May 30, 2006

These Are A Few Of My Favorite Things...

Over at Pixy's, there's been a discussion about AMVs recently. Now, for those who aren't complete otaku (and I mean that in the nicest way... after all, I'M an otaku), AMV is an acronym for "Anime Music Video." I've found them a great gateway drug for anime; the first meeting of a semester for the Duck U. Anime Club is always AMV Night. We usually schedule that first meeting to be in the commons area of the Student Union, too, so people who'd never even THINK about coming to an Anime Club meeting will be exposed. Pretty pictures + good music = PROFIT!

Anyway, since I've got nigh on 450 AMVs on my computer, and have seen probably four times that many, I'd like to think I've seen some really good ones (and some really bad ones). Below the fold, take a gander at some of my favorites! All links lead to the AMV.org webpage for the video... free to download, if you're a member (and it's free to join)! Stop The Rock? might be the epitome of "cotton candy for the brain". The song sticks in your head, and the video (from 28 different anime) is an awesome example of editing gone wild... in a good way, though. EVERYthing is sync'd to the music within an inch of it's life. It's been downloaded over 52000 times on The Org.

Delerium, winner of the Best Dance Video award for 2005 on The Org, is a video that grew on me. When I first watched it, it actually made my eyes hurt for all the flashies and multiple-layers-of-footage in it. I've since realized that my eyes hurt because I couldn't stop watching! Using footage from 44 different anime, it's one of my favorites.

IWIWAL just makes me laugh. Oh, and none of them are.

To me, the best tribute you can pay an AMV is "it made me go out and buy the show." Die Another Day was the reason I purchased Noir. The same editor also created what I generally consider The Perfect AMV, Bebop 007. In it, Spike IS James Bond. Even if you've never seen Cowboy Bebop, you just know it's true.

Eternal Damnation uses the anime Hellsing, a tale of vampires in modern England, and the dramatic music of E.S. Posthumus (probably best known as the group that provides the music for CBS' NFL games). The combination fits wonderfully.

The last AMV I'll recommend in this entry won "Video Of The Year" in the 2006 Viewers Choice Awards at AMV.org, as well as "Best Dramatic Video," "Best Sentimental Video," and "Most Artistic Video". Jihaku takes clips from over 100 anime AND the original music video for the Foo Fighters' song "Best of You", combines them, and blows off the back of your head with the result.

So there's 7 AMVs to start out with... I'll do this again soon!

Posted by: Wonderduck at 06:49 PM | Comments (3) | Add Comment
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1 I think Hellsing is better AMV source material than it is a series. Something like the Utena movie, I suppose.

Any recommendations more focused in their sources? I've never been fondest of multiple source AMVs, though a common theme or sufficiently clever conceit can justify it (e.g., IWIWAL, Mitternacht, Right Now).

Posted by: HC at May 30, 2006 09:57 PM (Bgud/)

2 HC, I tend to agree with you regarding Hellsing. It's a great anime to look at, but not so much to watch, if you know what I mean.

Single source AMVs... hm. Won't be a problem, except I'm at work at the moment, so my collection is at home. *chuckle* Later tonight, I'll do a post on single-source only AMVs.

Posted by: Wonderduck at May 31, 2006 04:09 AM (+rGmJ)

3 Stop the Rock and IWIWAL are great, and are in my queue to go shortly. Bebop 007 is already up, of course. The other's I'll need to look at.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at May 31, 2006 07:32 PM (FRalS)

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