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Hey everyone,

As you probably all know, March 11 is the anniversary of the earthquake and tsunami that greatly affected Japan in 2011.

We here at Crunchyroll have many friends and colleagues in Japan, and in remembrance of this disaster, we are 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.

To help raise money and awareness for School Music Revival, Crunchyroll will be featuring two animated videos created specifically for this anniversary: Psychedelic Afternoon, and Blossom.

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.

A quote from singer David Byrne stated, “Sakamoto and I wrote this song a while ago... I was hesitant to sing it then, as it’s from the point of view of a child. But now, thanks to the magic of animation, a child can finally sing the song (though it’s my voice). I’m so happy to finally offer something in response to this horrible tragedy, and to have the song find a perfect home.”

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Music: Written by Ryūichi Sakamoto, performed by David Byrne
Animation: UrumaDelvi

Blossom is a softer 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".

From Ryuichi Sakamoto, "The events that took place on 3.11 devastated the Tōhoku region of Japan, and still affect the lives of its residents now 2 years later. I am proud to participate in the Zapuni project and to show Tōhoku worldwide support through music and art.”

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Music: Written and performed by Sigur Rós
Animation: Yutaka Yamamoto

Along with these two videos, we are also featuring special iPhone cases featuring the art from Psychedelic Afternoon by UrumaDelvi and Blossom! We have models for both iPhone 4/4S and iPhone 5, with all proceeds going to help the School Music Revival charity. These cases are today's Daily Deal, so if you would like to show your support, check them out in the Crunchyroll store.


For more details on the charity and other ways you can help, please visit www.zapuni.com.
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Blossom was devastatingly beautiful--so glad to see CR doing this. Anyway, word has been spread on 918thefan.com. . .
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I am Katrina victim so I know how Japanese people feel. I will donate to them like others donated to me.
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Holy crap that was 2 years ago? Time flies in hindsight
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can i donate money?... and i didn't like the hippie song that much but it doesn't matter.
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Wow they did really well with both videos. And picking Hoppipolla for Blossom was a great choice. Sigur Ros is a really great band and glad to see them helping out.
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dirtbike88 wrote:

can i donate money?... and i didn't like the hippie song that much but it doesn't matter.


If you would just like to donate directly to the charity, you can do so at www.zapuni.com
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If only they made those cases for Samsung Galaxy S3
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Glad to see people helping out. I really enjoyed Blossom. It really was a work of art; the animation was beautiful and the storyline almost made me tear up. The music was great, as well. May the victims of these natural disasters 2 years ago on this day rest in peace. I hope Japan is doing well.
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Hard to believe it's been 2 years already. I'll get around to the zapuni videos at some point. I don't own any iPhones so that will be a pass. (And I'm really broke for a while and can't spend much money until I acquire more funds anyway).
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We Californians had our own private reminder.
But I'm not sure I like the reminder that we hippies are Grandpas (and grandmas)
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Fine animations
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I lost a close friend in the tsunami............
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I practically balled while watching Blossom. I remember that day very vividly. I was in a hospital waiting room in Herrin IL while my Mom was having surgery. All of us was gathered around the tv (including several of the hospital staff) At one point we all held hands regardless of who we was standing beside of and started praying for those people. Total strangers. some even from different religions. I will always remember that day.
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please donate.
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