Sunday, July 8, 2012

General RPGs' AMVs 5

I reckon y'all know the deal by now with these Anime Music Video rants. Watch these, and if you like'em, then vote'em up or leave a comment expressing your approval, because they often don't have enough recognition. Enjoy.



FALLOUT

Fallout Series: Never Again, by Joylock: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bi1vUUflQos&feature=channel_video_title
The music used is Never Again, by Disturbed. Joylock is not a new name around this rant blog; twice before I've put up his Fallout AMVs in these General RPG AMV rants, and I also did a rant exclusively devoted to another of them. As far as Fallout AMVs go, everything he touches seems golden. This one, like all his others, impresses its audience not only by following the ideas, tone, and lyrics of the music with its visual component, but by analyzing the symbolic nature of the Fallout series, its spirit, expressing the nature of the games rather than just their surface elements. In fact, and it bruises my pride a bit to say this, I think Joylock may actually even be better than me at analyzing the depth of the Fallout series, because this entire AMV's premise focuses on an aspect of the series that I hadn't fully realized was there--the fact that the main antagonistic force of every major game to date (so long as you count Caesar's Legion in Fallout: New Vegas, which you honestly should, because they're utterly evil dickholes) has always been motivated by a need to, in one way or another, completely exterminate individual, cultural, and/or social diversity. That's a recurring element of the series that I hadn't even considered prior to this AMV, and considering that the series is all about portraying and examining American culture, a culture and country that has traditionally been a champion of individualism and self-determination, it's a very cool little pocket of symbolic depth to discover and mull over! At any rate, this AMV effectively showcases this recurring struggle against forced assimilation throughout the Fallout series both through the music (a song about standing against Nazis and all who would emulate them) and by using the Fallout editing programs for Fallout 3 and Fallout: New Vegas to recreate the cast and struggles of Fallout 1 and 2, letting the struggle the AMV shows be well-represented for all the games in which it occurred. The only real problems I have with this video are that Caesar's speech in the beginning is too quiet compared to the ones preceding it, Fallout 2's president doesn't get his speech added in with the other games' antagonists even though I'm pretty sure it had several appropriate lines, and the fact that too much of the video just consists of slow-motion scenes of 2 opposing forces fighting each other at point-blank range. Were it not for these flaws, I probably would have taken this AMV and done a full rant about it. Nevertheless, it's still VERY good.


FINAL FANTASY

Final Fantasy 8: Headlock, by ScaythedByNight: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M8aAl10n5Pg&list=WL7252ED8AF15FA0F7&index=7&feature=plpp_video
The music used is Headlock, by Imogen Heap. There's not a lot to say about this one, really, it's just overall a significantly well-structured AMV. The scenes sync up well with the lyrics often enough, and most often coordinate quite well with the music itself, which is important with Headlock, since the song's strength lies almost entirely with the tune. This AMV causes me to once again be surprised at the way a good music video can make a lousy game seem so much better through the eyes of the AMV. This is just an overall good, solid video.

Final Fantasy 8: My Immortal, by xxFantasyDreamerxx: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qkqFlrDmweE
The music used is My Immortal, by Evanescence. Oh for God's sake. I don't believe this. I figured last rant's Rinoa x Squall Celine Dion thing would be a one-time thing, but...sigh. Here we are, another FF8 AMV about Squall and Rinoa. Trust me, no one is more disappointed and angry with me than I am. But what can I do? This AMV is...it's just really good, alright? I hate FF8, I utterly abhor Rinoa and Squall, and the love story between them is so sickeningly meaningless, spontaneous, and dumb that it actually makes the game's plot look sensible by comparison, but...I can't deny that this AMV uses its song and video clips very effectively to paint the game and especially these 2 in a positive light. Just watch it and see for yourself; it's a solid piece of work.

Final Fantasy 10: Tidus's Story, by T0mb0ner: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U_Y4rUSp3AM
The music used is Crawling in the Dark, by Hoobastank, a strong contender in any contest for Worst Band Names Ever. At times this AMV goes a little overboard with overlapping scenes on top of each other, but overall, everything syncs together very well, and is very enjoyable to watch.


