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  • (silence)

  • (mouse clicks)

  • ♪ (dramatic chord) ♪

  • ♪ (dramatic chord) ♪

  • ♪ (dramatic chord) ♪

  • (silence)

  • - Why is there no volume? Hello?

  • - No audio. Oh, soft audio.

  • ♪ (electronic melody fading in) ♪

  • - I feel like this is gonna be another one

  • of your trippy music videos.

  • - ♪ (singing in Japanese) ♪ - Oh no. (laughs)

  • - You guys are gonna weird us out again.

  • - Yes! Some sort of anime. I don't know what this is, but I live.

  • - Yes!! (sighs deeply)

  • I love when you guys how me Japanese things.

  • ♪ (vivacious instrumental) ♪

  • - ♪ (singing in Japanese) ♪

  • - This is bringing back all my Sailor Moon memories right now.

  • - (intrigued) Ooh, magical.

  • - It's all kinda cute so far, but I know it's gonna get crazy.

  • - What? Did she just pee out of her... - Arm?

  • - She peed out of her arm. - Yeah, her sleeve.

  • - (caught off-guard) Ok-okay. Okay. Okay.

  • - Oh my. It's getting a little racy here.

  • - ♪ (singing in Japanese) ♪

  • - Oh my god, I just want to dance to it.

  • ♪ (music continues) ♪

  • - Girl, what are you doing?

  • - Okay, she's building a snowman out of purple goop.

  • - Okay. There's a message here.

  • ♪ (music builds) ♪ - Oh, a unicorn.

  • - There's a unicorn in the flames.

  • She's sad.

  • - Why are you so sad? You just made a boyfriend and a unicorn.

  • ♪ (light music) ♪ - Okay. (snickers)

  • Oh...oh...oh!

  • - (sensually) She's taking her clothes off for her man.

  • (shrilly) Oh!! Girl!!

  • - Oh my-- this is not appropriate.

  • ♪ (tranquil music) ♪ (water splashes lightly)

  • - Is that her vagina?

  • ♪ (percussion joins in) ♪ - ♪ (singing in Japanese) ♪

  • - Okay, she's in another universe.

  • - ♪ (singing in Japanese) ♪

  • - Again with the vagina.

  • - A lot of closeups of her...

  • personality, heh.

  • - ♪ (singing in Japanese softly) ♪

  • - See, this is the regular world and their digital devices.

  • ♪ (music pauses) ♪ (character inhales)

  • ♪ (music and Japanese singing resumes) ♪

  • - Whoooa.

  • - Okay, everyone is sad and black,

  • but she's making them explode into colors.

  • I'm trying to understand the story line here.

  • - She made her face turn into a flower.

  • - I'm just taking it all in.

  • Oh my gosh. What's happening?

  • ♪ (compelling interlude) ♪

  • - Oh. Doesn't have his phone.

  • He freaks out. Doesn't know what to do.

  • - That was actually the creepiest thing that's happened

  • in the whole video so far.

  • - Don't eat that. - Oh gosh.

  • - That's gonna-- I told you not to eat it.

  • - ♪ (singing in Japanese) ♪

  • - Everyone's turning into flowers now.

  • - ♪ (singing in Japanese) ♪

  • - (giggling) I don't know what's going on at all.

  • ♪ (music calms) ♪

  • - This is-- I don't understand. Who's that?

  • - Uh-oh. Someone stole her man.

  • (character gasping) - What's happening?

  • - Uh-oh.

  • ♪ (harrowing music) ♪ - (gasping) What?

  • What is-- I'm horrified of this actually.

  • - (sadly) Oh, I feel bad for her.

  • ♪ (music calms) ♪ - And now she has to be naked, of course.

  • - She's naked, which means she's, like, vulnerable.

  • Oh, and then a strange man.

  • - Is this the unicorn boy?

  • - ♪ (singing in Japanese softly) ♪

  • - (cracking up) I hate you.

  • - I have no idea what just happened.

