The Lip Flapper : Volume 11.5 - Awesome Bunneh Review

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The Lip Flapper : Volume 11.5 - Awesome Bunneh Review

Post by CodeZTM » Sat Mar 03, 2012 11:07 am

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Introduction

I know that my past comments have talked about me reviewing an action video that doesn’t suck. Well, that’s not the elitist in me talking, and it’s not the snobby AMV critiquer either.

It’s no secret that I have a personal distaste for action videos. To me, 90% of them are exactly the same. Hard Cuts on Drum Beats + Fighting Scenes = Action AMV. Noooooo. That does not make a “good” action video.

So what video doesn’t suck, and really has good qualities of an action video that I find intriguing?

Why it’s none other than Awesome Bunneh by AllyKatAVR!

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Concept

This is where most action videos lose me. I can forgive the weaker concept of most action videos if they are well synced or have a clever premise (Bleach! by gote is a perfect example of this), but Awesome Bunneh has it all!

AllyKatAVR re-creates the story of Summer Wars to focus solely on King Kazma’s reign as a champion fighter in the world of OZ. Instead of the dramatic tension of the anime against Love Machine, we’re shown King Kazma protecting one of his friends from being bullied, and he finds his equal rival in the fighting competition.

From there, we move on to the plot of re-taking his throne as the champion.

It was a fun concept, and I loved how it really focused in on this one aspect of the movie and turned it into what it was. The scenery is well chosen and does well to convey the plot.

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Sync/Editing

As with most action videos, beat sync was the primary focus in editing.

Awesome Bunneh is an instrumental AMV, and has a wide variety of pacing and sounds within it. AllyKatAVR does a lot of interesting things with the music. From the basic cuts with the guitar riffs, piano keys, and drum beats to completely syncing to a combined melody being played. The more “techno” aspects of the song are also well synced, utilized as a transition between time frames and as a means of conveying a change in focus between the two worlds.

I especially loved the editing at the 1:20 mark. We’re introduced to some visual effects to highlight the dramatic tension and importance of the situation that we’re in. It does a good job of giving that “epic” feel to the battle, as well as just giving it the “oomph” that the climatic scene needed.

The video wasn’t without flaws though.

I was a little disappointed that the first time we’re introduced to Kazma’s human character is 30 seconds into the AMV. I felt like the stereotypical OZ opening could have been replaced with something more related to this character and to give him a short introduction.

The video also suffered from something that was likely out of the editor’s control. Because this particular arc of the movie is so short with Kazma, the ending part feels a little forced due to the lack of scenery. It seemed out of character that the proud Kazma would just try to trap his opponent in a room and seal it off. Even though the actual ending with the final blow is extremely entertaining and well crafted, the video is just a little unfocused right before it and isn’t in alignment with the rest of the video.

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Visuals/Audio

I have no complaints in this department. The audio and video are of high quality, and have no glaring flaws or distractions that really take away from the video’s experience.

Final Opinion

When deciding to review an action video, I had a ton of options to go through. I was very tempted to review Bleach!, Zetsumo, Resonance, Tyler VS Hito, To the Future or even Bring the Beat Back. (I may actually review a majority of these videos as time goes on) Yet I didn’t. Each of those videos did something wonderful in the world of action videos, but Awesome Bunneh just really brings it all together. A solid/original concept, great editing, good visuals and a fantastic pace are what make any great video (in my opinion at least). Having all of that AND the kind of action-inspired scenery and editing really brought it all around. Awesome Bunneh has all of that, and it’s why it’s personally one of my all time favorite action videos.

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Post by zibbazabba905 » Sat Mar 03, 2012 12:46 pm

I love it when people can take a show and tell a different story with it
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Post by Ileia » Sat Mar 03, 2012 1:11 pm

Lack of concept or premise makes action videos suck?

Sorry, that's not something that's restricted to action videos. :rofl:

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Post by CodeZTM » Sat Mar 03, 2012 1:12 pm

Ileia wrote:Lack of concept or premise makes action videos suck?

Sorry, that's not something that's restricted to action videos. :rofl:
True, but action videos seem to be (in my experience) the most notorious of it.

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Post by TritioAFB » Sat Mar 03, 2012 1:33 pm

Genre has nothing to do with the lack of concept. But it's true that some genres tends to be affected more than others :roll:
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Post by Ileia » Sat Mar 03, 2012 2:01 pm

It's not that slanted (in my experience).

I don't see a difference between "I wanna show that these two characters are in love" and "I wanna show that these two characters are fighting". It's the viewer who decides why one is pointless and the other isn't. Some people are more inclined to like one genre or another, which is normal, but they have a lot of similar faults.

For instance, I rarely like romance videos, because many of them are "here are scenes of these two in love". I don't know those characters or care why they are in love because the editor doesn't always go through how they fell in love or make a story of it at all. However, the same thing can happen in action videos! Okay, these guys are fighting, I have no idea why. The only reason I would watch a similarly "concept-less" action video is personal preference, I'd rather watch fighting than romance. (It's why I'm forced to beat Adam to express my love.)

