June 27, 2019

AMVs To Make You Have Some Reaction.

So today is the first time I've honestly had to shut Pond Central up and turn on the air conditioner.  As I type this, it has just reached 86° F, but it's not very humid.  Really, just sitting in front of a fan has been comfy all day, but a look at the forecast for the next week convinced me.  Nighttime lows in the low 70s, daytime highs right around 90, and I'd really like to have the place temperature controlled before that sets up shop.  "But Wonderduck," I hear you say, and you really should get that lump looked at, "what does any of this have to do with AMVs?"

To which I answer, "Have you ever read The Pond before?"

Over the past few days, in between frantic bouts of cleaning at 4am, I've managed to trip over a bunch of pleasing AMVs... some funny, some exciting, one or two just clever as hell.  To you, I bring them now.

Enjoy, will you not?

Let's start with some light and fluffy idol stuff, shall we?
What's funny is that this is very much in character for Mari, who lists "Industrial" as her favorite type of music.  I'll admit that I've never heard of Ladybaby, the band in this video, but simply no way to not compare them to Babymetal, to whom they come up lacking.  Oh, and yes, the Kiss-style makeup really is in Love Live.  It makes sense at the time.

Here's the AMV that got me started this time around.
I've said it before, and I'm sure I'll say it again: there's nothing wrong with fluff.  And this is 100% pure fluff, and I love it.  Catchy tune, good editing, fun premise... I'll take a dozen, and more besides.

Now for something near and dear to my heart.
Something that got by me back in January... considering everything that was going on I think I can be excused... was the announcement that the second season of Kantai Collection is coming.  We don't know when it's airing yet, but Winter 2020 seems like a good guess.  It'll be following the shipgirls of a different base, and Shigure (shiggywiggy) will be the main character.  And it's almost certainly going to be darker.

There are times when you click on something without really looking at the information listed, and magic happens.  When the song began, I immediately said to myself "Oh, this could be excellent.  The song fits the set-up for the video perfectly!  Please, don't screw this up."
I am of the opinion that they didn't.

Now, I am usually firm and resolute when it comes to posts like this.  I know what I like, I know why I like it, and I'm when presented with two AMVs on the same series, I will invariably like one more than the other.  Hell, when it comes to this sort of post, it's practically my job.  

But not this time.  So I'll throw 'em both out there and let you guys decide which is better.

When it first aired, a lot of people saw the previews for Shoujo☆ Kageki Revue Starlight and said "oh, more idol crap" and ignored it.  They were wrong.  This is less Love Live, more Kaleido Star, if you're old and remember that wonderful series.  I simply cannot choose which one of these AMVs I like more.  Both songs are good, the first video does action a little bit better, the second plays up the theatrical qualities a bit more (look at those lights, yoinks!!!).  I am pleased.

Oh look!  More idol crap!
Okay, look, I like this video, but I'm in the embarrassing position of saying the original animated video for the song was better.  Heh.

Right, that's enough.  Enjoy, please!

Posted by: Wonderduck at 11:48 PM | Comments (3) | Add Comment
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1 I still can't do "growl," and yes I know that's ironic given how much our household has enjoyed the two seasons of Aggretsuko thus far.

That's some A+++ fluff, indeed. Also: It's nice to see that the Haruhi dance clips are still getting work. I'd hate to see them out on the street, begging for handouts.

More KanColle? Hmm. Tentative interest here.

*slow clap* Someone finally put that old Journey warhorse to good use. Good on them.

You're 100% correct in that there is no "better than the other" between those two Revue Starlight vids. Speaking of percentages, my only real complaint is they needed about 25% more Banana-san.

Yeah, you know people are gonna try to use that K/DA track for AMVs because it's so good for that sort of thing, but at the same time, that LoL video is kind of perfect. Ah well. You go, you crazy kids!

Posted by: Karel P Kerezman at June 28, 2019 11:07 AM (yisPP)

2 "25% more Banana-san."
Whoops, there goes another loop!

Posted by: Wonderduck at June 28, 2019 11:28 AM (EXhwA)

3 Demi-chan was one of the best anime series we've ever seen.  I am pleased that AMV did such a fantastic job with it. 

Posted by: Clayton Barnett at June 29, 2019 11:08 AM (ug1Mc)

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