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Genre: Action
Company: Studio 4°C
Format: 1 movie
Dates: 1999

Children raised by television and magazines are more likely to quickly lose their innocence and carefree lifestyles to glossy lipsticks and shopping sprees. It is almost impossible to look back once you succumb to the pressure of having to grow up as fast as possible. As one young girl becomes aware of this alienation of innocence, she will try to reach far enough into her soul to find an exit from this world of decadence.

summary by Kjeldoran


Reviewed: 07/31/2003 by
Grade: 66% av-Kjeldoran

Highs: Stylish visuals; great song

Lows: Doesn’t go as far as it could; little effort in synchronization

The music video of one of my favorite songs from one of my favorite bands and made by one of my favorite directors… needless to say I had high expectations for Survival. I was, however, disappointed in Morimoto Koji for the first time with what could have been a gripping musical short film about the critical state of Japan’s youth, but it failed short of its potential on many levels.

You know exactly what Morimoto-sama (director of MemoriesMagnetic Rose) is trying to achieve with Survival, but the message does not have any impact. It is said the production company of GLAY, the band who wrote, composed and played the song, censored a few ideas that would have made this promotional video too dark and disturbing for their tastes. However, it is impossible to make a compromise when it comes to displaying a character’s desperation. I feel that though this is one of the problems, it does not account for the lack of complicity between the song and the video. Adepts of fan-made anime music video will be disappointed by the lack of timing in key moments of the song. Video and audio work together a few times but not often enough.

It took a whole month and a staff of forty to complete this video… and it shows in the visuals. As in most Studio 4° short films, computer-generated graphics and hand-drawn cels merge to perfection with special effects and camera tricks. Combined with an awesome song, Survival is very appealing on the technical side but lacks the depth it needs to elevate above mindless music videos. Morimoto Koji had the right idea but didn’t go all the way. Anime music video cravings are better satisfied with Studio Ghibli’s On Your Mark.


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