starlady: (bibliophile)
source: Yuri!!! on Ice
audio: CHVRCHES, "Clearest Blue"
length: 3:54
stream: on Vimeo for people in Germany, password: katsudon
download: 229MB on Dropbox
summary: "While you were being heterosexual, I studied the blades on ice." -- @viktorbottom

Premiered at [community profile] vidukon_cardiff 2017.


Vidding TV shows is so much work. I was cutting this one until about two hours before the deadline, exacerbated by the fact that the Blu-Ray of the last volume came out literally the day before the deadline. I initially used a low quality rip of the creditless ending and was resigned to a different version online than on the con DVD, but then due to some serendipitous technical difficulties, resolved at length by the very patient and excellent con staff, I actually was able to get a file with a high quality rip of the ending into the con--of course it came out less than 24 hours after said deadline. (If I ever get access to Blu-Ray rips, I may remaster it, just because they changed so much for the disc releases.)

As for the vid itself…I had this song in mind since about January. Yuuri and Victor love each other a lot, okay, and they meet each other in the middle, eventually, every time.

starlady: Uryuu & Ichigo reenact Scott Pilgrim (that doesn't even rhyme)
source: Star Trek: The Animated Series
audio: They Might Be Giants, "There's a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow"
length: 2:01
stream: on Vimeo; password: trek
download: 48MB mp4 | .srt subtitles
summary: Man has a dream, and that's the start: the final frontier is still out there, just a dream away.

AO3 page | tumblr post

My [community profile] wiscon_vidparty 2015 premiere.

Notes )
lyrics )
starlady: (king)
Tatsumi. Dir. Eric Khoo (2011).

This movie, which premiered at MoMA and screened at Cannes in 2011, is being released in Japan in November; I had the privilege of seeing it at a press screening this morning. The manga is the story of gekiga legend Yoshihiro Tatsumi, told both through his autobiography Gekiga Hyôryû | A Drifting Life and through some of his most famous gekiga stories. The movie goes beyond the timeframe of A Drifting Life, which ends in the 1960s, and the animation is quite thoughtfully done; although it's not quite like manga brought to life, it does succeed in replicating Tatsumi's style in another medium, and at being attentive to effects like texture, color, depth and sound in bringing the manga to life on film.

Khoo is Singaporean; Tatsumi is Japanese; the animators were Indonesian; it's an international effort to bring to life something that is quite firmly rooted in the Japanese postwar. Although the criticisms of Tatsumi's work can also be leveled at the film--principally, as far as I'm concerned, both the quantity and type of female characters--it's true that unlike the characters of his more famous friend and rival Tezuka Osamu, Tatsumi's characters have interiority, and even when they're ridiculous or terrible, their stories are often quite moving. The animation is moving too. It's a very good film, warts and all, and as an added bonus, it features quite authentic Kansai-ben, which you certainly don't hear everyday.

In some ways, I was actually reminded of the excellent Studio Ghibli AMV Creating Something Beautiful. If you have the chance, both the AMV and the film are well worth watching.

starlady: (utena myth)
So [personal profile] were_duck told me on Twitter last night about an Utena AMV to Total Eclipse of the Heart Literal. This morning I watched it. It's by [personal profile] shati. It's unspeakably amazing.

starlady: roy in the sunset at graveside (no rest for the wicked)
I'm trying (futilely) to clean out my 'posts' folder. A surprising amount of things in there are not actual posts. But here, have some AMV recs with a side of recs for AMVs of the first FMA anime, in honor of the fact that I am going to see the FMA movie on Wednesday. Both of these posts were written in…May.

Better late than effing never! 13 AMV recs for various anime )

FMA AMV recs for [personal profile] stultiloquentia

This is the "spaghetti at the wall" approach to AMV recs: basically I raided my download history on the org for everything FMA and 4 or 5 stars. Yes, there is a lot of Nightwish, because that's the flavor I wanted out of most FMA AMVs at the time. Also, most of these are for the first anime. I may be in the minority of thinking that the first FMA anime was a stellar example of how to adapt an in-progress manga and do it well, but I stand by that opinion, as much as the actual Arakawa ending was much better. And unlike FMA:B, the first anime wasn't lead-footed in the beginning.

Contains my questionable college taste, but I did rewatch all of these and still find them acceptable.

10 FMA AMV recs )

Actually, a lot of my highest-rated FMA AMVs aren't available any longer. Part of that is because of the Evanescence Affair, which makes me feel old. Of course, now I want to make FMA AMVs.
starlady: Hei poised to strike at sunset (sunset before the fall)
I guess it's that time of year…time for my annual AMV, that is.

Title: Quantum of Darkness
Audio: Quantum of Solace trailer 2 audio
Fandom: Darker Than BLACK: Ryuusei no Gemini
Length: 2:38
Warning(s): A few brief white flashes
Contains: Violence (non-graphic)
Notes: Inspired by this post on [personal profile] snarp's blog, and so dedicated to [personal profile] snarp. Many thanks to [personal profile] were_duck for beta comments!
Summary: "Everything he touches seems to wither and die."

