Tuesday, December 26, 2017
Anime Music Video Compilations: “Please Save My Earth Music Image Video ~The Passing of the Golden Age~”
Format: VHS and Laserdisc, NTSC, Japanese Dialogue
Length: 27 minutes
Original Release Date: 24 February 1995
Animation Exclusive to this Release: Yes
Other Sources (Japanese unless noted): Please Save My Earth Volume 4 (DVD 2001), Please Save My Earth DVD Box Set (DVD 2003, Korea)
Currently Availability (as of writing): Out of Print
Note: Originally published on the “Anime Archivist” blog May 2014.
In my early years of anime fandom, the only thing I was really interested in was stuff which featured either robots or sci-fi titles. I suppose I have “Star Blazers” and “Robotech” to blame for that. Admittedly there wasn’t much else available in English at the time. It wasn’t until I started going to my local anime club (well it was more like casual monthly screenings rather than a club of any sort), that I discovered “shoujo”. While “Magic Knight Rayearth” was the title that initially got me interested (due to the fantasy and robot elements), it was the six part OVA “Please Save My Earth” that sold me on anime that was primarily aimed at girls and young women. While it does have sci-fi and fantasy elements, at its core it is about the relationships between seven (mostly) high school aged teens as they come to terms with their former lives. In order to discuss the contents of the music video compilation, I will be giving away a bit of the plot and possibly the ending of the manga. So if you don’t like spoilers, don’t read any further.
Later Alice is asked yet again to babysit Rin. Rin acts up and teases Alice about her interest in Jinpachi. Alice chases him to the balcony where Rin straddles the railing. Enraged at Rin’s constant teasing, Alice eventually slaps him. Horrifyingly Rin loses his balance and falls several stories below. Luckily he survives, saved by branches of a tree, but remains in a coma for several days. Alice is mortified at what she has done. Rin later awakens with the realisation he has been dreaming that he is also one of the alien scientists on the moon; an engineer named Shion. Rin’s mother later visits Alice and her family. She is there to relay Rin’s request that he and Alice get engaged. Alice faints when she hears this and has a “moon dream” as well; she is botanist named Mokuren. Alice tells Jinpachi and Issei about her moon dream as Mokuren and they decide to seek out others who may be experiencing the same dreams. They place an ad in the classifieds section of a supernatural phenomenon magazine called “Boo”. Not long after they are contacted by two people; Daisuke Dobashi and Sakura Kokusho who confirm details seen in the other’s dreams. The pair explains to the group that they believe they are all reincarnations of alien scientists who once lived on the moon. Meanwhile Rin has begun to act in much or adult way. He has also seemingly developed psychic powers and uses them to threaten a biker gang leader called Takashi, who is the son of a rich and influential family. Takashi asks Rin what he wants. Rin demands that Takashi give him Tokyo Tower.
And now on to the music videos;
“Prologue: ~Kiniro no Toki Nagarete~ (The Passing of the Golden Age)” performed by Akino Arai
“Mikadzuki no Shindai (Crescent Moon’s Cradle)” performed by Akino Arai
“Yume no Sumika (House of Dreams)” performed by Rie Hamada
“Moon Light Anthem ~Enju 1991~” performed by Akino Arai
“Ring” performed by Gabriela Robin
“Tokete Yuku Jikan (Time Passes On)” performed by Hajime Mizoguchi
“Toki no Kioku (Memory of Time)” performed by SEIKA
This is the beautiful end theme for the OVA series and the music and animation vary very little from what was seen in the OVA release. In fact the only difference in this version is that a shot of Alice and Rin looking out to the ocean has been replaced with a similar shot of Mokuren and Shion. The song was composed by Yoko Kanno with lyrics by Takako Nishikiori and ARION. It was first released on the “Please Save My Earth Original Soundtrack Volume 1” in January 1994.
“Epilogue: Etude ~Tensei Gensou~ (Etude ~ Fantasy of Reincarnation)” performed by Yuuji Nomi
This simple piano track was taken from the “Please Save My Earth Image Album” which was released in August 1988. The video is just the same “falling gold dust” live action shot taken from the first video with scrolling credits superimposed over the top of it. That’s it, there’s nothing else to say about it.
While Viz Media released both the manga and anime series, they didn’t release this compilation or the compilation film “From Alice to Rin-kun” which also contains a few more newly animated shots. The only real options are imports. Unfortunately it’s a little hard to come by. Occasionally laserdisc or VHS copies will pop up on Yahoo! Auctions Japan from as little as ¥500. Amazon Japan has second hand VHS copies in only “good” condition starting at ¥5,000. Victor Entertainment re-released the compilation movie and music videos on the fourth volume of the DVD release of the OVA in October 2001. Naturally it’s out of print and there’s no DVD box set or blu-ray re-release. The shocker is the price of that disc in the second hand market; ¥7,000 and above. There was also a Korean box set released in 2003 by a company called DVD Ani which included the music video compilation. While all of their titles have been legally licenced from Japanese companies, they had a nasty habit of adding English language material to their discs which they had no right to. Whether that bothers you or not, it’s your call. However that set is pretty much impossible to find.
While it is a pretty good anime music video compilation, due to the prices on the second hand market (and cheaper versions only being available in dead formats) I really think that this one can only be recommended for diehard fans of “Please Save My Earth”.