According to an article I read on BoingBoing, an art group called rakudasan created this video for a band called Gaka. It’s really good. If you’re the impatient type, I think this video gets better as it goes. The ending scene is really cool! Watch it to the end!
If you liked that video, then you might also like these other clips from the Japanese TV show called 欽ちゃんの仮装大賞, where the contests are based on a similar (yet different) style of performance.
Search for 欽ちゃんの仮装大賞 on youtube and you can see many more videos.
I guess the main difference between the rakudasan bit and the 欽ちゃんの仮装大賞 contest is that in rakudasan all of the actors are fully visible and they use the camera and their ability to stay in sync with each other against the black background to make the effect. 欽ちゃんの仮装大賞 is all about hiding “kuroko” against a black background and having them lift people, move objects, and create a visually surreal environment for the viewers. A bit different, but both are cool!!!
[UPDATE 03/17/2011] The above version has English Subs!
This is the vanilla original Japanese version!
This is an extremely well done animation that attempts to explain the crisis at the nuclear power plant in Fukushima in a light-hearted yet informational way.
The following is a my 5 minute summary of what is going on in the video. It’s not a direct translation, and I did it extremely quickly, but I think you’ll get the gist from these even if you don’t know Japanese. I’m sure someone will post a version with translated subtitles eventually!
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Genpatsu-kun is the name of the character representing the Fukushima the power plant.
He has a stomach ache that was caused by the big earthquake.
んんん〜〜〜 おなかいたいよう〜うんちが出ちゃいそう！ arrrgh my stomach hurts! poops is gonna come out!
His poop is very stinky and therefore dangerous. If it spills out moreru もれる then it will be big trouble. くさい kusai! Stinky!
However, どーん！ (doonnnn) we heard a huge sound from Genpatsu-kun and everyone was surprised! Did his poop come out?
After taking some measurements they realized it wasn’t poop, but just a fart. But his stomach still hurts.
In order to fix it they’re giving Genpatsu-kun medicine. Including seawater 海水 kaisui and ホウ素 houso boron.
They ran out of medicine and it as kind of a close call, but anyway they’re working hard to keep him from pooping all over the place.
The smell from a fart will only last about a week, and isn’t so stinky, so no problem for people who live far away.
That’s what happend with 3-mile Island too.
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He even pooped his pants in the classroom! And it was diarrhea! And he ran around all over the place just like that!!!
But Japan won’t be like Chernobyl.
Genpatsu-kun has a diaper. So even if the unchi comes out, it won’t travel far.
Big poop is heavy too so it won’t go too far.
In order to help out Genpatsu-kun the doctors are working hard. They are taking turns giving him medicine as to preserve their health. This method of giving him medicine isn’t efficient, but it’s vital to preserve the health of the doctors.
If in the news you hear, 注水が再開 (cyuusui ga saikai, water injection has started again), you know that they’re able to give Genpatsu-kun medicine again to cool him down.
If things get bad it won’t be as bad as Chernobyl, but people in Fukushima won’t be able to live around there… and plants and fish will die. It would be terrible for the people of Fukushima.
I order not to let that happen, everyone is working as hard as they can. These next two days (as of time this video was published) are key.
It’ll be alright. With time, Genpatsu-kun’s stomach will surely get better.
There are many many ways to donate, but here’s another one.
If you buy this girl’s songs on Band Camp she’ll donate 100% of the proceeds to Red Cross.
She studies Japanese too. Her songs only cost one dollar. Support her dream, support Japan, support a JapanNewbie. What more could you ask for? Go young people go young people go!
Great to see people coming together!
Other ways to donate.
Txt “JAPAN” or “TSUNAMI” to 20222 to donate $10 (Save the Children Federation)
Txt “4JAPAN” or “4TSUNAMI” to 20222 to donate $10 (World Vision)
Txt “MERCY” to 25283 to donate $10 (Mercy Corps)
Txt “SUPPORT” to 85944 to donate $10 (ADRA)
Txt “MED” to 80888 to donate $10 (Assist International Medical Corps)
Txt “JAPAN” to 80888 to donate $10 (Salvation Army)
Txt “REDCROSS” to 90999 to donate $10 (American Red Cross)