music • 06 Jan, 2017
Legendary Japanese Anime Director Re-releases Chage & Aska MV
MV to be screened alongside ‘Princess Mononoke’ 20 year anniversary
The film that propelled Japanese animation house Studio Ghibli, and founder Hayao Miyazaki onto the world stage is twenty years old this month. Anniversary screenings taking place in Tokyo and the US will be accompanied by a pop video directed by the now 76 year-old for Japanese group Chage & Asaka called “On Your Mark”. Featuring some of the fantasy elements and cityscapes that were very much his bread and butter, the MV is full of colour, intrigue and story. Hayao Miyazaki wrote and directed the short film for the song as a side-project in 1995, while suffering writer's block on Princess Mononoke. The anime music video is non-linear, providing multiple reiterations and alternate scenes to depict its' events.
Also famous for movies Spirited Away and My Neighbour, the director recently said that he would come out of retirement to create a new film Boro the Caterpillar, set for a Japan release in the summer. Princess Mononoke is the story of young Emishi prince Ashitaka's involvement in a struggle between the gods of a forest and the humans who consume its resources.
Check out the full MV for “On Your Mark” by Chage & Asaka below:
Words by JA