In the not so distant future, to cope with the traffic jams and verticalization due to the increased population, the city of Tokyo was reconstructed under the theme of city sharing in which people share the urbane space by transforming the roads and city structure by time of the day. A woman named Nico is walking in the city. She is having her long-awaited day off; however, she does not know what to do and who to hang out with. She hopes an exciting thing suddenly happens.
Then, a truck passes right before her eyes. The loud music and flashy decoration of the vehicle reminds Nico the car it that everyone's talking about on the internet. As soon as Nico sees it, she runs after it, then runs into Gatsu and Makito. Nico gets in their latest A-Class and they chase after the truck driving through the city that is changing its form rapidly.
Imagine my surprise when I saw an article on a short ONA made by Productions IG when I was browsing through a car blog.
Seeing that a German company which used to only specialize in executive/expensive automobiles that used to only target customers in their 40s with a hefty salary, this commercial comes off to me as quite revolutionary as a car enthusiast/business student and awesome as an anime fan.
This was not the first time I've seen that anime has been used as a medium as advertising. This however was the first for a non-Japanese firm, and in terms of quality, the small details in a
6 minutes short really shows. I'd give credit to those who convinced the uptight Germans in Stuttgart to put funding into this.
Given it's 6 minutes running length, there isn't any particular story to speak of. It does play parody to the most famous Japanese car-related anime, so I will give credit for that.
The futuristic look of the 'moving city' with the lighting, the details of the characters are surprisingly good for such a short clip. The integrating of the A class (possibility A45 AMG?) with the 'Blue Wonder' noodle truck is done greatly. Water effects and lighting are used in great effect.
The music really fits the mood well, if albeit constrained due to the length of the clip. The sfx for engine noise doesn't sound relative to the M159's throaty roar that is found in the hood of a IRL AMG V8...
Nothing much to say here, but each are distinctive and fits well to the 'futuristic japan' theme that is going to play here.
What part of seeing a prototype/futuristic A45 AMG racing against a 1954 Blue Wonder truck fitted with a 6.2 M159 V8 lifted from a gull-wing SLS AMG in a moving city, drifting in narrow Japanese streets and getting air-time in the process just to get Ramen not sound cool?
At the end of the day, this is still a manufacturer promotion campaign. For the already downward trend of Japan's auto industry, the indication to the manufacturers of this clip is showing that MB is now targeting the next generation of youngsters to drive European cars. Better start making more desirable cars, Honda and Toyota.
To the part anime-fan and part car-enthusiast like me out there who gets chills down his spine hearing a AMG V8 starting up, this is a really delicious, if a bit short, treat from MB of Japan.
Next A-Class is a fun and short anime. Kids driving a super A-class Mercedes-Benz goes on a high-speed chase to catch the legendary noodle stand. Best part got to be when the kids can shift seats in the car without moving.
A bit confusing. At first glance there is a mention of an event that took form. Whether it was true or not is debatable. Then shortly after a chase for a legend begins. The problem was that slight mention in the beginning was not relevant at all to the story. Since the beginning event was so brief the viewers are forced to rewind and play back to see if that was the subject from earlier. While that is good way to cause revisits in views in truth it is aggravating plot wise. Plot, is suppose to lead to a gradual lead in
to prevent confusion.
As for the ending another random toss-up is thrown at the viewer. You get so fixated on what it is going on to suddenly back pedal to another?
Did a fine job of covering the visuals. However, the transition from the female main character's starting location to leading location was a rather big leap. Yes, i know when it comes to walking or running or whatever you are bound to regain the same body posture you had earlier. So, in theory keeping the posture and changing the background is a nice time/cost efficient shortcut. I agree and disagree. I disagree for it can and did throw confusion to was a scene missed? What was with the sudden change? Were the powers used? Was it a dream? Too many question asked at that moment when a few more slides could have been added to prevent it.
You might think why care over one moment in a show? good question. If something is wrong with a bill like an unexplained charge wouldn't you like to know why before paying for it?
As if the cover shot doesn't make it clear this was strictly business made. You have your financier and you have your product. Sure you get to advertise or demonstrate the features provided but it comes at a cost. Without much plot this is not much different than a commercial. And i think i speak for all commercials are annoying.
Overall: A clever marketing tool but lacked in plot.
I don't think they really cared about the detail that was applied as long as the car looked nice. Some examples...
1. why start off with an improper 'bang'?
2. Nice zoom in on the yellow shirt. It bares a strong similarity to something that is forbidden depending where you are. Is that the secret to their 'success' in some manner? It certainly would explain the lack of follow through.