One of the many things to love about reading manga is the ability to illustrate the illusion of movement and action. Some artists go above and beyond the traditional panels of a graphic novel series.
An online user, who goes by the name of Shinrashinge, is a Japanese paper craft artist who specializes in combining video tricks, paper creativity and animation techniques to tell stories.
Shinrashinge’s work was recently showcased in Brother’s printer advertisement:
— Brother Brand Japan (@BrotherBrandJp) January 13, 2021
In 2018, Shinrashinge made a flipbook highlighting the effects of overworking it can have on the lives of people in Japan, which has become a very well known problem, often resulting in a high rate of suicides, or karaoshi (“death from overwork”). The video, titled “Corporate Slave” (Shachiku), uses mostly text-less story-telling, with sound effects and music, though there are some texts that does matter to the context of the story. As the young employee lives through the daily grind and sleepless nights of working for a shady Japanese company, a boardroom whiteboard displays slogans such as “work until you die“, which is promptly crossed out and replaced with “work even if you die“. There are even sarcastic motivational slogans of “be proud of your hard work, be proud to be a corporate slave” and “there are 24 hours in one day, so three days of work can be accomplished in one!” This is all piled on the whiteboard later, with a cruel “missing work, being late for work, and showing up or leaving exactly on the dot are grounds for immediate dismissal.”
The last bit of text is the dialogue of a phone call. As the main character struggles with work everyday, he gains a new colleague who sits next to him. The colleague, leaving late at night after an exhausting shift, is struck by a car right outside the office. By the end of the video, the main character has become crushed by his life as a slave to company, and attempts suicide, imagining freedom on the other side of a noose. Thankfully, his noose snaps, and he is brought to realization of the importance of living, by a call from his colleague, who is recovering in the hospital. In the call, she says “I know it’s tough…but try your best, because I’m doing my best too.”
In a more light hearted video, the artist just released a heartwarming video of the relationship between father and son. The moving paper art piece is titled “Hengao”, which in Japanese translates to “strange face” or “funny face”, the kind a father would give to make his child smile or laugh.
In this action-packed video, we see a boy fighting a monster, in the what video is translated titled as May Disease. At the end, we see how the artist recorded the video, and it is quite impressive.
Here’s a stop-motion piece he did in 2015, to celebrate Halloween:
The artist has also used paper cups to tell a story. Here is one about Dragonball:
Here is an art piece he did of a pig…. Or is it a pig?
動く絵 🐷👩 pic.twitter.com/PHLxUQG1fI
— しんらしんげ shinrashinge (@shin___geki) June 21, 2021
Shinrashinge created his own Zoetrope animation, while also showing how he made it: