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I'm not one to obsess over music videos, but this one by one SUGIMOTO Kousuke may just be the most dense, action-packed chaotic adventure ever packed into 3 minutes 28 seconds. I've watched it a dozen times already; it's like popcorn. For added high-bandwidth goodness, see his other video, which seems to recapitulate all of human history and the downfall of the Beatles - while you do, I'm going to upgrade my brain. I need some higher clock speed if I'm going to watch these again.
posted by Michael Roberts (69 comments total) 130 users marked this as a favorite

 
Very entertaining!
posted by jcruelty at 9:03 PM on December 6, 2009 [1 favorite]


The "Beatles" one was a hell of a lot more aesthetically interesting, although what it had to do with John, Paul, George and Ringo I have no idea.
posted by kozad at 9:09 PM on December 6, 2009


This is blowing my mind
posted by katerschluck at 9:12 PM on December 6, 2009


Wow. Great stuff.

The music in the second one reminded me of _Gitaroo Man_.
posted by ErWenn at 9:16 PM on December 6, 2009 [1 favorite]


Holy crap! What an entertaining sequence!
posted by Greg Nog at 9:16 PM on December 6, 2009


Okay! Now THAT is Best of Web!
posted by humannaire at 9:20 PM on December 6, 2009


very cool
posted by pyramid termite at 9:22 PM on December 6, 2009


kozad - on later viewing, it's not the Beatles; the downfall of civilization just seemed to be expressed in imagery of the 60's and I guess I kind of glossed the differences. In my defense, hell, there's about a meme every twentieth of a second in there; it's amazing I got anything out of it at all.
posted by Michael Roberts at 9:24 PM on December 6, 2009


So basically: metametametametametametametametametametametametametametametametametaBOOM.

Credits.
posted by casarkos at 9:26 PM on December 6, 2009 [1 favorite]


What would you say the style of music in the first one is? Glitch?
posted by poe at 9:28 PM on December 6, 2009


the most dense, action-packed chaotic adventure

I see your wager, and raise you 4 BILLION PERCENT.
posted by oulipian at 9:28 PM on December 6, 2009 [18 favorites]


Did you notice the screen says "A Charenger appears!" when the thief enters the video game?

Pretty funny.
posted by Brandon1600 at 9:31 PM on December 6, 2009 [1 favorite]


I see your wager, and raise you 4 BILLION PERCENT.

SPOILER ALERT!

I like the part where the cute little pig gets pissed off and starts shooting the buddha-looking dude with his nose.
posted by marxchivist at 9:37 PM on December 6, 2009


raise you 4 BILLION PERCENT

What
posted by Michael Roberts at 9:44 PM on December 6, 2009 [1 favorite]


Reminds me a bit of mind game (yt).
posted by juv3nal at 9:45 PM on December 6, 2009 [1 favorite]


oulipian: "the most dense, action-packed chaotic adventure

I see your wager, and raise you 4 BILLION PERCENT.
"

I don't know what I just watched, but I'm pretty sure I got the high score.
posted by lazaruslong at 9:46 PM on December 6, 2009 [4 favorites]



I see your wager, and raise you 4 BILLION PERCENT.


see also: [1][2]
posted by juv3nal at 9:54 PM on December 6, 2009 [3 favorites]


This thread is now about Kings of Power.
posted by anigbrowl at 10:07 PM on December 6, 2009 [5 favorites]


Those were both very good. Ape with Gibson Flying V seems so right.
posted by awfurby at 10:07 PM on December 6, 2009


A New Charenger!!!

(Is that tongue-in-cheek Engrish, I wonder?)
posted by Hardcore Poser at 10:07 PM on December 6, 2009


it's not the Beatles; the downfall of civilization just seemed to be expressed in imagery of the 60's and I guess I kind of glossed the differences.

The riff that starts in the break is pretty much "Taxman". I suspect you got the Beatles connection from the music more than from the image.
posted by ssg at 10:07 PM on December 6, 2009


Great joy.

