"Can you write?" Draw With Me
"Of course, duh."
"How about drawing?"
- Written dialogue between the two main characters
is an animated short set to a short-edit of Otsuka Ai's song Cherish
, made by Mikeinel
. It's about a girl and a boy separated by an unbreakable glass, and is considered one of the saddest original works on YouTube
. Watch at your own risk. This does not stop it from being face-meltingly popular across the Internet, though.
It can be found on YouTube here
, and on deviantART here
. It also has several supplemental works, including color roughs
, a Making Of
, a very sad wallpaper
, a preview comic
, a very depressing direct followup
(spoilers!), and a slightly happier distant finale
(spoilers!!), another less-happy distant universe expansion after that here
and finally a much happier sequel
It can also be downloaded here
This animation has examples of:
- All There in the Manual: The extras above are mostly just things to make you cry yet again, but the Easter Egg in the video for "Who" tells you many important things, like why they couldn't just use a ladder. Living things have a tendency to die when they pass over the wall.
- Beautiful Void: The setting.
- Boy Meets Girl
- Cat Girl: The look of the girl in this, and the boy appears to have a wolf tail.
- Chekhov's Gun: Dominant hands.
- Couldn't Find a Pen: The use of coal on the wall.
- Does This Remind You of Anything?: Long-distance relationship seems to be an influence on the themes, and anyone who has little contact with the one they love will tell you that it hits a little too hard.
- Downer Ending: The creator has stated that he doesn't like sugar-coated perfect endings. He certainly hit his mark here.
- Exposed to the Elements: If that really is snow, these two are most certainly underdressed for it, especially the girl.
- Hope Spot: When the boy punches through the glass, which then instantly reforms, shredding the boy's arm and many crucial tendons in his drawing hand.
- Love Makes You Crazy is most certainly on display here.
- Meet Cute: Done right.
- Minimalist Cast
- No Name Given: Both our main characters are this. However, on Mikeinel's facebook page, he calls the boy Zefyr and the girl Lilian.
- The Noseless: This too.
- Pink Girl, Blue Boy: The color scheme, anyway.
- The Power of Love: What compels the boy to try to break through the glass.
- Separated by the Wall: A textbook example of this trope.
- Snow Means Love: Well, at least the firefly-like things look like snow.
- Star-Crossed Lovers: Well, kinda...
- Status Quo Is God: Apparently averted, played straight, subverted, and then played straight again in a rather disturbing way.
- The Stinger: One that bothers a lot of people, to put it lightly.
- The Voiceless: Because sound can't reach across the wall.
- Unusual Ears
- Window Love: Or rather, wall love. The principle's the same.