17R-004 - Defying Entropy - Madoka
Very tight lip sync! Interesting concept, but I felt that in some ways the pairing made it difficult to find opportunities to make the most of sync, etc… Not sure how long the original song is either, but this video felt somewhat short too. Overall, though, it was well-executed.
17R-017 - Sausage Corps - SnK
Great concept! Lip sync and character assignments were on point! Strong scene choice as well. The trailer sound intensity didn’t always lend itself to the action taking place on screen, though. Made me chuckle--well done!
17R-029 - Golden Days - Kimi no na wa
Oh wow, this was well done. Really evocative and efficient scene choice, especially when it came to simplifying the story for the purposes of the video. As a result, the storytelling was very strong. I particularly enjoyed the use of the dream segment’s slightly different visual aesthetic for the song’s B-section. This video was extremely cohesive, with a tight, structured narrative arc and well-planned pacing. Very nice work!
17R-035 - Resting Place - Book of Eli
Very laid-back piece. The pacing is slow, but appropriate given the music choice. I thought the video had a very strong introduction and conclusion overall, but narratively I felt that the storytelling in the middle of the video was a little disjointed. Unless you were familiar with the source, it might well be unclear what the story is. The editing style fit the music well, and apart from some of the scene choice in the heart of the video, it was a well put-together video as a whole.
17R-044 - Our Swim Team is too sexy - Free
Funny concept! Amusing lyric sync. Great ending too. I do feel though that this concept would have been even better if executed with a bit of lip sync, but that would be going the extra mile! Also, I thought that in terms of editing there was some missed potential with the sync opportunities presented by the percussion. Solid, though.
17R-099 - Sacrifice - Various
There were some basic issues with this video, including bad frame rate on some slowed-down clips, varying video quality depending on the source, and clashing styles of animation placed back-to-back. In addition, for such an action-packed musical track, the editing and sync were fairly sparse. While this was clearly meant to be an action piece, a little more narrative or thematic structure would also have strengthened the video.
17R-114 - Magic Seiya XXL - Sailor Moon Stars
I’m not familiar with either the source of the footage or the original trailer, so this one is difficult for me to comment on… The scenario is pretty simple and clear, though. I feel like I’m missing a pop culture reference or something?
17R-115 - Leeway - Pilot Candidate
A very artistic, patient video! Some creative work with transparency and overlay. I felt as though I never really quite understood the setting--whether or not the imagery was taking place in reality or in a dream, but that didn’t impact my enjoyment of the video particularly. I enjoyed the tone that the video consistently established. Very tranquil.
17R-138 - Support Story - Kuzumonogatari
Nicely-edited piece, with a strong atmosphere and a well-developed relationship between the characters! I did feel that the strongest parts of the video were the portions devoted to the character drama, and so the portion towards the end where Kiss-shot makes an appearance is a little disjointed from the rest of the AMV. Nice video!
17R-162 - Inky Indica - Over the Garden Wall
A very snappy video! I felt as though the editing and song choice were very appropriate for the visual style of the source (which I’m not familiar with!). I appreciated some of the lyric sync as well. At times, it was a tad bit unclear whether an effort was being made to lip sync or not, with the result being that the lip flap felt inconsistent. I found the ending a tad abrupt, but that may well have been forced by the available music. Overall enjoyed this one though!
167 - Best Protag - Persona 5
With a video game, this seemed like a very challenging source to tackle, and I was impressed at how well the anime, 3D animation, and OP footage worked together. Transitioning between source types at points when the musical tone shifted was very effective. The editing was very crisp as well. A really nice character study!
168 - Pastime Fantasy - Chuunibyou demo koi ga shitai
I liked this video overall, and I think that it had a stronger second half in particular! The first quarter relied a little too much on OP footage, I thought, which given the popularity of the source for AMVs is a particularly dangerous decision. A couple of the masks were also a little awkward, likely due to the choice of using a quick mask instead of a motion mask--but this could be resolved with just a little effort. The action editing was very dynamic, and the scene choice was a good mix of the amusing, the dramatic, and of the fantastical.
188 - Heartpiercer - Kabaneri
Hard to imagine finding a more fitting trailer source for a Kabaneri video. I thought that the introduction to this trailer was quite strong, but that the scene choice became a little less consistent later. This is partly given that the trailer audio hinted at more of an internal conflict within the train, while the footage showed mostly fighting vs the zombies. Also, I was intrigued by some of the character assignments shown in the intro and had hoped to see them carried through to the end. Lots of potential to this video. A little more effort put into appropriate scene choice and lip syncing more of the dialogue in the second half would make this much stronger.
