Anime Music Videos (AMVs)

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Anyone else like these?

I used to be a huge AMV nut, kinda still am, but unfortunately the site where I used to find them all, animemusicvideos.org, has been on a steep downward spiral since YouTube started taking over everything. From a high of almost 38,000 AMVs submitted in 2005, last year there were less than 800. Of course people still make them, but I miss that community.

Anyway, a quick check of the folder properties for my AMV folder tells me I've got about 470 of them saved to my hard drive. They're of varying quality; some I just like because I feel a particular connection to the anime or song used. But some of them are truly astounding, greater than the sum of their parts. I thought I'd share some of my favorites from over ten years of collecting them, and of course I'm interested to see if anyone else has some of their own favorites they'd like to share (or maybe even stuff they made themselves).

I’ve included the following information with every video so they can be keyword-searched and easily assessed at a glance:

  • Video Title
  • Video Creator
  • Anime
  • Musical Artist
  • Song Title

Hopefully someone will find something they enjoy. I’m posting them in alphabetical order by anime used, starting with “various” (i.e. multiple sources) first.

Video Title: "Memory Flash 3 -- Into the Mirror"
Video Creator: AMV France (coordinators: MoC, S.o.H)
Anime: Various
Musical Artist: Imogen Heap
Song: "The Walk"

Video Title: "Jihaku"
Video Creator: Tyler
Anime: Various
Musical Artist: Foo Fighters
Song: "Best of You"

Video Title: "Nara"
Video Creator: Oro$hi
Anime: Various
Musical Artist: David Nevue
Song: "No More Tears"

Video Title: "Creating Something Beautiful"
Video Creator: siny
Anime: Various Ghibli
Musical Artist: NeedToBreathe
Song: "Something Beautiful"

Video Title: "Airwave"
Video Creator: DigiCat
Anime: Various
Musical Artist: Kay Stone
Song: "Alone (Vocal Club Mix)"

Video Title: "Resonance Drift"
Video Creator: Benreparn
Anime: Various
Musical Artist: Nadia Ali, Starkillers & Alex Kenji
Song: "Pressure (Alesso Remix)"

Video Title: "Lost in Paradise"
Video Creator: MusicFish, 51Jian
Anime: Various
Musical Artist: John Newman
Song: "Fire in Me"

Video Title: "Pins and Needles"
Video Creator: Luggeriano & Velhou
Anime: Various Satoshi Kon-directed anime
Musical Artist: The Birthday Massacre
Song: "Pins and Needles"

Video Title: "Momentum"
Video Creator: Koopiskeva
Anime:5cm Per Second
Musical Artist: Mae
Song: "Awakening"

Video Title: "Whoarriors"
Video Creator: Ileia
Anime:Beyond the Boundary
Musical Artist: Imagine Dragons
Song: "Warriors"

Video Title: "Dare to Love Again"
Video Creator: Perfect Blue
Anime:Clannad
Musical Artist: Poets of the Fall
Song: "Carnival of Rust"

Video Title: "Immerse"
Video Creator: AimoAio
Anime:Durarara!!
Musical Artist: Pendulum
Song: "Witchcraft"

Video Title: "Advent Sword of the Complete Stranger's Children Extended"
Video Creator: Silk_SK
Anime:Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children and Sword of the Stranger
Musical Artist: RTPN
Song: "Awakening"

Video Title: "Free Willies"
Video Creator: Amaterasu
Anime:Free! (+a few others)
Musical Artist: The Lonely Island
Song: "No Homo"

Video Title: "Incubus"
Video Creator: Radical Yue
Anime:The Garden of Sinners
Musical Artist: Above and Beyond
Song: "Can't Sleep"

Video Title: "Between Rage and Serenity"
Video Creator: Cenit
Anime:Gargantia On The Verdurous Planet
Musical Artist: Icona Pop
Song: "In The Stars"

Video Title: "Binary Overdrive"
Video Creator: Nostromo
Anime:Genius Party Beyond
Musical Artist: Sugar Jesus
Song: "Get a Hold of Yourself"

Video Title: "P.Y.A. (Perfect You Are)"
Video Creator: Vann
Anime:The Girl Who Leapt Through Time
Musical Artist: Halou
Song: "Honeythief"

Video Title: "Apathy"
Video Creator: Mosaic
Anime:Hyouka
Musical Artist: Helios
Song: "Bless This Morning Year"

Video Title: "My Favorite Days"
Video Creator: CrackTheSky
Anime:Kids on the Slope
Musical Artist: Lights
Song: "Running with the Boys"

