Between pastel matte paints and aquarelle drafts, this spellbinding musical story places characters into a impressionnist perspective where ill-defined expressiveness of designs fade in favor of a wild waltz of colors depicting emotions. It ranges from the rainbow stains shaping blooming amorous sentiments to the bright, aggressive red representing mocking anger. Paint, by itself, becomes the medium of main character's struggle for self-expression, which engulfs titular show's couple in its course. With paintbrush used as tool of harmony, the indoor scenery is panning in a smooth, heartfelt orgy of pinkish lilac. It emphasizes beautifully up one relationship takes as it goes through motion. Used as
the warlike tool of dispute, it dries up pulsating creativeness into the grey anthracite of depression...
Everything blends in perfect terms to illustrate that love/self hatred story, well aided by the raucous and yet oddly tender voice of Amazarashi...
All in all, it's a much recommended addition if you enjoy melancholic accoustic songs.
This was a damn good short, though it may resonate with artists/creators more than others.
I understand that this is technically a music video, but as I cannot understand Japanese, it's impossible for me to judge the relation of the song, lyrically, to the story itself. Other than saying that I really enjoyed the music and found the passion of the song's more intense moments to be fitting of the scenes they complemented, there's not much else for me to add on that front. The music was very good, but may not suit everyone's tastes.
Now, for the video. The art itself was beautiful, full of vibrant
paints and pastels that wonderfully conveyed the emotions playing out on screen, but the real winner in all of this was the actual message. In only seven minutes, this managed to make me tear up a little bit. The story depicted shared many striking similarities to my own life, especially involving my past relationships. I'm not a painter myself, but I am in fact a musician, so I could relate to the artist shown here in more ways than one. The act of chasing a passion that won't always pay the bills hits close to home, and as such, situations like the one portrayed in this short are an all-too-common occurrence. I've found myself involved with a seemingly supportive significant other in the past, only to end up alone with my art (music) in the end, due to an inability to both fully pursue my dream and also provide a stable source of income and/or focus on the relationship at the same time. The moment in the video that moved me the most was when the artist was cast into the sea of his emotions after his break-up, only to find himself using a giant paintbrush to keep himself afloat. Art, from the perspective of the creator, is a double edged sword. It can destroy your life and sever ties from the ones you hold dear, but it still ultimately ends up being the only thing keeping your head above water as you try to recover from it all.
Anyway, just go watch this. It's only seven minutes of your day, and well worth the time spent. I personally contemplated rating it higher, but seeing as 8 is usually my cutoff limit for shorts/OVAs (as I reserve my 9s and 10s for full series and/or films), and that there's a handful of shorts that I think simply outshine it (namely Furiko and Tsumiki no Ie), I'm going to stick with a solid 7. Very good overall.