And it's not restricted to those two by any means. Dance video! Scenes of characters dancing. Action video! Scenes of characters actioning fighting. Actually, with dance videos you'd be lucky if they're all scenes of dancing, a good portion of them are not. More like a lot of cool-looking scenes with heavy motion. And now that I think about it, I don't think I know of any dance videos with a concept other than "they are dancing to this song about dancing" but I digress. >_>


Anyway, I just wanted to add my two cents. The reasons you're saying action videos suck is the same as why any video can suck. *shrug*

(also made it sound like this video was god's gift to the action genre. It's a good video, I like it, but it's not THAT good)

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Post by CodeZTM » Sat Mar 03, 2012 2:49 pm

Ileia wrote: (also made it sound like this video was god's gift to the action genre. It's a good video, I like it, but it's not THAT good)
I didn't mean to personally come off that way (although upon re-reading my review, I do see where I gushed a little more than I should have). I do love this video to pieces, but I did mention several aspects in which it could have been improved upon. It was just a rare case in which I finally found an action video that had a solid concept, was well executed, and I personally enjoyed. I'll try to tone down on gushing in future reviews.
For instance, I rarely like romance videos, because many of them are "here are scenes of these two in love". I don't know those characters or care why they are in love because the editor doesn't always go through how they fell in love or make a story of it at all. However, the same thing can happen in action videos! Okay, these guys are fighting, I have no idea why. The only reason I would watch a similarly "concept-less" action video is personal preference, I'd rather watch fighting than romance. (It's why I'm forced to beat Adam to express my love.)
It's interesting to see it from a different perspective. (Especially since romance is my personal genre of choice) Again, like you mentioned, it's a personal preference from my end. I can stand to watch weaker concept videos in certain genres (Dance/Fun/Romance), because they're the kind of videos that I like to watch. To me though, action videos just aren't that entertaining unless it's got some great sync or some sort of interesting concept behind it.
The reasons you're saying action videos suck is the same as why any video can suck. *shrug*
I do concede that you're correct in this regard. I suppose I just took it a little more deeply because of my own personal distaste for the genre for this one specific reason. Again, I just personally think that (in my experience) that action videos seem to have this issue more often than other genre pieces (although reading your descriptions of dance videos, perhaps I do give action videos too hard of a time).


I'm actually glad for this kind of discussion, and thank you for your contribution. Genres might make for an interesting topic for a future panel to see how people perceive/enjoy/rank certain videos based only upon their genre.

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Post by Ileia » Sat Mar 03, 2012 3:02 pm

Oh, no, it wasn't that you gushed on about the video, (that's perfectly fine!) it was the repetition of "an action video that doesn't suck" in your last Lip Flappers, on your twitter and then again here that gave me that impression. >_>

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Post by Diegao » Sat Mar 03, 2012 4:30 pm

It wasn't bad, not awesome for me, but still enjoyable and entertaining.
I like the way you set up your reviews, especially the images with the text's line.
Keep going on, you're making me discover new interesting AMVs.
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Post by TritioAFB » Sat Mar 03, 2012 5:11 pm

And about the video:

I recently discover this movie, it's awesome
Video for some momets looks good, but I dunno why it didn't hook me up. However to be honest thanks to this Lip Flapper I discovered this amv. So that's a plus for the series.
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Post by gotegenks » Sat Mar 03, 2012 5:22 pm

well set-up review, but like ileia said, you really ruined it by building up the video so much. But idk if that was totally due to your own tastes or the reputation that "action editors" and their videos have around here that made you do that to get people excited, but personally i'm a big fan of polished generic action videos and so this video didn't live up to the immense hype you gave it (for me anyway, not a huge fan of spammed "twitches" or whatever they're callin it).

i think the main difference between the action and romance genres as far as their concepts go is that majority of action videos don't even try or don't even want to have a d33p concept ( by gote is a perfect example of this) and then you get the majority of romance videos that not only fail as much as action videos at portraying a concept, but they also claim to have one. I guess romance aims to bring out an emotion that people actually consider an EMOTION and so that gives it the illusion of being deeper and romance videos focus more on a relationship, on a story between two characters and so romance editors and their videos just kinda use that as their concept no matter how badly it's presented, it's just auto-concept. I mean, everyone's done the whole anime-storyline video, just do the series in order "the story is basically just the story of the anime, blablabla" so it's like that except more specific, imo anyway, and anytime you criticize an anime-storyline or a romance video on youtube you get "YOU HAVEN'T SEEN THE ANIME/MOVIE/SERIES/MANGA SO YOU DON'T KNOW MMMMMMKKKKK???!???!?".

So basically, action editors know they suck at concepts while romance editors pretend they don't. :P

but all that aside the review was really well done, professional, easy and entertaining to read, and insightful and it was a pretty good video! :up: :up: :up:
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Post by Radical_Yue » Sat Mar 03, 2012 6:09 pm

gote wrote:well set-up review, but like ileia said, you really ruined it by building up the video so much.
When did she say that?
Unless you meant the opposite of what you said?
Ileia wrote:Oh, no, it wasn't that you gushed on about the video, (that's perfectly fine!) it was the repetition of "an action video that doesn't suck" in your last Lip Flappers, on your twitter and then again here that gave me that impression. >_>
gote wrote: but all that aside the review was really well done, professional, easy and entertaining to read, and insightful and it was a pretty good video! :up: :up: :up:
Openly stating that 90% of action videos suck isn't exactly professional :/ It's not incredibly journalistic or a good idea to insult a decent amount of your readers with a blanket statement made multiple times.

