JMS3AMV - Anime Music Videos :-)
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Welcome to JMS3AMV, the Web site of my Anime Music Videos :-)

I am just getting started with creating Anime Music Videos, which is shown in the earliest videos I created. Unfortunately, I also do not have high-level equipment at my disposal, which means that some of the earliest videos do not have great image quality. Still, my technique has greatly improved. Also, I think I have presented some interesting ideas here, and that my contribution to the AMV community is worthwhile :-)

Important news: In an effort to cut costs due to a severely-tightening financial situation, I have discontinued AMV hosting. However, my videos (those created before February 2003) are still available thanks to AMV Distribution Center. This novel concept allows AMV fans to receive AMVs by numerous AMV studios for free, so long as they provide blank CDs as well as return postage. Information is available via the link below:

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Here are my Anime Music Videos created thus far :-)


Religion of Violence - Image 01 Religion of Violence (Ver. 2.1)
Anime: Kite
Music: "Monastery," Tomb Raider II
Creation Date: April 11, 2002
File Size: 17.3MB
The original version of "Religion of Violence" was my first ever anime music video; I am really proud of that effort... even if it was not very "flashy" compared to many AMVs in existence. I have since learned to use iMovie and figured out importing and exporting multiple video formats between programs. This is essentially just a short clip from Kite set to different music with an added sound track at the end. The inspiration came as I was listening to the unofficial soundtrack to Tomb Raider II (i.e., I was able to convert the sound files to something I could put on an audio CD) and thinking that "Monastery" would be the perfect counterpoint to something rather violent... and much of Kite certainly qualifies as "something rather violent!!!"

I definitely have inferior equipment, resulting in fairly poor quality images compared to many anime music videos available on the Internet. Still, I think that this is worth a look... but I am certainly biased toward this AMV :-)

If nothing else, this effort proves that even low-end, low-power, low-cost/free software can be used to make a presentable video project!!!

Hardware: Apex AD-500W DVD player, 500MHz Indigo iMac, MyVideo
Software: EskapeTV Viewer 1.3.7, MoviePlayer 2.1, iMovie 2.0.3, GraphicConverter PPC 4.0.8, SndSampler 4.5, Toast Titanium 5.1.2


A Standard Day - Image 01 A Standard Day
Anime: Gunsmith Cats, "Neutral Zone"
Music: "Finding Grace," Armageddon
Creation Date: March 28, 2002
File Size: 11MB
Continuing to learn about iMovie brought me to one of my favorite anime series: Gunsmith Cats. This video focuses solely upon Rally Vincent, presenting what could well be a typical day for her if the series had gone on beyond just the three-episode OAV; in fact, Rally's partner Minnie May is only seen very briefly as a tiny image in the rear-view mirror.

Note that due to the acquisition method of the video signal, the images are a bit fuzzier than in my earlier videos.

Hardware: Apex AD-500W DVD player, Panasonic PV-V4520 VCR, 500MHz Indigo iMac, MyVideo
Software: EskapeTV Viewer 1.3.7, MoviePlayer 2.1, iMovie 2.0.3, SndSampler 4.5, Toast Titanium 5.1.2


Good Riddance - Image 01 Good Riddance
Anime: Bubblegum Crisis, "Tinsel City"
Music: "No Nagging (Froggy Mix)," Card Captor Sakura
Creation Date: March 29 - April 1, 2002
File Size: 31.1MB
Priss and Leon seem to have a love/hate relationship... without much love. They each try to use the other for information (although Priss is more guilty of this than Leon), but Leon just does not really want to give up his pursuit of Priss... just like some guys I know.

This video is a tribute to that love/hate ambiguous relationship, although the way it is edited, those unfamiliar with the original Bubblegum Crisis series might think that Priss is playing the field in addition to shrugging off Leon.

Hardware: Apex AD-500W DVD player, 500MHz Indigo iMac, MyVideo
Software: EskapeTV Viewer 1.3.7, MoviePlayer 2.1, iMovie 2.0.3, SndSampler 4.5, Toast Titanium 5.1.2


I Must - Image 01 I Must
Anime: Many
Music: "I Must Increase My Bust," Lords of Acid
Creation Date: June 4-6, 2002
File Size: 37.7MB
I was listening to some old Lords of Acid CDs one night while thinking about the three-week course on anime I had just finished teaching. Many of my students had not seen much anime, and some of them mentioned surprise at the voluptuousness of many female characters. When the CD came to this song, I instantly knew that I had to make an AMV for it!!!

There are clips from numerous anime series and films in this video - too many to list - including brief opening and ending sequences from City Hunter: .357 Magnum. I may also make another version of this video, using a different set of clips - although Linna Inverse needs to stay nonetheless!!!!!

Note: Due to female topless nudity, the MPAA would definitely give this video an "R" rating.

