Happy Earth Day!
Don’t be alarmed – I didn’t really all of a sudden start celebrating Earth Day or anything. But it does give me an excuse to finally get around to uploading the Spider-Man video we made back during IES. Yes, this was about five and a half years ago, but I uhh got distracted.
Some background: Bryan, Mikey, and I were in the same Jissen Nihongo 4 class during IES. Hosoi-sensei’s theme for the final project was the environment. We were broken up into 3 teams, with everyone having to write reports or something, then integrating that research and information into a video. Somehow we were able to convince her to let us make a Spider-Man video (since Derek wore that costume every day) that was only loosely related to the environment, let alone the class project. We filmed it on a Saturday outside the Techno Garden with Ari and Seth’s help. Actually, I won’t go into what Seth did but it probably wouldn’t be considered help. Oops!
We edited it at SALC, using some old computer maybe with Premiere 6.5? I don’t really remember. But I do remember that we were running low on time until the very last minute, editing and doing to voice over work while the other teams gave their presentations to a random assortment of Kanda kids. But Hosoi-sensei knew that we were awesome anyway, so we got to show our video at the Sayonara Party. Aoyagi-sensei came to the party just to watch the video, which was cool of him. And of course we got an A.
The full title of the video is 地球環境保護戦士スパイダーマン, or something like “Earth Environment Protection Warrior Spider-Man” if you want to be weird. I think Enviro-Warrior Spider-Man sounds more normal. The result is a parody/homage to tokusatsu, pro-wrestling, etc. in the way that only a ghetto-yet-awesome college class project could turn out.
And here we go:
And yes, I realize on YouTube I have the video listed as “Spider-Maso” in Japanese. But it’s close and I don’t want to get hassled for copyright infringement or anything. I dunno.