- Member: Brakus
- Title: Yer Guns, Put Them On
- Premiered: 2012-07-27
- Red Litmus Rin to shite saku hana no gotoku (Nadeshiko)
This was my Otakon entry for 2012. Although this video did not make finals at Otakon, it did win the Best Overflow award after the convention. Thanks! :)
Sengoku Basara is an extremely hot-blooded show depicting a very different telling of the events that took place during the Warring States period of Japan.
The song I used, simply known as "Nadeshiko (Rock)" in English, lends itself almost perfectly for a show like Basara. However, don't look for any lyric sync in this video. I wanted to tell a cohesive story, establishing the main characters, the main antagonists, and a story that puts them together pretty nicely, without having knowledge of the show, or Japanese history for that matter. It is extremely fast-paced for the most part (except for the intro and the bridge after the 2nd chorus), so there's a lot of fast action things going on in this video, but I took care to shift gears when needed. The song goes back and forth from loud to quiet and loud again, and frantic to calm and then frantic again, so the transition from fades/dissolves to hard cuts and back should go relatively well with those changes.
Although I'm telling a story that should easily be picked up, I also wanted to remind people that War Is Not Fun And People Do Get Hurt Or Worse. When FUNimation put out Season 1 of the show, the tagline for it was "The only thing better than a battle is a WAR!" Yes, the show is highly entertaining with lots of explosions and colorful characters, and Michael Bay may very well be very jealous of this show. But even this show briefly reminded the viewer of the peripheral effects of war. I don't want to bash people over the head with that though - I just want something that the viewer can get into.
And given the very wide fandom of this anime (and the video games on which the anime is based), and the things they're into, I would hope this can pique interest in the history of the Warring States period, its participants, and/or perhaps the supposed relationships with each other during that time. I do hope something about my video appeals to you in some way.
This video is dedicated to Patrick Bohnet, a dear friend who gave many AMV editors like myself a lot of inspiration, courage, and support. He was a vital asset to Anime Weekend Atlanta and its Video Art Track, and set standards for AMVs and AMV contests that other conventions have followed to this day. I will miss his knowledge, his sense of humor, and his genuine heartwarmth. Godspeed, my friend.