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Music videos: getting the full story

So I’ve noticed a trend – and I use that term extremely loosely, because my ‘trend’ consists of only two items, but the term makes me sound authoritative – for music videos to tell a different story than the one you might get just from listening to the song. I, for one, am a huge fan of this, because I love pretty cinematic things, and I love stories, and this seems to combine the two. It does seem very strange though, since I assume most people will only hear the song. They’ll never get the full story! Or perhaps it’s just a (better) retelling?

WARNING: These songs/videos may (most assuredly) contain gratuitous dancing and making out between attractive peoples, to a song that you may (again, most certainly) find to be extremely repetitive. I didn’t say they were good songs (though I do enjoy them, especially #1).

Behold! My two examples:

Case study #1: Good Girls Go Bad by Cobra Starship

This song is about some guy who makes all the ‘good girls go bad’, which is a line that sounds just as shallow and presumptuous when sung. However, the music video tells a very different story – these girls are just letting him think he’s making them ‘go bad’, and in the end he rather gets what he deserves. Every time I watch this, I feel rather like cheering at the end. Love it!

Case study #2: Break Your Heart by Taio Cruz


The gist of this song is that the singer is going to break some chick’s heart because he’s a ‘bad boy’ and a ‘player’ and yadda yadda yadda. It all seems like some painfully one sided testosterone-induced posturing. But in the music video, both he AND his hot chick are ‘heart breakers’ trying to one-up each other… and somehow in the process of flirting and making out with other people, they become a perfect fit for one another. Maybe I’m just a sap when it comes to happy endings for messed up people, but I think that’s kinda cute.

So!

Can you think of any others?

July 17, 2010 at 5:26 am Leave a comment

Natsume Yūjin Chō – Season 2

Season two of Natsume Yūjin Chō features a return of old characters, the introduction of a new character, and yet more friends met and bid farewell.

Natsume reading a book
Nyako Sensi, Natsume, and Benio

In a continuation of the first season, we learn a little more about Natsume’s grandmother, Reiko, but most of the second season deals Natsume’s interactions with various youkai and coming to terms with his place in the supernatural world.

Natori's youkai servant Hiiragi
Taki's onmyouji circle

TL;DR As a child being shunted from home to home, accused of lying by other children and ostracized for seeing what others couldn’t, Natsume is fully aware and admits his dislike of youkai, but realizes that he cannot bring himself to hate them, just as he can’t keep himself from getting involved with them. In a world where many youkai hate humans, and just as many humans hate and fear youkai, Natsume is learning that they are both just as capable of laughing, loving, hurting and betrayal.

Taki
Neko-sensei eating a delicious dinner

I’ve said it before, but I absolutely adore this anime. I love meeting the different youkai, and the little story each episode presents. The music, if anything, has gotten better, as well as my attachment to the various characters as I get to know them better. Each episode is a little bit happy, and a little bit sad, and altogether wonderful.

March 28, 2009 at 9:07 pm Leave a comment

Who’s in da House?

House, that’s who.
House M.D.
I really like this show. House is a jack ass, made all the better by the fact that his character is based on Sherlock Holmes (addicted to a drug, obsessive to the point of crazy, no real friends). Oh, and he saves lives. Not because he cares (which he does, a little, sometimes), but because puzzles are interesting, and it’s all he’s good at. Because he’s really, really good at it.

But really, the best part of the show is the process of diagnosis. They take the weird cases that no one can solve, and as such you get to hear about all these weird medical things and hear all sorts of biology talk!

House M.D.

On the down side, the main characters all deserve to lose their medical licenses multiple times. They break into homes, they ignore legal documents, fake phone calls, lie to patients and even other doctors. None of them seem to realize that not just some, but all of these are illegal.

But hey, what the heck.They’re saving lives!

January 17, 2009 at 2:40 am Leave a comment

Natsume Yūjinchō

Natsume Yuujin-Cho
A supernatural slice-of-life, Natsume is a high schooler who can see spirits. An orphan, he has been tossed between relatives, and has just recently come to stay with an elderly couple who live in the same area where his grandmother, Reiko, grew up.

Natsume Yuujin-Cho

Though few people remember her, Natsume quickly finds that the spirits certainly haven’t forgotten – and they’re not happy! Turns out Reiko bound a large number spirits to her will, recording their names in her “Book of Friends.” And they want them back. But other spirits want the book too – it’s a powerful item, and whoever possesses it can command anyone within it. Enter Madara, a powerful spirit in the form of a small (rather fat) cat. Accidentally released by Natsume, Madara agrees to help protect Natsume as he attempts to return the names from the Book of Friends to their rightful spirit owners. In return, Natsume promises him the Book in the event of his death.

Natsume Yuujin-Cho

It may sound somewhat heavy, but this anime is more like a cream puff – light and enjoyable. The voice acting is excellent, and if the animators might be a little overly enthusiastic with bright light filters at times, the story certainly makes up for it. Each episode focuses on its own little short story, which then fits into the larger arc of Natsume learning about Reiko, and finding his place within his new home. The humor is cute and not forced, characters are varied and each have their own motivations and attitudes, and each story is intriguing.

So take a break on a rainy day and join Natsume and his friends!

Images courtesy of Memento (www.designchronicle.com/memento/)

January 10, 2009 at 10:02 pm Leave a comment


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