Guest Post: The AMV Made Me Do It

Of all the myriad ways I’ve been introduced to anime over the years, I recently found myself thinking back on the times when I could thank (or blame) an AMV for turning me on to a new series. Maybe I already had my eye on that show for a while and just needed that extra nudge to finally go watch it, or maybe I had never heard of the show at all before an AMV came along and introduced me to it. A long time ago, Derek offered to let me write a guest entry here if I ever felt like it, and I decided it would be fun to take him up on that offer and share some of my favorite AMVs that have led me to try new anime.

Hey folks, Derek here – just wanted to thank long time reader and commenter WingKing for his work in creating the Lounge’s first ever guest post!  (And hopefully not his last.)  If anyone else is interested, hit me up via the Contact link.  With that, I’m going to get out of the way – take it away Wing!

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So grab your All Might action figure and get ready, because it’s time to watch some AMVs after the jump!

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2018 beats out 2017!

Like most of us, I don’t obsess over stats.  Doesn’t mean I don’t pay attention though.  Checking them today (when I should be working on tomorrow’s post) I found pleasant news indeed.  Sometime in the last couple of weeks, my total views and visitors for 2018 blew past the total for all of 2017!
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Even more surprising…  I was convinced that my output was down for the year.  But with almost all of a quarter left to go, I’m closing in on last year’s total.

Let’s celebrate!!!

 

(And when I went searching, I did not expect to find an AMV using a disco era song…  But there it is.  So you get to watch an AMV rather than a disco era music video.)

Just for today, it’s an open bar here at the Lounge!  Drinks are on the house!

Worth Watching – A new feature!

Erased - Revival.pngY’all now how my brain works by now… should be doing one thing (like working on the seasonal posts that are soon due), but it insists on working on something else.  Anyhow, welcome to the first edition of Worth Watching – a new feature here at the Lounge exploring the world of AMV’s.  More on that at the end of the post, first let’s hit the jump and watch some d_mm good AMV’s! Continue reading “Worth Watching – A new feature!”

Anime OP AMVs, crossovers & parodies…

I know, I know.  A couple of weeks back I said that “it’s unusual to use the music from one anime to make an AMV for another”….  But there’s actually a special case where that’s less unusual.  Combining the OP track from one anime with footage from a second anime to create a crossover or parody opening sequence.

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And why does Renge feature as my introductory image?  You’ll have to hit the jump to find out!
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AMV – Your Lie in April

Once again wandering around YouTube, I came across an interesting AMV…  The beautiful and haunting “Lonely Feather” (from Asterisk War / Gakusen Toshi Asterisk) used for an AMV for Your Lie in April (Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso).

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Hit the jump to check it out!
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Boom-de-ah-da!

I haven’t featured an AMV in quite a while, and I really shouldn’t be doing so with tomorrow’s post still just a raw mess of notes and incomplete thoughts.  But when Remy posted 5 Things I Really Like Experiencing in Anime this morning, this AMV immediately leapt to mind.

The things my mind does while still on it’s first cup of coffee…

It actually is a decent AMV.  I particularly like how the creator matched the action to the lyrics, and tied it back to the original video.  Though he misses in a couple of places towards the end, he does an amazing job of matching the lip flaps to the voices.  That’s editing work above and beyond the call.

For reference this is the original (Discovery Channel) version, one of them at any rate…  there are several, but this is the version that matches best I think.

Anyhow, now that you’re earwormed too what do you think?  Let me know down in the comments!

It’s the final countdown…

After this week’s ep of re:Creators somebody (I forget who and where) spoke of the protagonists getting ready for the “final battle”.  What with the oddly veering way my mind often works, that made me think of Europe’s 1986 single – The Final Countdown.

So, on a whim, off I went to YouTube to see what if any AMV’s there might be set to that tune.  And lo and behold – there were.  Hundreds of them…  and predictably virtually all of them stuck to the “Final Battle” trope.  Out of curiosity I kept paging through and found this little gem – the creator has reimagined Girls Dead Monster (from the anime Angel Beats) as a 80’s hair band in a typical 80’s concert video.  MTV is thirty-six years old as of today, and barely shows music anymore…  but at the time (only five years old and at the peak of its cultural relevance) it was positively flooded with this type of band and video, and the AMV was instantly familiar.  (Man, really showing my age here!)

Anyhow, I couldn’t resist sharing it.

For the curious and for reference, the original 1986 video can be seen here.

He’s going for speed! Summer 2017 Week 3

Restarting in midstream means there’s a lot to cover…   So I’m going for a slightly different approach this week.

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(I ended up dropping Prince of Stride, but it’s still a cool AMV.)

Rather than trying to cover every show in depth, this is going to be a quick and broad overview of the season to date. So, hit the jump and let’s get running!

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Stunning AMV…

I came across this the other day, and pretty much I’ve watched it at least once a day for last several, and I’ve been meaning to share here.  Winner at Anime Boston’s AMV contest a couple of weeks back, it’s a stunning montage of the history of TV anime showing some of the most popular and influential shows of the last forty odd years.  It’s telling that even if I haven’t seen many of the older anime shown, I still recognize them.

Let me know what you think down in the comments!