- Member: TheTsunami
- Title: No Regrets
- Premiered: 2009-07-09
- Garth Brooks The Dance
- Japan Expo 2009, Japan Expo International AMV Contest 2009 (2009-07-02)
- Otakon 2009, AMV Contest (2009-07-17)
- SMASH! - The Sydney Manga and Anime Show, SMASH! 2009 AMV Competition (2009-08-08)
- Animethon 16, AMV Contest (2009-08-08)
- Matsuricon 2009, Matsuricon 2009 AMV Contest (2009-08-28)
- Aniventure, Aniventure 2009 (2009-09-03)
- Connichi 2009, Connichi 2009 AMV Contest (2009-09-18)
- Anime Weekend Atlanta 15, AWA 15 - Exposition Contest (2009-09-18)
- KuroKiiro Festival I (2009), KuroKiiro Festival I AMV Contest (2009-10-03)
- Anime Banzai 2009, Anime Banzai 2009 (2009-10-17)
- Youmacon 2009, Youmacon 2009 Music Video Contest (2009-10-31)
"Okazaki Tomoya, mired in grief following the untimely death of his wife, learns to overcome his regrets about their fate and cherish the time they spent together and the daughter they brought into their world."
Well, what started on a whim somehow became a reality. The idea for this video, my first attempt at any type of video editing, came after watching (and watching, and watching...some 8 times the weekend it came out) episode 16 of Clannad ~After Story~. By chance I happened to walk past someone playing this song, "The Dance" by Garth Brooks, and the proverbial lightbulb in my head turned on as I realized all of the parallels between his song about the end of a romantic relationship and Tomoya's initial reaction to Nagisa's death, to question whether they should ever have met at all if this was how their life together would end. The initial plan was to provide this idea to a long-time friend who has often remarked that he would like to make an AMV, specifically in the romance/sentimental genre, but in the end he decided to serve as guide and editor while I took a crack at it. The process took roughly 2 months, between work, school, and clinical rotations in the intensive care unit, and was completed on May 31, 2009. Unfortunately, due to my desire to strike while the iron was hot (before my epic procrastination skills kicked in) and make the video while it was still fresh in the minds of the anime viewing community, I had to use HD video captures as a video source, as the 2nd season was still airing at the time this video was being created. Either way, I enjoyed myself as I produced this video, and hope to complete a second video in time for the 2010 convention circuit.
My goal with this video, in a nutshell, was to tell the story of Tomoya and Nagisa's relationship, from their first meeting through her untimely death, as well as show the feelings of regret he had for several years before coming to terms with her passing and ultimately deciding not to regret their meeting or their time together. I decided to tell the story as a series of chronological flashbacks contained within his dreams, with the first verse and chorus covering their first year together in high school up to the point they first confessed to each other, and the second verse covering their time together as first a couple, then as husband and wife, and finally expectant parents and eventually her death, and him overcoming his feelings of regret.
SanJapan 2009 - Editor's Choice Best Epic Drama
Animethon 16 - runner-up Judge's Best Overall, runner-up Best Romance/Sentimental
Manifest 2009 - Best in Theme
KuroKiiro I - Best Artistic Endeavor in a Video
Anime Banzai 2009 - Shiroto Award
Final Cut with a few timing corrections (version used in all contests from September onward): http://www.megaupload.com/?d=Y472DJKU