Generously coated with an aura of this cesspool of greedy, sex driven humans.
The colour of the music video is also interesting as i feel the characters are rather grey and unimaginatively lit. However depending on the different scenes the background can be lavishly coloured with crimson reds (Like blood) or a haze of orange of blue green. Even the majority of neon lights are particularly in your face. It is only the directors choice to invert colours and sync flashing lights to the music on top of what you are seeing.
Love the environment, and coolness of characters in this video.
IIRC they used to show this on MTV Amp when I was a kid. I loved staying up late on the weekend to see all sorts of weird stuff they wouldn’t show during normal hours, though I don’t think much of it sank in until later. Anyways, absolutely classic video and track.
As for Morimoto, It should be noted he was the animation director on Akira. Also, he directed the Magnetic Rose segment of Memories and I think also animated the concert scene in Macross +. I think this guy has popped up more places than some animation fans realize.
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