Hardware: Panasonic PV-V4520 VCR, 500MHz Indigo iMac, MyVideo
Software: EskapeTV Viewer 1.3.7, MoviePlayer 2.1, iMovie 2.0.3, SndSampler 4.5, Toast Titanium 5.1.2


Tribute to 15th - Image 01 Tribute to 15th
Anime: Robotech: Southern Cross Saga
Music: "Cristofori's Dream," David Lanz
Creation Date: June 22-23, 2002
File Size: 60.6MB
I still am not certain why this song in particular spoke Robotech: Southern Cross to me, but it seems to work well with a tribute to the Fifteenth Tactical Armored Squad of the Southern Cross. Granted, Lt. Dana Sterling is prominent in much of this tribute, but there are also important segments concerning the "honorary" members of the Fifteenth Squad. At over six minutes in length, this file would require overnight to download on a modem :-( Hardware: Apex AD-500W DVD player, 500MHz Indigo iMac, MyVideo
Software: EskapeTV Viewer 1.3.7, MoviePlayer 2.1, iMovie 2.0.3, SndSampler 4.5, Toast Titanium 5.1.2


Saturday Night - Image 01 Saturday Night
Anime: Bubblegum Crisis, "Tinsel City"
Music: "Saturday Night," Whigfield
Creation Date: July 11, 2002
File Size: 37MB
What is a typical Saturday night like for the famous Knight Sabers? They end up impressing Leon while kicking Boomer butt!!! This is the opening battle of the series set against Whigfield's most popular dance song. Hardware: Apex AD-500W DVD player, 500MHz Indigo iMac, MyVideo
Software: EskapeTV Viewer 1.3.7, MoviePlayer 2.1, iMovie 2.0.3, SndSampler 4.5, Toast Titanium 5.1.2


Identity - Image 01 Identity
Anime: Perfect Blue
Music: "Armitage Theme - Orchestral," Armitage III: Dual-Matrix
Creation Date: July 11-12, 2002
File Size: 34.2MB
Perfect Blue is one of my favorite anime films, and I had been looking for a good piece of music to fit the film's images for an AMV. However, after showing the film in my recent anime course and seeing the students' extremely subdued reactions afterward (after having laughed quite openly at the violence in Kite and Princess Mononoke for several weeks), I knew I wanted a video which would not focus upon the violence of the film.

Instead, "Identity" focuses upon the identity crisis of the main character Mima Kirigoe. The music - from the new Armitage III film - is somewhat haunting and quite fitting for an identity crisis.

Hardware: Apex AD-500W DVD player, 500MHz Indigo iMac, MyVideo
Software: EskapeTV Viewer 1.3.7, MoviePlayer 2.1, iMovie 2.0.3, SndSampler 4.5, Toast Titanium 5.1.2


Wonderland - Image 01 Wonderland
Anime: Miyuki-chan in Wonderland
Music: "Zoolook," Jean-Michel Jarre
Creation Date: July 13, 2002
File Size: 38.3MB
Listening to an old CD by French composer Jean-Michel Jarre, this rather unique and bizarre piece seemed like a great fit with Miyuki-chan in Wonderland. Miyuki-chan is a very strange and pseduo-lesbian take on the Alice in Wonderland tale, and "Zoolook" takes some very strange sounds and adds them to instruments.

Note: Those who are offended by (pseudo-)lesbianism will probably want to avoid this particular video.

Hardware: Apex AD-500W DVD player, 500MHz Indigo iMac, MyVideo
Software: EskapeTV Viewer 1.3.7, MoviePlayer 2.1, iMovie 2.0.3, SndSampler 4.5, Toast Titanium 5.1.2


Warrior Woman - Image 01 Warrior Woman
Anime: Mezzo Forte
Music: "Warrior Woman (Magician?)," Vampire Princess Miyu TV Series
Creation Date: July 13, 2002
File Size: 14.8MB
I actually did create two AMVs in one day, which still amazes me!!! This is only about 95 seconds in length, and uses one of the most upbeat and circus-like pieces from the Vampire Princess Miyu TV Series to highlight both the will and the comedy of Mikura, the main character of Mezzo Forte.

While the Director's Cut was used to create this video, there is no actual sex or nudity used. However, the opening scene shows an unwanted sexual advance... and the perpetrator pays for his misdeed >:-)

Hardware: Apex AD-500W DVD player, 500MHz Indigo iMac, MyVideo
Software: EskapeTV Viewer 1.3.7, MoviePlayer 2.1, iMovie 2.0.3, SndSampler 4.5, Toast Titanium 5.1.2


III - Image 01 III (Third)
Anime: Armitage III: Poly-Matrix; Armitage III: Dual-Matrix
Music: "Information High," Macross Plus
Creation Date: July 18-27, 2002
File Size: 79.6MB
My longest Anime Music Video to date at exactly eight minutes, this AMV was extremely fun for me to make. Unfortunately, the lyrics are largely unintelligible (although they are available on the Web). This AMV focuses solely upon Armitage, the main character of both films. The films are nearly twenty years apart, which shows in the animation styles.

This is the most advanced AMV I have created to date, mixing "Information High" with several audio clips from the two films, as well as brief film footage at the end. Selecting and timing the audio clips was both fun and challenging, which is why it took over a week to make this particular video.

