Man in the Mirror by Michael Jackson is the fourth consecutive hit off of “Bad”, Jackson’s seventh solo album. Written in conjunction with Siedah Garrett and Glen Ballard (two songwriters who worked closely with Jackson over the years), this song is known for its choral backing vocals and influential lyrics. The lyrics speak of the need to bring change to the world but also focus intently on the need to look at ourselves first; to fix what is wrong inside, to assess our own actions and needs before the actions and needs of others.
The Video, which can be viewed here, also gained some recognition. The video features footage of poverty and loss, as well as images of influential political figures such as Mother Theresa, Martin Luther King and JFK. This was a change from Jackson’s normal music videos, which usually feature himself (Jackson was only slightly shown at the end of the video.)
Man in the Mirror is a Stand used by a man by the name of Illsuo and can be found in the fifth installment of Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure, entitled Golden Wind. Coincidentally, this is the Stand that Pannacotta Fugo (our previously investigated Stand) squares off against.
Man in the Mirror’s main ability is literally dragging people into mirrors and bringing them into a “mirror world”, a realm where Man in the Mirror has complete control over all things. He can designate whether a User’s Stand comes with the User to the “mirror world”, which makes him invincible to a large degree, as only Stands can hurt other Stands. He can also not be seen by anyone he hasn’t touched and even when he can be seen, Man in the Mirror cannot be harmed (ex. if some attacked the mirror he was in, it would shatter and create more portals for him to travel through.) Aside from the benefits he gains from his ability, Man in the Mirror is a relatively weak stand in comparison and cannot hold its ground in a fight outside of the “mirror world”.
This character in no way embodies any of the messages of the song. I mean he’s a villian for pete’s sake! He could care less about world peace or figuring out about the inner self! If you watch the video or read the lyrics, which start off with “I’m Gonna Make A Change, For Once In My Life”, you can immediately tell that this is a very positive song, asking people to go out into the world and do what needs to be done. The Stand on the other hand, is quite the opposite of going out to the help the world. Man in the Mirror is trapping people within his own private world, helping no one but himself.
Other than that, this one is difficult to make connections on. Man in the Mirrors abilities have nothing to do with introspection or really even attacking the mental state of the opponent; he throws them into a realm where he is strong enough to beat them up. It would be more interesting if he could reflect a greatest fear or use the mirrors in a more creative way, especially when Illuso has to fight with Pannacotta Fugo’s Purple Haze, a character that has to mentally and physically struggle to control his power.
I think for this one, its safe to assume that Hirohiko Araki lucked out with this one. I am not that disappointed, considering it was an enemy that didn’t play a vital role in the series. Oh well, if the name fits…