SHELTER, tells the story of Rin, a 17-year-old girl who lives her life inside of a futuristic simulation completely by herself in infinite, beautiful loneliness. Each day, Rin awakens in virtual reality and uses a tablet which controls the simulation to create a new, different, beautiful world for herself. But all is not as it seems…
artist: Porter Robinson, Madeon
Collaborated with animation studios A-1 Pictures and Crunchyroll
(This was first going to be my reaction to this music video but then I changed my mind to a review but in the end, I decided to do hybrid post: my impression to the video and what are my thoughts. No spoilers and it will be brief.)
“Japanese pop culture and anime have been a huge influence on my music, so getting the chance to make my own anime is very much a dream come true. To actually collaborate on creating anime is just unbelievable,” Robinson explains. “The video for SHELTER is the most concrete distillation of being immersed into fantasy and it’s connection to reality. Most of our life experience is now in some way connected to technology. The world of SHELTER, this virtual reality universe that she’s stuck in where she has this superpower to create environments and go around and play in them and explore them everyday. It’s a beautiful notion and something that’s relevant to my own sensibility as an artist”.
-Porter Robinson while working on this project. This quote is from the news article in Crunchyroll.
This music video starts off like as if it was the first episode of an anime. The beginning of the video begins with the girl named Rin as she speaking in a monologue before waking up to start the day. As the day begins, Rin, with her trusty tablet, is able to create and interact her environment in this virtual world. As the viewer watches her turn imagination to her reality, Robinson plays some exquisite music that gives this anime is calm and peaceful world to enter. Each moment where the scene changes the music matches perfectly. The animation are crisp and beautiful as if you are watching a dream. A-1 Pictures does an excellent job on creating worlds for anime like Sword Art Online. Personally, even with the lack of dialogue and moderate pacing in the story, you can still understand what’s going on and what’s happening in Rin’s world. This anime is abstract but can easily be told as a story and if it was possible, I would like to see this as anime. The themes of this anime strikes very heavy on the viewers as deals with imagination, the possibilities of technology and loneliness.
The only negative aspect I could find on this is the audience reaction’s to the story. There are some people may either find this video hard to understand or just doesn’t seem interested in anime. While watching a reaction video from Fines Brothers Entertainment, some of the people that reacted said the music was good and some couldn’t understand the story. Someone also said that even though it was good, they were not interested in anime.
Overall, this music video is one of the best things to watch on YouTube and it combines everything I enjoyed. I am a person who likes anime but also enjoy music. I was able to do both in this video. The music and story affected my heart; I was able to understand what is loneliness and learn how imagination and technology can be used in a significant way. In my opinion, I would truly recommend watching this even if you are not interested in anime. If you like music from Porter Robinson or anime from A-1 Pictures, this should be saved in your favorite playlist in YouTube.
Thank you Porter Robinson for creating this amazing art!