seawasp (seawasp) wrote,

Thirty Days of Anime -- Day 29: Best Anime Music Video

One more to go after this!

I've seen quite a few AMVs in my time, though not even a tiny fraction of what's out there now; "my time" for AMVs was back in the days when they generally came on VHS tape. In point of fact, the AMVs I know generally aren't even *available* online; I haven't been able to find any of those I remember.

That being said, I don't care how many of these young whippersnappers are making AMVs today, they'd be very hard put to match some of the work done by my friend Phil, known in the AMV-land for some time as "Phil Von Fogler". His talents weren't just limited to anime, either; he did one of the most powerful videos I've ever seen for Babylon 5, to the song "Original Sin" (from The Shadow soundtrack).

One of the videos he did, however, remains the very first thing I think of when I think of anime and music video. The same SONG has been used by many people, but none of them achieved what he did on this one. The title of the video was "What is Anime?"; it was made for AnimeEast '95 (I think -- it was one of the two AnimeEasts held before that convention went down), and was made to the tune of "Holding Out for a Hero" by Bonnie Tyler, featuring carefully timed clips from everything from Speed Racer, Astroboy, and Kimba to Dragonball Z, Robot Carnival, Nadia, and Wings of Honneamise. I wish I had a *good* copy of it, but some of the clips used in it were, themselves, not of the best quality (because in the early-mid 90s the availability of many shows was VERY limited), and so any additional copying tends to damage the viewability.

The List:
Day 1 - Very first anime:Saint Seiya
Day 2 - Favourite TV series: : The Vision of Escaflowne
Day 3 - Your anime crush: Belldandy, from Ah! Megamisama/Ah/Oh My Goddess! and Shun from Saint Seiya
Day 4 - Favourite Film: Tonari no Totoro/ My Neighbor Totoro
Day 5 - Anime character you feel you are most like (or wish you were): Shikamaru from Naruto Shippuden
Day 6 - Most annoying anime character: Mihoshi, Tenchi Muyo!
Day 7 - Character you’d most like to slap: Sasuke, Naruto Shippuden
Day 8 - Most epic scene ever: End battle of YuuYuu Hakusho: The Poltergeist Report Movie
Day 9 - Saddest anime scene: Belldandy erasing herself from Keiichi's life in Ah! Megamisama/Ah/Oh My Goddess!
Day 10 - Favorite slice of life anime: Koko wa Greenwood
Day 11 - Favorite mech series: Giant Robo: The Day The Earth Stood Still
Day 12 - Best instalment of a franchise you don’t like: Nihao My Concubine
Day 13 - Worst instalment of a franchise you do like. Dragonball GT
Day 14 - Current (or most recent) anime wallpaper: Picture of Son Goku with Shen-Long done by my wife Kathleen
Day 15 - A reality check for a genre you like : Power-warrior anime and internal sanity/consistency!
Day 16 - An anime classic that simply doesn’t work for you: Neon Genesis Evanjellydonut... er,, Evangelion
Day 17 - Best Background Music: Giant Robo: The Day The Earth Stood Still
Day 18 - Best Five-team: Yoroiden Samurai Troopers/Ronin Warriors (no link, too expensive)
Day 19 - Change you’d like to make to any one anime: Specific Change: Eliminate one nasty action from the history of Juraia-sama in Naruto/Naruto Shippuden. General Change: Eliminate the Saiyajin focus and expand capabilities and screen time for all major characters in Dragonball Z.  
Day 20 - Most ambiguous anime character: Selected Maraich and Patalliro, from Patalliro!
Day 21 – Favourite OAV Series : Except for two I've already mentioned, Bastard!!
Day 22 - Animation studio you'd most like to slap: Gainax, for Neon Genesis Evangelion
Day 23 - Anime you think had the best, or most intriguing art: The Five Star Stories
Day 24 - Favorite anime hero or heroine: Uzumaki Naruto from Naruto Shippuden
Day 25 - Best anime villain: Orochimaru, Naruto Shippuden
Day 26 - Your favorite harem anime: Ah! Megamisama/Ah/Oh My Goddess!
Day 27 - Favorite anime opening theme song: Pegasus Fantasy, Saint Seiya
Day 28 - Favorite anime companion/summoned creature: Narutoads!
Day 29 - Best Anime Music Video : "What is Anime" to "Holding Out for a Hero"; made by Phil Von Fogler
Day 30 - Favorite anime ending theme

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