What...the....heck.....I don't even like Dragonball but GODDAMIT. THIS WAS JUST FUCKING AWESOME!
I was sitting there going, "OH MY GOD, WHY IS THIS SO GOOD? Wait, this is Dragonball, WHY AM I EVEN WATCHING THIS WHEN I HATE DRAGONBALL?!" Thanks to some bad memories during childhood of brother trying to Kamehameha me thus developing this dislike of the show itself. D:
But seriously, the tension, the excitement, the POW-WOW action and fight scenes in shounen animes, the kickass background music, the omgwtf moment when you see the epic strong enemies the characters have to fight...seriously, it was like watching a short episode of all of that blended together into one great masterpiece.
Then the technical part. I cannot imagine how long it must have took for all those masks/rotoscoping you had to do. >__< And the lengthy process of selecting the right facial expressions at the right camera angles to pull off that natural and realistic look. I also loved your use of the dust and smoke particles when they were getting slammed onto the ground from the animes.
That felt very shounen-like. And the utilization of the background scenery with the trees and the sea was just fantastic. Also the Sakura/uncloaking part = genius.
This has just revitalized my love for shounen anime. I think it's about time I went back and caught up with the newer Naruto episodes ever since I left it on hold at about episode 95 of shippuden, which was JUST enough to cover most the major battles you used in this AMV. There's always that great feeling you get when you recognize scenes used in crossovers in an AMV.
And once I've gotten over my childhood trauma of DBZ, I'll probably try and give that a shot too since this was just too freaking good for me to not at least give that show a chance.
You, sir went out with a bang. And a well deserved one at that.
Thank you for all the awesomeness you contributed to this hobby. And while this is the first Naruto Ball I have ever watched, I've heard your name very often before when people were discussing Naruto Ball. I think this is a legend you've left behind that won't ever really be forgotten.
Hats off to you sir!
And after reading your LJ entry, I can understand why you need to retire from AMVs. Best of luck with your future film projects.