AMV of the Week Ghostly Intermission – Best Music Video Ever

You’ll have to forgive me for leaving you without an AMV this week (let’s pretend you care) but I have been lackadaisical about this post (I still have to write a review for Norwegian Wood despite seeing it a week ago).That said, here’s one of the best music videos I have ever seen. The best. Like, ever.

The closest genre for this music is electro but the music is just psychotic-hypnotic. I love it.

This video is sheer brilliance. Directed by Natalie Van Den who, by the looks of her other works, is a genius of the form. Originally released in 2009 (yeah, I’m two years too late), this appeals to my whimsical side and is sheer joy. GHOST PIRATES!

Anyway, enjoy the video.

AMV of the Week – Bloodlust

04/10/11 nearly eight months after posting the video has disappeared. The stuffin this post might go into a larger Blood+ article.


As I continue watching AMV’s and my taste drifts more towards electronica and 8-bit chip-tune music that only a few years ago I would have considered dirge, I’m discovering new artists I like and I like these guys. You Love Her Coz Shes Dead.

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The Perils of Making an AMV

Or… When a studio asks you to remove it. So one of the sharpest AMVs (through the link and at the very bottom) I have seen in like… ever, has been removed from YouTube. The studio (Shin-ei Animation) who created Hare+Guu exercised their right to protect their production from freeloaders who haven’t paid for the right to watch the animation. Fair enough.

It’s a move I don’t necessarily agree with.

Five minutes of anime goodness can act as a gateway to a world of fun. An AMV can embody the essence of an anime, it can demonstrate the spirit and uniqueness of the work and hook a viewer. What I’m trying to say is that an AMV can be an advertisement. Sure, you can consider it a spoiler reel as it takes the best bits out of context but I believe it’s the perfect hook. If I swing back to the Hare+Guu AMV from the first paragraph, that was an anime I had heard a lot about but little desire in tracking down. After viewing that AMV, I’m bumping it up on the purchasing list because when I watched that five-minute AMV, I liked what I saw.

AMV of the Week

This AMV captures the soul of the anime, yes the soul… something I keep harping about. I love Eve no Jikan (Time of Eve) and consider it one of the best anime of the decade. It is stuffed full of animated android yet has more humanity than a lot of media output. The music is called Hoppipolla and is by Sigur Ros and by itself, it’s beautiful but for anybody who has watched the anime, it’s the perfect accompaniment. I recommend this anime and this AMV.

Alternative Genki Christmas Music

The Japanese almanac says winter begins on the 8th of November, called Ritto (Beginning of Winter) and the first snow falls around the 22nd, Shosetsu (Little Snow). Now that bit of education is over, here are some Genki Winter songs!

It’s Christmas and all over the globe, terrible music will be blaring out of speakers in public places and private residences. I am no fan of Christmas songs so here is my alternative December Soundtrack.

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Soundtrack to a Genki Life

It is summer and I’m searching for a job and practicing writing out my kanji so I need a soundtrack. Here’s what has caught my attention. A top 18 if you will.

My Bloody Valentine – Blown a Wish

I used to listen to Jazz, Hip-Hop (real stuff like Big L and Wu-Tang) and anime soundtracks and despite the fact I break those albums out I’m increasingly listening to electronic/ambient/shoe-gazing music. This track in particular is like a cake with a rich filling, it’s one to close your eyes and savour. I feel like this is my entry to a dream realm.

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