Streaming and download here at
starlady: (moon dream)
Still having a fannish yard sale! Anime, manga, and sff movie fandom stuff of various kinds at the link.

So I saw this AMV on Saturday afternoon and really liked it: 

And then on Saturday night I had a dream inspired by it, and I actually made up a haiku about the dream: 

I dreamt of earthrise
In a gray desert, awake
In the lunar night.


These are not real Japanese-language haiku, but I like this one all the same.

Over and out.
starlady: (ultraviolet)
Watching AMVs with 2500 other fans is an experience, and it was pretty cool. This is basically the ballot I voted, with a few others thrown in as noted. Actual unofficial results are here.

Recs )

And now I must go be productive.
starlady: (Rick Roll'd!)
Taking a break from cleaning all the things (and yes, it is ALL the things; I am moving to the opposite coast in three weeks!) to post this--directly inspired by [personal profile] aria's post on the same subject: vids and AMVs that live in my head! This is not an amnesty, but they are being let out for a walk.

Eight ideas and change )
starlady: Sheeta & Pazu watch the world open out before them (think in layers)
So I was very kindly given the opportunity to say some few things about AMVs at the Vid Party at WisCon 34 by its organizers, [personal profile] damned_colonial and [personal profile] were_duck; I also recced most of the AMVs that made it on to the playlist. The AMVs in the intro playlist were:

1. "Hold Me Now" (Princess Tutu) by alkampfer81
2. "D for Darker Than BLACK" (Darker Than BLACK) by include
3. "Scarlet Touch and Roses Rain" (Utena: Apocalypse of Adolescence) by Wunetti Productions

I had a whole legal pad page of notes that I mostly wrote while drinking a New Glarus Spotted Cow when I was delayed in MKE Friday night. I said less than this at the actual party (but some of the same to Mari Kotani, Madam Robot and their friends at dinner on Saturday), so consider the following an expansion.

AMVs again )
starlady: Sheeta & Pazu watch the world open out before them (think in layers)
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.

More AMV recs )

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 
starlady: Sheeta & Pazu watch the world open out before them (think in layers)
Just to clarify, what I did for these was look through all the AMVs that I'd locally downloaded and given 5 stars on (This isn't all of them.) And there's another related post here.

AMVs. lots of AMVs )
starlady: Sheeta & Pazu watch the world open out before them (think in layers)
So I gave [personal profile] were_duck a list of AMV recs for the Vid Party she and [personal profile] damned_colonial are organizing at WisCon (I'm so excited, seriously). And as part of that I watched a lot of AMVs in a very short time span, which I haven't done in forever, and which caused me to say this in reply to [personal profile] lian's post on original versus fan works. And then both of them asked me, more or less, for my thoughts on AMVs versus vids.

Here's [personal profile] were_duck 's question:

I'm getting the sense from the few amvs that I've seen that there are significant differences between vids and amvs, but I don't really have the language to express what that is other than just saying that they come from different subcultures/traditions. Care to share your thoughts on the subject?

So let me repost my reply:

Hmm. Well, I can say a few things, certainly. I guess the first thing is that AMVs have come a long way from their VCR to VHS origins in the late 80s/early 90s, as I imagine vids have (when did vidding become a thing? same time? earlier? later?); the VHS AMVs that were made with access to professional-grade equipment still stand up, but they fit on the low end of the...hmm...technicality spectrum now.

The thing I notice over and over again is that AMVs abhor lipflap. Seriously, if there's one thing that'll get you flamed as an utter noob in AMV circles it's lipflap. Conversely, lip syncing done well is a real ideal of the genre. Whereas, in most vids I've seen the attitude seems to be that lipflap happens and you've just got to deal with it.

The other thing I notice is that, particularly in the last three-four years, AMVs have become feats of video editing and digital clip creation achievement. That one I linked above, "The Running Man", epitomizes this trend--there isn't a single frame of that video that hasn't been digitally retouched in some way, and a good chunk of it is original animation (actually, remind me to dig up the link to this one Death Note AMV I saw last year that has even more original animation). So the end result is this amalgamation of transformed and original content in a transformative practice that ends up somewhere in between the two, in terms of impact, I think. Whereas most vids I've seen are almost wholly using transformed content, and in terms of aim they are usually engaging directly with the source fandom, whether as critique or meta discussion or story-telling. The AMVs that are most popular these days, by contrast, tend to be multi-anime, and tend to have sheer spectacle as their purpose. Even when an AMV uses a single anime and an obviously relevant song (I'm thinking of this Soul Eater AMV here), it tends not to tell a story so much as harp on a trope. Actually, if you take a look at the 2010 Viewers' Choice Awards on, you can see this made clear in the categories: Storytelling and No Effects get their own particular categories because they're the exception, not the rule.

A lot of this is just, I think, fairly deterministic in that it can be chalked up to the nature of the footage that vidders have available to them, respectively. I don't really think it's possible to make a multi-TV fandom dance vid, for example, but damn straight you can make some awesome multi-anime dance AMVs.

