HOTEL CALIFORNIA

 


I made this MMVM in 2017 during my anime video mashup hobby phase. My motivation for this video comes from the desire to create one around the song Hotel California by the Eagles. It is not an easy endeavor to find an anime to fit that measure. To me, the song Hotel California is about the trappings of excess and vice, and the moneyeds’ inability to escape the lusts associated with overindulgence; Satan and the guest’s lusts being the beast in the song that encourages such outlandish opulent pleasures to ensnare souls. In other words, to me, Hotel California is about the soul snare of pleasure and the incapacity to escape desires of the flesh from the aspect of the famous (rock stars, Hollywood stars, etc.), who are basically serving their desires and master, Satan. The guests in the song are stabbing their own desires, which they cannot kill. The clueless wanderer in the song, who is lured by beauty and stumbles into this lifestyle (into Hotel California), as many new stars do, only discovers that there is no escape. If possible, you could ask the many famous that were “star-whacked” at such young ages when they tried to escape. Of course, these deaths look like tragic suicides or overdoses or heart attacks, you get the point.

Death Parade meets a number of criteria for the song, but this crucial element is not prolific but understood in the dead’s helplessness to escape the forthcoming judgement of their lives, some of which were spent in excess and lust.  So, from that aspect, Death Parade was selected because it represents Hotel California’s noose association with lifestyle, and the guest’s inability to escape what they have done or will do from the aspect of turpitude.  There were other anime shows I considered for the song, but none of them could capture as full a spectrum of Hotel California as Death Parade, which does not capture it fully as well.

Transcript:

Trappings of excess and vice, the moneyeds’ inability to escape the hungers associated with overindulgence.  Satan and the lusts of his guests (the world) foster outlandish opulent pleasures that ensnare souls. 

But she that liveth in pleasure is dead while she liveth.  The soul snare of pleasure and the incapacity to flee desires of the flesh is one hand on the door at Death$Doorstep.

In service to your wants and master, the Devil; reveals the extent of…Adultery, Fornication, Uncleanness, Lasciviousness, Idolatry, Witchcraft, Hatred, Variance, Emulations, Wrath, Strife, Seditions, Heresies, Envyings, Murders, Drunkenness, Revellings, And such like: Of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, That they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.

The age of innocence gone (1977), and departure of the fallen woman (2015).  Stabbing our own cravings, which we cannot kill; clueless wanderers lured by beauty – stumbling into lifestyles to discover there is no dodge (seemingly).

The deceased’s helpless exodus from forthcoming judgement of lives spent in yearn of excess.  Hotel California’s noose associative standard and the guest’s inability to break out of what they have done (or will do) from the aspect of turpitude; A fitting description of the world living at Death$Doorstep.

Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.

The party was just starting, the fantasy nature of 1977, war in the stars of a space that does not exist, and experienced in its fullness.  Appetites engendered become a future weight on the soul, and constantly require divine providence to overcome.

His providence has never been painless, in the natural, but most merciful.  Few find the way which moves past their wants and desires.

I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

Unbelief preventing most, and belief in a world that is phony – wake up!  So the world now celebrates bad behavior, and acknowledges faith by mere mental accent to truth.  Man’s conjuring intelligence has made him arrogant to supplant God’s law with earthly injustices that rob the poor and oppress the innocent.

Resist this worldly and devilish force beyond your endurance as suppression of the truth reveals the growl of the plane you subsist on and the vessel you inhabit; And the truth you live for, is to accept God’s offering of a choice not ultimatum.

It is not serve Him or die – it is serve Him instead, as this truth is a part of your being, the principle you cannot transgress.  As He looks down and sees the whole world choosing selfishness, it is His duty to declare to everyone and everything that true love opposes avarice.

And all that believed were together, and had all things common; And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need. And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart, Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.

You may continue to live
In your hotel of pleasure
With no escape,
Stabbing the beasts of indulgence;
But time is a chime
That ticks absent rest
As you continually stand
At Death$Doorstep.

Die twice to live, or die once and die again.

See you on the other side…

…True White

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