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AMV battle, 3 per Round.

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All stages have been completed. The voting points distribution and the result are presented below.

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With 1 vote and 1 point ahead, the winner is ...

RationalMadman
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AMV = Anime Music Video

This does not equal 'Animated' on its own, if it's not manga/anime graphics it is disqualified.

The AMV should not be an official opening or closing or whatever of an Anime, it can be done by a semi-pro video editor but mainly should be amateurish in terms of who is doing it (fan-made in essence).

Vote based on both animation and sound (as well as vibe if you want) don't vote solely on either.

Round 1
Pro
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Artist (editor): Amy Chickadee

The song is in the video's name itself and the Anime is too.

Epilepsy Warning: at around 1:45 towards 2:10 there is some stuff you could consider strobe-like effect but it's not what I'd consider severe (it's not 'mild' at first though). If you have epilepsy from photosensitive triggers then skip that.





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Artist (editor): Marlon Wasweisich

Sensitivity warning: There is blood in this Anime and sad theme to the earlier part.

Song:
Blood // Water
by
Grandson

Anime: Kimetsu no Yaiba (in English it translates to Demon Slayer).





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Artist (editor): Kintsugi

Song:

Lovely
by
Billie Eilish

Anime: Naruto (including Shipuuden but not Boruto and such).



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Con
Very much appreciate the opportunity to do this, RM. I've found quite a few amazing AMVs over the years, and combing through those to find a top 12 is surprisingly difficult. Still, going to give it my best shot.


Editor: Umika Sayoji (Kaya 'Yana' Malaya)
Anime: Various (mostly Fate series, though it's spliced with quite a few others)
Song: Iron by Woodkid

No matter how many AMVs I see over the years, this one always seems to stand out. Part of the reason there are so many anime in this one is that it's taking the baseline of the Fate series (particularly Fate/Zero) and crafting a unique perspective with it that I haven't seen any other AMV manage nearly so well. It's a marvel of editing.

Editor: OneBrunou
Anime: One Piece
Song: Iridescent by Linkin Park

I think this captures the spirit of the show incredibly well, and showcases some amazing editing skills combined with pitch-perfect choices of song and scene. Another classic in my book.

Editor: xGeminii
Anime: Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day
Song: Center of Attention by Jackson Waters

While quiet when compared with the other two on this list, it is by far the most emotionally evocative. I hadn't seen Anohana before I saw this AMV, but I didn't have to in order to appreciate this amazing work. Not the first time this editor has made an AMV that made me go watch a series immediately after I saw it, but this is her best work, in my opinion.


Onto the next round!
Round 2
Pro
This Round, I am going for a Satanic/Horror theme. I am aware this may offend or annoy some users so I put it all in one Round. The idea is to be creepy and hypnotising, where you can't help but replay the video in curiosity/awe as if it were a guilty pleasure.

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Anime: Main focus is on Kakegurui with scenes from Various others 

Song:
Toxic (Britney Spears cover)
by
2WEI

Programs used: Adobe Premiere, After Effects, Photoshop




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Artist (editor): Vichima

Anime: Yakusoku no Neverland (translates in English to The Promised Neverland)

Song:
Cradles
by
Sub Urban




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Song: 
Animal
by
Jim Yosef x RIELL

Animes Used:
Anime in the Thumbnail (Nekomonogatari)
BEASTARS
Darling in the Franxx
Kakegurui
Mirai
Nikki
Devil lines
Blood CKuzu no honaki
Kimi no Suizou wo Tabetai
Monogatari Series
Citrus
Tokyo Ghoul
Sankarea
Fireworks



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Con
I'll steer clear of theming in this and just focus on my favorites. I'll also be going for quite a bit of variety, showcasing the skills of different editors using different songs and techniques to showcase different anime series (I plan to repeat only one) and movies. That being said, this round will trend more modern in both the selections of anime and the creation of the AMVs.


Kimetsu no Yaiba⌠AMV♫⌡: Awaken
Editor: PseudoBaka
Anime: Kimetsu no Yaiba
Song: Awaken by Valerie Broussard

One of my most recent favorites, it's also one of the best showcases of this incredible anime, matched incredibly well to the song. What truly makes this one stand out to me is the use of sound effects on speech from the show throughout the video. The careful selections of scenes and sounds make this AMV pop without being too busy.

Oz
Editor: Vinurify (now moved.)
Anime: Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
Song: Sooner or Later by Mat Kearney

This editor specialized in FMA:B AMVs, and while many of them are incredible, this one stands out. It hits many of the great emotional beats of the show, and does an amazing job shifting between black and white and color animation. I'm particularly fond of the crisp edits in this. Another classic.

Absolute Zero [Madoka AMV]
Editor: Kinnsao San
Anime: Puella Magi Madoka Magica
Song: Dead V by Nightcall (feat. Dreamhour)

This comes from an editor who, like the previous AMV, has specialized in this anime. Again, this one stands out as an emotional heavyweight, a deep dive into the suffering of a character who has endured the worst of the trials the series has to offer over and over again. Song and scene selection blend extraordinarily well in a truly evocative AMV.


Onto R3!
Round 3
Pro
This Round's theme is 'badass'.

The entire Round will involve violence. It is an aspect of Anime culture that you would have to be very ignorant to ignore. Japan has always been a very violence-happy nation in its history and has no significant shame in this. You can criticise it but you cannot ignore it if you want to properly grasp Anime culture similarly to how one can't ignore the dark side, lyrically, if they want to properly understand the history and depth of rap culture.

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Warning: First few seconds have strobing effect.


