I’m not sure that there is a person in the world who is not impressed by the video for the musical composition Me! Me! Me!. Even if you are completely indifferent to anime, and indeed to girls in general, the unbridled fantasy of the creators of this video will amaze you. Because what happens next is completely unimaginable.
Like you, after watching, I asked myself the question: “What is the meaning of the video Me! Me! Me!?”. And then, like you, I climbed to look for information on the Internet. Interpretations, of course, are many – as befits a true work of art, this short animated film can be interpreted in many different ways. I will try to keep a consistent story, while, where possible, give different versions of what is happening.
The plot and meaning of the video Me! Me! Me!
The main characters of the video Me! Me! Me! and their relationship
The main characters of our story are a young man named Xu or Shu (Syuchan) and his ex-girlfriend Hanachan. We see footage that captures the bright moments of their relationship – Hana and Xu are smiling, having fun and being happy together.
What spoiled the relationship of the couple – history is silent, but, one way or another, by the beginning of the events that are shown in the video, our heroes had already parted. Xu spends time in his room assembling models from the Evangelion anime and seems to be somewhat depressed. But Hana is determined and full of hatred and jealousy. The text of the song will help us to understand the motives of the heroine, since finding a English translation is not a problem. The girl reproaches the former lover that he did nothing for their relationship, left her, while she still loves, but wants revenge.
What do the girls in the Me! video mean? Me! Me!?
Xu, like a normal young man, dreams of girls. Now he is alone, and it is natural that the images in his mind are exaggerated – we see an army of girls performing a frivolous dance and taking defiant poses. However, the lustful mood is soon replaced by fear – the girls from Xu’s fantasies become dangerous, one of them literally absorbs the poor fellow. Brr.
I have repeatedly come across opinions that the female images in the video symbolize Xu’s addiction. It is in her that many see the reason for the breakup of Xu and Hana, respectively, the confrontation of the heroes is perceived as the struggle of Hana against the harmful attraction of Xu. Indeed, when viewing the clip for the first time, this version seems obvious. In addition, the lyrics of the song mention jealousy for another girl, but according to the plot of the video, Xu does not have any other girl – probably, the heroine of erotic films is meant. However, I would not rush to conclusions.
First of all, Xu doesn’t really look like an addict. His room is relatively clean (as clean as a single guy’s room can be), we see the most common collectible models, one poster on the wall – not an army of rubber dolls. Indeed, there is a tablet or some similar device on the hero’s desk, on which candid shots are shown. But further along the plot of the clip, we still see photos of Xu and Hana on the same device.
Therefore, I will allow myself to assume that this tablet symbolizes the memory or consciousness of Xu – at first the hero sleeps, and his dreams are displayed on the screen (it is quite natural that a lonely young man may have dreams of an erotic nature). Then he remembers Hana, and the situation gets out of his control, and in the finale, Hana breaks the screen, thus destroying the hero’s last pleasant memories of her.
If the girls are just the heroines of Xu’s dreams or fantasies, then the reason for their terrible metamorphosis and destructive behavior is in Xu’s relationship with Hana. The young man was already convinced of how insidious and vindictive girls can be. The hero transfers these qualities from Hana to all the women he thinks about. Endowed with her negative traits, the women rebel against Xu and defeat him in the finale.
Khana and her metamorphoses in the video Me! Me! Me!
So, before our hero had time to think about his former lover, she was already right there. Pay attention to how Hana appears in the frame: against the will of the hero, she enters his room under a mask and behaves like a wild animal – jumping and rushing around the room. Jealousy turned the girl into a real beast, and she came to Xu to take revenge. A rather controversial (and disgusting!) moment, when Hana bends over Xu, and a fountain of foam pours from the heroine’s mouth into the unlucky guy’s mouth, I tend to interpret as a metaphor for reproaches and insults. The girl literally drowns Xu in a stream of her negative emotions.
Pay attention to the scene that follows this – the hero falls into memories, we see the scene of the farewell of Xu and Hana, and in the circle there are not two of them, but three. Who is the third? This is the second, evil essence of Hana. When the young man turns away from the girl, she remains in her place, cries and calls for a hero, but her other self – evil and wild – eats the insides of the young man. At the same time, the former Hana, the girl from his memories, continues to love and call on her lover.
This is what the song is about – the duality of experiences, love and hate in one person. The former Khana is no more – having had enough of the insides of her beloved, she is reborn into an evil creature under a mask. And Xu makes a desperate attempt to escape the wrath and revenge of his ex-girlfriend – he arms himself and goes to shoot an army of women, those who from the innocent heroines of his fantasies have turned into the army of Hana. But the women win, and in the finale we again see the “old” Hana – she kisses the severed head of her ex-boyfriend. The word sayonara – “goodbye” sounds.
