Sunday, August 11, 2013

AKB48 -- The Exuberance of Japanese Pop Culture

I'm new to the music of AKB48. But this video is a perfect distillation of the endearing, energetic goofiness of Japanese pop culture and the super-stylized imagery of anime. Part of my attraction to anime is the way 'reality' is not allowed to anchor works of the imagination to the ground by way of ill-advised attempts to be 'gritty' or 'realistic.' This music video combines miniskirted super-cops, giant monsters, biker girls, 'Ringu' styled ghost girls, and a ton of other anime staples in six souped-up minutes of off-the-rails fun. Watch it here.

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