Anime Spotlight: Porter Robinson & Madeon – “Shelter”

In 2016, Porter Robinson & Madeon’s “Shelter” was released as a single, and it had an interesting music video to accompany it. For the video, Porter Robinson collaborated with anime studio A-1 Pictures to create a short anime story to accompany his song.

The video tells the story of a teenage girl who lives in a futuristic simulation and is all by herself. Each day, she awakens in a virtual reality world and uses her tablet to create a new world. By the end of the video, though, both the girl and the viewer find out the truth behind her life inside the simulation. I have to admit that by the time I finished watching the video, I was nearly in tears. The video may only be about six minutes long, but it tells a very effective short story that keep the viewer engaged throughout it. The writers for the music video’s story deserve some strong praise, because it’s not easy to tell this kind of a story in such a short amount of time.

The animation for the “Shelter” video is excellent, and the viewer can tell that A-1 Pictures didn’t cut corners. The animators took as much care and effort with the animation for this video as they would have done for a full-length feature film.

Porter Robinson’s song works well as the background music for the story that’s being told in the video. It’s a catchy track that’s just as enjoyable to listen to on its own as it is when it’s paired with the music video.

In the end, the video works well because all of the elements (storytelling, animation, and music) complement each other and create a final product that’s both enjoyable and engaging.

And if you don’t believe me, you can watch it for yourself. I am embedding a YouTube link from Porter Robinson’s official YouTube channel.

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