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Post by CodeZTM » Sat Mar 03, 2012 6:13 pm

Radical_Yue wrote:
Openly stating that 90% of action videos suck isn't exactly professional :/ It's not incredibly journalistic or a good idea to insult a decent amount of your readers with a blanket statement made multiple times.
Yeah, I should have thought more about that. I was attempting to be funny because of my past reputation with action videos, but I feel like I was just foolish now. I'll try to avoid that in the future. >_<

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Post by Radical_Yue » Sat Mar 03, 2012 6:15 pm

CodeZTM wrote:
Radical_Yue wrote:
Openly stating that 90% of action videos suck isn't exactly professional :/ It's not incredibly journalistic or a good idea to insult a decent amount of your readers with a blanket statement made multiple times.
Yeah, I should have thought more about that. I was attempting to be funny because of my past reputation with action videos, but I feel like I was just foolish now. I'll try to avoid that in the future. >_<

If it makes you feel any better, you've been doing a pretty good job until then :P

Maybe you should do a comedy special with people like Kosmit and Fall_Child42 for April Fools? Take notes? ;)

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Post by gotegenks » Sat Mar 03, 2012 8:24 pm

Radical_Yue wrote:
gote wrote:well set-up review, but like ileia said, you really ruined it by building up the video so much.
When did she say that?
Unless you meant the opposite of what you said?
Ileia wrote:Oh, no, it wasn't that you gushed on about the video, (that's perfectly fine!) it was the repetition of "an action video that doesn't suck" in your last Lip Flappers, on your twitter and then again here that gave me that impression. >_>
uhmm, i don't quite understand here....i meant he ruined his own credibility as an amv critic with......
Ileia wrote:the repitition of "an action video that doesn't suck" in your last Lip Flappers, on your twitter and then again here
a.k.a.......
gote wrote:by building up the video so much
maybe i should add "as opposed to other action videos" but even without that i don't see it being the opposite of what ileia said.
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gote wrote: but all that aside the review was really well done, professional, easy and entertaining to read, and insightful and it was a pretty good video! :up: :up: :up:
Openly stating that 90% of action videos suck isn't exactly professional :/ It's not incredibly journalistic or a good idea to insult a decent amount of your readers with a blanket statement made multiple times.
professionally composed, i wasn't talking about his professionalism as a critic of amvs. If you disagree with his opinion, that's on you, and i agree that maybe he shouldn't have (mistakenly) alienated a lot of us (with the matter of popular reception in mind), but it doesn't say anything about the way he set up the interview. I don't even mean his rhetoric or grammar or sentence structure (not that it was bad, i just don't feel knowledgeable enough to comment on it), i was mostly agreeing with diegao on the picture thing and stuff and the progression of ideas (so i guess maybe a little bit of the grammar side or whatever) and his opinions were clear, no matter disagreeable they are. aside from the
Ileia/gote wrote:overhyping the video and making it seem like "god's gift to this genre"
because imo, it dulled how excited i was about the video, and i wasn't as interested in reading about it now that i had this rude awakening that it was just an okay video, but at the same time i was more interested in reading it to find out why exactly he's so freakin' crazy about the video, and he did make me like it more, so yeah. good job code :up:

and do whatever the hell you want to do. It was a good read made even better by your controversial opinion. This is where the disclaimer crap comes in i guess. He's not working for the org so he doesn't have to be impartial in the slightest. He can write whatever the hell he wants to write. There are extremely disagreeable people that write their cracked out opinions very well and entertaining to read and even get others to agree and support them! They also aren't afraid to alienate loads of people (see: richard dawkins) to get their point across. This is how code feels, he wrote it out and we're disagreeing with it which is great but he shouldn't be discouraged from writing an opinion for us to disagree with. The most valuable theses are the ones that a sane person would stand to disagree with. If nobody in their right mind would disagree with what you're writing, then what point is there in writing it? He would be getting the same circlejerk youtubesque comments that he's gotten in like all of his interviews (which aren't bad their since those are just friendly little get-to-know-you sessions). By disagreeing and arguing and discussing we should be aiming to convince him of our opinions, that's the way arguments go, but we shouldn't be trying to shut him up unless it's by way of him agreeing with us and nothing needing to be said (because if everyone agrees there's nothing to be said anymore). Even if it would help the lip flappers be more popular, they would also be more dull! Every lip flapper's a learning experience for you i guess, code, but don't take from this venture that you shouldn't voice your opinions, or aim to represent every single interest group for the sake of pleasing everyone. I do recommend exploring the interests of every group, but not succumbing to their beliefs or opinions.

within the review, he took great pains to ensure us that it wasn't the critic or the elitist in him saying this, it was his own personal opinion, tastes, and inclination towards the romance genre. It was the comments outside of this review where he indisputably messed up in my opinion, but that's it.
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