Mixed Nuts by Official HIGE DANdism colorized with DaVinci Resolve Studio

Blackmagic Design announced that DaVinci Resolve Studio editing, colorizing, visual effects (VFX) and audio post-production software was used in color grading the music video for “Mixed Nuts” by Official HIGE DANdism. Grading was done by Hisashi Nemoto of Tokyo post-production company KASSEN using the DaVinci Resolve Advanced Panel.

“Mixed Nuts” is the latest single by Official HIGE DANdism and is the opening theme song for the popular anime series “Spy × Family”, based on the popular manga series of the same name, written by Tatsuya Endo. The song depicts the three main characters of the anime series, who pretend to be a family and disguise themselves as peanuts in a mix of nuts to express the world of the anime series.

The music video for “Mixed Nuts” is a cinematic narrative that has had over 34 million views since it was posted on YouTube. Starting with a scene of a mysterious western-style hotel, the video is unique and with a dash of horror and pop.

The music video was directed by Takuto Shimpo, who signed several projects by the Official HIGE DANdism group. Nemoto, the KASSEN colorist who worked on many of the group’s projects, collaborated with the director on colorization. The video begins with a daughter and her parents visiting a mysterious hotel. The daughter searches for her parents, who disappeared with lightning and then reappear with mysterious people represented by the band members. When the missing parents are reunited with their daughter, Offical HIGE DANdism performs with a big band in front of the family. “Generally, director Shimpo prefers to clearly separate the look of each part of a song, so I colorized the music video according to his style,” said Nemoto.

“The audience didn’t know what was going to happen until the end, so I made sure the color had some varying degrees of intensity to match Shimpo’s direction, so viewers wouldn’t get bored midway through the video,” he continued. “The mood of the video is similar to a classic horror movie, so I colored the intro part to create the feeling of fear. However, I felt that if we went overboard with horror, it wouldn’t sit well with the band that is loved by people of all ages. I added a pop of pop so it wouldn’t be too heavy and highlighted the orange and yellow of the band members’ uniforms and the fluorescent yellow of the duct tape.

“I am always aware that there is a large audience behind the screen that will like my work. In this video, many scenes were shot intentionally underexposed, but without interfering with the flow of the narrative, and I’ve lightly lit the band members’ faces for fans who want to see their faces. What creators want to express and what audiences expect don’t always match up. I hope to bridge the gap between these people in these situations,” he said.

Nemoto also very much appreciates DaVinci Resolve Studio’s ability to create the various versions needed in commercial and music video production. “If we have different versions of the timeline using the same camera material, DaVinci Resolve’s remote grading feature is very helpful,” he says. “When I do the color adjustment, the same adjustment is applied not only to the plane in that timeline, but also to planes of the same material used in other timelines, making my grading much easier.

I’ve been using DaVinci Resolve for many years, and compared to other systems, it’s fast and flexible,” concluded Nemoto. The software is always being updated and improved. Another advantage is that there are a lot of users and most post-production houses have an Advanced Panel, so I can work normally even if I’m grading in a different place.”