Video Title: "Falling Dreams"
Video Creator: MysteriousRyder
Anime:Kingdom Hearts (yes, Kingdom Hearts is most definitely anime)
Musical Artist: Within Temptation
Song: "See Who I Am"

Video Title: "Cold and Bloody"
Video Creator: Cenit
Anime:Lupin III
Musical Artist: Kid Ink
Song: "Ride Out"

Video Title: "Alight"
Video Creator: Cenit
Anime:Lupin III
Musical Artist: Carly Rae Jepsen
Song: "Run Away with Me"

Video Title: "Center of the Sun"
Video Creator: Feanor
Anime:Metropolis
Musical Artist: Conjure One
Song: "Center of the Sun"

Video Title: "One-Eyed Fish"
Video Creator: Rider4Z
Anime:Mushishi
Musical Artist: Nightwish
Song: "The Last of the Wilds"

Video Title: "Evangelion Opus"
Video Creator: Kaysow
Anime:Neon Genesis Evangelion
Musical Artist: Queen
Song: "Bohemian Rhapsody"

Video Title: "Phobia"
Video Creator: CrackTheSky
Anime:Paranoia Agent
Musical Artist: Blue October
Song: "X Amount of Words"

Video Title: "The Nightmagi Cometh"
Video Creator: Kisanzi
Anime:Puella Magi Madoka Magica
Musical Artist: Joman
Song: "Daymanstep"

Video Title: "Euphoria"
Video Creator: Koopiskeva
Anime:Rahxephon
Musical Artist: Frou Frou
Song: "Must Be Dreaming"

Video Title: "Vertical Limit"
Video Creator: [key]Scarlet
Anime:Redline
Musical Artist: Sergey Fisun
Song: "Aura"

Video Title: "SlashDash"
Video Creator: Rhohir
Anime:Samurai Champloo
Musical Artist: Styles of Beyond
Song: "Superstars"

Video Title: "Ringleader"
Video Creator: Hagaren Viper
Anime:Soul Eater
Musical Artist: Britney Spears
Song: "Circus"

Video Title: "Vintage Misery"
Video Creator: Shin
Anime:Soul Eater
Musical Artist: Fall Out Boy
Song: "The Phoenix"

Video Title: "Awesome Bunneh"
Video Creator: AllyKatAVR
Anime:Summer Wars
Musical Artist: Blue Stahli
Song: "The Pure And The Tainted"

Video Title: "Imagine"
Video Creator: Lord Rae
Anime:Texhnolyze (probably my favorite anime ever, incidentally)
Musical Artist: A Perfect Circle
Song: "Imagine"

Video Title: "The Wind Calls"
Video Creator: Tyrfalger
Anime:The Wind Rises
Musical Artist: Thomas Bergersen
Song: "Homecoming"

Video Title: "Fidelity"
Video Creator: Xophilarus
Anime:Wolf Children
Musical Artist: Lauren Aquilina
Song: "King"

Video Title: "Echo of Life"
Video Creator: Ookami
Anime:Your Lie in April
Musical Artist: Jason Walker
Song: "Echo"

Video Title: "La La Land"
Video Creator: JazzsVids
Anime:Your Name
Musical Artist: DVBBS, Shaun Frank ft. Delaney Jane
Song: "LA LA LAND [Lincoln Jesser Remix Edit]"

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I can already tell that this thread is going to be a test for everyone's internet speed. Just saying.

Anyway. I'm a tough audience when it comes to AMVs. I started watching them when AMV Hell was relatively new, which was a great series of videos that are still pretty amusing to watch these days. But I also noticed AMVs during the Windows Movie Maker era, which was not particularly great because of almost everything was shows that weren't relevant to my interest mixed with Linkin Park, Evanescence and other groups of that vein. As for now-a-days, I do look though MAL's "share your AMV thread" every now and then, and I am anything but impressed by people taking the more simplistic route to editing by just letting scenes play to the chosen audio. They're basically glorified PowerPoint presentations.

That said, I can put my money where my mouth is when it comes to editing. I'm not really up for advertising my channel since GB is not my target audience given the one series that I like to use, but I basically address my criticisms with AMVs by editing on beat, using lip syncing, and actually think about which scenes are the best fit for certain moments in a song, rather than try to just get out a video in the shortest amount of time just for the sake of views and subs. Also, I do have two notable AMV Hell inspired videos out there of which are about 20 minutes long and each took me at least 100 hours to edit, with a third one in the pipeline, so I also have my way of keeping the AMV Hell legacy going since nothing else is really doing it for me.