Hardware: Apex AD-500W DVD player, 500MHz Indigo iMac, MyVideo
Software: EskapeTV Viewer 1.3.7, MoviePlayer 2.1, iMovie 2.0.3, SndSampler 4.5, Toast Titanium 5.1.2


Video Girl - Image 01 Video Girl
Anime: Video Girl Ai
Music: "I know...," Amuro Namie
Creation Date: August 3-4, 2002
File Size: 40MB
What happens when a girl on videotape steps into reality... especially when her job is to make lonely guys feel better? Such is the case here, as Ai steps into reality, and Yota's life is suddenly quite different!!! This video includes some more experimentation, this time with single-frame splits and effects which threatened to tax the computer. This AMV shows that perhaps video characters should stay in their videos!!!!!

Note: Due to very brief female topless nudity, the MPAA would definitely give this video a "PG-13" rating.

Hardware: Apex AD-500W DVD player, 500MHz Indigo iMac, MyVideo
Software: EskapeTV Viewer 1.3.7, MoviePlayer 2.1, iMovie 2.0.3, SndSampler 4.5, Toast Titanium 5.1.2


Heroine Addiction - Image 01 Heroine Addiction
Anime:
  • Bakuen Campus Guardress
  • D4 Princess, Devil Hunter Yohko
  • Dirty Pair
  • Sailor Moon
  • Vampire Princess Miyu TV Series
  • Wedding Peach
Music: "Power," Outlaw Star
Creation Date: August 5, 2002
File Size: 20.7MB
A fitting and rather fast-paced tribute to anime's drug-free heroines.

Note: Due to very brief female topless nudity, the MPAA would definitely give this video a "PG-13" rating.

Hardware: Panasonic PV-V4520 VCR, 500MHz Indigo iMac, MyVideo
Software: EskapeTV Viewer 1.3.7, MoviePlayer 2.1, iMovie 2.0.3, SndSampler 4.5, Toast Titanium 5.1.2


Heroine Revolution - Image 01 Heroine Revolution
Anime:
  • Armitage III: Dual-Matrix
  • Armitage III: Poly-Matrix
  • Ghost in the Shell
  • Gun Smith Cats
  • Kite
  • Mezzo Forte
  • A-ko
Music: "Professed Intention and Real Intention," Serial Experiments Lain
Sound Clip: SSX (Zoe)
Creation Date: August 6-7, 2002
File Size: 46.1MB
I had so much fun with the concept and creation of "Heroine Addiction" that I immediately started thinking about a follow-up AMV... and thus "Heroine Revolution" was born!!! Created a day after "Heroine Addiction," "Heroine Revolution" is a longer and perhaps harder look at anime's drug-free heroines... this time as they cause a lot of pain to guys. To the male spectators: Wear a cup!!!

Note: This AMV is full of (gratuitous) violence.

Hardware: Apex AD-500W DVD player, 500MHz Indigo iMac, MyVideo
Software: EskapeTV Viewer 1.3.7, MoviePlayer 2.1, iMovie 2.0.3, GraphicConverter PPC 4.0.8, SndSampler 4.5, Toast Titanium 5.1.2


We've Gotta Find Another Way - Image 01 We've Gotta Find Another Way
Anime: Ghost in the Shell
Music: "World Go Round," No Kingdom, Tragic Kingdom
Creation Date: August 10-12, 2002
File Size: 41.8MB
Ghost in the Shell seemed a good fit for this song, and when I tried matching images to the various lines of lyrics, the process was fast and easy. This video is slightly unusual for me in that this is not an AMV focusing solely upon one or more female characters.

Note: This video includes nudity.

Hardware: Apex AD-500W DVD player, 500MHz Indigo iMac, MyVideo
Software: EskapeTV Viewer 1.3.7, MoviePlayer 2.1, iMovie 2.0.3, GraphicConverter PPC 4.0.8, SndSampler 4.5, Toast Titanium 5.1.2


Am I Objectified? - Image 01 Am I Objectified?
Anime:
  • Android MAICO 2010
  • Bakuretsu Hunter OAV Series
  • Devil Hunter Yohko
  • Gall Force: Eternal Story
  • La Blue Girl
  • Mezzo Forte
  • Original Dirty Pair
  • Project A-ko
  • Slayers
  • Video Girl Ai
  • You're Under Arrest! Specials
Music: "Am I Sexy? (Superstar 69)," Lords of Acid
Creation Date: August 13-15, 2002
File Size: 38.8MB
Anime is very much dominated by female characters, most of whom are highly objectified. This is largely "ignored" under the auspices of "fan service" - panty shots, major cleavage, etc. - but is definitely quite rampant. This AMV is designed to bring the issue of objectification strongly to the foreground - no real "fan service" here!!!

Note: This AMV includes female nudity... the ultimate objectification!!!

Hardware: Apex AD-500W DVD player, Panasonic PV-V4520 VCR, 500MHz Indigo iMac, MyVideo
Software: EskapeTV Viewer 1.3.7, MoviePlayer 2.1, iMovie 2.0.3, GraphicConverter PPC 4.0.8, SndSampler 4.5, Toast Titanium 5.1.2


A New Age is Dawning - Image 01 A New Age is Dawning
Anime: Mononoke-Hime
Music: "World Go Round," No Kingdom, Tragic Kingdom
Creation Date: August 24-25, 2002
File Size: 66.6MB
Sherreece sings of a new age coming - i.e., the millennium - and that things will hopefully change in the new age. But as this video shows, while the introduction of ballistic weapons into 16th-century Japan was certainly novel from an historical viewpoint, the same rage and battles always seem to continue on, which is further exemplified by the fact that there are no truly-good or truly-evil main characters in Mononoke-Hime.

