Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Check This... 'Chage & Aska - On Your Mark, Directed By Hayao Miyazaki'

On this 'check this' we have the beautifully animated music video made by none other than Hayao Miyazaki for the japanese pop duo Chage & Aska. The music video was created in 1995, is entirely animated, has no dialogue and was inspired in part by the Chernobyl accident of 1986, in which a damaged reactor had to be covered with concrete and the surrounding area evacuated. The two men are meant to look like the singers Chage and Aska themselves.

In the future, mankind can no longer live on the ground due to intense radiation, both from the sun and from abandoned nuclear plants. One day, a group of special police raided a religious cult compound, and after fierce firefights two policemen found a winged mutant girl, with chains on her arms, barely alive. However, government scientists dressed in hazardous material suits immediately intervened and brought her to a research facility. Realizing they were merely transferring her from one prison to another, the two policemen formulated a daring plan to set her free once and for all.

The full English lyrics of the song can be found here, but the animation is stunning and really speaks for itself.

To view past shorts we showcased click here.