So, TL;DR: AMVs are more fun to make than they are to watch. I'm not a pro; I don't know how to use Premiere and After Effects and I'm not willing to take the time to learn how to use them just to make better AMVs, but I'm certainly no amateur; I can get some pretty good results by mixing things together with Vegas Pro and Photoshop. ...And long live AMV Hell.

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@facelessvixen: I certainly know the AMV Hell project and have enjoyed watching those videos, but I guess I've also never gotten why people seemed to love it as much as they do. The focus was on short parody bits, with a deliberate choice to not bother trying to create seemless transitions between scenes or have any real unity to the piece, as opposed to other MEPs that tried harder to be a coherent whole. It always seemed like kind of a lazy way to go about things: let's just take a bunch of unrelated parody clips and smash them together. Fun to watch once, but there doesn't seem to be much there to go back to. I've got nothing against good parody, especially if the lip sync is on-point, but I'd rather see a full-length single thing than fifty 15-second short bits back to back to back. Different strokes, I guess.

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@atheistpreacher:From my perspective, I hold the Hell series in pretty high regard for exposing me to various shows, movies, music and pre-YouTube internet references of which none of my real life friends at the time would talk about. Without Hell, I probably wouldn't have discovered metal or know about relatively obscure shows for today's audience like Excel Saga or Grenadier. MAL wasn't much of a thing for me until 2012, so I probably wouldn't have know about those shows by any other way.

As for Hell's structure: Yeah, sometimes it can be hard to make a connection when an obscure/esoteric reference is made. There are certainly some clips that still go over my head. But, there are also plenty of moments where the audio used actually relates to the shows and characters that it's applied to, and I think there's a certain point where it's more on the onus of the viewer to understand and appreciate those references as opposed to having everything spelled out. Sometimes the straight forward/conventional approach works for me, like Hype-Odermic Studios'/Beowulf's classic mix of Neon Genesis Evangelion and TEoE with Radiohead's "2+2=5", another good mix a saw was with Perfect Blue and "Needles and Pins" by Deftones, and I do acknowledge "Euphoria - Must be Dreaming" as a very high point for AMVs at the time. But the reigning majority of beginning and amateur editors continue to poison the water for me to where I feel like I'm the only editor that can impress me these days.

So, to speak from the perspective of an editor, something that I've been doing on and off since 2009 with WMM and Vegas: Again, you do make a fair point in that AMV Hell's scene selection lacks narrative cohesion because essentially everything from every show is on the table (not that I would recommend AMV Hell as a "too long; didn't watch" summery for a certain show, except for Azumanga Daioh), and I don't expect everyone to like sketch comedy; specifically Robot Chicken in this case since the two are pretty similar. But with how I approach my Ikkitousen parodies (where yeah, sure, me focusing on a single franchise is different from mixing multiple franchises, but hear me out), I actually write a script and plan things out, like; which alternate source of audio is an appropriate fit for which scenes and characters, try to balance between how often characters and scenes show up so that I'm not repaying myself too often, balance internet references with music, TV shows and movie, try to use different genres of music, and make the videos safe enough for YouTube even with marking them as mature. With all of that considered, it can take me up to 3 hours to put together a 15-second clip. That's anything but lazy. So I guess my point here is that you don't have to strictly follow Hell's blueprint and that you can get the best of both worlds if you put the time and effort into it, and arguably actually put your personality into a video as opposed to just merely retelling a story.

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@facelessvixen: Well, I think you misinterpreted a couple of things I said. First, I never implied that actually making any clip, including a 15-second one, was easy or "lazy." What I was saying was that AMV Hell as a composite of a bunch of short clips other people had made was kinda lazy, in the sense that usually the clips had nothing to do with one another, and no one really tried to make them, all they did was add the shot of the static-y TV between clips, and that was it. Like, there's really no need to put them together at all, it could easily just be a YouTube playlist rather than a single long video. And like any such random amalgamation of short bits, some are good and some are meh. I'd rather see one unfied, longer-form video I really like than fifty short clips of varying quality smooshed together with no rhyme or reason to it, just like I'd rather read a good novel than Reader's Digest.

