Stop Watching Anime and Go Outside!: Notes
Video: Genshiken and Various
Audio: There Is Life Outside Your Apartment (Avenue Q Cast Recording / Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx)
Awards: Anime North 2006 - Creativity Award, FanimeCon 2006 - Best Comedy, Best of Show (Judges' Choice),
Anime Expo 2006 - Best Comedy, Japan Expo 2006 - Third Place, Anime Evolution 2006 - Best Comedy,
Anime Weekend Atlanta 2006 Expo - Best Comedy
Warning: Contains some naughty language and "mature themes". Rated PG-13ish, I guess.
Some video spoilers follow.
"That's good. Terrible, but good." -- Anime Evolution 2006 Audience Member
"Stop Reading Quick Comments and Edit More Awsmness >:O" -- Quick Comment
Like a lot of people, I saw The Wired Knight's
The Purpose of Persocoms
video in 2005. That got me curious about Avenue Q, a Broadway musical for which
I then purchased the
recording. After listening to the CD in early 2006, I was surprised to
see that according to a-m-v.org, no one
had done a video to the song "There Is Life Outside Your Apartment" yet.
It seemed like an obvious choice, as it deals with a subject relevant to
I originally thought of using the characters in Otaku no Video to portray
the recluse and friends in the video, but found that there wasn't enough
usable footage in the short OVA series. Fortunately a friend had introduced
me to Genshiken, a fairly new show about a bunch of otaku. Indeed, the
opening title, "Study of the Otaku Internal Kinetic Exiguity", is a play on the
titles of the Genshiken anime. The title breaks down like so:
Otaku: Anime fan (here, anyway)
Internal: In this case, referring to the indoors
Kinetic: Relating to motion
Exiguity: "The quality or condition of being scanty or meager" (from
So, it's meant to refer to anime fans who sit inside all the time
and don't move around a lot. The grammar is a bit tortured, but
it's in order to create the
"soto ike", which means "go outside" in Japanese.
Some random notes on scenes:
So that's not all of the references explained,
but a bunch.
- As far as I know, the credit cards are real ones issued by
Orico. I found those pictures on a Japanese site long ago.
- I didn't feel that I had to censor the statue, but it
- "hard to conceive": Craziest scene choice ever. >_<
- The text in Howl's Moving Castle door-opening scene is
just the alien script from the Futurama opening. I guess
I missed the opportunity for a joke here, but I had a hard
time trying to counteract the camera movement in the
footage. (Apparently it says "tasty human burgers" in
the alien script)
- Erin had the idea to use the
Jet. I couldn't find a good picture, so I added Pikachu
to an existing scene. Then I thought to add Kirika from
- I had made a Snakes
on a Plane
for LiveJournal, then decided to put the scene in the video. The
snakes are from Kodocha.
- I'd decided early on to use the girls from Black Heaven.
They're sort of like a chorus group in a couple of episodes,
and they just worked in my mind.
- The Slayers scene runs a little long, but I love the
- "Pick up girls at NYU"... He's actually picking up
a girl! In a library! At NYU! And the girl says
"nyu" at the end of her sentences! Genius!
- There are surprisingly few park-like scenes in Azumanga.
Fortunately this worked, and Mr. Tadakichi made it funnier.
- A few people have used the Osaka "eyes narrowing" scene
to represent getting stoned. I liked the idea of reversing
the footage for the opposite effect.
- Yay blood! Note that after this scene, she has
a bandage on her head.
- Something has been added to one of the cycling frames.
Are you a bad enough dude to find it?
- The road sign was a relatively late addition.
- I tried to strike a balance between literal "Life"
references, such as the cereal and magazine, and general
"lively activities". Thus I passed over some possible
references such as "Half-Life", so as not to beat the
viewer over the head with it.
- The bunnysuit and dragging scenes from Fushigi Yuugi
were ones that I had already saved when looking through
the show for previous projects. Hooray for less work!
- "The finger" is composited from a few images.
- At first I had used a picture of Halle Berry (sans
Catwoman outfit) instead of the Michelle Pfeiffer
Catwoman head. Nobody could recognise it so I changed
it. The general idea was to have something where it
didn't make sense for someone already dressed like a
cat to dress like a cat again... or something.
- Your room doesn't look like this... does it?
- The scene with Madarame jumping back and forth
was difficult, and you'll notice that his foot doesn't
look right when it hits the ground. In the original,
it's cropped off before it hits the ground. Also,
there's a fire in front of him, which I had to erase.
- I was hesitant to use Chiyo-chan at first, since
Azumanga is overused in AMVs, but I figured I hadn't
had the opportunity to use it yet so it's my turn.
I was going more for the furry angle than the loli,
but oh well.
- The whole "Chiyo's head is barely in the scene"
thing amuses me.
- I shot the live action scene with the Genshiken
figurines from the roof of a local mall. I pieced
together parts of the show to create the diorama
background and printed it out. As part of my award
for AX2006, I received a set of
Unbalance figurines. Kujibiki is a show
that the characters of Genshiken watch. So I took
a picture of the Kujibiki figures in my Genshiken
set which can be seen
- "o" and "shi" should probably have been written
in katakana, but the hiragana "o" is very similar
to the hiragana "a" used in the speech bubble in
the Azumanga series.
- At the end, Chiyo-chan is watching a scene from
Chobits, the same scene used in "The Purpose of
Persocoms" when "for porn" is said.
- In the version that went around to conventions,
it said "Well, you're at a convention... That's
a start... sort of..." at the end.
I heard that some people were tired of Avenue Q at Anime Expo 2006, and I didn't
have much sympathy, since there were only two AQ videos in the AMV contest, but
then I heard that three masquerade skits also used music from the musical.
Oh well. (Link
to the other video from the contest)
Thanks to Erin & Noah,
AtomX, McKeed, Quadir, Fall_Child42, trythil,
Miruku, and Spate for feedback at various points.