Pop star Dua Lipa has released a new music video for her hit song “Levitating” inspired by the iconic classic anime, Sailor Moon. The animated series was adapted from the Japanese shōjo manga written and illustrated by Naoko Takeuchi by Toei Animation and aired from 1992 to 1997. The series follows Usagi Tsukino, who becomes Sailor Moon of the Sailor Guardians after meeting a talking cat named Luna, who gives him a magic brooch to fight the forces of evil.
Sailor Moon is one of the most influential anime of the 90s, and the series is considered a major factor in revitalizing the Girl Magic genre. The series also introduced many young fans to the anime through its broadcast on American television over the decade and gave many young fans their first exposure to this style of animation. Because of this, Sailor Moonthe influence of can be found in many media today, from a recent blink of an eye Harley Quinn from comics to inspiring modern American animations such as Steven Universe. The anime continues to be referenced to this day across all mediums, from TV to comics, and now to music videos.
On her official YouTube, Lipa posted a new animated music video for her US Billboard Weekly No. 2 song, “Levitating,” the video visually inspired by the animated series of the ’80s and’ 90s. The narrative follows an animated version of Lipa traveling through the stars in a bright sci-fi setting. “Levitation” borrows a lot from the aesthetics of 90s anime such as Sailor Moon, with a brief scene from the song’s title sequence resembling the titles from the anime, while the animated portrayal of Dua resembles Usagi’s character design through his art style. The clip even includes a recreation of Sailor Moon’s famous transformational sequences where her hero transforms into her Sailor Guardian character, with Lipa adopting a new look for her gig instead. Watch the video below:
The video was hosted by Japanese artist group NOSTALOCK, with Yu Tsubaki as creative director, Kenta Orisaka as art director and screenwriter, and Yuta Ueno as producer. “Levitating” isn’t the singer’s first crossover with anime. His song “Swan Song” was used to make the link with that of Robert Rodriguez Alita: the angel of battle, a live adaptation of the manga of the same name.
By borrowing aesthetics and drawing inspiration from Sailor Moon, Lipa’s latest fun and nostalgic music video that may appeal to many. For viewers unfamiliar with inspirations, this might be of interest to them in the medium, leading them to further explore anime-style animation through productions such as the one recently released by Netflix. Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Eternal films, while existing anime fans may be wowed by the visuals and designs, being encouraged to further explore Lipa’s discography. With the show being mentioned not only in movies and TV but also in music videos now, it’s clear just how much impact Sailor Moon has had on the world, becoming an enduring and recognizable part of popular culture.
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