The rooftops of a darkened city, a couple walking by a lone streetlight on an otherwise darkened street, an old man rocking in a creaky chair in the corner of a room lit only by the moon or the streetlight entering through the window.
When Macklemore invented gay rights back in 2012 with his release of Same Love, it was very clear that he was fresh off of viewing the arthouse masterpiece Yoru no Hi. While we can all agree that Same Love is one of the best singles of 2012, second only to PSY's Gangnam style, can the same be said of this video. Does Yoru no Hi stand the test of time now that Macklemore has defeated heterosexuality? With these questions in mind I plunged into this short film to find out.
Visually, this one's a shocker. Everything is rendered in brown tones, which creates a murky, depressed,
and solemn environment. As it is continually hand-drawn and erased, the animation style is choppy, bizarre, and quite creepy at times.
Unfortunately, the sound couldn't hold up as well. Before writing this review I went to my local library to do some additional research on the source material. Basically, the audio files for this film were improperly recorded, and as such, all the dialogue was instead replaced with the sounds of rustling fabrics and typewriter clicks. Rerecording the lines would have costed a whole extra seven dollars and sixty-three cents, so the producer instead chose to roll with the messed up audio. As such, what was intended to be a neo-noir crime thriller movie ended up actually being way artsier than originally intended. Maybe that's not a bad thing, but one day I would like to see the original artistic vision rendered into reality.
There is absolutely zero symbolism in the entire film.
Overall I would highly recommend checking out your local library. Library cards are quite often free, and you will find troves of knowledge. Besides, literacy is an important skill for both you and the upcoming generation. Visit the webpage of Reading is Fundamental to find out more about how you can support your libraries and the future literacy of your children.
I first went into this expecting it to be the typical shounen anime, with an OP MC focusing more on tropes such as friendship instead of actual character development. I was disappointed to find that I was right. Despite the unusual art style, DO NOT BE FOOLED. Art is a good thing, but not all is as innocent as fans would have others believe. The movie focuses on the image of a moth, which according to my extensive research symbolizes unsettling things such as Shadows and Otherworldliness. Our overpowered main character (who we will refer to as "The Old Man") is slowly corrupted by the
moth. Initially swatting it away, the man slowly succumbs to temptation, putting the moth to his face in ritualistic worship.
The Old Man begins the movie depicted as ghaustly and rotting. Upon seeing the devil-moth give his blessing on The Child (who is symbolic of the anti-Christ), The Old Man is filled with jealousy of The Child's fortune and youth. Desiring this upon himself, he grasps the moth and forces the ritual to happen. However, there cannot be two anti-Christs. The moth rejects him, flys away and burns up by a streetlamp.
However, DO NOT BE FOOLED by this intentional misdirection. Not only does this movie corrupt the minds of children and convince them to be full-blown Satanists, but this movie is Bourgeoisie propaganda. This movie is ACTUALLY designed to sell trading cards. So what if it's only four (The Moth, The Old Man, The Child, and The Woman)? Four will become eight will become sixteen will become thirty-two will become sixty-four will become one hundred twenty-eight will become two hundred fifty-six will become five hundred twelve will become one thousand twenty four will become two thousand forty eight will become four thousand ninety six will become eight thousand one hundred ninty two will become sixteen thousand three hundred eighty four trading cards.
No one will be able to remember all the names if that happens. Not to mention that The Old Man would be put on the banlist before the game even got released. What's the point in buying something that you can't even use?
Despite this, I may or may not recommend this anime.
When I went to watch this, what I got definitely wasn't what I was expecting. I'm surprised at how alright this is, I having expected something a lot... weirder.
It is definitely eerie, even maybe a a bit unsettling, but not in a scary sort of way; the scariest part about this being the style it was drawn in, but even that seems to just add to the short film's overall feeling.
All in all, I think this is a nice thing to watch once when you have a few minutes to kill, and don't mind storytelling that's voiceless. Though, don't expect the story to be clear
cut and obvious, since it definitely will leave you wondering just what this was about.