Note: Spoilers

Hardware: Apex AD-500W DVD player, 500MHz Indigo iMac, MyVideo
Software: EskapeTV Viewer 1.3.7, MoviePlayer 2.1, iMovie 2.0.3, GraphicConverter PPC 4.0.8, Toast Titanium 5.1.2


If I Were Brave - Image 01 If I Were Brave
Anime: Card Captor Sakura: The Animated Movie
Music: "If I Were Brave," Jana Stanfield
Creation Date: August 28-30, 2002
File Size: 51.3MB
In general, anime's magical girl genre focuses upon girls unsure of themselves in one or more ways and details their personal growth - often as these same girls are expected to fight evil, save the planet, or achieve some other lofty and noble cause. "If I Were Brave" is a perfect fit for many of these magical girl series and films, both in song content and in title. Card Captor Sakura: The Animated Movie was chosen simply because I already owned it on DVD.

Note: Spoilers

Hardware: Apex AD-500W DVD player, 500MHz Indigo iMac, MyVideo
Software: EskapeTV Viewer 1.3.7, MoviePlayer 2.1, iMovie 2.0.3, GraphicConverter PPC 4.0.8, Toast Titanium 5.1.2


Miss Mima Remembers - Image 01 Miss Mima Remembers
Anime: Perfect Blue
Music: "Miss Claire Remembers," Enya; "Ai no tenshi," Perfect Blue OST
Creation Date: September 1-2, 2002
File Size: 21.4MB
The title and the dreamy/pensive flow of this piano solo seemed just right for Mima Kirigoe to think back on the events in her life, and the final line of dialogue in the film is the perfect follow-up to such memories. As such, there are some spoilers in this AMV, but certainly not everything is revealed.

Unfortunately, despite an upgrade, iMovie no longer wants to export directly to MPEG-1, so I was forced to export to QuickTime and then convert later to MPEG-1. The result is that the images are slightly fuzzy, and the credits text is horrid :-(

Hardware: Apex AD-500W DVD player, 500MHz Indigo iMac, MyVideo
Software: EskapeTV Viewer 1.3.7, MoviePlayer 2.1, iMovie 2.0.3 -2.1.1, GraphicConverter PPC 4.0.8, Toast Titanium 5.1.2


What is Anime? - Image 01 What is Anime?
Anime: Many series?
Music: "The Heady Feeling of Freedom," Neon Genesis Evangelion
Creation Date: September 18-19, 2002
File Size: 19.3MB
I am still not entirely sure what sparked this idea, but I am also using this with my What is Anime? Web site. This AMV presents the question "What is anime?" and asks "Is it x?" several times with anime-related examples. Hardware: Apex AD-500W DVD player, 500MHz Indigo iMac, MyVideo
Software: EskapeTV Viewer 1.3.7, MoviePlayer 2.1, iMovie 2.1.1, GraphicConverter PPC 4.0.8, Toast Titanium 5.1.2


Romantic Eclipse - Image 01 Romantic Eclipse
Anime: Robotech/Macross
Music: "Total Eclipse of the Heart (Mobius Loop Mix)," Nicki French
Creation Date: September 22-23, 2002
File Size: 64.5MB
This AMV is primarily from the perspective of Lisa Hayes, beginning with her bickering with Rick Hunter and her worries about Lynn Minmei, and ending on a happier note. As such, the final third or so of this video is essentially "at odds" with the lyrics and the overall tone of the song.

Note: Spoilers

Hardware: Apex AD-500W DVD player, 500MHz Indigo iMac, MyVideo
Software: EskapeTV Viewer 1.3.7, MoviePlayer 2.1, iMovie 2.1.1, GraphicConverter PPC 4.0.8, Toast Titanium 5.1.2


Miharu Power - Image 01 Miharu Power
Game: Tekken 4
Music: "Power," Outlaw Star
Creation Date: September 27, 2002
File Size: 24.2MB
This is not an Anime Music Video per se, but it is one of my favorites. This is a tribute to Hirano Miharu, one of my favorite characters in Tekken 4. Again, "Power" from the Outlaw Star series is used, as it seems a fitting choice for a fighting-based video (which is also largely true of the "Heroine Addiction" addiction).

Quiz: Can you spot Miharu in the image from this video???

