2. Emiko Shibamura, "Akindo Fighter"
Director: Michael Laburt and Daniel Merlot
Release date: February 19
Why it's great: Where to begin?! How about with Emiko's account of how she decided to make this music video: "It was an ordinary day before EMIKO had a vision of a spirit of a white dragon that insisted she fly to Hollywood and film a music video. The vision was so profound that she followed her spirit animal to the United States and invited her white dragon to perform along with her. The world had never seen anything like it." Ain't that the truth! In a world increasingly dominated by algorithms, recommendation tools, and media consolidation, all of which create echo chambers of conventional wisdom and like-minded voices, it's a glass of water in the desert to see a 65-year-old Japanese rapper move to Los Angeles to make a music video with a white dragon because she had a fucking vision. Don't you wish you had visions of white spirit dragons powerful enough to change your life?
Emiko Shibamura's website describes her as "a visionary, self-help celebrity, sixty-three-year-old rapper [she's now 65], acclaimed entrepreneur and already has her ticket to the moon." Is she telling the truth? Who knows! Will she go to the moon? Hopefully! As for her self-help and entrepreneurial life, she is "the first apprentice of Hitori Saito, Japan’s No.1 taxpayer-businessman," which should impress you even if you're not sure what makes a taxpayer-businessman number one. In case you're wondering, she met Hitori Saito "when she was an 18-year-old finger-pressure therapy student." There's a feature-length profile to be written about Emiko Shibamura, but alas, here there's only space for a blurb. Oh, right, the video: It's just as delightful as you'd expect a vision-based dragon music vid to be.