Music / Up Up Down Down
"Up, Up, Down, Down" is a Flash animated music video by self-proclaimed "Nerd Rock" band, Kirby Krackle. It starts out as a sweet love song
about a geeky video game store clerk who has a crush on a girl
who frequents his shop, before going into something completely different
. The video can be viewed here
The video provides examples of:
- Animesque: The art style, including several standard "anime gestures".
- Blank White Eyes: The pianist switches between theses and Eyes Always Shut.
- Dogged Nice Guy: The male lead is a milder version: he's persistent doing his best to win over the girl, though never going to extremes.
- Downer Ending: The girl is a stalker who murders the lead after their date by cooking him alive and eating him.
- Foreshadowing: The girl has a poison mushroom shirt.
- Gamer Chick: The female lead is an attractive young woman who loves video games, which is what gets the protagonist's attention.
- Fluffy Cloud Heaven: Where the male lead winds up after being murdered.
- I'm a Humanitarian: The girl is a cannibal who murders and eats the main character, and is implied to have done so to others before him.
- Lyrical Dissonance: You will never hear someone sound happier while singing "Because I'm dead".
- Murder Ballad: The song is one from the victim's point of view.
- Nerds Are Sexy: The protagonist finds the girl's nerdiness sexy.
- Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: The girl's skin is pure white, unlike the main character who is merely pale pink.
- Played for Laughs: The twist ending; the main character was murdered and eaten, but the song doesn't it very seriously.
- Shout-Out: Many.
- The Konami Code in the title and song lyrics.
- The girl's poison mushroom shirt.
- The lyrics even mention Hyrule.
- "I should take a risk, then like Wilson Fisk, be the Kingpin of this day."
- During his daydream, the male lead imagines the girl wearing Morrigan's signature outfit.
- (She) warned me that I shouldn't scream or she'd gut me like Wolverine.
- Stalker With a Crush: The girl was staking the main character for weeks beforehand.
- Twist Ending: The girl is a murderous stalker who kills and eats the main character.
- Unmoving Plaid: The girl's skirt.
- Yandere: The girl, who is both infatuated with the main character and who cheerfully murders him.