Z-Kai: Cross Roads – How “SAT Classes” Lead to True Love

Z-Kai, a Japanese company that runs cram schools and correspondence courses for university-hopefuls, has made yet another unique commercial. For background, Z-Kai’s previous “meme” commercial portrayed a high schooler shouting from the river bank about his passion and eagerness to experience college life, only to be shut down coldly by the narrator who stated, “You can’t pass entrance exams only by motivation.”

Ignoring the illogicality and sheer commercialism of that last statement—I think we would all agree that using study aids and cram schools like Z-Kai is showing motivation—Z-Kai’s latest commercial has broken all boundaries. Now, not only will Z-Kai’s courses help you get into university, but it will also lead you to find your one true love. See for yourself:

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Shingeki no Kyojin Youtube Parody Series #4

Shingeki no Kyojin is so depressing that any parody becomes 10x funnier. Here are some highlights:

SnK’s opening song meshed with … a Bollywood video?! While the video content itself has nothing to do with SnK, somehow… it is just too funny that the video syncs so well with the song. The main guy in the song even mouths the lyrics…. and they’re dancing on top of Wall Maria (the Indian version of course).

Shingeki no Kyojin Youtube Parody Series #3

Shingeki no Kyojin is so depressing that any parody becomes 10x funnier. Here are some highlights:

SnK + Ke$ha’s “Die Young” Crossover – this is perhaps too obvious a parody (unlike the Frozen crossover before) and thus, too uncreative. So Ke$ha sings about not dying young and you mesh that song with an anime where everybody is just born … to die young. But! Someone has to do it. And it’s still funny, especially since various characters get different lines instead of having one character sing all the parts … and watching Eren hate on Jean never fails to amuse me.

Shingeki no Kyojin Youtube Parody Series #2

Shingeki no Kyojin is so depressing that any parody becomes 10x funnier. Here are some highlights:

SnK + Frozen Crossover: Watch Eren’s lovely rendition of “Do You Want to Kill Some Titans?” If you’ve watched Frozen (which I hope so, because then you’ll really get this video), you’ll know that Anna grows up while singing this song — the first couple of lines are when she’s singing with a baby voice at five years old to the last couple lines where she’s a full fledged “adult” (teenager) and her voice has changed significantly. This parody just works so well because SnK has a couple of significant time skips so Eren was actually a kid in the beginning before transitioning to a front line combat fighter in the survey corps several years latter. The parody singer does a fantastic job of changing her voice to match Eren’s age changes and the lyrics and video are just lovely, chosen to match well with SnK and the original Frozen vibe.

Shingeki no Kyojin Youtube Parody Series #1

Shingeki no Kyojin is so depressing that any parody becomes 10x funnier. Here are some highlights:

#1: Shingeki no Kyojin becomes kpop band Shinhwa, performing “This Love.” This is maybe not so much funny (which it is, to start with) as it is pretty damn awesome. After a while, you stop laughing at SnK characters being a kpop band and doing the This Love dance to being stupendously amazed at the level of skill and time involved to animate SnK doing a dance routine.

Let me digress into a brief rant about animation. If you’ve never thought about making an anime, you probably don’t realize this, but animating dancing, or anything with non-regular movement, is *hard* / time consuming. That is a whole lot of panels of drawing for just 5 secs of video – most professional animators (i.e. people that make anime) don’t even do it, which is why unless some guy up top pours an insane amount of money into a sports anime, most of them just plain suck. It just takes too much time and energy to animate a soccer or basketball match in real time, which is why most people just slice in lots of observers explaining the match scenes or generic hitting sounds while zooming away from the match (*cough* Prince of Tennis *cough*) to avoid doing lots of live frames. Prince of Tennis was still wonderful though, but Area no Kishi, Diamond no Ace, Dear Boys, etc. all didn’t live up to their potential. Which just makes Kuroko no Basuke all the more awesome.