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This is the third and (for the time being) final post discussing AMVs, and AMVs versus vids. First post here, second post (all recs) here.

"Twilight" by Koopiskeva (Kanon, original live action)
Remember what I said about AMV creators having the same toolkit as professional anime creators nowadays? This vid is an amazing illustration of that fact. I do think it behooves to read what Koop says about the AMV before downloading it (just the short version on the org page), though I haven't seen Kanon and I don't think that detracted from my enjoyment at all. Really, just awe-inspiring.

"Urban Ragnarok" by jbone (Metropolis)
[personal profile] lian rec'd this vid to me, and it's pretty damn awesome. The anime is partially based on Fritz Lang's partially lost movie Metropolis, and one of the songs in the vid, ELO's "Twilight", has a foundational relationship with AMVs and with anime fandom. More on that below; watch the AMV in the meantime, the first part in particular is amazing. I could write an essay on it, seriously.

DaiCon opening animations
by Studio Gainax (before they became Gainax)
Gainax made Neon Genesis Evangelion. But before they turned pro, as college students in the 80s, they made these two hand-drawn AMV/OVAs for DaiCon III and DaiCon IV in 1981 and 1983, respectively. The second OVA is more famous; it's choreographed to ELO's "Twilight" (and here I should mention that "DaiCon" means both "big con(vention)" and "radish"; hence the radish in the OVA). For whatever reason, though, in this file the two are reversed, and since they do tell a story, slide forward to 5:51 and then set your player to repeat all to watch them in order. Fans were creators at the beginning, and now, in the persons of people like Shinkai Makoto and AMV editors, they are creators again.


Academic works discussing AMVs
  • Milstein, Diana (2007). Case study: Anime music videos. In Jamie Sexton (Ed.), Music, Sound and Multimedia: From the Live to the Virtual. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.
  • Patten, Fred. Watching Anime, Reading Manga: 25 Years of Essays and Reviews. Los Angeles: Stonebridge Press, 2004.
  • Ito, Mimi. "Amateur Media Production in a Networked Ecology."

Some more links via [personal profile] wistfuljane

- VVC: The Anime Vidshow (Disaster) by [personal profile] flummery
- Vividcon 2005 Anime Vidshow - playlist, decisions and reactions by [personal profile] absolutedestiny
- Anime: A Pre-digital History (and Vividcon 2005 Anime Panel Post-mortem) by [personal profile] absolutedestiny 
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