Ξ July 23rd, 2011 | → 13 Comments | ∇ The Anime Annals |
How nice to already have a category to put these in! I’d forgotten about this series, but when I came across Nostromo’s fantastic AMVs remembered that I had it going (at one time LOL) and dashed here to share. I’m not an expert on Anime Music Videos by any means, but I do know what I like, and the following clips by Nostromo are simply dazzling! So, very few words this time, just some delicious eye-candy (and how!) for your weekend, and beyond… and get ready to tap your feet, bob your head, and bounce your booty!
We’ll lead off with “Pure Thrust”, a 2nd-place winner at Japan Expo’s AMV Contest in 2010, which features animation from the typically-surrealistic Studio SHAFT/Akiyuki Shinbo series Bakemongatari, one of my favorite anime. (But then pretty much any SHAFT anime is ) Look for clever lip-syncing and excellent editing from Nostromo in splicing everything together. I’m not really into techno, but this song kicks ass, and is melded with the anime seamlessly.
Next up is “Auriga”, a 1st-place winner at the 2008 Japan Expo AMV Contest. According to his notes, it took four months to create! Love the inclusion of more SHAFT with many scenes from both seasons of ef-a fairytale of the two (which I was happy to read that it’s finally been licensed for sale in North America, yay!) Great song chosen, again in the techno/dance vein, DJ Spoke’s ”Watch Them Fall Down”; not sure if the artist’s name is in there or not, sorry!
“Running Man” features clips from multiple anime, including the Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei series (whoa… another gem from Studio SHAFT!). Zetsubou Sensei shows off his dancing skills and dashes all around. Thus the title, I suppose It won second-best video at the 2008 Akross AMV Contest, and is set against the radio edit of the Utah Saints’ “Something Good”. And it is!
Dance/techno normally isn’t my type of music (at all LOL) but good sounds are good sounds Gotta be open minded and as diverse as possible so as to enjoy works by those you’d otherwise pay no mind to. And I’m happy when turned on to new stuff (which really is why I like sharing them with others who might also enjoy). This next video, “Galaxy Bounce”, won 2nd place at the Japan Expo 2008 AMV Contest and gives you a break (well, kinda) from all the thump-thump-thumping stuff, using Andy Hunter’s “Life Light” and footage from the sci-fi anime Pale Cocoon OVA. Only one epsiode *sigh*… it’s still on my To-Watch list since I’ve never been able to find it (YET)…
Here’s another 1st-place winner from the Japan Expo 2007 AMV Contest, “Magic Pad”. With clips taken from 41 anime, it’s as frenetic as you might imagine! I usually prefer one anime-subject per AMV, but Nostromo handles the multiple art styles very well and puts together a great video that alongside the chosen song “Arise” (remix) by Mike Shiver & Ashkan Fardost, form an intriguing whole…
Finally, we come to an interesting project, “Binary Overdrive”, an actual music video collaboration for Sugar Jesus and their song “Get A Hold of Yourself”. Visually stunning in parts, it’s probably the most cohesive of all of these clips, and the song is the moving, driving force that unites the audio and visual art-works. Nice work(s) indeed :-)
Pretty cool, huh? For the whole story behind the video, check out Nostromo’s blog, which, if you enoyed these vids of his, would be a good spot to surf to from here, since we’re all done now xD (Also, check out Nostromo’s YouTube Channel for more goodies and making-of vids.)
Please feel free to leave comments or thoughts if so inclined; they (and you) are appreciated!