Shelter is a 6-minute animation produced by A-1 Pictures and an accompaniment to the song of the same name by Porter Robinson and Madeon. Due to the animation being about a 6 minute video, I had very low expectations as to how the story would go in this short. But, I was actually very wrong. It’s not a very long story, but it’s definitely something to make this animation worth looking into. Shelter tells the story about a 17 year old girl, Rin, that comes to realize the situation that she is in, and how it affects her. The story details the ways in which her life played out before an “incident” and the aftermath of it. The ending of the story isn’t something you expected within the first 2 minutes.
Over the course of 6 minutes, we watched our mysterious protagonist Rin, and learned about her circumstances and her past. There was barely any dialog and it had a huge reliance on visual storytelling and of course, the music. As each scene goes by, you try to figure out what’s going on little by little, and the fragments of her past start to slowly but surely piece together. The truth of Rin and her virtual world really hit me hard, and the staff did a great job with the build up and the reveal. The animation worked so well with the music, and the cuts were really well done.
It’s very rare when you get something that is so simple, but yet so powerful. Shelter really reminds me why I love anime. It gives us such unique and fantastic experiences that’s hard to find anywhere else. I’m a huge fan of EDM/dubstep and Porter Robinson is definitely one of my favorite artists in the genre. I’ve known for some time that he’s an anime fan (for example, in his song Flicker you can hear Remon Yamano’s infamous laugh), but I’m so glad that Crunchyroll and A-1 collaborated with him and made such an awesome project. There isn’t a frame in which it doesn’t have any effort into the detail. Almost every frame has such vivid colors and beautiful scenery, to the point that any frame could be a great background picture.
Shelter’s message was very impactful. It shows us the power and weight of unconditional parental love and that our past, no matter how painful, gives us strength to move forward. Shelter is short, but hits deep. It is a great reminder why anime is such an amazing medium. Porter’s vision and imagination made this work come to life, and I’m happy that I was able to experience it. We totally need more stuff like this. Please do yourself a favor and give this a watch.