On Your Mark
is an Animated Music Video
made in 1995 by Hayao Miyazaki
, set to the eponymous song by Chage & Aska.
The video is set in a futuristic megapolis, and begins with a police raid on a religious cult, rescuing a girl with huge white wings. The two men that found her endeavour to set the girl free.See it here.
- After the End: It's heavily implied that some kind of nuclear disaster took place prior to the events of the video.
- Big Damn Heroes: First the police raid on the cult headquarters, then the truck revealing it can fly.
- Broken Angel
- Cool Car: The massive, bright orange utility vehicle that can fly.
- Cool Shades
- Cult: With giant eye symbols and "GOD IS WATCHING YOU" motto.
- Domed Hometown: The city is domed to protect it from radiation.
- Dynamic Entry
- Expy: The angelic girl is pretty much a carbon copy of Nausicaa. May also be the Ghibli house style.
- The eye symbols and inscriptions on the cult building's walls are also reminiscent of the Dorok religion in the manga.
- Faceless Goons / Gas Mask Mooks: The cultists and cops/lab workers, respectively.
- Fair Cop: One of the policemen is pretty handsome. He kinda looks like an older Ashitaka. And considering those roses on his desk, the ladies think so in-universe too.
- Forgot I Could Fly
- Free Wheel
- "Groundhog Day" Loop: It's implied that there's something like this in place without any characters being aware. The events are repeated again and again until they rescue her the right way.
- It's more of a non-linear editing thing. They screw up, and the action resets to the last "save point".
- Heroic Sacrifice: The two guys seem to intend one, as they're trying to get the girl to fly away even as they're falling from miles up.
- Not to mention driving into the radioactive zone to free the girl.
- Hidden Eyes: One of the policemen never takes his goggles off.
- I Will Only Slow You Down
- People Jars
- Product Placement: Coca Cola cans can be seen littered around the winged girl, apparently the only "food" the cult gave her.
- Scenery Porn: ... Duh?
- Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right: Those two policemen are ready to do anything to set that girl free. Treason included.
- Smoking Is Cool
- They Would Cut You Up: Ostensibly the girl's fate had she not been rescued from the lab.
- Un-Person / Keep Circulating the Tapes: After Aska was arrested for drug possession, Universal Music pulled all his music, videos (including this) from all over Japan. Also, a collection of all Studio Ghibli films and music videos were delayed in order to delete this video. Universal Music apologized but they did out of respect for Japanese people and for "operating as a member of the society". This is the news article.
- This means that the only form of view this video is through YouTube and piracy.
- It was finally averted by Studio Ghibli themselves, since they will offer the music video as a bonus disc to all who previously buyed their last collection. This is the news article.
- Winged Humanoid