Two years ago today, Japan was struck by disaster in the form of an earthquake and tsunami that lead to a massive loss of life, property, and a nuclear disaster in Fukushima. Now Crunchyroll is showing their support and remembrance by helping out Zapuni LLC, a new organization that seeks to unite Japanese artists with world-renowned musicians to help children affected by disaster, and the School Music Revival charity, which is dedicated to bringing music to the lives of children affected by Japan’s 2011 earthquake, tsunami, and Fukushima nuclear disaster.
Blossom is a soft and sobering yet hopeful take on the disaster, featuring a beautifully animated video by Yutaka Yamamoto, formerly of powerhouse studio Kyoto Animation and now the founder of his own studio, Ordet, whose credits include the anime series Fractale and the Black Rock Shooter OVA and TV series. The song "Happipola" is performed by the Icelandic band Sigur Rós, and is sung in both Icelandic as well as Sigur Rós' original language the band calls "Vonlenska", translated in English as "Hopelandic".
Psychedelic Afternoon features the titular song written by Ryuichi Sakamoto, who is perhaps best known in the anime world for composing the score to the Gainax cult-hit Royal Space Force: The Wings of Honneamise. David Byrne, former lead vocalist of the Talking Heads performs the vocals and colorful and fantastical video is animated by the husband-and-wife-team of UrumaDelvi, whose other creation, Bottom Biting Bug, is also available on Crunchyroll.
The videos for Psychedelic Afternoon and Blossom can be viewed for free on Crunchyroll.com. Viewers are encouraged to donate to School Music Revival, a charity dedicated to bringing music to the lives of children affected by the earthquake and tsunami, by downloading the video and/or music track from iTunes, buying limited edition iPhone cases with artwork from Psychedelic Afternoon and Blossom, and by donating directly to School Music Revival.
For more details on the charity and other ways you can help, please visit www.zapuni.com.
Music: Written and performed by Sigur Rós
Animation: Yutaka Yamamoto
Music: Written by Ryūichi Sakamoto, performed by David Byrne