201 - Toy That Killed - Lego Batman
A very funny parody concept, fairly well-executed. The pacing was well thought out! I thought the storytelling was a little inconsistent, doing a good job introducing lego Batman and his backstory, but never making his relationship with the lego Joker quite clear to me.
234 - That One Small Things - Haruhi
I would not have guessed that this concept would work so well, but it did! Well done, particularly with the scene choice. Some of the lip sync was spot on, but at other points there was lip flap that did not match the lyrics, resulting in a bit of inconsistency. A couple parts of the video also moved a little slowly. That said, there were many parts of the video that worked extremely well, and with a little polishing I could see this being pretty amazing.
267 - A CB - Archer
Wow, this must have been quite the labor to put together! Sadly I’m only incidentally familiar with Archer and thus might not have laughed as much as I should have, but this was well done! My only comment might have been that some of the shots seemed much more slow-paced than in the original OP, but that’s just a nitpick.
280 - Dio’s Memestravaganza - Jojo
A dynamic video that was amusing at points, but it felt like it was just scratching the surface in terms of what one could do with the concept? I was expecting somewhat more in terms of memes, and I wasn’t a huge fan of how the memes that did show up were integrated and used. I can’t tell for sure so I may be wrong, but it feels like the the video is interlaced or something as well.
302 - I’ll be Good - Koe no Kotachi
Hmm, this video has some potential, with some powerful scene choice and good beat sync in places. That said, there are a couple recurring faults. The text effects were a little detrimental, and some of the fade to blacks lingered a little too long. Most notably, the last shot in the video is held for far too long. Kind of has the feeling of a beta at the moment. The storytelling is well-executed, though, and by cleaning up the few points above the video would become quite strong!
313 - Kyuzoo - Madoka
Now that is a Madoka concept I have not seen before. Made me laugh a lot! Well-executed and pretty well-edited too! A trollish vid for a trollish character. You have my applause.
360 - The Right to (Bare Arms) - Hacksaw Ridge
This was very well done! The only comment I can think of is that it was a little unclear to me where the scenes of childhood fit in with the rest of the story, but otherwise the storytelling was very good.
380 - (hashtag)TeamCap - Various
Honestly, not a fan. Scene choice was very incoherent, and the various cheesy effects were distracting. Just because the source is Deadpool doesn’t mean that fourth wall breaks are necessary or beneficial. Mixing footage from a game and from behind-the-scenes footage only in a single part of the video was also off-putting.
381 - Multifaceted Romance - Steven Universe
This video started off with a strong intro! I did feel that it started dragging a bit, however, with scenes lingering a little long and with a lot of static shots. The conclusion was also strong, once again, with good sync and more dynamic editing. Overall, however, the meandering middle didn’t have the necessary oomph to keep pace with the song, I felt.
387 - Peacock - Various
Nice video! Very snappy sync and good use of the song. It is a little short though, with the song substantially cut. I feel that if a longer cut of the song was used, the video would have a more complete feel to it, and given what was shown I think that there may have been some missed potential.
397 - Chase - Various
Wow, this was a strong, action-packed GMV! Nicely paced, with some cool beat and internal syncs. For a video without a central “character”, there’s only so much story possible, but even so this vid managed to have a well-defined opening and conclusion. Enjoyable!
401 - Somewhere I belong - Various
Promising, but flawed. Major video quality control issues and indiscriminatory use of overlays without regard to the visual focal point of the action were the two biggest problems with this video. In addition, I felt that despite being a multi-source video, the Chuunibyou footage was too heavily relied upon, with the rest of the sources only intermittently included without much thought. Some of the shutter-like effects were also a little rough. In terms of its foundation, though, the video had some good use of sync and edited the action well. A more raw video less ambitious in terms of technicals might have been much stronger, particularly if the source footage distribution was more equal!412 - Fallen Tree - The Fall
Wow. Drugs. And wow. Great job! That was so eccentric, with what I can only imagine was a very challenging source, yet it worked so well! Really nice editing and fantastic pacing… I really can’t think of anything to criticize. I was really mad at the invalid at the end though--hope he thoroughly regrets his poor decisions, grr (not familiar with the source, so sorry if he’s actually a decent fellow). Enjoyed this one a lot! One of my favorites among this year’s submissions.
