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.
This short was made in 2012, and for it being a short about cars it's okay, far from the best thing I have ever watched but calling it bad is a crime, and nobody wants that.
Story : Yeah this story isn't that good, not the worst have I seen, and it kept my entertained throughout the whole short, but looking back, it's not good at all. This show we see our protagonist [Kuniko Kai] with two other people [Koku Ganaha and Makito Kasuya] that want to have the best time of there lives! By chasing a truck? It just seems, weird. That doesn't alone want
me to watch the show at all, it makes me roll around with how dumb it is.
Art : The animation and art is what makes this short for me, smooth animation and stylish art is how it's done with these types of shows. It also fast paced, fast paced done right until Teekyuu's animation and style. It not only perfects it, it enchants it.
Sound : I don't have much to say, the voice acting average, nothing amazing but nothing that will make your ears bleed, the perfect example of a painfully average voice acting.
Character : These characters do have some sort of personality, but they don't at the same time, it's really hard to explain
Enjoyment & Overall: Despite my complaints, I did enjoy this short, sure it didn't have anything good to offer besides animation, but it's enjoyable, if you want to watch something to keep you entertained or for filler? Watch this!