Rin and her father gazing at the sky before forces from outer space make contact with the Earth. From Shelter the Animation. Courtesy of Porter Robinson.

‘shelter the animation’ release and responses

by Neil Bui

Porter Robinson describes his Official Video for Shelter as:

‘shelter the animation’ tells the story of a girl living alone for all eternity in a simulation built by her father to save her from the end of the world.

Shelter tells the story of Rin, a 17-year-old girl who lives her life inside of a futuristic simulation completely by herself in infinite, beautiful loneliness. Each day, Rin awakens in virtual reality and uses a tablet which controls the simulation to create a new, different, beautiful world for herself. Until one day, everything changes, and Rin comes to learn the true origins behind her life inside a simulation.

If the feels are hitting hard right now, just wait for what I’m about to drop on you next –

The translation of the message from Rin’s father:

To Rin

From : Dad

There was just so little time left after you were born.

I don’t know how much love I managed to pour into raising you after your mother died…

But your smile kept me going. (^_^)

I would like to have come with you, but I couldn’t.

I wanted you to forget everything and move on… I knew you’d be alright.

But you’ll get lonely, and remember.

I know you’ll grow strong, and read this letter some day.

I really wish we could have spent more time together. I’m sorry.

You were so young back then, too young to understand what they meant. So let me repeat…

My final words to you.

Rin and her father gazing at the sky. From Shelter the Animation. Courtesy of Porter Robinson.

Rin and her father gazing at the sky. From Shelter the Animation. Courtesy of Porter Robinson.

I can’t remember the last time a music video felt so compelling to me. If this animation is just the tip of the iceberg for what fans can expect at one of the live performances on the Shelter Tour, I am definitely excited.

Quick shout out to my cousins Helen and Jennifer for hooking me up with a ticket to see Madeon and Porter Robinson later this month at the Microsoft Theater. 

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