I think the real story here is that everyone knows it would win, so anyone else who was in a MEP is scrambling for reasons why it shouldn't be entered
I didn't participate in any meps last year, but I am coordinating one this year, so I do have a couple of things to say about this:
As original and amazing "A Little Retrospect" is as a history of amvs, it is not a mep because it was not constructed as a mep. A lot of planning and effort goes into a mep. So many people are physically working together, betaing each other's tracks, and bouncing ideas off of each other. There's also the drama that accompanies every mep. People get much closer together and become friends in MEPs. Some get alienated from each other. That video didn't go through any of that when being made. Don't get me wrong. I appreciate and love the AMV and I remember giving it straight 10s in an OP. I know a lot of effort went into it but I just dont think it qualifies as a mep.