My Hero Academia, Shonen Jump’s latest big action title, has been on the radar of many manga fans ever since it began its serialization. Brought to life by Kohei Horikoshi’s attractive art style, its underdog story set in a world of heroes quickly became a hit sensation, eventually shaping up to be a surefire candidate for an anime adaption – but little did we know how unusual that adaptation would turn out to be.
The internet’s still buzzing over Shelter, the recently released music video made in collaboration by Porter Robinson and A-1 Pictures, and for good reason. It’s a production birthed in the west and nurtured in Japan, overlooked closely by both parties to ensure it met their shared ideals. If the title of this post didn’t give it away already, then allow me to spell it out once again: they hit it right out of the park. It’s worth noting however that while Porter most definitely deserves credit as this is his brainchild, his concept alone isn’t what brought this MV to life; there are no revolutionary ideas behind this project at all, it’s a simple and perhaps even tired premise. But one that resonated with the staff he trusted, and ended up becoming an ode to execution. One of the primary goals of this site is to highlight creative excellence, so strap in folks, because it’s time to take a look at why director Toshifumi Akai and character designer Megumi Kouno proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that they’re overflowing with it.
We’ve covered a number of chapters in the story of shorts so far, from the first boom that put them on the map to begin with, to how that legacy was carried and expanded upon over the years. We’ve also seen multiple mentions throughout regarding Yama no Susume’s position as the most integral part of the story, yet never truly delved into why that’s the case. Worry not, though. I don’t want you to just take my word for it and leave it at that, as that would be doing the show a disservice. Yamasusu is special, and I want to make sure you know why.