A not so "good morning" greets a little bear as he tries desperately to reach his destination on time but is hampered by improbable obstacles along the way. Directed and produced by Takashi Murakami of "Superflat Monogram" fame.
This was a collaboration project for the 2007 Hip-Hop album, Graduation, by the highly-acclaimed controversial rapper before he became a "God" and Takashi Murakami, a well respected contemporary artist. It's an authentic tune that was elevated by Murakami's visual insight. Through the use of cel-shaded animation, Murakami was able to bring the album cover and artwork of Graduation to life, with a nice rhythm and style that complemented the MC's lyrical drawl. It's simply Kanye being honest with his spit-fire braggadocios lyrics before he took a spiral into narcissism that followed in his later years. Sampling Elton John's
"Someone Saved My Life Tonight" and containing a stripped down 808s beat, Kanye guides us through a short segment of his life as an anthropomorphic bear while delivering his signature wordplay and catchy flow. Hip-Hop purest will surely enjoy the song if they haven't already heard it.
Of course, Kanye isn't the 1st to collaborate with anime creators, Daft Punk's 2001 album, Discovery, was turned into a full-length film collaboration between Toei animation and Leiji Matsumoto. If you're a fan of Daft Punk I highly suggest checking that out as well. There's even an alternative music video for Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody.
But outside of those other cases, Kanye West still remains one of the few musical artists out there that reached out to Japan in order to bring his vision to life. Of course, music is highly subjective and if you're not a fan of Hip-Hop this might not register with you but seeing that it's only 3-minutes in length, I think it's worth giving a listen.
Takashi Murakami, the renowned Japanese Pop Artist forever famous for his ultra-sheik take on fashion and commercialism, launches his career even further with his continuing efforts advancing superflat art like a bear out of a cannon. One of the oddest pairs in recent pop history, I present to you the very strange Kanye West and Takashi Murakami!
That's right! The iconic cover to the 2007 double-platinum album sung by rapper Kanye Omari West was designed by Takashi Murakami (also responsible for bringing the current Louis Vuitton branding fashion to the mainstream). The reason this matters is because the video itself is a fleshed out version of
the cover art. It follows the depicted bear (Kanye) on his graduation day in "Universe City."
The visuals are insane. A single image of this looks weird enough, but to bring the art to a constant level is just bizarre. A real flight of fantasy, Good Morning starts on a small scale and the quickly builds up a pace that ends in a nonsensical bang. The contrasting nature of realism in the songs lyrics against the very unreal presentation of the video make for a very fun and smart watch. Notice the small ironies here and there - the bear graduates from "Dropout University" among other things. It's short, wild, nonsensical and yeah it's not J-Pop. So what? It's a three minute romp through the mind of two very different artists.
Even if you don't like rap music I encourage this anime. Kanye's Graduation album is very much unlike the rap music of Tupac and 50 Cent that you may be familiar with - it uses a lot of electronic synthesizers and focuses a lot more on introspective topics than "gettin' down wit da bitches in da club" and "rottin me yellow (yuno what it is)." Good Morning might come as a surprise to you like it did for me, and who can resist modernist Japanese art anyways? There's no way you can lose out on this one.
A little introduction is only necessary when being given the honor of reviewing an outstanding masterpiece as "Good Morning". This anime deserves the rating that I am willingly giving and therefore also congratulating the well-known anime genius, Kanye West.
The story itself is a piece of intricate Art as it can completely stupefy the viewers after realizing how grandiose it is. The title is also sort of a catch phrase. As we get into the story, we realize that it is not all that of a good story after all. Here is where we are all given a lesson for life : Life is what
you make of it. It is beautiful how an average and daily situation such as waking up in the morning was developed into such an intricate piece of modern art.
The Art, a fused version of Albrecht Durer and Andy Warhol. The detail just as intricate and beautiful as Durer and then the contradicting, yet complimentary simplicity of Andy Warhol - It created a dynamic blend resulting in the powerful rating of a 10.
The Sound.. how could I ever describe this blessing that Yeezus has given us? His symphony and his voice coexisted like Buddha in nature - the perfect combo. I felt the emotion in Kanye's heaven-like voice. The repetitive instrumentals were perfectly applied to highlight his voice and there is an angel-like choir.
I felt deeply for the main character, as his optimism never faded, even though he was faced with several inconveniences and obstacles. His eyes remained gleaming with hope and he became one of the most likable anime characters in the history of anime.
With only good things in Story, Art, Sound, an Character, there is no way I would not enjoy this. If here was one thing to criticize is that it is not playing continuously, everywhere, as I would never get tired of this fabulous anime.
All hail based yeezus not even glorious Nippon desu could escape his ego they should have leggo his Eggo when they had the chance but they didn't so now I'm writing a review for his work.
Character - Well he has one hell of a character not in a good way ( I dislike tsunderes) but I think this song was made before he killed his mom so I think he was more humble so it is 10/10
Sound - I actually like the song the beat and the lyrics went so well together meshing together into one big ego 8/10
Art - CGI looks like some
qubo type ish...... ugh sorry based yeezus 3/10
Story - The video paints little yeezus when he was still a cub and the struggles he had to go through *sigh* to get his hip hop degree.... The lyrics themselves paint something else but the based yeezus made them too complicated for my human mind 7/10
Enjoyment - I enjoyed this almost like he enjoys being 53 million dollars in debt but he is enjoying the publicity soooo 5/10