Curse W. David Marx for turning me on to "Shōnen Young" by techno sonic manipulators Denki Groove (master of ceremonies Ishino Takkyū's homepage has a good English side).
The video is beyond fascinating; it is hypnotic.
To think that all you need to reproduce an entire era's worth of banal, virginal femininity is pale lipstick, lip gloss, a hair dryer and pastel monochrome backgrounds.
Even the image of the woman in silver with the antennae works as a "this was the producer's idea. We know it doesn't work" interlude.
"Shōnen Young" was released as a single on December 5 of last year. The video is obviously a direct attack on the commercial depictions of young women. However, it takes an end run around the easy, polemical route. In a darkly ironic set of images, it sandwiches the viewer between imagery objectifying the feminine face and body and the subversion of the authority of those images.
I can think of entire books this could replace--and a raft of assertions about "Nihonjin" it undermines.
May's Song is "Shōnen Young" by Denki Groove, in the column on the right or here.
Obama and the absence of apology in Hiroshima
3 hours ago