I Am An Outsider: Notes
Video: Fushigi Yuugi TV (*spoilers*)
Audio: Ich Bin Ein Auslander (Pop Will Eat Itself)
This video (and description) contains major spoilers for Fushigi Yuugi TV.
I think I'm not meant to make drama videos. The timeline for making the
video went something like this.
Late-90s: Think of the idea. Make a bunch of comedy videos before getting
around to this one.
2002: Attempt to make the video. Run out of hard drive space while
collecting clips with an older method. Give up.
2004: Make video, using a poor method that causes system to constantly
run out of memory on export. Re-edit entire video. Video is outclassed
by a zillion other drama videos that year.
2006: When finally cleaning up video for upload, hard drive with final
project fails. Create version from backed up final export.
Anyway, I very rarely come up with ideas for drama videos that I want
to do, but this one gave me an opportunity to do something that I often
do in comedy videos. Take things out of context and distort them.
When I first saw Fushigi Yuugi, I felt that Nakago was just about the
most evil character I'd seen. A lot of bad guys are powerful
but Nakago is a lying, conniving, backstabbing SOB. So I had the idea
to make a video sympathising with him. Not because I feel he deserves
sympathy, but because I thought it would be something interesting to try.
In the final episode of Fushigi Yuugi, when Nakago is killed, there
is a flashback to his youth. He is holding his mother's hand, when
some people offscreen speak.
Person #1: "Look! They're Hin tribesmen."
Person #2: "Stay away from them!"
Young Nakago: "Why, Mother? Why do they hate us? We've never
done anything to them..."
This discrimination based on race brought to mind the PWEI song
"Ich Bin Ein Auslander", written
communicate and stimulate anger at racism
". So I thought I'd
take all of the footage where the Suzaku Seishi ("good guys") beat
on the Seiryuu Seishi ("bad guys", including Nakago), and all of
the footage where the Seiryuu are downtrodden. No footage of
the Seiryuu fighting back, or initiating the fight in the first
place, as they are wont to do. Also, Miaka is portrayed as
the "silent assenter", who does nothing in the face of the
I also used some of the "generic attack" footage and tried to
insinuate that it is Suzaku attacking Seiryuu, and twisted the
meaning of some footage.