THE LEGEND OF ZELDA

The Legend of Zelda Series: Kick Your A, by klab0010: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xa5j4aiDLTQ
The music used is Kick Your A, an Overclocked Remix by SGX for the game Beatmania 2DX 7th Style. This AMV is interesting in that it uses a fan-made remix for a video game as its music. It works well, though. This AMV's got some problems--there're some visual glitches here and there, and there are times when all the visual editing just gets convoluted and confusing. Nonetheless, it manages to live up to the cool and somewhat epic feel of the music it uses well, showing off The Legend of Zelda series in an engaging tribute.

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword: Breath, by SpeikobraRote: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=td2P84yqiI8&list=PL65F6835F195E9BC2&index=2&feature=plpp_video
The music used is Breath, by Breaking Benjamin. For being built on a ridiculous and stupid idea (romantically pairing Link and Ghirahim), this is...surprisingly good. I’ve seen literally hundreds of AMVs devoted to fan pairings, and given their usual level of terrible quality, I wouldn’t have thought one with a couple this absurd would do well (hell, romantic pairing AMVs rarely work when using a game’s ACTUAL coupling choices), but this one’s solid. The lyrics often coordinate well with what’s shown on the screen, the feel of the music works very well with the video component, and the relationship aspect of the AMV isn’t overplayed or shoved in your face--and it’s about as realistic as it can be, too, grounding itself well in animosity and antagonism. Have to admit it, this is a solid product.

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword: Promise of a Lifetime, by 00peachy00: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gVnAUvQL458&list=PL65F6835F195E9BC2&index=2&feature=plpp_video
The song used is Promise of a Lifetime, by Kutless. This one’s a bit silly and sappy at times (not to mention it’s supporting a pairing only a little less odd than the AMV above), but overall, it’s pretty decent, coordinating the feel and events of the video well to the lyrics and tone of the song. It’s rather short and doesn’t use the entire song, but it’s cut well enough that this isn’t particularly noticeable. Not bad, not bad at all.


MASS EFFECT

Mass Effect 2: Tali Tribute, by Vendo233: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xYewN3PWS8c&list=PL7252ED8AF15FA0F7&index=7&feature=plpp_video
The music used is Time, from the Inception soundtrack. For some reason or another, Mass Effect 2 spawned few traditional AMVs, but a veritable horde of tribute videos, which in this case are basically background music playing over lines of dialogue and scenes which emphasize some character, quality, or emotional theme of the game. I've listed a few of these before here (in fact, one entry was a link to an individual's entire Youtube channel, who had made a good dozen or 2 of the things that were almost all quite good), and here's another notably worthwhile one. The use of dialogue by and referring to Tali, the selection of scenes, and the coordination with the Inception music is done really well here. I admit that this Inception track can make practically anything seem really great, but I nonetheless think this video takes good advantage of its tune and matches scenes and dialogue to its melody very well. Overall, this is a great portrayal of Tali, showing her character, her relationship with Shepard, and her identity as a member of her people. Check it out.


MY LITTLE PONY

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic: Ponysona 3, by loljailbait: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dw0Td8lVG1E
The music used is Burn My Dread, from the Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 soundtrack. Okay, so...yeah. I covered my reasons for including a My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic AMV in my RPG AMV list the last time I did this, so really, just go back there for the justification. Given how scarily industrious bronies are, I guess that it was a foregone conclusion that after someone made the Ponysona 4 AMV I showed you last time, someone was going to give the same treatment to SMT: Persona 3. Really, I should just copy-paste everything I said last time about Ponysona 4, because it's all pretty much exactly the same--this AMV is accurate to every detail of SMTP3's opening, clever and appropriate in its use of the My Little Pony elements, and basically just a completely perfect blend of the 2 extremely different elements of Ponies and Persona. The creator of this AMV has even helpfully made another video that shows both the AMV and the original SMTP3 opening running at the same time, which is great, because does my job for me in convincing you of just how exact and appropriate everything in this AMV is: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wP1hI2ZxNGs&feature=channel_video_title . Suffice to say, someone really did everything they could to make this an enjoyable crossover, and I think they succeeded very well.


