Your Mark & Castles in the Air

In 1995, Hayao Miyazaki had writer’s block while working onĀ Princess Mononoke. So he took a break to direct this music video for Chage and Aska’s song “On Your Mark.” And while it may have been a short film, Miyazaki didn’t skimp on the visuals.

“On Your Mark” let Miyazaki play with his storytelling through repetition and alternate endings for her trio of protagonists. It’s not hard to imagine it fleshed out into a feature-length, time-looping film, but it’s perfectly lovely as this self-contained nugget of brilliance.

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