430 - 100% salt - Mob Psycho
Interesting…! It took me a while on the first watch to just sit back and stop trying to figure out what the concept was exactly (comedy…? Upbeat…? action…?), but once I did that this was pretty enjoyable. Nice editing, especially during and following the song’s B-section. Perhaps a little more organization might help viewers grasp what the video is going for, but it’s a nice watch even as it is.
433 - Rainbow in the dark - Samurai Jack
I liked this video for a number of reasons. The storytelling was very compact and effective, and the action editing was strong. There were however a number of shots that were held somewhat long--in some scenes this worked great due to a gradual change in the background or holding tension or something, but in other scenes it was just a little too slow. Overall though this was well put together.
452 - Land of Confusion - SnK, FMA
I liked the sync in parts of this video, and I felt that the music was very appropriate as well. That said, the video quality was really, really poor, and the lip flap was a little too prevalent. More importantly, I wasn’t entirely sold on the combination of sources--or at least, the effort made to tie Attack on Titan and FMA together thematically wasn’t very effective, and the animation styles are a little too distinct. Nice ideas, though!
455 - Linkin Park DBZ - DBZ
At first, I was like… okay…! This gonna be a 21st century take on a stale AMV concept, decent action editing I guess… huh the animation has gotten better since the old days... oh wait. Ha. Haha. Well played.467 - What a Wicked Game - Undying Love
Wow. Impressively atmospheric and oppressively suspenseful. Powerful narrative and editing, and that twist ending too… I’m really impressed by this one. Some might complain that it looked static and could have used more motion, but I personally think that the stillness worked great here. Bravo. One of my favorites.
469 - [LOVE] - Madoka
Mmm, this video has some nice potential! Good character relationship piece. Lip flap is a frequent critique that I don’t like to hand out left and right, but in this case when you’re using lip sync sometimes but not all the time, it ends up being inconsistent. I was also unsure about the inclusion of the scream/laugh effects, which would have been better left out in my opinion. The very last scene with the dubbed anime audio is also meaningful, but too removed from the rest of the AMV to add anything.
479 - Bottom of the River - 91 Days
Really liked the punctuating beat and internal sync to the percussion in this video. The AMV builds up a nice sense of drama throughout. Wasn’t a huge fan of the gunshot SFX in the middle, and I felt that sometimes the visual flow was a little stiff, but overall still a pretty solid video.
494 - Butterfly, the - 100, the
I have to say, this video is engaging. Despite the fact that I think that the premise of the source is silly, it still managed to grab and keep my attention. The live-action editing was solid, and I liked the uses of visual callbacks for some of the dramatic moments.
516 - One Trick Pony 3 (Outstaged) - YLIA, Tom and Jerry INSTRUMENTAL
Really wanted to love this one. Clever idea, but marred by the poor Tom and Jerry video quality.
517 - Halharl Aihtikak - Various
Liked this one! That one comedy moment in the middle felt a little out of place tonally with the rest of the video (although it is very representative of Magi, haha). Nice, dynamic action editing, with some cool internal sync. The AMV flowed very well too, regulating the intensity nicely with the music. Great work!
538 - We are Overwatch - Overwatch
Really nice GMV (If you can call it a GMV with Blizzard’s level of animation…?) Snappy editing, nice pacing, and a well-executed integration of a lot of sources with differing visual styles. Really nice visual flow as well. Awesome stuff!
549 - Night Walker - Mononoke Hime
Cool idea! Never would have thought of this pairing, or that it would work so well. It is a challenging combination to integrate, and some of the sound fx didn’t translate over super well, but the introductory sequence and the ending were both quite strong. The middle section was not as good of a sell in terms of the fit though.542 - Diegesis - Erased
Super cool use of ramping in this video, with some impressive results in terms of sync. Strong pacing as well. I would say that the story was not entirely conclusive, with a lot of the action remaining unresolved at the end of the video, but at the same time the AMV almost seems like more of an artistic piece for which the story didn’t matter as much. This one takes the viewer on a great visual ride.
558 - Playing Dead - Deadpool
This video was well done, although as someone who is not a huge fan of Deadpool I can’t say it really managed to pull me in. The execution was solid, and I liked the lyrical sync. Liked the ending in particular as well.
563 - Never Back Down - Yuri Kuma Arashi
It’s the 90s again, but with all the social progressivism of the modern day! Loved the sync in this one, both beat and internal. Nice character relationship building as well. Overall, thought the video hit it out of the park in terms of matching the feel of the song. Really nice job!
