On Your Mark
This year we finally replaced Daicon IV with this as our opening animation because as great as Gainax’s short was, we’d showed it more than Project Eden (is that possible?) and needed to retire it before everyone gets sick of it. On Your Mark is a 6 min. 40 second music video for the group Chage & Aska which was made by Studio Ghibli (Miyazaki & Co.).
synopsis by Jareth David (from J.U.R.A.I.'s Necronomicon 1998 Anime Guide)
It tells the story of a future where the atmosphere is ripe with toxins and most humans live underground. When the government stormtroopers raid a religious cult killing many of its members, 2 of the police find a winged girl injured who is then taken away to a government installation. The 2 men later break into said facility in an attempt to rescue her and set her free. Some of the sequences are repeated with different outcomes which keeps with the song’s central message of never giving up. I’m starting to feel like the theme of this video also fits my attempts to throw together a book for this convention despite illness & various other unforeseen problems which have made it difficult to put this convention together.
(from J.U.R.A.I.'s Necronomicon 1999 Anime Guide)
This 7 minute music video, from Miyazaki’s Studio Ghibli, for a pop song by Chage & Aska is truly impressive and the budget’s listed at 100 million yen. Last year we figured everyone was getting sick of Daicon IV opening which we’ve used for like 9 years. Until we find something better, which I think is highly unlikely, this is our new opening for Necro from ’98 on. The video takes place in a future where pollution and radiation have driven humans underground. It shows a police force raiding a religious cult and 2 officers finding an injured girl with wings (is she an angel?). After some soul-searching at a local noodle shop they decide to break her out from the gov’t agency that has her locked up (as happens to any unique lifeform in ‘Splash!’ and a dozen other movies). Through a lack of foresight they run into some problems and the cycle repeats itself with them learning a little more from their previous errors. I feel it embodies a lot of what our involvement in this convention is all about. It’s about not giving up & trying to overcome the mistakes of the past. Last year in particular we had some problems and hopefully we’ve learned from them and Necro 99 is a better con for it. There’s something uniquely special about this anime short which gets me a bit teary-eyed every time I see it…and the song’s really pretty too.