Shelter (Porter Robinson, Madeon, Toshifumi Akai)


I’m all about my pretty anime, so when I saw the above image while browsing Crunchyroll, and read in the description that it involved a futuristic sci-fi storyline, I was sold. I didn’t realise until clicking on it that it was actually a music video, and not a full length anime!

Six minutes long, the story follows Rin who lives in an incredible simulated world. Through a tablet device, she can draw whatever landscape she wants, and it will be beautifully rendered before her eyes. But she is sad and lonely, continually checking her tablet which reveals it has been a long time since she received any messages.

Is a limitless world really heaven when you have no one to share it with?

Pairing a vibrant electronic dance track with the endless visual wonders that anime can achieve is a match made in heaven and they fit so well together that if I had found the video elsewhere I would have thought the music was created especially for the animation. This is a gorgeous watch – Rin is delightfully drawn, with big sparkling eyes and an equally beautifully world she moulds at her fingertips, allowing us to marvel alongside her at the northern lights, cerulean blue skies with thick fluffy white clouds and impressive cliff tops. The cherry on the cake is the more humble but still beautiful Japan she came from, shown through an emotive family montage (as well as the classic cherry blossoms).

It’s such a shame that Shelter isn’t a full length movie, because it is a triumph. At 4 million views on Youtube already, I’m clearly not the only one who thinks so! Watch it below and experience the beauty yourself:



Five Great Anime Tunes!

One of the things that has often helped make an anime memorable is its music. Anime theme tunes have really become popular in their own right, with opening sequences often featuring amusing dance routines or other quirky gimicks. Having watched a lot of anime over the years, I wanted to share my favourite anime music. If listening to these great songs and backing soundtracks doesn’t inspire you to give these anime a go, I don’t know what will!

Goose House – Hikaru Nara

The above song was used as the first opening sequence for Your Lie in April (Shigatsu Wa Kimi no Uso). Your Lie in April was an anime I reviewed earlier this year, which revolves around the lives and loves of a group of friends – two of whom are budding musicians. It is fitting then that this should be such a great musical number in its own right! The contagious energy is a perfect match for such a vibrant anime.


A Lull in the Sea – Cry for the Moon

Although I have fallen in love with a few anime this year, A Lull in the Sea (Nagi No Asukara) has really stolen my heart. The graphics are stunning, and the love stories are emotive – which are helped very much by a truly stunning soundtrack. It was hard to choose just one piece but this simple piano piece really captures the raw, honest emotions of the characters.


Sakura Trick – Won’t Chu Kiss Me

I find it impossible not to bop to this theme tune for the shoujo ai anime Sakura Trick. If you can sit through this ten hour loop of it….well, I applaud you.


Space Brothers – Feel So Moon

I am currently working my way through the epic 99 long anime that is Space Brothers – revolving around two brothers and their quest to make it into space, a dream they have shared since childhood. This theme tune is light hearted but passionate, just like the show. Feel so mooooon!


Paprika – Parade

Paprika is easily in my top five anime for an outstanding, inventive story (that supposedly inspired the movie Inception), and this piece is as wacky and joyful as the dream sequences it depicts.


There’s so much more great anime music out there but I hope you enjoyed my selection! I tried to cover a variety of music from the boisterous, to the beautiful, to the downright goofy!