Japanese animation (anime for short) is something I enjoy on occasion. Some of the most creative animation I have ever seen has come out of Japan. Whether you know it or not, you have probably seen some anime yourself at some point (Dragonball Z, Sailor Moon, Speed Racer etc… are all anime). Due to it’s popularity in the US, many American companies that produce cartoons have attempted to imitate the typical anime “style” of characters (such as big shiny eyes, small mouths, exaggerated reactions etc…). The results are hit or miss (usually more miss in my opinion), but recently a special video came to my attention. “Shelter the Animation” attempts to bridge that gap between Japanese and American artists. It’s a music video that was designed and animated with the help of a famous Japanese animation studio, A-1 Pictures (most notable for animating Sword Art Online, Fairy Tail, Black Butler and more). However, the brains behind the music video was a musician, Porter Robinson (who created the song “Shelter”). Porter, who is an American, worked with French musician, Madeon, to create the song. Porter—a massive fan of anime himself—spent a long time working directly with A-1 Pictures to create this incredibly beautiful video. This sort of collaboration on anime isn’t normal. Usually, the Japanese don’t work with Americans on anime or manga, but they were moved by just how passionate Porter was and decided he would be a great partner to work with.
The result of their collaboration is a beautiful six minute video that shares the story of a young girl living in a simulation which she was put into by her father to save her from the end of the world. Give it a watch, but make sure you have a box of tissues ready.
For a behind the scenes of the creation of the video, check below: