Thoughts on “Bohemian Rhapsody” a la Matsumoto

Watching the special music video of legendary UK band Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” as interpreted by Galaxy Express 999 and Captain Harlock creator Matsumoto Leiji, a few quick thoughts come to mind.

1) While the original music video is better, that’s because the classic one is just that hard to top. And while this one isn’t exactly mind-blowing, it’s still very well-animated and has that Matsumoto feel we all know and love. It can be kind of confusing at times though, like it’s trying to tell too much with too little and in the wrong format.

2) I like how the “Matsumoto Gauges,” or that staple of Matsumoto anime and manga where a room is filled to the brim with complex gadgetry and meters and such, has been updated to fit in more with current times. It looks much more “digital” now, and reminds me of modern stereo systems. It doesn’t have quite as visceral a feel, but it makes sense.

3) I wonder if this occurs in the same universe as Interstella 5555. Definitely a possibility, but as Daryl Surat would advise, don’t think about this too hard because Matsumotoverse continuity is paper-thin.

4) I picture Matsumoto going to an anime con and entering this in an AMV competition. Would he win? I don’t know, the character designs do look kind of old…

2 thoughts on “Thoughts on “Bohemian Rhapsody” a la Matsumoto

  1. As much as I love Matsumoto – and it’s great to see any animation by him, and this is gorgeous – can’t help feeling it just doesn’t gel with the song. At least not in the war Interstellar 5555 did.

    But it does look great.


  2. I really didn’t like it, and I was extremely excited about it when I first heard of it. I’m not sure how somebody couldn’t be excited about Matsumoto and Queen in the same thing. Like Tim said, it doesn’t gel in any way– the timing, the lyrics, the feel, anything– until the guns start firing, and then for only a moment.

    Speaking of Matsumoto gauges, check out this bad-assed watch that he designed:

    Something for my “when I am massively wealthy” shopping list.


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