Distant Dreamer

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"Distant Dreamer" is a song by Welsh singer Duffy from her debut studio album Rockferry, released in 2008. It is used as the ending theme for JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stone Ocean.

Summary

Bird's eye view of beach

The ending consists of several shots of a 3D-composited seashore. The first shot features a medium close-up of the water flowing over the sand, moving foward across the screen from right-to-left and receding multiple times.

Shot of beach at Golden hour

The scene then fades into a bird's-eye view of the beach panning right with the shoreline directly in the middle. Waves roll in from the bottom of the shot, while the top is casually populated with rocks and palm trees over sparse patches of grass closer inland. The view is occasionally disrupted by passing clouds.

The scene eventually fades again into a shot of golden hour with the perspective of one standing on the beach facing towards the ocean. In the foreground, various large rocks are scattered around the shore. Above the animated waves, several 2D-rendered clouds drawn in a style that mimics those seen in the manga slowly move from left to right. The sun is shown obstructed by the clouds, causing it to cast light beams in various directions.

Version 2 (Stone Ocean cour 3)

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In the third cour, the ending animation is slightly changed compared to the previous episodes.

The first shot of the beach now includes a lone butterfly. The scene fades into a view of the ocean underwater and the camera slowly moves forwards. Several dolphins appear and swim into the background as well. The scene fades again into a shot of the sun above the ocean. At the end, a bird flies into the shot and goes towards the horizon.

Lyrics

English Lyrics

Although you think I cope
My head is filled with hope
Of some place other than here
Although you think I smile
Inside and all the while
I'm wondering about my destiny

I'm thinking about all the things
I'd like to do in my life
I'm a dreamer, a distant dreamer
Dreaming far away from today

Even when you see me frown
My heart won't let me down
Because I know there's better things to come, whoa yeah
And when life gets tough
And I feel I've had enough
I hold on to a distant star

I'm thinking about all the things
I'd like to do in my life
I'm a dreamer, a distant dreamer
Dreaming far away from today
I'm a dreamer, a distant dreamer
Dreaming far away from today
Yeah, I'm a dreamer
Ooh, ooh, ooh

I'm a dreamer, a distant dreamer
Dreaming far away from today
Yeah, I'm a dreamer
Ooh, ooh, ooh
Ooh, ooh, ooh
I'm a dreamer

Credits

Staff
Storyboard (絵コンテ)
鈴木 健一
Director (演出)
鈴木 健一
3DCGI
VFX
大橋 遼
Background Line Art (美術設定)
KLAS
KLAS
Other Credits
Photography (Compositing)
大橋 遼

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Trivia

  • As a result of being used as the ending theme for JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stone Ocean, official streams of "Distant Dreamer" in Japan increased overnight by 32,000% while worldwide the song received an 1,828% increase in streams. Universal Music Japan further reported that visits to their website for Duffy increased by 23,000% after the song was announced as the ending theme; their official upload of the song to YouTube featuring Japanese subtitles of the lyrics also received comments about how listeners were moved by the lyrics and how they relate to Jolyne.[2]

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