- Member: Rorschach
- Studio: Shoestring Films Inc.
- Title: Light And Life, Death And Darkness
- Premiered: 2003-10-02
- Robert Miles Princess of Light
This AMV reflects very much on what I believe and why I believe it. Death, in spite of all our evasions and denials, is one very absolute, final, and certain truth. To those who would present some this-worldly scheme of meaning to me, I always present this as the ultimate, overriding counter-argument: when death comes to us all, as it must, it will put an end to all of our earthly accomplishments, both for ourselves and for each other. We cannot truly "live for the moment" either because every moment passes and will not return to us. If there is to be meaning, it must derive from eternity, and not from this temporal existence. Even we Christians who have hope of an afterlife must first pass through death.
Let the viewer beware: this is a long and contemplative video. The song is more than six minutes long and making this video was quite a marathon. Whereas some would have cut something out, I've always thought that except in a few rare circumstances (such as that of "Blue" by Aluminum Studios) cutting out any part of the song tends to detract from the AMV. Viewers should also be warned that there are some graphic scenes which, were a movie panel rating them, would surely earn this clip an "R" rating. Do not show this to young or otherwise vulnerable people.
Boogiepop Phantom, to put the matter mildly, is not arranged in a very linear fashion. As such, I have done my best to group together various events of similar significance. Since the song is an instrumental, I let the words of the song's title suggest to me who should be the main focus of this AMV. In any case, she certainly was a very important character.
I have also tried to demonstrate how captions can serve to clarify a video's theme. The quotes come in what might be called an intellectually chronological order, progressing through the ancient Japanese worldview to the Jewish and then the Christian worldview, demonstrating how the question which begins and ends the series has been with us from the beginning and remains to this day. (Don't worry, folks: this is about death, not the Decalogue. No giant automaton of Moses like the one in Flanders' theme park in the Simpsons will burst forth to lecture you in this AMV.) The answer the series seems to offer is, I believe, ultimately inadequate: it brings to mind the part in Alex Ross and Mark Waid's "Kingdom Come" in which they mention that the Martian Manhunter threw his mind open to all the human race "and was forever shattered by what he saw." A temporal eternity would be Hell-on-Earth.
Still, I have decided to let you viewers answer the question for yourselves. (God Himself has done no less than that!) An AMV may be a very small item in the grand scheme of things, but may this one serve as a warning: seek for the answer while you still can. Time is running out!
One final note: for best results, view this AMV in a windowless room with all the lights off in the dead of the night.