I love the ridiculously lazy tempo at the beginning of each video, ramping up to an obscene glory by the end.
posted by leotrotsky at 10:09 PM on December 6, 2009




...whoops.
posted by griphus at 10:23 PM on December 6, 2009 [5 favorites]


I admit I was skeptical of your claims, but that was in fact entirely entertaining. Nice post.
posted by Caduceus at 10:24 PM on December 6, 2009


My expectations were high, and they were met. Nice find!
posted by Solon and Thanks at 10:35 PM on December 6, 2009


TRUCKER'S DELIGHT is another supremely entertaining and vulgar video - more akin to Paul Robertson's stuff than the stuff in the OP, though.
posted by Earl the Polliwog at 10:36 PM on December 6, 2009 [3 favorites]


^ It's on YouTube, but surely NSFW.
posted by Earl the Polliwog at 10:37 PM on December 6, 2009


Oh, we've seen Trucker's Delight.
posted by Solon and Thanks at 10:38 PM on December 6, 2009 [12 favorites]


Nice post.

And my first ever!
posted by Michael Roberts at 10:39 PM on December 6, 2009


Fantastic.
posted by threetoed at 10:45 PM on December 6, 2009


Okay, I feel kinda dickish just popping in here to rep my own shit.

I actually really, really like this music video. A lot of that 'like' comes from the fact that it warms my heart every time Japanese animators step out of the tired conventions of anime (the influence of which isn't remotely gone, which is a good thing in itself) to create something genuinely novel. I'm not hating on anime on a general basis, but I'm fucking yearning for gross stylistic innovation out of that country.

Also: everyone who liked this really ought to check out Hiroyuki Imaishi/Production I.G.'s Dead Leaves. Equally frenetic, dense Japanese animation also made outside of (but still acknowledging) anime.
posted by griphus at 11:01 PM on December 6, 2009 [2 favorites]


Oh my! Those were awesome. They made me feel like a kid again getting an adrenaline rush watching the cartoons on a saturday morning.
posted by Kattullus at 11:18 PM on December 6, 2009


I don't even know this planet sometimes.
posted by Scattercat at 11:40 PM on December 6, 2009


These are glorious. Thank you!
posted by Lemmy Caution at 11:59 PM on December 6, 2009


Absolutely fantastic. Made my Monday morning. I fear that this is going to be on loop on my PC for a while...
posted by slimepuppy at 12:07 AM on December 7, 2009


My head asplode.


I liked it.
posted by louche mustachio at 12:09 AM on December 7, 2009


Much better than Brokencyde, that's for sure.
posted by Pope Guilty at 12:16 AM on December 7, 2009


There are more animations on his website, though they are not as eyeball melting as these.
posted by louche mustachio at 12:28 AM on December 7, 2009


Whoa. Trucker's Delight was like Super Mario crossed with Custer's Revenge.
posted by benzenedream at 12:46 AM on December 7, 2009


A New Charenger!!!

(Is that tongue-in-cheek Engrish, I wonder?)


Probably, but... you never know. The thing to keep in mind is that for Japanese using the alphabet, L and R are virtually interchangeable. Really. It just doesn't matter to most people here, since these two letters represent the same sound for Japanese people. I've reached the point (after 14 years here) where I myself sometimes don't really even notice right away when one is substituted for another. Mt local coffee seller, for example, has ben selling me bags of coffee marked "French Brend" for so long that I think that's how it's supposed to be spelled.

The best, though, the absolute best, was a few years back, at Tower Records in Shibuya. GOD, I wish I'd had a camera with me. A store display, in large letters: ERIC CRAPTON. Perfect.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 12:57 AM on December 7, 2009 [14 favorites]


"MY local coffee seller..."

foreigners living in Japan obviously make no distinction between Y and T...
posted by flapjax at midnite at 12:59 AM on December 7, 2009


and we spell "been" with one E. What, you got a problem with that?
posted by flapjax at midnite at 1:00 AM on December 7, 2009


Um, people... I gotta say, about these videos:

Looks: 10
Music: 1

I... I'm sorry.
posted by e.e. coli at 3:26 AM on December 7, 2009 [1 favorite]


I must disagree, I often find instrumental music boring but I quite enjoy the first song. I often wonder why more music videos don't sync their editing closer to the beat. I was taught in film class that this is because it can become too mesmerizing, which I can see, but I guess I would WANT my music video to be mesmerizing.
posted by haveanicesummer at 4:41 AM on December 7, 2009 [1 favorite]


Wow. Loved it. Although the style's very different to Paul Robertson, the frenetic pace and obvious debt to Metal Slug (x-ref the raygun-toting jellyfish aliens in the first vid) are very similar. Oh, and e.e.coli - your soul is dead to music! I go running to the soundtrack from Kings Of Power 4 Billion %! (affects my pace to the extent that I look like I'm having some species of flailing seizure, though)
posted by RokkitNite at 4:43 AM on December 7, 2009


If anyone knows where one could find more Manabe Takayuki music, that'd be great. Google (in english) is coming up with these videos, and a scientist, but nothing more.
posted by haveanicesummer at 4:45 AM on December 7, 2009


Yeah, I have to disagree with you, too, e.e. The music to TV show has turned into a brainworm for me. A good one.
posted by Michael Roberts at 6:20 AM on December 7, 2009


Hey, let's not turn this into a "my video is better than yours" thread...

