Sturgeon’s Law would dictate that only 10% of AMVs are actually good enough to be worth defending. That’s a bit too pessimistic for me but I definitely think the vast majority are merely decent (including the AMV I made and is currently being blocked by Youtube). However, in the right hands, the anime music video has the potential to be very entertaining and artistically beautiful. The problem is finding them so I thought I’d share some of my recent favorites.
Twilight by Koopiskeva
This video totally and completely blew me away. Along with great editing and a good song to match the video, the real stand-out was the use of live action footage. Koop was able to take the characters from Kanon, stick them into the physical world and make it look like they belong. The effect enhances the emotional impact of the events that transpired in the show.
Running Man by Nostromo
One of my favorite AMV creators is Nostromo because his videos feature truly divine editing, beautiful animation and a song to match. His latest, Running Man, is no different.
A Little Retrospect
I love the concept of this video – a look back at AMVs that show how they have been evolving both in complexity and subjects used. I only recognize about 35% of the videos used and mainly just the most recent ones but it’s still interesting. I also like how it’s framed so we know exactly what we’re watching.
Just for a Day by Funky-kun
U2’s Beautiful Day has probably been used countless times as AMV material but this is one of the best uses of the song. Great editing and matching the animation to the lyrics of the song.
Lovestruck Radiance by Kisanzi
A great example of matching a song to a show and then making a well-done AMV using the two.
The Harassment of Kyon by MysteriousRyder
This is a straight comedy AMV with a good idea behind it – taking Itsuki’s somewhat creepy behavior in Haruhi to the next level. This is done with the perfect song and imaginative editing.