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Why Cassis Is A Very UruKai Video

I happened to make a remark on gazepic_a_day that I could write an essay about how Cassis is a very UruKai video. I had a couple of requests to write it up, so . . .

I figured the best way to do this would be with caps. Lots of them. Apologies for the words at the top and bottom of the screens; my copy of Cassis is subtitled. (I don't own the Type A/Optical Impression of this single, unfortunately).

Now, I tend to see this video through the eyes of a fanficcer. In all my fanfic continuities where Uruha and Kai end up together - either one-on-one or in a threesome with Ruki - they're in denial of their feelings for each other at the time this video was made. So, for me, the story of this vid is "They want to tell each other about their feelings, but they can't!"

Throughout the video, we see Kai and Uruha on opposite sides of a wall/door, and they seem to be reaching out to each other:

First, Uruha approaching a wall, on the other side of which is Kai:
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And then Uruha clutching the door, as if wondering whether to go through . . . and a crossfade of a wistful Uruha to Kai:
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A bit later on, there's Kai standing by a door, looking wistful, anxious . . . he clutches the doorknob, as if he really wants to go through, but just can't - something is holding him back . . .
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And who's on the other side of that mixed-emotion-provoking door? You got it.

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Then, as if to drive the point home . . . more crossfades! Uruha's hand clutching a windowsill, as if in high emotion, superimposed over Kai! Kai almost-but-not-quite going through the door to Uruha again! Look at Uruha's clutching hand superimposed over Kai grabbing the doorknob - thinking about clasping each other's hands, perhaps?
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Finally, at the end of the video, we see each of the boys gazing off into the distance, wistfully, as if they are looking for someone they want to see, with feathers raining down on them like sakura petals in a Clamp manga. Guess which two get shown one right after the other, as if they were looking for one another?
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Yep, I'm looking at it with fangirl-colored glasses, but damn, this video gives you a LOT for those glasses to look at. They really do, throughout the video, seem to be reaching out for each other, but stopping, holding back, not taking that final step to GRABBING EACH OTHER AND PUSHING EACH OTHER AGAINST THAT DAMN WALL AND PUTTING THEIR HANDS AND LIPS ALL OVER EACH OTHER AND . . .

*cough*

Anyway, definitely an insert-your-own-fanservice-here! (By the way, there's an equal amount of wistful gazing and cross-fading between Aoi and Ruki. Yes, this video ships my pairings. XD)

Comments

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misumaru
Aug. 9th, 2012 08:00 am (UTC)
A couple of things struck me as I rewatched this video in preparation for your essay.

1. It is very shippy. Undeniably so. I can't believe I've never actually picked up on it before, but the fact that Uruha and Kai get so much screentime 'together', as it were, is very interesting. I wonder if Ruki and/or the director knew what they were doing?

2. OMG, Aoi is so hot in this video! ...Not what I was meant to be looking at, but still - GUH!

*ahem* Anyway... I hadn't picked up on the fact that they were on opposite sides of the door. I also find it interesting that they seem to be the only two who spend a significant amount of time in the house. The others are all wandering around outside, or... where the hell is Ruki meant to be, anyway?
ldybastet
Aug. 9th, 2012 08:20 am (UTC)
Aoi is... thriftshop chic *and* got dressed in the dark and mixed up his clothes and his gf's! Um... But he's hot, yes. ;)

I doubt they realised just how shippy they made it. Or how shippy fangirls can be when watching it. *g*
misumaru
Aug. 9th, 2012 09:19 am (UTC)
The outfit is a tragedy, I'm not arguing with that. XD But! Soooo much skin is on show, and he moves so sexily in the vid...

*ahem* Anyway, I'm sure slash goggles come in to play a lot while watching it, but still - when you see the images and the lyrics on screen together like in these screencaps...? Kind of hard not to be shippy! ;)
puss_nd_boots
Aug. 15th, 2012 11:37 am (UTC)
The lyrics end up adding a lot to the shippiness, don't they? I didn't even realize how well they went with what I was seeing onscreen until I took the screencaps! Maybe it's a GOOD thing I don't have an unsubbed version!

Aoi's outfit is pretty damn trainwrecky - especially those things on his arms. I mean, what ARE those? They look like a pair of laced-up pants with the seat removed! But you certainly can't argue with the amount of skin - and he works the camera so well here, he could be wearing a damn paper bag and still look hot!
ldybastet
Aug. 9th, 2012 08:18 am (UTC)
I love this!!! This is definitely a fun and very inspiring way to look at this PV! :)

And you're right! Damn, they do get a lot of screentime right next to each other! Poor boys, longing so for each other. I've always felt there is a lot of longing in this vid. *g*
puss_nd_boots
Aug. 15th, 2012 11:40 am (UTC)
There is a LOT of longing. I really don't think the director intended to imply any specific ships, just an overall feeling of longing for each other - but they kept doing those edits between Kai and Uruha! How can you NOT interpret it in a shippy way? (And there is plenty of Aoi/Ruki going on there as well. There's more than one reason this is my pairing song for the Aoi and Ruki in Stargazer).
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