  • - I'm trying to process it, but it makes my brain hurt.

  • ♪ (dramatic chord) ♪

  • - (Finebros) All right, so did you enjoy what we just showed you?

  • - I did not enjoy what you just showed me.

  • - I didn't dislike it.

  • - Yes, actually. I think I did.

  • - I loved this.

  • I've been a huge anime fan for 29 years. I'm only 24.

  • - I liked elements of it.

  • But it was confusing overall, as my general feeling.

  • - (Finebros) Does it remind you of something you've seen before?

  • - It reminds me of porn.

  • - Of the other ones you guys showed me. (chuckling)

  • - (Finebros) Well, this is a music video

  • that is made by the same people

  • who created another popular animated video called ME!ME!ME!

  • that we showed you in a previous episode.

  • - Yes, I've completely wiped that from my memory.

  • - I don't remember anything that happened in that video, darling.

  • - (Finbros) ME!ME!ME! was about a guy who gets sucked too deep

  • into the internet and sexual depictions of women

  • that it ruins his actual life and relationships.

  • - Okay.

  • - (Finebros) And although this one stands on its own,

  • some think this is a prequel or potentially a sequel to ME!ME!ME!

  • because the main character in this video is in the other video

  • as the representative of the sexualized girl inside the internet.

  • And at the end, the couple that she sees--

  • that's the couple from the other video.

  • - (dramatically) Oh my goodness. Cool!

  • - (Finebros) So what is maybe the meaning then behind this,

  • if anything?

  • - You know, I guess the internet's just a shrunk society.

  • - I keep going back to everyone on their electronics

  • and just living a life that wasn't real.

  • - When she got into this kind of normalized,

  • gray city society thing, she didn't thrive.

  • So she inserted change.

  • - All these people are sad. It was black and white.

  • And they were just looking at their phones and their technology,

  • and they were all dark inside.

  • - This one I was really trying.

  • I was like, "What the [bleep] does this mean?"

  • And I thought I was getting it,

  • but I was like, "Mm, I don't know."

  • - (Finebros) So some theories about this video

  • range a lot of different ways.

  • Some people think that this girl

  • is this online creation that seduces men.

  • Other people think that she is someone who is wishing and failing

  • again and again to have a Prince Charming in her life.

  • - I did see some elements of that,

  • like when she was trying to build someone.

  • - (Finebros) Other people think this is a criticism

  • of an aspect of Japanese culture called "compensated dating,"

  • where older men will pay money

  • just to hang out with younger girls.

  • - That's a thing? You pay money just to hang out with someone?

  • - (Finebros) What do you think about how people

  • are diving into this in so many different ways?

  • - I think it's great.

  • The people that created it obviously created it

  • with intention of people-- of it affecting people.

  • - The creators have succeeded when everyone's talking about it.

  • - But they should seek therapy.

  • - I like when there's something that sparks a discussion.

  • That's, like, art, you know?

  • It's like, not everything has to be so cut and dry.

  • - Now that you're saying all of these things,

  • if I were to watch that again, I think I definitely would

  • have an eye toward trying to de-decode

  • and unpack all of that stuff.

  • - (Finebros) Now, about the end of the video,

  • some theories are that she freaked out

  • because it is a prequel to that first video,

  • and she's jealous seeing that same couple

  • from that video in love and is gonna now break them up.

  • - (pondering) Oh. Yeah.

  • - (Finebros) Some say she's excited at the very end,

  • because the guy from the couple

  • has arrived as her Prince Charming,

  • while others think it's a new person,

  • and she gets hopeful as the cycle just continues anew.

  • - Okay, I'm gonna need ten minutes to process all that.

  • I'll be out there eating some snacks.

  • - Oh my god. I think I want to re-watch it now.

  • I like the idea that maybe the end is something about

  • a cycle repeating itself or starting from the beginning,

  • because the imagery does suggest that.

  • - It could totally represent just the struggles of dating

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