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Music recommendation: Mystery Skulls Animated - Ghost · 8:18pm Jan 15th, 2015

Ever watched something online, and only been able to think: 'Wow, why isn't this a freaking multi-billion franchise already?'

The whole video is one giant shout-out to Scooby-doo, by the way.

And no joke, I've seen entire series with worse stories, world-building and character development than this one video manages in about four minutes. (!)

I'll freely admit I even got a bit misty-eyed at the end. :raritycry:

So do give it a look, even if the music doesn't grab you; it's a really wonderful example of just what can be done with animation, and well worth at least one watch

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Yet another fan of this video.......Excellent!!!!!! That video is awesome!!!!

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I think my favorite bit is something that I don't think I've ever seen any Scooby type show do.

It actually heavily implies an explanation for why the 'dog' is so human like. :twilightoops:

Heck, I don't think I've EVER seen a kitsune that prefers to hide in the shape of a dog before. Kitsune and dogs are supposed to HATE each other, so why and how the frick did he even pick that of all possible disguises? And what in all hells did three teenagers do to impress a six tailed fox enough that he's basically acting willingly as their pet?!

All that in one character and just four minutes! :pinkiegasp:

And the best bit is that it's subtle. Most shows with that type of secret about one of the characters would all but smack you on the head with it to make sure everybody figures it out, but in this music video the biggest clue is blink and you miss it.

Its rare, and something amazing. Even in this day and age to get something quick, concise and potent.

But isnt the view you bring up with the dog against foxes something of a western viewpoint over an eastern one?

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I'm by no means an expert on Japanese mythology, but to my memory dogs can smell foxes even when they have taken human form. It's supposed to be one of their bigger and more exploitable weaknesses they can do nothing about. You suspect somebody of being a disguised fox? Bring a dog in, and if they go wild, you can throw the creature out without any moral quandary; no matter what scheme or even genuine fondness they might have had for you.

Thanks to this, you-know-what fears and will go to extreme lengths to avoid dogs. And despite kitsune (often, but not always) being favored messengers of the gods, and inukami (dog spirits) being common guardians, even they have something of a rivalry.

Kitsune are also supposed to gain their first extra tail when a fox lives to a hundred years old, and gain a new one on average once a century as well... so if that holds true Ben (I looked up the name in the comments) is actually about five hundred years old.

Still, there are a lot of variations between regions in Japan when it comes to stories like this, to take what I've just written with a grain of salt. Oh, and they're called the same name in Korean mythology, but aside from knowing that they are far darker man-eaters over there, I simply don't know those tales well enough to make a comparison.

Of course, it could just be symbolism using a popular mythological creature representing intelligence, magic and cunning... but even then it says some rather interesting things about what is usually 'just' these type of show's comic-relief character.

....Is pretty. Very pretty.
And hot damn, this guy started the whole rhythm magic things?

2725345 Yes, the koreans i think fear them as soul eaters, or flesh eaters, i forget which. I've heard it mentioned a few times. There are three cultures that have them in reference, and only really the japanese view them in a positive light and a protective, if humorous one.

I wasnt aware of the dogs smell thing. Though the 100 year for that 2nd tail yup.

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....Is pretty. Very pretty.

Yes. Yes, it is. :rainbowkiss:

And hot damn, this guy started the whole rhythm magic things?

?

Not sure what you are talking about there, but it sounds interesting...

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Look at his older videos (rhythm is magic). Its parodying those rhythm games, where you have to do certain actions to a beat. I think he was one of the earlier makers of those.

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Oh, right. Those things.

I took one look at his that was actually good, found it neat but not that interesting, and mostly forgot it existed.

I can see the influence that have had in Ghost, though. How all the characters 'twitch' to the beat is rather reminiscent of those type of videos.

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Gumiho. Koreans call them Gumiho. And they're much more violent and evil, yes. Known for eating men's kidneys and spleens.
The mostly widely accepted origin of the Kitsune myth is the roots of the word mean "always coming" and "always leaving", the story being that a man fell in love with a woman only for his dog to scare her away in the morning. But every night she'd return to him in the shape of a woman, to leave again every morning.

Also, Mystery Skulls came to my town on like the 15th.

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Gumiho. Koreans call them Gumiho. And they're much more violent and evil, yes. Known for eating men's kidneys and spleens.
The mostly widely accepted origin of the Kitsune myth is the roots of the word mean "always coming" and "always leaving", the story being that a man fell in love with a woman only for his dog to scare her away in the morning. But every night she'd return to him in the shape of a woman, to leave again every morning.

Oh, nice.

I've heard that the origin for the name is the sound that foxes make as far as the Japanese are/were concerned. Kit-su! Kit-su!

A bit silly, but no more so than say the kangaroo.

Still, as I said, there are a lot of regional variations on this stuff in Japan, so we're probably both right.

Also, Mystery Skulls came to my town on like the 15th.

Have to admit, I'm not one for live music, but if that had been reversed I'd been quite a bit tempted.

Mystery Skulls are, to me, one of those bands that are a bit hit or miss, but when they hit it's a freakin' home-run.

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