Saturday, April 12, 2008

Super Geek Anime Fan Service

Creativity is an interesting thing. Sometimes you end up with something that pushes boundaries, reinvents a genre, or just makes people think. In a few rare instances something is created that so encapsulates a mind set that you can't think of anything that would top it.

Back in 2006 a video came out called Pirate Baby's Cabana Battle Street Fight 2006 by Paul Robertson (alternate link in case Wikipedia gets bitchy). Originally shown at an Australian film festival it soon spread like wildfire across the Internet. It distilled the essence of a side scrolling fighting game with an old school flair so perfectly that it immediately became a cult hit. Anyone I showed this to was not only floored by the over the top nature, but amazed by how complex it was. It felt as if the creator had channeled the secret desires of various subcultures into a visual explosion of pure Id.

Fast forward 2 years to Paul's latest video Kings of Power 4 Billion %. This film could easily be considered Paul's magnum opus. The following equation should give you a good idea of what's in it:

Geek + Anime(Fan Service + Otaku + Ultra Violence) + Video Games(Side Scroller + Run and Gun + Fighting Game) + Electronica = AWESOME

With a seizure inducing array of effects, music reminiscent of 70's cheesy sci-fi and more references than you can shake a stick at this 13 minute story keeps a frantic pace. Now in color (as opposed to the B&W Pirate Baby) it tells the tale of global invasion and the team of heroes destined to defend the world. It's cliched to say, but words alone cannot describe it. You really must see this to believe it.

All flavors of geek will enjoy something different in it. Those not partaking of the geekdom might enjoy it as well or find it utterly unwatchable. Of course only an extreme level of obsession could produce this, but no matter what your opinion the raw creativity displayed in this work is undeniable.

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