Conclusion: the meaning of the video Me! Me! Me!, my version
Let me summarize. The meaning of the clip Me! Me! Me!, in my opinion, is the extent to which jealousy and possessiveness can go in a relationship. Where this struggle actually unfolds – in the thoughts and feelings of a young man, in dreams of revenge of an abandoned girl, or in some kind of parallel reality – we do not know. But the devastating consequences of jealousy and revenge are evident. It is possible that the negative experience with Hana influenced Xu’s attitude towards other girls, so the young man can no longer perceive them as before – as cute and pleasant objects.
If we accept the version with Xu’s addiction as the truth, then the clip illustrates, first of all, the fight against addiction. Nevertheless, it is clear that Hana does not particularly help the guy cope with addiction – on the contrary, her jealousy becomes the reason for Shu’s defeat.
The meaning of the song ME! ME! ME! — Daoko
Due to the large amount of symbolism and abstractionism, it is difficult to understand anything in the song after the first listening, and the video completely confuses the viewer. Let’s try to analyze and better analyze this very sensational and popular song.
The song itself tells us about a young man named Shuu and his ex-girlfriend named Hana. The people who worked on the creation of the song and the video managed to illustrate the problem of almost all modern youth: renunciation of the existing reality and constant pastime at the computer and watching various content, in other words, an unsociable, too secluded lifestyle. Also, the main meaning of the song and the video is jealousy and all kinds of its manifestations, an excessive feeling of affection. Two worlds collide in the song: the real world and the world of fantasy (and, judging by the clip, very vulgar and vulgar fantasies of a young man). The real world is full of pain and suffering, while the fictional world absorbs the protagonist with its colorfulness.
From the song, we learn that the ex-lover accuses the guy of inaction in their relationship and admits that she still loves him, but wants to avenge all the pain caused to her. In her, so to speak, confession, the girl speaks of the secluded lifestyle of a young man, condemning him for it: “real life is covered with a plate.” Why did all that ardent and passionate love of the girl suddenly turn into the wildest hatred and desire for revenge, caused by pain? Everything is very clearly explained: the guy, being constantly in his fictional “ideal” world, came up with the same ideal image of a girl for himself, created a kind of idol for himself; his real girlfriend simply simply did not match his ideal. Being strongly in love with a guy, Hana tries to reach out to him and find out what is so beautiful and ideal in this fictional girl, what attracts the young man so much; she tries to fit in with Shuu’s idol. While the guy plunges deeper into virtual reality, doubts grow more and more in the girl’s head, feelings rage and, as a result, strange fears appear: she is afraid of becoming a fiction in reality. The guy does not pay even the slightest attention to Hana’s suffering, so all that remains for her is to shed bitter tears, remembering all the happy moments of their relationship, the image of the guy, his smell: “I remember your smell.”
Born and growing every second, hatred, envy and rage towards that “ideal” virtual girl are increasingly absorbing Hana, instilling in her mind crazy thoughts about killing that very idol. From this obsession, chaos forms in the girl’s head, she gradually goes crazy: “Envy and envy for that girl again.” “How are you going to live?” – this is the most important question the girl asks the guy, not understanding all his attachment to the virtual world and trying to somehow pull him out of this abyss, into which he is mired with his head, by some pressure on him and throwing obsessive thoughts. For Hana, life no longer makes sense without a young man, she is completely dependent on him, about the same as he is from the unreal world. In the end, the beloved left him, because a relationship where only one side loves,
Write in the comments your meaning of the song ME! ME! ME! — Daoko. We look forward to waiting!
As for me, everything is much simpler. The guy is an otaku, maybe a hickey. He fell in love with a virtual girl even though he has an IRL girlfriend. In the first part of the video, it is the girlfriend who appears to him as a threat who wants to take away his virtual love from him, and therefore it is she who is in the form of a monster that strangles him. In the second part of the clip, the virtual girl tries to destroy all the guy’s connections with reality, including “killing” the real girl. Those. already a virtual character becomes a monster, which symbolizes that the guy wants to give up his lifestyle in favor of reality. In his nightmare, he tries to save the girl, but he himself dies. 2D girl wins. Well, because hickeys can no longer get out of their state, they need help. Or am I watching the wrong clip?
By the way, the third in the circle is Xu himself. He looks at the breakup scene with the girl. Then the Xu who was near Hana leaves, and then the evil essence of the girl appears out of nowhere.
I haven’t read it, but I do. The meaning is this – the guy is tormented by his conscience for the abandoned girl and he is trying to overcome her by force, driving her inside. But it doesn’t come out. Also, the whole clip is a dream within a dream, and only at the last second does he finally wake up.
