AMVs have been around as long as bored teenagers have had access to video editing equipment. Thy’re basically mash-ups of anime footage and music. Th emost common of these mash up Dragonball Z and Limp Bizkit. While plenty of htese are terrible, some video editors have implemented some nifty tricks that make me green with envy. These videos may not be your cup of tea, but if you’ve ever had even the slightest interest in video editing, then you might find these amateur projects to be kinda fun.
Right off the bat, I have to give a shout-out to animemusicvideos.org, the site on the web with the largest repository of these videos. FThe site also has a cool ranking system, where members have voted which are the cream of the crop. This goes a long way to establishing the stellar pieces from the millions of sub-par videos.
The first video is oe of the most influential AMVs. It introduced the world to a unique form of AMV, one that mashed up footage from the popular anime Naruto with the sarcastic MTV humor of Liam Lynch’s sock puppet show, Sifl & Olly. This clip managed to spawn two sequels. It also inspired countless imitators, who were less adept at video editing and use only still frames of Naruto. They end up being pretty funny in any case, since it’s the dialogue that carries the video.
Still, as with many things, the first is the best. Here is Ninja of the Night, an AMV created by George Mora of Sarasota, FL, back in the summer of 2003. It apparently won two awards: Best Comedy at Metrocon 2003 and Best Comedy at Anime Festival Orlando 4. Enjoy!