567 - Dear Future Me - Orange
Rough around the edges, but with a really strong scene choice and storytelling foundation. Not every video needs Ken Burns necessarily, but this one was static enough in certain shots that it would have benefited from it in places. The lip flap was also a little excessive. Some shots were also held a little too long. As I said though, the basic concept was clearly well thought through, and I could see this being the base for a very good video with a little work on simple things!
587 - Shadows of Vanity - Kabaneri
An idea well-executed, but thrown off a bit by the pairing--perhaps setting up the glasses protagonist dude as the rival to Bibi would have worked better in this instance? Mumei as the central character just didn’t quite seem to fit the voice of the singer. That said, the editing was really good, with consistently strong lyrical sync and a very coherent story.
591 - Top Gun - Macross Plus
Thought with this one that in some cases, a little too much lip sync was used when the dialogue could actually have been superimposed over action. The excessive talking took away a bit from the video in places. That said, the pairing is a natural one and the audio was matched very well with the editing.
600 - Supersonic Rush - Firefox
Nicely edited! Compact story, well-paced. Managed to keep the video pretty full of adrenaline despite the fairly antique source!
609 - Finally Breaking - Naruto
Not being familiar with anything beyond the basics of Naruto, I had trouble understanding the story to this one in more than the most general terms. That said, the editing was pretty strong for the most part. Some of the swish pans were pretty rough around the edges, but overall this was a dynamic video even if the story significance was lost on me.
617 - Maiming something beautiful - Friday the 13th
(note to self - watch sinycath’s original vid) This was pretty hilarious on the meta level, but also a really well-executed tribute to the horror series in its own right! Well done!618 - Awakening - Kimi no na wa
Excellent. Really, really excellent. Wonderful tone, and huge props for editing an emotionally compelling video without significant spoilers. This was phenomenal work on all fronts--sync, story, pacing, flow… Without a doubt, this will be going on my playlist of favorites for good. Outstanding.653 - 2006 AD - Iria Zeiram the Animation
Very cool video! Any AMV that immediately sparks my interest in a series I haven’t seen before is appreciated, and this one grabbed my attention beyond a doubt. Snappy action editing, truly impressive internal sync, and great character development. Extremely liked this one. Another favorite of this year!656 - Plus Ultra - MHA
I agree wholeheartedly with the universal reaction I’ve seen to this video so far--sooooo short, but soooo sweet. Amazing sync and mood. I wouldn’t have thought before that a drama video with this level of intensity would be possible to edit with My Hero Academia, but you just proved me completely wrong. Great use of match cuts. Really excellent work--I want to learn what made this video work so damn well, so rest assured that I will study it in detail, haha. Favorite. 670 - This musical saved my life - Kokoro ga sakebitagatterunda
Another super strong vid… what is it with the 600s?? Well done! Really nice storytelling, editing, pacing, and character dev. I did feel that a little bit of cleanup would make this even more flawless--a few of the cuts seemed a little jarring, sometimes occurring in the middle of lip flap. Overall though, that’s just a nitpick--I thoroughly enjoyed this!
675 - Emerald Hill Zone 1 Act 1 - various
Sonic was one of the arcade games available on the machine in my childhood dentist’s office. I was terrible at it.688 - Apricity - Hyouka
Really, really great visual storytelling--great eye for body language to construct several implied kiss scenes. Thank you. Now, even if Kyoani never animates any more Hyouka, I will still be able to die happy. Impeccably executed. Thank you again for an instant favorite.690 - Combat Harness - Gundam
Another great AMV. I appreciated the transition from quiet drama to a crescendo of action editing, filled with rich sync. The character drama was also really compelling, with a nice buildup to the final confrontation. I wish the ending had provided a little closure for the two female characters introduced earlier, but really that’s the only critique I can think of after watching this a couple times. Bravo! Another favorite.
725 - thirsty - Yurikuma Arashi
Very worth a laugh. Well played. The combo was great, and the execution even more so!
727 - Reveille - Momotaro
Interesting concept! Easily takes the record for the oldest source footage, I think? Mildly ominous as well if you’re familiar with the historical context, haha.
766 - Goop Troop - Various
769 - Pending… - Death Parade
This was very well edited! The effects were very nicely used to complement the texture of the song, and the scene choice was strong within each given part! I did think that the storytelling was just a little inconsistent--since the opening entire third was devoted to just two characters, with the rest of the video transitioning more rapidly between points of view, I was initially deceived that the married couple would be the focus of the whole video.