Apparently Francesca Coppa wrote an article about AMVs versus vids at one point, but I haven't read it, or so [personal profile] lian says here.
You'll note that my reply doesn't actually say much about the nature of vids, because I am still very much a noob when it comes to vids. I have probably seen two dozen total in my lifetime (sad, I know!)--whereas I personally have made 15 AMVs, and have inchoate plans for a lot more (and I should note, I am very much an old school AMV person, one who thinks primarily in terms of single-anime AMVs and has neither the plans nor the desire to become one of the technical wizards). So what do you think of my thoughts, vidders? Am I terribly wrong and just don't know it? And if I am, then where?   

ETA: Thanks to [personal profile] wistfuljane, have two hilarious posts by [personal profile] thefourthvine addressing this question from a vidder's perspective: Anime Vids for Media Fans, and The AMV Feedback Project: Reaching New Heights of Obsession!.

I should probably actually write up a bit of description for each of those recs I posted, shouldn't I? *sigh* 

ETA 2: Here are my AMV recs, with explanations!

ETA 3: One final related post!
starlady: Raven on a MacBook (Default)
Most of my fanworks can be found via my AO3 profile: [ profile] starlady.

This statement constitutes blanket permission to remix, record, translate, scanlate, and/or transform anything I've written. A link to your transformative work is always appreciated!

I generally follow AO3 policy on warnings; namely, I warn for rape and/or noncon, major character death, and graphic violence. I also will warn for topics that may be triggering on an as-needed basis. If you have a question about the content of any of my stories, or a concern about the warnings or lack thereof on same, please email or pm me and I will do my best to address your concerns respectfully.

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AMVs )

Fanfic )

Vids )
starlady: (remember remember)
Guy Fawkes Day: not Halloween.

I think it was Game 3 of the World Series when Andy Pettite got a base hit like it was the most normal thing in the world (as a pitcher, any hits he makes are gravy) and the TV commentators made the comment that "there's no justice in hitting." I immediately shouted back at the TV that there's no justice, period. Upon reflection, I don't think I was quite right. There is justice in the world, but it's what we make ourselves, and make sure is done to and for others, and it's only as strong as people are willing to make sure that it is. One of the courts in Philadelphia reads JUSTICE THE GUARDIAN OF LIBERTY on the face of the building. That's true, but it seems to me that the people are, must be, the ultimate guardians of justice. And I hold to my conviction that without justice there can be no peace.

Anyway, have an awesome Darker Than BLACK video (it's done to the V for Vendetta trailer and is awesome). And remember the 5th of November on every other day of the year. Blowing up representative government ≠ justice.

starlady: "They don't play by the rules, why should we?" (dumbledore's army)
The one place seeing FAIL is okay: on your parking meter.

Things I did today:
  1. Made pumpkin cookies, some for my sister.
  2. Made tuna casserole for tomorrow night's dinner.
  3. Clean up for 1 and 2 above.
  4. Made an Eden of the East AMV!
Because, you know, these are totally the things I need to be doing to position myself where I want to be for the next six months to seven years of my life. Yeah.

But hey, I enjoyed the AMV, and that counts for something, right? And now I think it's time for bed.
starlady: (bibliophile)

So apparently it is Book Blogger Appreciation Week, as part of which a lot of book bloggers are giving away a lot of free books. Some caught my eye immediately:
Day five of the meme calls for a YouTube clip. If you haven't seen Martha Stewart put Cookie Monster in handcuffs, well, you haven't lived.

Have a few AMV recommendations too, because I can:
  • Malificus' "Newspaper Man" (Cowboy Bebop the movie x TV On The Radio, spoilers). It's an unconventional song choice, and really well done, and I like it for that.
  • Mouse Potato, "Nightmare" (Neon Genesis Evangelion x A Perfect Circle, spoilers). The best EVA AMV I've seen, hands down.
  • Alkampfer81, "Hold Me Now" (Princess Tutu x Nanne Grönvall, spoilers). This is a famous AMV, and deservedly so.
starlady: (Blaze)
I saw Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix yesterday with Spike and I really liked it. I thought it was a great movie, and I thought what it managed to hack out of that long 5th book is actually probably the most relevant plot-threads vis-a-vis the 7th book. Ah, fascism, the perennial vice of the British. The only place the filmmakers may have shot themselves in the foot, I think, is not showing all of the scene from "Snape's Worst Memory," but I suppose they could fix that later. Although it's a good thing they took JKR's advice and kept Kreacher. But yeah, a really good movie, really fast-paced, I liked it. And the way they played up Sirius' role was good. Although Gary Oldman seemed way saner and more mature than Sirius does in the book, I think, and I picture Tonks way prettier and less buxom. Many hearts to Michael Gambon for his portrayal of Dumbledore, although he's not the way I picture him from the book, and personally I wouldn't have minded more of that scene with Harry in his office at the end.

In other news, I'm going to Boston tomorrow. Wish me luck with that. And in other news, I made a Code Geass video. And in still other news, more than a year later, the scanlation group I work with has finally released something I translated: Yu no Hana Tsubame chapter 1. Personally it made my skin crawl, but the head of the group tells me it's supposed to be hilarious. So if you are interested, head over to Be With You Scan's homepage.


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