Because they would all fail to be as awesome as mine.
posted by aftermarketradio at 6:57 AM on December 7, 2009


Props Michael Roberts! And now I have to go and watch it again to unravel my brain threads.
posted by honey-barbara at 7:45 AM on December 7, 2009


My soul is dead to music? That would be an asshole thing to say to anyone, but certainly you don't know me. I was a professional drummer with sidelines in bass and guitar for 20 years, with a loving attention to craft. I listen, every day, to many genres of music.

But to be specific: I've heard lots and lots of tracks in the same style as the first one, and thought it was acceptable. But the second one, I'm sorry, those folks can't even play their instruments. I can hear what they're trying to do, but it's junior-high-school musicianship up against sophisticated, witty, and well-made visuals.
posted by e.e. coli at 7:51 AM on December 7, 2009


I really appreciate being told about this.
posted by jscott at 7:56 AM on December 7, 2009


e.e. coli - sorry, tone's a bit hard to convey over comments. I only meant it as tongue-in-cheek hyperbole. I'm sure, as you assert, your soul is very much alive to music.
posted by RokkitNite at 8:25 AM on December 7, 2009


1:35 caused snorting.
posted by Skorgu at 8:35 AM on December 7, 2009


Kousuke video is indeed awesome, thanks for posting, Michael.

Yeah, about Trucker's Delight; it was technically well-done, but it was kind of hard to appreciate that because of the violent woman-hatin' rapey rapeyness and all.

Dear artists: "edgy" does not equal "hey look, we are reviving the racist and/or sexist violent imagery that was until recently actually not all that unusual! And coincidentally not the kind of violence that has ever been directed at us! Because we're EDGY!"
posted by emjaybee at 9:00 AM on December 7, 2009 [1 favorite]


But the second one, I'm sorry, those folks can't even play their instruments.

They're flippin' apes. You expect too much.
posted by five fresh fish at 9:16 AM on December 7, 2009 [2 favorites]


Beautiful study in context-switching, layering, and anime-awesomeness.
posted by mistersquid at 9:25 AM on December 7, 2009


Look like I picked the wrong day to give up bashing zombie fetus armies wth a baseball bat.
posted by CynicalKnight at 9:31 AM on December 7, 2009


All the videos posted so far (minus Trucker's Delight) have been awesome, thanks.
posted by flatluigi at 9:46 AM on December 7, 2009


Reminds me a lot of this amazing Cyriak video.
posted by ORthey at 10:12 AM on December 7, 2009


I'm really happy for y'all and imma let you finish, but I just wanted to say that Beyonce has the best video of all time. OF ALL TIME.
posted by sciurus at 10:13 AM on December 7, 2009


I'm really happy for y'all and imma let you finish, but I just wanted to say that Beyonce has the best video of all time. OF ALL TIME.

The fact that it took this long for this to show up gives me new hope in the future of Metafilter.
posted by Hargrimm at 4:25 PM on December 7, 2009


A New Charenger!!!

(Is that tongue-in-cheek Engrish, I wonder?)


Looks like this was unintentional. The new HD version has it changed to 'Challenger.'
posted by Hargrimm at 4:37 PM on December 7, 2009


Oh
  my
    God.

Get out of my head!
posted by chairface at 5:48 PM on December 7, 2009


Nice post. I thank you very much...

It's just so addictive...
posted by Khazk at 10:36 PM on December 7, 2009


Is it just me, or does the music sound like it could fit in perfectly with a Dance Dance Revolution machine?
posted by bwg at 6:14 AM on December 8, 2009


It sounds like a kick-ass old-school Nintendo game -- I wish I could play. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
posted by Simon Barclay at 4:35 PM on December 8, 2009


The Beatles?! More like the Gorillaz, amirite?
posted by Pronoiac at 11:58 AM on December 9, 2009


Much better experience in HD set to Full Screen.
posted by mecran01 at 1:53 PM on December 9, 2009


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