I saw the weirdest video at school earlier today. One of my college professors came in today and said we were going to watch a video. She warned us there would be some disturbing imagery, like extreme violence and nudity. Wow, really? Well, let’s go then!
The warning did not fully prepare me for the experience that is Me! Me! Me!
I apologize for the video quality I inserted into here. It was the best thing I could find on YouTube. You can watch the original (and better quality) video over at AnimatorExpo.com. Or you can just click here.
Update: Those videos may have been removed for copyright reasons. Even the Animator Expo video has been changed. So, here’s a new link! It’s on Vimeo but can be taken down at anytime. If it does, I apologize in advance.
Anyway, after watching the video, we were told, without discussing the video with anyone else in the class, to write our feelings about Me! Me! Me! as well as what we thought the video’s meaning was, if any at all. We had the entire class time to do it but we had to hand in our work by the end of the class. While I can’t remember exactly what I wrote down that day, I can generally give you my thoughts on this video.
I thought Me! Me! Me! was just going to be one humungous fanservice video. It’s hard not to think that when it essentially starts with a big busted blue haired bombshell bouncing her boobs in your face! And then, for some strange reason, her dress fades away. But even then, she keeps on dancing while in her underwear!
I did start to feel uncomfortable when the video went all dark and started showing a train of swinging butts. To make matters worse, correct me if I’m wrong, but I think the girl had something dangling just outside her vagina? And then her face turns all of a sudden sprouts four eyes? When I saw this part of the video, I thought to myself “What the hell am I watching?”
Well, I was wrong. It was about to become grosser. Is grosser a word? I think it should be.
Anyway, the guy then wakes up after he gets crushed in between the girl’s gigantic breasts (I’m not kidding here!) but the dream/nightmare doesn’t end! A pink haired demon girl jumps out of his computer screen breasts first (Not kidding here, either!) and pukes into his mouth! Oh, and his Evangelion characters come to life.
But a strange thing happened by this time… I wasn’t grossed out anymore. In fact, I was fully into Me! Me! Me! and I was enjoying myself! I really wanted to find out what happened next! And the video definitely disappoint!
The video then jumps from genre to genre. You get a mellowdrama and horror segment (combined!) before it jumps to a first person shooter video game (!) where the guy dons a mecha suit and starts mowing down the blue haired girls who are trying to kill him! He then tries to save the pink haired girl from falling but fails. Then the guy gets attacked by a horde of blue haired girls armed with boob guns (so many boobs). His head gets blown off and reveals he’s a robot and then he wakes up, like from the very start of the video.
If it sounds like I’m telling the story wrong, I’m not. That’s what happens in Me! Me! Me! It’s a totally trippy story and, by the end, I have to say I really liked it! I think they intentionally made it look really cheesy at the start of the video to lull you into a false sense of security when they start showing you the really icky (and best) parts of the video. It played to my emotions a lot. I was weirded out by the nudity and sexual images. I was grossed out by puking into the mouth. I was engrossed by the first person fighting segment. And the ending sequence is unbelievably beautiful! So help me, I even loved the weird cheesy dancing!
The animation is beautiful. When the video transitioned over to the darker portions, everything moved incredibly fluid! And they did a fantastic job of matching the animation and lighting to the tone of the music. I found out later then animators that worked on this also worked on the new Evengelion movies, which is probably why the video is really dark.
The music does an outstanding job of setting the mood for the visuals, by the way. It’s also an excellent mix of J-Pop, electronica and EDM/Dubstep. But I think I enjoy the song more just because of the “music video” short. I wouldn’t give it a second listen on its own but, since whenever I hear the song, I’ll always associate it with that Animator Expo short. It’s a good song but nothing I’ll be humming out loud in the future.
But is Me! Me! Me! trying to say anything? Well, I think it actually has two meanings. Let me tell you what I gave on the paper I submitted
I think the video is all about a guy broke up with his pink haired girlfriend. He then has an epiphany and realizes he wants to get back with her but his addiction with anime culture and/or pornography (represented by the blue haired female) seems to have a stranglehold on his life and his former girlfriend doesn’t like his unhealthy obsession with the hobby(s). That’s why he sees the pink haired girl as both someone he wants to “save” as well as “destroy”. He does want to “save” her as the guy does want to get back together with her but he also thinks of her as a “demon” and something that gets in the way of his current way of life.
That’s why I wrote down anyway. But I also think Me! Me! Me! is also of a celebration of anime tropes and conventions. It showcases a ton of really sweet visuals but, really, haven’t we seen all of this before? Haven’t we seen the same naked boobs and over the top action in other animes since time immemorial? It’s a showcase of how fantastic anime can be but at the same time attacking it for not trying out different things.
But I don’t think I can say definitely what Me! Me! Me! is all about or if it’s supposed to same some deeper meaning in the first place. Only the director, the same guy who helmed the equally trippy Evangelion series, can tell you that!
Me! Me! Me! is definitely not for everyone. It’s also easy to see that some people stopping the video once they see all the naked animated tits and ass. They’ll just see it as plain smut. It’s a shame really, There’s a really good story embedded here and it’ll be fun discussing our thoughts on what it all means…
..which is what we did the next day in class. Everyone had their own take on the story and what it meant. Even my professor said that her interpretation may not be the right one. That’s the thing about art; it means something to everyone in their own special way.
Have you seen Me! Me! Me! yet? What’s your interpretation of it? Let me know in the comments section below!