Sep 13, 2022
This is a promotional music video for a manga, and it's about a girl who turns into a leopard or something (if she dates anyone, is this bestiality?). Dunno anything about that, but we do see a few panels from the manga scattered throughout. I actually stumbled upon this because I enjoyed other efforts from the director Mizuho Nishikubo, who was a good choice for a music video, as he also worked on Radio City Fantasy, which had a lot of music videos sprinkled throughout the story. However, this is a cheap effort compared to most promotional OVAs, and there isn't much here to work
with for nearly 30 minutes.
Often, this is just a slide show. Featuring many glossy images that look like concept art based on various chapters of the manga, sliding into place, shifting around the frame, sometimes zooming in or out, other times overlaid on some animated backdrops, or dissolving into the next frame. There's a little bit of visual experimentation with split screen and other techniques, but this honestly looks like a tacky, stitched together slideshow from a super-fan of the manga.
Whatever scenes are animated are generally pretty nice. The beach scenes look solid and have fairly fluid animation. There are plenty of scenes of water, as well as a few scenes with the leopard running and background animation. I want to say only like 5%-10% of this is animated, but even when it's animated, it's usually just loops of sparkly stuff or hair billowing or flowers adrift or sky backdrops.
There's no real narrative to the music video either. It all feels very randomly placed. I'm not sure the music fits that well or is very good, but it does the job. I'd be pretty sore if I shelled out cash for this back when it was released, even if I were a fan of the manga... now that it's widely available, it's worth a look if you're a fan, I guess, but this is something that probably deserves to be forgotten, relegated to the twilight hours on an old grainy TV set, droning away in the background while you're performing menial tasks. I try to be sparse with the 1/10s, but this is so boring and pointless and an absolute waste of time and bereft of any entertainment value or meaning, so it deserves it.
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