“Wicked and Savage Hana” is a figment of the mind of a man overwhelmed by guilt towards his girlfriend because another girl was sexually attractive to him. The song is sung by a blue-haired female idol who tells her love story in another clip from the series. She fell in love with a guy who already had a girlfriend (Hana). And she was very worried about it. Most likely, she became the cause of a quarrel between them. Since the quarrel was traumatic for the guy, attractive images interfere in his head with terrible ones, one transforms into another. Therefore, at the beginning of the video, a blue-haired girl (who is on the poster in his room) dances invitingly, and then a frightening image of Lilith Khana appears. The juxtaposition of the female images of the evil Lilith and the forgiving Eve is an old theme that crops up in our culture all the time. Personally, I was annoyed at how literal and banal this clip is, and how simply it expresses a hackneyed idea. An experience that most boys go through. Damn, so this is not an anime?
The subculture of anime lovers is firmly rooted in many countries of the world far beyond its native Japan. In Canada, on the originally exotic, and now quite familiar, animation, more than one generation has grown up. The fan base continues to expand. And now it is already difficult to surprise someone with another representative of this genre. However, some do it well. A few years ago, the creation of Hibiki Yoshizaki and his team, demonstrated for the first time at the Japanese animation festival, stirred the minds of even hardened fans, forcing them to search for the meaning of the song and video “ME!ME!ME!” Teddyloid Daoko. Since then, the popularity of the musical short film has increased many times and reached those who are very far from the animated works of the Land of the Rising Sun. This was largely due to the shocking presentation.
The meaning of the song
It’s worth saying right away that “ME! ME! ME!” – this is exactly an anime with musical accompaniment in the form of a song by Teddyloid and Daoko (the first is a DJ, the second is a singer), and not a clip in its purest form. The composition was written specifically for the video sequence, so it does not make much sense to give it a separate explanation.
Thanks to this, the song acquired even greater artistic value for the English-speaking viewer-listener, but the idea of the work was slightly distorted.
In English translation, the emphasis is on the relationship between the characters – Xu (Shu) and Khana. We hear a girl’s monologue song, addressed to a former lover. At first, she sings that she dreamed of spending her whole life next to this person, but “feelings were divided in half.”
Now the heroine wants him to understand her – to feel the same pain. The girl laments: the guy did not love her – he worshiped the ideal image, a mirage that has nothing to do with reality. Because of this, the heroine also “got bogged down in a lie”, probably trying to live up to the ideal.
Now it’s in the past – the couple broke up. But the girl cannot throw out what happened from her memory. She is torn between the desire to forget everything and the desire to renew the relationship. A guy experiences similar torments, torn between a real girl who still loves him and her image created in his head. The heroine repeats: “I want to kill her.” Kill is an image.
However, if we take the original Japanese text of the song and translate it into English, it turns out that the emphasis is not on the heroine’s hatred of the fictional ideal – her double. It is more about the deplorable situation of the one to whom the song is addressed. The girl says that he is stuck at the bottom of a “deep dark swamp” and cannot get out of it. Thus, in the version, the emphasis is on jealousy, in the original, on addiction.
What happens to the heroes of the song and video
What is this addiction? If you look at the Japanese fans, you can see that everything is pretty obvious to them. We are talking about otaku who “get hooked” on their hobbies: computer games, TV and Internet shows, movies, anime.
Otaku are people who lead a reclusive lifestyle, secluding themselves in their apartments and devoting themselves entirely to their favorite work (in the English-speaking Internet space, this is sometimes called all anime people). For the Japanese, “ME!ME!ME!” is a kind of satire on such people.
In the first frames of the video, we see such a hero, who is in the middle of a mess in his apartment and looks at the screen with the image of two girls. There are more of the latter – it seems that we are immersed in an otaku dream.
The viewer turns into a witness to the lascivious fantasies of a guy filled with psychedelic symbols. He looks more and more menacing. It’s funny that the logo under which the girls dance is rumored to have been created by Hayao Miyazaki himself, famous for his cute, kind and instructive cartoons.
The second part of the clip begins with the girl, the object of the hero’s desire, bursting into his room, taking on the appearance of a monster, and using a nasty procedure, takes the guy into the next dream.
Here we see a display of the events that happened to the otaku: a photo of a happy guy and a girl flickers, then we see the last one in tears. Compared to the acidic imaginary ideal, the real Hana, who obviously truly loves Shu, looks pale. The hero is attacked by a monster girl and once again changes her appearance, anticipating the third chapter.
In the final part, the guy puts on a fantastic combat suit and tries to fight the monster girl, that is, the one whom he himself invented and made the object of his desire.
Hana the monster is trying to destroy both the hero and all that light that he has left from his meeting with the real Hana. Xu is defeated – his head is cut off. But then he opens his eyes – we see a repetition of the very first frame. Which means everything starts all over again. The hero is stuck in his nightmare, trying to get rid of the unreal girl he created himself and return to real life, to the earthly Hana.
So, “ME! ME! ME!” talks about the battle between true love and destructive attachment to an illusory image inside an otaku hermit. If we discard the whole psychedelic entourage, we can say that such a struggle is familiar to many. So this anime is not a schizophrenic nonsense at all, but a story with instructive morals, intended for an 18+ audience.