Artist (editor): Im RONIN

Song:
Boss Bitch
by
Doja Cat

Anime: The Legend of Korra (Avatar off-shoot)




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Artist (editor): Kage Sama AMV

Song:
My Name (Wearing Me Out)
by
Shinedown

Anime: Attack On Titan




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Artist (editor): Light Raider


Song:
Soldiers
by
NEONI x FJØRA

Animes Used:
Anime in the Thumbnail - Blood C
Demon Slayer
The Ancient Magus Bride (Mahoutsukai no Yome)
Yona of the Dawn
Cross Ange
Owari no Seraph
Attack on Titan (Shingeki no Kyojin)
Beyond the Boundary (Kyokai No Kanata)
Violet EvergardenFate/Grand Order - Absolute
Demonic Front: BabyloniaTales Of Zestiria
Sword Art Online Series
Akame Ga Kill
Vinland Saga
Goblin Slayer
Noragami
Rakudai Kishi no cavalry
Drifters
Arslan Senki



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Con
With the final rounds coming on, I'll put the spotlight on a couple of series that don't get a lot of love though two more incredible AMVs, and get a set of well-known and well-loved movies in here.

Trial by Drowning
Editor: pink haze (the original account doesn't exist)
Anime: Casshern Sins
Song: A Conversation with God by Darren Hayes

This is another instance of a series I'd never heard of before I saw this video, but was nonetheless enthralled by the music video. It's a beautiful song that matches perfectly with the scenes depicted of the main character haunted by his past and struggling against something he knows he cannot control. It's particularly well-synced to the music, and I'm especially a fan of its overlaid scenes.

The Blue Bird
Editor: jrob156
Anime: Black Rock Shooter
Song: Metamorphisis by Blue Stahli

This is an incredible action set piece covering a series that is chock full of incredible fight scenes. It's especially interesting to watch how the editor juxtaposes the fighting elements with the interactions between the girls outside of those fights. 

Adieu, Perchance to Dream
Editor: Mastamind (again, no account remains)
Anime: Children Who Chase Lost Voices, From Up On Poppy Hill, Grave Of The Fireflies, Howl's Moving Castle, Kiki's Delivery Service, Laputa: Castle in the Sky, My Neighbor Totoro, Ponyo, Secret World Of Arrietty, Spirited Away, Tales From Earthsea
Song: Cough Syrup by Young the Giant

Part of what I love about this AMV is just how well it uses every movie in Studio Ghibli's arsenal, portraying the various ways each movie rhymes with others while also showcasing the best each has to offer individually. The emotional beats are all on point, but what makes it exceptional is how well it portrays the magic of these movies. It's a joy to watch.

Onto the final round!
Round 4
Pro
Finishing themeless with 3 strong picks.

Enjoy. Good battle, Whiteflame.


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Artist (editor): Vichima

Song:
Dusk Till Dawn
by
ZAYN ft. Sia

Anime: Weathering with You (Tenki no Ko, literal translation is "Child of Weather") 

Artist (editor): Playboy TRUNKZ

Song:
The Search
by
NF

Anime: Naruto (including Shippuden)




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Everything Black
by
Unlike Pluto ft. Mike Taylor

Anime: Black Clover




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Con
Down to the final 3. Like I said at the start, choosing a top 12 was a daunting task. I've been saving a rather long list of my favorites over the years, and the last few AMVs I eliminated include some that I would say are among the best I've ever seen. Tough as it was, I very much enjoyed revisiting all these videos, and while some of these editors are either not producing AMV content anymore or, sadly, have passed away (RIP Umika Sayoji), I think all of them (and I include RM's picks in this) deserve a spotlight on their work. It's truly inspiring to see what each and every one of them did with the series and movies they showcased. For those who are interested, among my choices, xGeminii, kumoclouds, PseudoBaka, Kinnsao San and OneBrunou have each posted new videos within the last year. I've subscribed to their channels and am always interested in new posts. For that matter, I had already subscribed to the editor of two of RM's choices, Light Raider, and plan to subscribe to at least a couple of others I had not seen before (looking at JazzsVids and Vichima, in particular).


One Punch Man AMV - Rise (Fight The Fade)
Editor: DarkoAMV
Anime: One Punch Man
Song: Rise by Fight the Fade

I'll start this round with a bang. One Punch Man showcases some of the best sakuga of any series, and it's all on display here. The effects added by the editor augment each scene without overwhelming it and the music is very fitting to the series. Of all the choices on my list, this is probably the one I would want to watch over and over again the most, demonstrating both the humor and the incredibly hype action that makes this series a joy to watch.

I'll be good
Editor: kumoclouds
Anime: A Silent Voice
Song: I'll Be Good by Jaymes Young

Many of the song choices on this list have been excellent fits for a series or theme, but especially with complex characters, it can incredibly difficult to find a song that fits them perfectly. This is one of those choices, and I was blown away on first viewing. This AMV really captures the tone of the movie, rising and falling with the emotional weight of the scenes depicted, but what sets it apart is just how well it represents the main character and his struggles with his past.

Mahou Shoujo Requiem
Editor: Shin AMV (not active)
Anime: Puella Magi Madoka Magica
Song: Cosmic Love by Florence and the Machine

I've highlighted more than a few classics on this list, but I'll leave you with one more. This is one of the few that I hadn't watched in years and honestly wasn't sure would hold up against more recent examples. Yet, it is still amazing. The way the editor matched the beats of the song and the scenes depicted is breath-taking, and while this is the only example of a series I will spotlight twice, it couldn't be more different from Absolute Zero. It's a showcase of the whole series and all its characters, giving you just enough time to soak in each scene. A master editor at work.


RM, it was a pleasure.