SHIN MEGAMI TENSEI

Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3: Deathbed, by ellyros: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bbSlzYjACXw&list=WL7252ED8AF15FA0F7&index=7&feature=plpp_video
The music used is Deathbed, by Relient K. Under normal circumstances, I'm not sure this AMV would get on this list--it's decent, but there's plenty of times during its length where the video just seems like filler, and isn't really connected to the song at all. I'm not saying it's a foregone conclusion that it wouldn't be on here, but I'd have to think about it. But, look at the length of this AMV. You aren't reading that wrong--this video is over 10 minutes long, and it's not from filler content or anything. This song actually takes about that long, and this AMV follows it through to its end. Quite frankly, the idea that there's actually 10 minutes' worth of FMV footage to use from SMTP3 is surprising to me to begin with (well, I guess there isn't, since some of the video is game footage, but that's just a small part, and feels more like the maker's personal aesthetic choice than anything), and the fact that this AMV manages to competently use the game's footage to connect to and tell the story of this song for so long is rather impressive. I mean, like I said, it's not perfect and there are plenty of parts where the connection kind of fizzles, but the meshing of visual and audio here works more often than it doesn't, and with a length like this, that still means that this video spends more time being a good combination of the game and the song than most AMVs do that are perfectly connected from start to finish.

Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 + 4: Personal Over, by AXISPW: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f1J-ufP73g0
The music used is Sunday Lover, by Guano Apes. Not an amazing AMV, but a pretty good one. The visual effects used are sometimes a little much, but are overall employed effectively, and mixed well with the visuals that the games provide. I wouldn’t go so far as to say that this does much to link the lyrics to the game footage all that much, but the general sound and flow of the song’s meshed pretty well with the video, and overall the end result is a pleasantly decent AMV.

Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4: The Fool Calling, by ChaosKnight241: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vToDFE61zn8&list=PL7252ED8AF15FA0F7&index=7&feature=plpp_video
The music used is The World Calling, by There for Tomorrow. The start of this is pretty darned cool with the TV and all, really grabs your attention, and the quality of the AMV is good enough to keep it. This one uses clips from both the game and the recently begun anime remake, and connects well with the song's overall tone and feeling. It also connects quite well to the lyrics at times, too, and it ends well, going back to the TV effect it opened with. Good stuff.


THE WORLD ENDS WITH YOU

The World Ends with You: Angel with a Shotgun, by DispatchedCrewStudio: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8kgF6H4qTiM&list=PL65F6835F195E9BC2&index=6&feature=plpp_video
The music used is Angel with a Shotgun, by The Cab. I continue to be impressed with fans’ ability to make AMVs out of this game’s effective yet limited semi-video footage. This is a pretty awesome AMV, making great use out of the song and video, meshing the two in their tones and changes, coordinating well with the lyrics, effectively telling a story through the AMV, and even doing a good job with using scans of a TWEwY comic of some sort (I assume a fan comic, but I don’t really know) and vocals from the game. My one complaint is that its conclusion seems strange and unnecessarily fangirlish/fanboyish (becoming a Neku x Joshua pairing video relying too much on the comic scans), but other than that, this AMV is really good.

5 comments:

  1. You know for such a bad game FF8 does seem to get a lot of good AMVs Fans> actual game

    Fans know best >:D

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    1. Funny how that works sometimes. I'm reminded also of the Squall is Dead idea, a fan theory that basically claims that Edea's ice attack at the end of Disc 1 was fatal, and that the rest of the game is simply a dying delusion of Squall's as his mind shuts down in death. Won't get into the specifics, but it makes the game SO much more sensible than taking it all at face value. There really are times when fan creativity and storytelling talents far outreach those of the actual creators.

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  2. All were pretty great (I wish I could play persona now), but...

    My God, that FF8 my eternal amv was the most beautiful sad thing I have ever seen. I was bawling by the end of it (Already There by Lonestar and Christopher Reeve tribute amv sad). How can square make those cutscenes so human? :*( Just beautiful job. :*)

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  3. Here's some that I thought were just awesome:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TWIuTJ8SZDg

    http://m.youtube.com/#/watch?desktop_uri=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DqOTxxLazGZA%26NR%3D1%26feature%3Dendscreen&NR=1&feature=endscreen&v=qOTxxLazGZA&gl=US

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uM9IfH8-ATQ

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TQyt5sbFHK8

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uE-wvGD-5rE

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-dkHrr-sOPE&feature=fvwp

    Just awesome stuff. My jaw dropped on the FF7 one and Prices of the universe for the win! Yeah!

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