Photo: YouTube/Hikaru Utada

Hikaru Utada releases new music video directed by 'Evangelion' creator Hideaki Anno

By Casey Baseel, SoraNews24

On Monday, after years of waiting and months of coronavirus-caused delays, "Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 Thrice Upon a Time" premiered in theaters in Japan. As has been the case for each of the "Rebuild of Evangelion" movies, supplying the theme song is J-pop megastar Hikaru Utada, in the form of the brand-new “One Last Kiss.”

To commemorate "Thrice Upon a Time’s" debut, Utada has also released a full-length video for the song, and just like the movie the theme is heard in, the music video is directed by "Evangelion’s" creator, Hideaki Anno.

Though the vast majority of his work has been in animation, Anno does have a handful of live-action directing credits, most recently with Shin Godzilla and the currently in production "Shin Ultraman." For the “One Last Kiss” video, he keeps the focus on Utada herself, as we see her lounge around her home, wander through an amusement park, and relax in a park. In keeping with her unmistakably plaintive and haunting voice, though, these ordinarily fun and cozy locales seem wrapped in a hazy chill, and while we can spot a few scattered passersby in the far-off background, Utada is almost entirely alone as she sings lines like:

"I pretended I wasn’t lonely. We both did.

Wanting something from someone is, in other words, to continue hurting them."

And yet, the atmosphere isn’t one of total melancholy. Utada spends much of the video singing directly to the camera, making efforts at emotional connections as direct as:

"Can you give me one last kiss?

Let’s kiss like we’re on fire

So that it’ll be so much that I couldn’t forget it, even if I wanted to."

The result is a swirling mix of fond embraces, lonely yearning, and an open desire to show, and be shown, affection, even if it might not go on forever. The lyrics don’t try to deny that the risk of loss is an inherent part of loving someone, nor do they ignore that the sadness that comes from loss could not occur without something as beautiful as love having been present in the first place.

That all sounds like it’s very much in keeping with learning that because human interaction, and life itself, is neither all good nor all bad, it’s important to reach out your hand towards the connections that are good, and recognize and appreciate when someone is doing the same towards you, which in turn feels like a very fitting accompaniment for the end of "Evangelion."

Source: YouTube/Hikaru Utada via Otakomu

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Dear Hikaru Utada,

I was always a fan. I'm glad to see your releasing new songs. Looking beautiful as always. Best wishes and success.

-5 ( +8 / -13 )

Watched the movie. It was a beautiful end to the franchise.

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[About This Music Video]

The music video is directed by the SHIN EVANGELION Director Hideaki Anno.

By request from Hikaru Utada, the Director readily agreed to work on the video, saying "Under the present circumstances [requiring measures for COVID-19], a possible way to create a music video without actually directing a video shoot would be for the artist to film herself and any other footage on her end, then sending them to me to cut and edit into the final video."

Anno sent the basic minimal asks by email including some requests for eye focus and lip sync, and the artist ventured to the outskirts of London on a video shoot with minimal staff help and all the necessary COVID precautions. The video footage garnered using various devices, including smartphones, was then sent to Anno and staff in Japan for finishing.

-8 ( +2 / -10 )

Simple images matching the ‘state of our last year in the current world’. Her voice, image and talent made the last year bearable. Thank you, Hikaru Utada.

-10 ( +1 / -11 )

So she lives in London now?

-9 ( +1 / -10 )

Now that's my kind of kitchen. Full size range and oven and a good collection of knives.

She must be enjoying life.

And the song bounces along as well.

-8 ( +2 / -10 )

Good song, good movie series, good job all involved!

-5 ( +2 / -7 )

That's great, but when is she gonna do another solid ballad? It's been forever!

-1 ( +2 / -3 )

Obviously not a lot of cooking lovers on here - lol.

With a kitchen like that on the clip, I'm sure Hikaru can whip up a treat.

-1 ( +1 / -2 )

Good thing she retired!

Sarcasm aside, have always liked and respected her, and am glad she is still producing.

-1 ( +0 / -1 )

Not a fan, but I have to admit the older she gets, the better she is definitely looking.

1 ( +1 / -0 )

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