I have no clue how quickly this clip zooms its way across Tokyo, but from a timelapse camera strapped on the front of an automated Yurikamome train, it looks unbelievably fast—CGI fast, mixed with a fluidity of movement that seems far beyond the bounds of bumpy reality.
Of course, trains do run on rails. So the clip, shot/edited in a continuous series of one-second exposures by Darwinfish105, is entirely real—save for one catch. Much of the landscape has been mirrored, which is what gives the images both their pseudo-real grounding and their hyperreal grandeur. Through this simple effect, Tokyo transforms into a city of nature and technology, circuits, water, lights, and sky.
Or, from a slightly different perspective, it could be a stomach-churning tour of Mechagodzilla’s GI tract.
[Hat tip: boingboing]