I can’t explain exactly why I started doing this out of the blue, but lately I have been listening to a lot of Daft Punk‘s most popular album called Discovery… well not exactly. I’m not really listening to it per se, instead I have been watching its one of a kind visualisation called Interstella 555: The 5tory of the 5ecret 5tar 5ystem.
Daft Punk are a rather mysterious electronic pop duo, and while the genre of music isn’t really my cup of tea (I’m more of a hard rock guy) I couldn’t help but be mesmerised by this production. Discovery itself was a concept album and Daft Punk, along with the legendary Toei Animation studio, turned their album into an anime feature that is Interstella 555. Each song was transformed into an episode, sequentially and chronologically linked from first song to the last. Something like this had not been attempted before, and I don’t think it has ever been done again, which is why Interstella 555 is something worth remembering and revisiting.
The visual production and story direction comes as a collaboration of the Daft Punk duo and none other than the legendary Leiji Matsumoto, known for the best sci-fi epics the anime genre has ever seen namely Space Battleship Yamato and Space Pirate Captain Harlock, among many others within the sci-fi genre. It is only fitting that he collaborated with electronic pop artists to create a visually mesmerising sci-fi anime, one that is expressed through visuals and music alone. Interstella 555 doesn’t have any dialogue, it lets the music and events tell the story, and for the most part it succeeds remarkably and holds the viewer’s attention.
I remember watching the many music videos associated with Interstella 555 back when it was new, and I was simply swept away by it all. I think at the time the popularity of anime outside Japan had really peaked with classics like Rurouni Kenshin and Neon Genesis Evangelion, and so Daft Punk and Toei Animation together broke all cultural barriers to create something that fans of music, anime, entertainment, and art in general could get something out of. There is something in here for everyone really, and while I am the furthest thing from an electronic pop music fan (let alone Daft Punk) I do find myself enjoying this one of a kind concept to present music.
Interstella 555 is a landmark production simply because it merges so many different worlds and industries to create a timeless work of art. For that reason alone it deserves to be remembered and enjoyed till the end of time.
We got the official playlist embedded below, just hit that play button and watch the story unfold as you sink into the music.
One more time
We’re gonna celebrate