Hardware: PlayStation2, Panasonic PV-V4520 VCR, 500MHz Indigo iMac, MyVideo
Software: EskapeTV Viewer 1.3.7, MoviePlayer 2.1, iMovie 2.1.1, GraphicConverter PPC 4.0.8, Toast Titanium 5.1.2


Wanderer Wanderer
Anime: Ghost in the Shell
Music: "An Cat Dubh," Lothlórien
Creation Date: November 2, 2002
File Size: 24.2MB
Like "Religion of Violence," this AMV is really just a short scene from Ghost in the Shell with different music. This video also has a single effect, which will really only make sense for those familiar with this classic anime film. Hardware: Apex AD-500W DVD player, 500MHz Indigo iMac, MyVideo
Software: EskapeTV Viewer 1.3.7, MoviePlayer 2.1, iMovie 2.1.1, GraphicConverter PPC 4.0.8, Toast Titanium 5.1.2


A Thing for Ling A Thing for Ling
Images: Tekken 4
Music: "Kanoko Chase," Power of Seven
Creation Date: November 7, 2002
File Size: 21.5MB
This is not an Anime Music Video per se, but it is one of my favorites. This is a tribute to Xiaoyu Ling, one of my favorite characters in Tekken Tag Tournament and Tekken 4. Obviously, it is somewhat similar to "Miharu Power," with a few different effects. Hardware: PlayStation2, Panasonic PV-V4520 VCR, 500MHz Indigo iMac, MyVideo
Software: EskapeTV Viewer 1.3.7, MoviePlayer 2.1, iMovie 2.1.1, GraphicConverter PPC 4.0.8, Toast Titanium 5.1.2


Crash Crash
Images: Burnout2
Music: "Sakuraka," Sakura Wars
Creation Date: November 12, 2002
File Size: 7.5MB
Nothing but a pure, glorious crash on a highway!!! Hardware: PlayStation2, Panasonic PV-V4520 VCR, 500MHz Indigo iMac, MyVideo
Software: EskapeTV Viewer 1.3.7, MoviePlayer 2.1, iMovie 2.1.1, GraphicConverter PPC 4.0.8, Toast Titanium 5.1.2


Bookworm Bookworm
Anime: Read or Die
Music: "Victory," Asu
Creation Date: November 23, 2002
File Size: 28.3MB
A character profile of the world's ultimate bookworm: Readman Yomiko. Hardware: Apex AD-500W DVD player, 500MHz Indigo iMac, MyVideo
Software: EskapeTV Viewer 1.3.7, MoviePlayer 2.1, iMovie 2.1.1, GraphicConverter PPC 4.0.8, Toast Titanium 5.1.2


Deep Inside Miss Deep Deep Inside Miss Deep
Anime: Read or Die
Music: "Normal Blood," Neon Genesis Evangelion
Creation Date: November 24, 2002
File Size: 20.5MB
The title is a deliberate play on words. This is a character profile of the ultimate bookworm's most unusual partner: Miss Deep

Note: Spoilers

Hardware: Apex AD-500W DVD player, 500MHz Indigo iMac, MyVideo
Software: EskapeTV Viewer 1.3.7, MoviePlayer 2.1, iMovie 2.1.1, GraphicConverter PPC 4.0.8, Toast Titanium 5.1.2


Memories of a Distant Star Memories of a Distant Star
Anime: Voices of a Distant Star
Music: "Master of Gokuraku," Video Girl Ai
Creation Dates: March 18-19, 2003
File Size: 24.0MB
Voices of a Distant Star is an excellent but too-short OAV about two friends separated by interstellar battle and the physics of space-time. This AMV is about the memories and thoughts of the girl, who fights in a galaxy far away. "Memories of a Distant Star" is the first AMV created with my new Hollywood DV Bridge, thus offering better image quality (especially when viewed at full-screen size on a computer). Hardware: Apex AD-500W DVD player, 500MHz Indigo iMac, Hollywood DV Bridge
Software: iMovie 2.1.1, GraphicConverter PPC 4.0.8, Toast Titanium 5.1.2


Electric Armitage Electric Armitage
Anime: Armitage III OAV Series
Music: "Electric Youth," Debbie Gibson
Creation Dates: March 28-29, 2003
File Size: 50.4MB
"Electric Armitage" is not necessarily my favorite AMV I have created thus far, but it was definitely interesting and fun to make. This uses the Armitage III OAV Series, so those who have only seen the Armitage III: Poly-matrix film will see some new scenes. Hardware: Apex AD-500W DVD player, 500MHz Indigo iMac, Hollywood DV Bridge
Software: iMovie 2.1.1, GraphicConverter PPC 4.0.8, Toast Titanium 5.1.2


Go Speed Racer Go!!! Go Speed Racer Go!!!
Images: PlayStation2 racing games:
  • Grand Prix Challenge
  • Le Mans 24 Hours
  • Pro Race Driver
  • V-Rally 3
Music: "Chronologie (Atomium Mix Radio Edit)," Jean-Michel Jarre
Creation Dates: April 2-4, 2003
File Size: 35.7MB
This video departs from anime per se (other than the title) and focuses upon my two other primary interests: console games and auto racing. Using sounds and images from four popular PlayStation2 racing games set to music by the world-famous French composer Jean-Michel Jarre, this video presents some excellent views of auto racing - the beautiful passes as well as the driver/player errors.

There are no digital effects here to take away from the glory which is auto racing itself; this is simply pure racing action, as presented on the PlayStation2. Originally, I was not going to include the sounds of racing, but the video felt quite "empty" without it; however, the sounds are purposely somewhat soft so as to not drown out the music.

