This song is awesome. It’s catchy, has a lovely music video, and it’s philosophical. Watch it and share your thoughts.
“Common World Domination” is a modernist narrative about the fruitlessness of material obsessions. You can see this right from the beginning with the motif of the skeletons collapsing, which represents how no creature can escape from returning to skeletal dust. Meanwhile, the band-aid motif represents the superficial and artificial ways in which people try to escape from their problems. The narrator (whom I’ll just call “Miku”) is a classic modern intellectual filled with apathy and the burdens of consciousness, who compares and contrasts herself with “you”, the viewer.
Why is Miku surrounded by this array of bursting human skeletons, covered in bandages? Because Miku (and those like her) are the only ones who are truly alive. They understand the flaws and limitations of the world they live in instead of blindly following convention and authority. Miku knows that her existence in this world is short-lived, so she would rather die than see herself abide by conventions that she could never agree with. And for the rest, those people who choose to have their lives dictated by external forces beyond their control, they are dead men dressed in the clothing of the living, skeletons wearing bandages to shield themselves from the pain and bitterness of existence. They deny their mortality almost as if they think they will live forever, but Miku knows better, and for this reason, she is shunned as an outcast and endures a horrible existence among her peers.
With some trepidation, Miku finally takes off the one bandage that has been holding her back throughout her entire life, a bandage that represents the self-doubt and suffocating consciousness that always stopped her from existing comfortably. Perhaps from drug use, passionate life-living, meditation, or some combination of the three, Miku understands the nature of existence and allows herself to live beyond the world. She no longer feels bothered by the idle, materialistic pursuits of her peers, for she has seen and truly understood what it means to be alive. The fact that Miku’s face disappears towards the end of this music video indicates precisely that she has transceded beyond her very identity and achieved a nirvana-like state of ego loss. She understands that our world is a world of the absurd, but that there is great joy to be found in it because of it.
For people interested in minutiae, here is a lyrical breakdown that almost certainly has a few flaws:
“A snail in a cramped classroom plays a melody by clicking its tongue.” -> Miku feels stifled and cramped in the classroom environment and clicks her tongue to express her disgust, an act considered impolite and unladylike.
“I litter because I’m irritated. At the Grand Prix, the babies display their cute irony.” -> Miku litters because she does not care about the world and natural conservation. At the Grand Prix, parents take babies with them who ironically understand nothing at all about what they are watching.
“Let’s have a grand experiment to determine if both lovers and invaders are merely lumps of flesh.” -> Miku wonders if there is more to love and war than the workings of flesh and chemicals.
“The sirloin steak and the swallow’s nest soup both belong to you.” -> Sirloin steak and Swallow’s nest soup are both prized delicacies. Miku sarcastically congratulates those who enjoys such high-prestige pleasures. She derives no joy from socially charged foods.
“Therefore, the spies’ correspondence records are secret.” -> Miku feels as if she is a spy in a world of ordinary, law-abiding people. She feels some relief in knowing that despite however anxious she may feel existing in such a world, her own private thoughts and consciousness will be forever secret.
“It’s scary. It’s scary. Because I hate being scared, I want to just fall asleep…” -> Existence itself and the call of the void are horribly scary. The constant pounding of Miku’s anxiety-ridden consciousness make her wish for an eternal sleep.
“The day will come when you will be secretly watched 24/7 whether you are happy or sad or being mischievous. “ -> Miku feels as if her world is dominated by artificiality and scientism. Eventually, it will be impossible to escape the scrutiny of those who want to analyze every little part of the human soul.
“Mr. Sato, and Mr. Suzuki, let’s sing! Lanlanlanlan! Someday, someday, we’ll forget even our names.” -> Identity is temporary and material, and even the human names which we hold so dear will be lost to the void.