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Geek It! Music Spotlight: A-1 Pictures x Crunchyroll x Porter Robinson’s Shelter video

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In a world where music meets Japanese animation, music producer Porter Robinson has dropped his latest music video to the song SHELTER‘.

A collaborative project that was produced with A-1 Pictures (Sword Art Online, Fairy Tail) and Crunchyroll, this music video features an original story by Porter Robinson; direction by Toshifumi Akai (Magi: The Kingdom of Magic, IDOLM@ster, Uta No Prince); and character design by Megumi Kouno (IDOLM@ster).

Beautiful music, art, story and animation — Shelter tells the story of 17-year-old girl Rin who lives her life inside of a futuristic simulation. Each day, Rin awakens in virtual reality and uses her tablet to create endless worlds for herself. Until one day, everything changes, and Rin comes to learn the true origins behind her beautiful yet lonely life inside the simulation.

Shelter might be six minutes long but this bittersweet masterpiece will trigger a rollercoaster of emotions within viewers. As we approach the video’s conclusion, there may not be a clear ending but Shelter‘s powerful story demonstrates a parent’s undying love for their child. 

And while we haven’t encountered Porter Robinson’s music until now, the use of animation for this video is absolutely perfect. To witness the worlds of art and music intertwining with one another, Shelter could not have been masterfully done with any other medium. This video ultimately proves that Japanese animation have no limits, and that the artistic medium can transcend beyond animated film and TV.

If only this could be produced as an animated movie and/or anime series one day …! 

For more info on the SHELTER anime, visit sheltertheanimation.com. What do you think of Porter Robinson’s animated music video? Let us know in the comments below!

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