773 - Stop your crying, Banri - Golden Time
A little too much lip flap, slow pacing, and too many static shots in this video. Really had a lot of trouble getting through even a couple watches. Much more dynamic editing and a steep cut to the quantity of lip flap are needed in order to keep the audience’s attention.
774 - Don’t Trust Me - FSN
Mmmm as a Fate fan I really wanted to like this one, and the editing was generally strong… That said, the scene choice was just a little haphazard. I understand what the AMV was trying to accomplish in terms of story, but even to someone who is familiar with all the plots of the sources used, the narrative wasn’t quiite coherent enough. To someone unfamiliar with the story, it would probably be quite confusing. The mood was really nice though, and the editing and pace were pretty appropriate to the music! It is also super refreshing to watch a more reflective drama Fate AMV!
789 - Iron - The Devil of Fate
I have no idea what’s going on, but it’s very pretty editing. I think this video establishes the setting very well and the main character very well, but as someone completely unfamiliar with the source I had difficulty seeing how the character fits into the story. Are they a leader? A supersoldier? A rebel? A well-executed video, though.
790 - False Shepard - Bioshock Infinite
I liked this one! A nice GMV that really emphasized the game’s visuals, setting, and mood. The first-person perspective is also more rare for a GMV and interacts in an interesting way with the viewer. Good pacing and nice use of the game’s imagery and themes.800 - Twin Blades - Katanagatari
Wow, really nice video. Makes beautiful usage of Katanagatari’s art style, and tells a really nice relationship story. Is it just me, or is this meant to be a what-if of sorts, if their journey had ended happily? Great stuff!802 - Modern Marvels - Various
I guess behind-the-scenes footage is the new thing now, haha. Well done, made me smile! Liked the lyrical sync, and the amusing making-of footage was well-integrated with the movie footage in terms of the humor.
806 - Samurai Jack Fury Road - Samurai Jack
A fresh take on a well-used trailer source! Nice sync, scene choice, and editing. In many ways it's a difficult source to use--multiple changes of tone, very distinctive sound fx, but this was pretty well-executed.850 - Salvation - The Little Prince
Beautiful. Really great story and perfectly paced. Another favorite of the bunch.
862 - Clover by Clover - Princess Tutu
Cute! Nice combination here. There was so much lip sync used (and well done for the most part) that it almost feels unfair to critique, but a couple of the lip syncs could be cleaned up slightly.869 - Toy Pokemon - Pokemon
Wow this really has been another series of great videos back to back. Fantastically well done. Admirable visual flow, great scene choice, and really skilled editing. To keep up such a level of quality editing for a 4 minute video is also a huge achievement. Mad props. Immediate favorite.
882 - QUIZNAK - Voltron
Nice lyrical sync and editing in general. Also respect the bravery involved with using a source that combines 3D and 2D animation so frequently. Pretty dynamite video for the most part! I liked the comedy moment in the middle, but the ending was a little too abrupt, I thought.
910 - Hero of Spiral - TTGL
Hah, this was pretty great. Pretty rocking lyrical sync, lip sync, and scene selection that really sold this as a concept. Funny ending as well (even if associated with trauma
). Short and sweet!916 - Stranger Impact 2 -NGE
Perfect pairing and really appropriate scene choice. Nailed the mood and pacing, and even the lip sync was on the spot as far as I could tell. A really cool, different interpretation of the original trailer for sure. I was a little skeptical of the one dark corridor mask into Gendo’s face, though--that transition was just a tad jarring. Enjoyable video though!
940 - Solar Blush - Yona of the Dawn
Aw, this was a sweet vid. At the same time, the action editing was pretty snappy too! The number of emotional embraces does approach over-repetition, but only barely… perhaps a little substitution of other scenes might resolve that easily! Overall though, a very strong video.978 - Baseless - FLCL
Another favorite of this year! Really nice editing, intensity, and sync. Really brings out the character of the show, and I must say that now I’m more motivated to finally check out FLCL. Awesome job!984 - Our Gospel - Utena
Nice! I was skeptical at first with the slow start, but my doubts were wiped away pretty quickly. Some really cool internal sync throughout the video. Yet another favorite!
989 - Under a Paper Moon - Madoka
Ah, this was really good in parts but a little rough around the edges in others! Great opening sequence with some nice sync, but at parts some shots were a little too static. Lip flap also intruded in certain scenes. I liked the concept though--limiting the video to only cover Rebellion--and the story was told very well. Could see this being the basis for a really amazing video with some cleanup and polish.