Archive for September, 2011

30
Sep

Sweet dreams…

   Posted by: Ami noMiko    in Anime, Music Video

Sweet dreams...

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, kiddies!  No, I’m not talking about Friday (although that IS pretty wonderful).  Tomorrow is October, which is my favorite month because it houses my favorite holiday – Halloween!  So, to celebrate, I’m going to feature horror music videos all month.  And I’m taking notes from Christmas, because I’m starting early!

This week’s video is Yuuki’s Horror Lullaby by Maya.

http://youtu.be/DfrC7mGrkag

Why is this video awesome?

Song choice and the special effects of this video work wonderfully together to make it creepy as hell, morphing suddenly into straight horror when the speed of the song picks up.  A great example of how the song and the special effects truly enhance the video is at 0:32.  From the source material, this would have been a relatively boring scene – just a girl sitting there.  But the added “old movie” effects with the slow lullaby done in a minor key turn the boring image into a fantastic one.  And the shakiness of the camera throughout throws the viewer off-balance, heightening both the creepy and the straight horror parts of the video.

What could have been done better?

There’s more than half a minute of dead space after the song has ended.  Maya has commented that she’s too lazy to edit it out, which is a HUGE downside, in my opinion.  It’s your amv, you should want to present your best.  If the video itself hadn’t been so wonderful, that alone would have eliminated it from being featured here.  But, it was, so here it is.

I hope you enjoyed the music video!

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23
Sep

Fever

   Posted by: Ami noMiko    in Music Video, Sherlock Holmes

Fever

Welcome to fall, my friends!  And I already miss summer.

So, to keep you warm on the first Autumn Friday, this week’s video is “Fever” by Talitha78.

Why is this video awesome?

If you think finding good anime music videos is hard, you should try looking in smaller fandoms.  It’s not too surprising that the best videos feature the most mainstream popular incarnation – the 2009 Robert Downey Jr. version.  This video is cut fast enough to fit with the dance beat of the song and the author chose  interesting scenes that don’t necessarily require a knowledge of the source material (this is the major downfall of most Sherlock Holmes music videos, whatever the version).  A viewer not familiar with the movie would still catch the chemistry between Holmes and Watson that is highlighted here.

What could have been done better?

That being said, it was still pretty obvious that a lot of the scenes were chosen randomly to fill a time slot, rather than because they had any connection to the music.  The pillow scene at 1:39 is an illustration of this.  This scene is a fangirl-favorite, so it shows up all sorts of place with no reason or warning.  I would have liked a little more coherence to the scenes chosen between those illustrating the H/W relationship.

I hope you enjoyed the music video!

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17
Sep

Not Friday, but close enough for government work…

   Posted by: Ami noMiko    in Anime, Music Video

Not Friday, but close enough for government work...

“But wait,” you say, “didn’t you miss last Friday, too?”  Possibly you said that…  Or, more probably, nobody noticed but me.  But yes, I did, all on account of Snafu Con.  As a note to myself, if you ever find yourself thinking that a con hotel has WIFI, so you can update your blog during the con, DON’T BELIEVE IT.  You will be far too busy having fun.

Anyways, I lack any good excuse for missing Friday this week.  I was simply sleeping.  😛

So, inspired by my post-con depression, today’s music video is Live by Animated.

Why is this video awesome?

Drama music videos are probably my least favorite genre, mostly because they’re probably the hardest to pull off well.  Either they’re cut without enough story telling, so that they require a knowledge of the characters in order to understand the conflict, or the scenes are so slow that they get boring.  This video suffers from neither of those problems.  The scenes chosen evince just the right amount of emotion in small, quickly placed clips that never the less tell just enough of a story in order for the viewer to get the image without necessarily having seen the origin series.  I also love that after all the pathos, the video ends on just a touch of a positive note.

What could have been done better?

I don’t have any real criticism for this video, except that I was intrigued by the scene at 4:01, but it flashed by too quickly to really get a feel for it.  I would have liked for that scene to be just a touch longer.

I hope you enjoyed the music video!  Download it at AnimeMusicVideos.Org (membership required).

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2
Sep

Fix You

   Posted by: Ami noMiko    in Music Video

Fix You

Thank goodness it’s time for another music video!  This week I’m going to take it down a notch with a romance video of one of my favorite on-screen couples with TheBreakdownProcess’s video, “Fix You”.

http://youtu.be/R_XVTa8lWCA

Why is this video awesome?

A more perfect song for Wall-E and Eve doesn’t exist and this video uses wonderful scenes to illustrate this.  My favorite scene-choice is every instance of “Lights will guide you home”, especially the last with the clip of Hello Dolly! on Wall-E’s screen.  The song and the video highlight the dual hopelessness of both Wall-E and then Eve, reconciling their love at the end.

What could have been done better?

The first “Lights will guide you home” section is too long.  Adding Wall-E trying to escape from the landing spaceship at 1:20 takes away from the overall melancholy feeling of the video.  And I would have liked some kind of cutting after Wall-E’s rejection of Eve at 3:54 to create a dramatic pause, since that’s such a pivotal moment.  Especially since the rest of the sequence was cut so well.

Hope you enjoyed the music video!