Second, you said: "As for Hell's structure: Yeah, sometimes it can be hard to make a connection when an obscure/esoteric reference is made. There are certainly some clips that still go over my head." But again, I wasn't talking about the "structure" of individual clips. That would be an insane thing to do since there are so many and they're all so different, and it wouldn't be fair to paint them all with the same brush. What I was saying is that the AMV Hells as long-form videos didn't really have a structure. They're just strings of unrelated gags. And while that may be fun to watch once, it's not something I want to hold on to. I'd way rather have a good full-length single-source parody video instead.

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@atheistpreacher: Well, nuanced misunderstandings aside, I think we get the main points of what we're saying.

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I once sat and watched an entire AMV contest at Metrocon.

That's my story.

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#8  Edited By JoeDangerous

Thanks this was fun to hop down memory lane for some of these AMVs! I too used to roll around AMVs back in the Hell days and that site. It's been a hot second since I've seen the "Best of You" and "Dayman Cometh" videos so that was fun.

The only three I can think of that I like to keep track of are kind of weird. (that I didn't see here):

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Video Title: "Apocalype Wow! Amv" (title is misspelled)
Video Creator: eternaldragon345 (not his work but current channel)
Anime: Geobreeders / Geobreeders 2
Musical Artist: Quarashi
Song: "Baseline"
Note: Quarashi is basically Beastie Boys but Baseline slaps too hard to not recommend. Also I never see Geobreeders used anywhere else.

(Link to Danger Days AMV)

Video Title: "Danger Days"
Video Creator: bestamvsofalltime (edited by Squall)
Anime: Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt
Musical Artist: My Chemical Romance
Song: "Na Na Na"
Note: I've never seen a song fit so perfectly with an anime before for this AMV. Kinda impressed.

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Video Title: "AMV - chu chu lovely hinamizawa (Editor: rurisis)"
Video Creator: maplexman2
Anime: Higurashi no Naku Koro ni (When They Cry)
Musical Artist: Maximum the Hormone
Song: "Chu Chu Lovely Muni Muni Mura Mura"
Note: Nothing can act as a proper companion to Higurashi's tonal duality than this song by Maximum the Hormone.

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The VCAs get smaller every year. The only AMV that really grabbed me upon reviewing all the finalists for this year was this one, but I do like it quite a bit and thought it worth posting here:

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Video Title: "flow/er"
Video Creator: lokkiclu/Soul's Team
Anime:Tokyo Ghoul (+various)
Musical Artist: INZO
Song: "Overthinker"

The speaker is the unmistakable Alan Watts, a British guy well known for giving popular lectures on eastern religions for western audiences. Technically I guess you could say the song (which has been shortened for this video) "samples" Watts, but really, his speech is so prominent that it would be more accurate to say that it's just Watts with music put over him. The (edited) speech is from a lecture entitled "Overthinking Will Kill Your Reality."

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Quite frankly, I wasn't aware that AMVs had gone beyond Linkin Park and Papa Roach poorly synced to Dragonball Z and Bleach fights in 240p.

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@justin258: Yep, it did kinda seem like that for a while there. But they did in fact evolve into other things!

Personally, I just like good music videos or trailers/teaser trailers of any kind. Sometimes I find a really good one and just sit there looping it for half an hour.

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@justin258 said:

Quite frankly, I wasn't aware that AMVs had gone beyond Linkin Park and Papa Roach poorly synced to Dragonball Z and Bleach fights in 240p.

My ire words that era aside (as well glorified PowerPoint presentations from this era), one of those older AMVs got me into "Crawling in the Dark." Kinda cheesy? Sure. But fuck it. It's an old school banger to me.

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#13  Edited By AtheistPreacher

@facelessvixen: Actually, speaking of cheesy 90s and early 2000s music, another overused band for AMVs was Evanescence... which I never liked all that much, really. But after all the Evanescence vids got taken off animemusicvideos.org, it seemed like people just started using Within Temptation instead, a Dutch metal band which had a similar sort of style but was much better, to my mind. Their "Silent Force" album is a favorite of mine. And I discovered them through AMVs (the opening post actually contains an AMV using one of their songs).

Also, unrelated, but that actually led to what has to be my funniest interaction with a celebrity. I ended up buying the special edition CD of "Silent Force," and in the liner notes, the band thanked some of their inspirations, which included George R. R. Martin. This was years before the HBO series was a thing, but I had read the books, loved them, and wondered if Martin knew about this Dutch band thanking him. So I emailed him and told him. He emailed me back and told me that no, he hadn't been aware of that one. What made it funny was the amount of time it took him to reply: two and a half years. I mean, I didn't really expect a reply in the first place, but to get a response to an email years after I sent it, and from GRRM no less, was a memorable experience.