A little while ago eccentric Japanese comedian Tekken created a hand-drawn flip-book animation entitled Furiko (Pendulum). It told the story of a couple’s life together, from their first moments together, through to their mortal end and he set it against Muse’s symphonic track Exogenesis.
Furiko got quite a bit of internet attention, not only for the skill of the drawing (1,038 hand-drawn pages is no easy feat) but also because of its powerful emotive quality.
Eventually it caught the attention of English rock band Muse, who were so moved by the animation set against their track that they decided to make Tekken’s flip-book the official video for the song!
In a recent statement, Muse heaped praise on the Japanese comedian’s video, they said: “We were so happy to see our music stir up as emotional and moving a response as this. We are both honored and amazed that our music could be interpreted in such a heart-rending fashion.”
The original video ran just under a minute shorter than Muse’s song, but Tekken and Warner Music Japan worked together on it in order to make it fit – so the official Exogenesis video includes footage not seen in the original video that went viral in March.
If you haven’t seen it already, it is definitely worth a watch – but be warned, have your tissues at the ready because this is one incredibly moving video.
The internet fanbase that Tekken’s video had already acquired before Muse decided to use it were blown away by the fact that it had been noticed by a massive band like Muse and were incredibly chuffed that they had chosen to use it as an official music video!
They took to social media platforms like Twitter to express their happiness, one comment read: “It’s great to think that this video has become so successful thanks to word of mouth and people spreading it on YouTube.”
Another expressed a view shared by many, stating: “This animation really was made for Muse’s track.”