"I’ve always been a little dismayed at how Dostoevsky has always been jacketed in the past. There tends to be sort of the oil painting of the author or a painting of gulags in the snow sort of thing…and they’re atmospheric but they’re really cliched and a little bit boring. One thing you can tell when you read Dostoevsky is that there is an incredible vitality and urgency to the writings, so the project for me was really about how do you make the covers contemporary and vital again. And the answer for me was by using only shapes and there was a kind of shockingness to that at the time to use an abstract jacket for a canonical classic like Crime and Punishment or The Idiot. But it was really exciting for me to see that from just color and shape you could indicate something very specific about the narrative. In this case it’s a series of black triangles that are bearing down on a tiny little circle, so hopefully you get the sense of alienation and despair that runs throughout the entire story.”
'Brainwashed' Chapter 2
Translation by yasashiikisu
This was the moment he was referring to during ‘The Last Live’.
In the Mood for Love OST - 2/2
Nat “King” Cole - “Quizás, Quizás, Quizás”
X Japan - Scars
The Last Live (1997)
(includes footage of S.K.I.N. from 2007)
It exists! Please, just release a S.K.I.N. DVD already.
the GazettE - the Decade documentary
Porto, Portugal 2014
Animation Director Koji Morimoto x MONO Special Collaboration Work!
MONO史上、最恐にしてもっともダークな15秒のミュージックビデオを、『AKIRA』の作画監督補佐、『MEMORIES/ Mgnetic Rose』『EXTRA』『アニマトリックス』『次元爆弾』など、鮮烈な映像で観る者の意識を揺さぶり、世界のアニメーションをリードし続ける、アニメーション界の巨匠 森本晃司監督が新曲 ”Recoil, Ignite” にインスピレーションを受けてコラボレーションしてくれました！ グロテスクでありながらも儚さと美しさが描かれた作品で、MONOにとって最高のアニメーションMVとなっています！ ぜひcheckしてください！
MONO’s first-ever darkest 15 seconds music video, created by Animation Director Koji Morimoto who is known for such works as “AKIRA”, “MEMORIES/Mgnetic Rose”, “EXTRA”, “Animatrix” and “Jigenbakudan”. His work continues to lead the animation world by grabbing the audiences in such a drastic way. The world class animation master Koji Morimoto got an immediate inspiration after listening to the new song “Recoil, Ignite” and decided to collaborate with MONO! Grotesque yet evanescence and beautiful, the music video turned out to be such an amazing piece! Please check it out!
So I pretty much sat up in bed this morning and went “wait what if this is Hiyori?”
Furthermore, what if all four seasonal songs are about different people? Yoshitsune has lost at least four. If Akatsukizukuyo is about Nori, and Setsugekka is Hiyori… the others could be about Yoshinaka, Tomoe…
Just wanted to say that I really appreciate your recent posts analyzing different aspects of the MOON SAGA. Not enough people talk about it, and as someone who doesn’t yet understand Japanese, it’s helpful to hear comments from someone who does and is familiar with the recent plays, which are largely an enigma for people like me right now. And for what it’s worth, I think your idea that the four songs might refer to four different people is a good one.
Looking at the MOON Project as a whole, one of the many themes is finding the resolve to continuing to live in spite of the death that surrounds us all in multitude. I’m sure you’re aware of all of this, but as an example: In the later chapters specifically, it follows a band of vampires–the Shito–who continue to live as vampires while questioning the meaning of their existence at the hands of their creators, the Darkside Inhabitants (shoutout to my url! haha). Eventually, the “sole survivor” of their clash with the DARTS is faced with the memory of not one person, but of all of his fallen comrades. So for me, this is just one example of how the MOON Project is not necessarily about specific individuals when looked at from a broader view, but the relationships we form throughout our entire lives with many people.
I always come back to a particular blog entry GACKT wrote when Setsugekka was released: http://amaia.livejournal.com/114187.html#cutid1
This passage in particular:
"For decades, only time will go on.
To us, it’s the notion of meaningless, empty time.
What exists in there is the vanishment of those who do not possess immortality,
the love that exists towards those people, and the sadness that must, at last come to call,
And, the longing for those who are so limited.
Distance in time is steadily opening between myself and those I love who have vanished in the past.
On the other side of that, when you suddenly notice it, is the beauty of the seasons that continue to flow on as if to watch over us.”
Sakura, Chiru …, Akatsukizukuyo, Hakuro, and Setsugekka all deal with not only the beauty of the inevitable passing of the seasons, but the inevitable passing of the people we love. Looking at GACKT’s actual life in particular, this theme is something that means a great deal to him personally as well, having lost not just one person close to him, but many throughout his life.