Hardware: Sony PlayStation2, 500MHz Indigo iMac, Hollywood DV Bridge
Software: iMovie 2.1.1, GraphicConverter PPC 4.0.8, Toast Titanium 5.1.2


Toccata and Fuel in D Minor Toccata and Fuel in D Minor
Images: Grand Prix Challenge
Music: "Toccata and Fugue in D Minor," Vanessa-Mae
Creation Dates: April 4-6, 2003
File Size: 79.1MB
As the title suggests, this is another racing video. This time, the images are solely from Grand Prix Challenge, the best F1-based game on PlayStation2 at the time of the video's creation (early April 2003). Unlike "Go Speed Racer Go!!!," there are a few effects, primarily changes in motion and a few fades to correspond with Vanessa-Mae's modern interpretation of this classic classical masterpiece. Granted, this video is nearly eight minutes in length, but the time does seem to pass by rather quickly due to all the action on-screen. Hardware: Sony PlayStation2, 500MHz Indigo iMac, Hollywood DV Bridge
Software: iMovie 2.1.1, GraphicConverter PPC 4.0.8, Toast Titanium 5.1.2


Dueling Flutes Dueling Flutes
Images: Sailor Moon; Vampire Princess Miyu TV Serie
Music: "Pan Flute," Sailor Moon; "Dark Flute," Vampire Princess Miyu TV Series
Creation Dates: May 18, 2003
File Size: 16.8MB
As the title suggests, this AMV uses the "Dueling Banjos" concept. Alan from the Sailor Moon series (the Doom Tree arc) is male and apparently evil, whereas Miyu from the Vampire Princess Miyu TV Series is female and apparently good; Alan plays his flute to bring evil beings (Cardians) to life, whereas Miyu plays her flute to essentially "freeze" evil entities (Shinma) in the Human world until she can return them to their rightful realm. All this is greatly enhanced by their signature flute themes, which generally hold a feeling counter to the nature of their players.

I do not know if this is an original concept for AMVs, but I find it intriguing. Unfortunately, I only have my second-generation copies of Sailor Moon from when it originally aired on North American television in 1995, so the image quality for those scenes is not very good overall; in fact, due to the video distortion at the bottom of those images, I had to marginally letterbox the entire video in order to mask this problem. Fortunately, I have the Vampire Princess Miyu TV Series on DVD, so this was not an issue in the scenes with Miyu.

Another problem which I recognized even before I began working on this AMV was that the amount of time with Alan and Miyu actually playing their flutes is very miniscule in each series. Therefore, the same video clips are used over and over. In order to make the "looks" long enough, I often had to use the same very short clip repeatedly, reversing the direction of every other clip; for the same reason, there are also a few still images used. Given these limitations, I think "Dueling Flutes" is a fairly good project, but obviously nothing spectacular.

Hardware: Apex AD-500W DVD player, 500MHz Indigo iMac, MyTV2Go
Software: EskapeTV Viewer 1.46, MoviePlayer 2.1, iMovie 2.1.1, GraphicConverter PPC 4.0.8, SndSampler 4.5, Toast Titanium 5.1.2


Thus Spaketh the Internet Thus Spaketh the Internet
Images: Many
Audio: "Thus Spaketh the Internet," Netslaves
Creation Dates: June 21-22, 2003
File Size: 15.7MB
There is no music in this "AMV." This is simply the voice of the Internet, accompanied by primarily images, and a few brief Flash-created animations. The overall tone of the voice is a bit annoyed and ominous, and this is somewhat lessened by the images. Still, it is rather thought-provoking. Hardware: Apex AD-500W DVD player, 500MHz Indigo iMac, MyTV2Go
Software: Flash 4.0, MoviePlayer 2.1, iMovie 2.1.1, GraphicConverter PPC 4.0.8, SndSampler 4.5, Toast Titanium 5.1.2


Am I Colorful? Am I Colorful?
Images: Colorful
Audio: "Am I Sexy? (Oliver's French Tickler)," Lords of Acid
Creation Date: June 29, 2003
File Size: 34.5MB
After watching only the first half of Colorful, I knew that I had to make an AMV for this odd title. "Am I Sexy?" seemed like a natural choice (as with the "Am I Objectified?" AMV), but I chose a different remix this time. The music is disrupted a few times by clips (with audio) from Colorful, thus emulating how the "action" of Colorful is often disrupted. Hardware: Apex AD-500W DVD player, 500MHz Indigo iMac, MyTV2Go
Software: MoviePlayer 2.1, iMovie 2.1.1, GraphicConverter PPC 4.0.8, SndSampler 4.5, Toast Titanium 5.1.2


This Blood... Rumi, Is It Real? This Blood... Rumi, Is It Real?"
Images: Perfect Blue
Music: "Sentou," Voices of a Distant Star OST
Creation Dates: August 29 - September 1, 2003
File Size: 28.3MB
I recently acquired the soundtrack CD for Voices of a Distant Star, and this particular song sounded ominous, and just perfect for a Perfect Blue AMV. The image progression skips a bit due to some problem with my video capture device, but I have been unable to diagnose and correct it; still, in some ways, it is fitting for this psychologically-jarring film. The title of this AMV is a direct quote from Kirigoe Mima in the English dub version of the teacup scene. Hardware: Apex AD-500W DVD player, 500MHz Indigo iMac, MyTV2Go
Software: MoviePlayer 2.1, iMovie 2.1.1, GraphicConverter PPC 4.0.8, SndSampler 4.5, Toast Titanium 5.1.2


Saving Tokyo Saving Tokyo
Images: You're Under Arrest!: The Motion Picture
Music: "Skidoo I," Tomb Raider II
Creation Date: November 14, 2003
File Size: 22.1MB
When I first saw You're Under Arrest!: The Motion Picture a few months ago, I knew that I would eventually make an AMV with it. In combing through my CD collection, I came upon the Tomb Raider II soundtrack and "Skidoo I" seemed to instantly fit with this film.

