If you happened to be exploring social media platforms last night then you may have noticed this exploding onto the anime scene with great fanfare. Our twitter feed was abuzz with excitement and praise for this short animation titled – Shelter.
Musician and producer, Porter Robinson, a long time fan of Japanese pop culture teamed up with Japanese animation studio A-1 Picture to create Shelter. A visually stunning, musically moving and thought provoking piece of animation. The animation itself only clocks in at the 6-minute mark but it will no doubt be 6 minutes of some of the high-quality animation, storytelling and musical score you’ll witness.
Shelter debuted on one of the large electronic screens at Shibuya Crossing in Tokyo and was then streamed online via Crunchyroll and YouTube. If you do nothing else today then make sure you spare 6 minutes to watch Shelter, you won’t regret it.
Shelter tells the story of Rin, a 17-year-old girl who lives her life inside of a futuristic simulation completely by herself in infinite, beautiful loneliness. Each day, Rin awakens in virtual reality and uses a tablet which controls the simulation to create a new, different, beautiful world for herself. Until one day, everything changes, and Rin comes to learn the true origins behind her life inside a simulation.