This AMV has very few effects - simply a meaningful change from color to black-and-white, a few slow-motion scenes, and a fade to black at the end. A few key scenes are even "extended" with still images inserted to lengthen crucial moments.

Since so much of the film takes place either at night or in darkened buildings, it may be a bit difficult to see what is happening in certain scenes when viewed on a computer. Viewing on a TV, however, is fine.

Hardware: Apex AD-500W DVD player, 500MHz Indigo iMac, Hollywood DV Bridge
Software: iMovie 2.1.1, GraphicConverter PPC 4.0.8, Toast Titanium 5.1.2


A Lonely Girl's Memories of Earth A Lonely Girl's Memories of Earth
Images: Voices of a Distant Star
Music: "Sepia Romance," Vampire Princess Miyu TV Series OST
Creation Date: November 29, 2003
File Size: 23.9MB
I have been wanting to create another Anime Music Video using Voices of a Distant Star, but had not found the "right" music. Then, while listening to the Vampire Princess Miyu TV Series soundtrack, "Sepia Romance" seemed to fit, so long as still images were used. After some consideration, I realized that "Sepia Romance" would indeed fit well as "memory" music.

As anyone who has ever spent a long period of time in a strange place knows well, a longing for home - the places, the people, and perhaps even a certain Special Someone - tug at the mind and at the heart. This is exactly what occurs in this AMV. The fact that this video uses only still images truly drives home this longing, a sentiment which those familiar with Voices of a Distant Star will instantly recognize.

Hardware: Apex AD-500W DVD player, 500MHz Indigo iMac, Hollywood DV Bridge
Software: iMovie 2.1.1, GraphicConverter PPC 4.0.8, Toast Titanium 5.1.2


Exploding Soon Exploding Soon
Anime: Original Dirty Pair, Episode 2
Music: "Coming Soon," Robot Carnival OST
Creation Date: December 6, 2003
File Size: 40.2MB
While listening to some anime soundtrack music, "Coming Soon" came on, and I instantly made the connection with the destruction of Robot Carnival's opening segment and the path of destruction Kei and Yuri inadvertently create throughout the Dirty Pair series. The second episode of Original Dirty Pair seemed to be particularly fitting, because of the fireworks (literal and otherwise) in both. Some of the original audio from the episode is used, primarily for comedic effect.

Unfortunately, image quality is not particularly great due to the source: well-used videotape. This also means that there is a thin but noticeable "image-reflection" line across the bottom of each frame; unfortunately, I am unable to remove this in iMovie.

Also interesting is the timing of certain events with the music. For example, the cityscape scenes were "naturally timed" in that the change of scene from one part of the city to another almost perfectly matches the rhythm of the music. Similarly, at the end of this AMV, the explosions in the sky are "naturally timed" with the rhythm of the music. This is entirely pure coincidence - and saved me a bit of editing - but it is certainly worthy of mention.

Hardware: Panasonic PV-V4520 VCR, 500MHz Indigo iMac, Hollywood DV Bridge
Software: MoviePlayer 2.1, iMovie 2.1.1, GraphicConverter PPC 4.0.8, SndSampler 4.5, Toast Titanium 5.1.2


Death's Trill Death's Trill
Anime: Perfect Blue
Music: "Devil's Trill," Vanessa-Mae
Creation Date: December 25, 2003
File Size: 39.4MB
"Death's Trill" makes use - once again - of Perfect Blue; not only is Perfect Blue my favorite anime film, it is also perfect fodder on so many levels for a variety of music, including "Devil's Trill." This AMV was particularly fun to make, and is fairly straightforward in its production. The viewer would need to have extremely intimate technical knowledge of Perfect Blue to identify which shots have been reversed and which shots have been lengthened by various methods in order to match the rhythm of the music. This AMV includes particularly graphic violence in the final minute.

Note: Spoilers and graphic violence

Hardware: Panasonic PV-V4520 VCR, 500MHz Indigo iMac, Hollywood DV Bridge
Software: MoviePlayer 2.1, iMovie 2.1.1, GraphicConverter PPC 4.0.8, SndSampler 4.5, Toast Titanium 5.1.2


My Fantasy and Fiction My Fantasy and Fiction
Anime: Perfect Blue
Music: "Charlatan," Thee Phantom Quest
Creation Dates: February 12-21, 2004
File Size: 48.4MB
Thee Phantom Quest is a small Florida band featuring a friend and her fiancé as the lead singers. She sent me one of their CDs and as I listened to "Charlatan" for the first time, I recognized immediately that it fits well with Perfect Blue. Understanding the clip selection, however, is admittedly dependent upon the viewer's thorough knowledge of Perfect Blue; otherwise, the clips used will seem rather random. (For those who have not seen Perfect Blue, the fax at the end of this AMV repeatedly says "Traitor.")

Note: Sexual violence

Hardware: Panasonic PV-V4520 VCR, 500MHz Indigo iMac, Hollywood DV Bridge
Software: MoviePlayer 2.1, iMovie 2.1.1, GraphicConverter PPC 4.0.8, SndSampler 4.5, Toast Titanium 5.1.2


Unprofessional Driver, Closed Course Unprofessional Driver, Closed Course
Images: Midnight Club II
Music: "Tatarigami," Mononoke-Hime Symphonic Suite
Creation Date: April 11, 2004
File Size: 68.6MB
This is a very straightforward video project - simply a cruise through Los Angeles in Midnight Club II, overlayed with music. The vehicle sounds have been greatly reduced, however, so that the pedestrians' banter can be heard more clearly.

For those who do not read the fine print when watching television commercials, the phrase "Professional driver, closed course" often appears in commercials where someone is driving dangerously, as a subtle notice that such feats should not be attempted by non-professionals in non-controlled settings; the title of this video is a reversal of this phrase... for good reason!!!

Hardware: PlayStation2, Panasonic PV-V4520 VCR, 500MHz Indigo iMac, MyVideo
Software: MoviePlayer 2.1, iMovie 2.1.1, GraphicConverter PPC 4.0.8, SndSampler 4.5, Toast Titanium 5.1.2


Man-Machine Mayhem Man-Machine Mayhem
Anime: The Animatrix, "The Second Renaissance"
Music: Vampire Princess Miyu TV Series OST, "Waltz of a Doll Maker"
Creation Date: April 12, 2004
File Size: 16.1MB
"Man-Machine Mayhem" focuses on the conflict between Man and Machine in the second tale of The Animatrix. This AMV contains quite a bit of violence, but nothing too particularly disturbing - unlike wars as we currently know them. Hardware: Panasonic PV-V4520 VCR, 500MHz Indigo iMac, Hollywood DV Bridge
Software: MoviePlayer 2.1, iMovie 2.1.1, GraphicConverter PPC 4.0.8, SndSampler 4.5, Toast Titanium 5.1.2


Michael Karl Popper Michael Karl Popper
Anime: The Animatrix, "Kid's Story"
Music: Adolescence of Utena, "Kessen"
Creation Date: April 14, 2004
File Size: 32.1MB
Beginning with the chase scene in "Kid's Story," this AMV recalls the final minutes of the life of Michael Karl Popper, a high school student. The final forty-eight seconds are largely disjointed - on purpose. Hardware: Panasonic PV-V4520 VCR, 500MHz Indigo iMac, Hollywood DV Bridge
Software: MoviePlayer 2.1, iMovie 2.1.1, GraphicConverter PPC 4.0.8, SndSampler 4.5, Toast Titanium 5.1.2


Regaining the Revoked Regaining the Revoked
Anime: The Animatrix, "World Record"
Music: Voices of a Distant Star, "Sentou"
Creation Date: April 16, 2004
File Size: 26.8MB
A track champion makes his comeback after having been stripped of a medal for setting a world record time. However, the quest to regain the medal is "interrupted."

Note: Spoilers

Hardware: Panasonic PV-V4520 VCR, 500MHz Indigo iMac, Hollywood DV Bridge
Software: MoviePlayer 2.1, iMovie 2.1.1, GraphicConverter PPC 4.0.8, SndSampler 4.5, Toast Titanium 5.1.2


Lady in Red Lady in Red
Anime: The Animatrix, "Program"
Music: Power of Seven, "East Wind"
Creation Date: April 25, 2004
File Size: 24.9MB
Set to one of the music tracks from the PlayStation2 game Oni, "Lady in Red" presents a red-clad woman fighting in a traditional-medieval simulation, primarily against a friendly rival. Hardware: Panasonic PV-V4520 VCR, 500MHz Indigo iMac, Hollywood DV Bridge
Software: MoviePlayer 2.1, iMovie 2.1.1, GraphicConverter PPC 4.0.8, SndSampler 4.5, Toast Titanium 5.1.2


Red Zone Red Zone
Anime: The Animatrix, "Beyond"
Music: Shamanic Princess OST
  • "At the Dreamy Window"
  • "Guardian World"
  • "Juju's Stomp"
  • "Magical Made"
  • "Renna"
Creation Date: May 16, 2004
File Size: 44.4MB
A group of children venture into an off-limits area where the laws of physics do not correspond to our reality. This AMV uses short pieces from five tracks of the Shamanic Princess soundtrack; as such, the flow is a bit disjointed, but this fits with the narrative of the video. A few audio clips from iMovie helps to bridge the "gaps" between scenes.

Note: Spoilers

Hardware: Panasonic PV-V4520 VCR, 500MHz Indigo iMac, Hollywood DV Bridge
Software: MoviePlayer 2.1, iMovie 2.1.1, GraphicConverter PPC 4.0.8, SndSampler 4.5, Toast Titanium 5.1.2


What's Next?
Forthcoming Projects
  • Outlaw Star and Y2K's "One Small Step for Man"
  • Perfect Blue and "Reflection" from Disney's Mulan OST


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