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12 August 2006 @ 07:46 pm
Anime Vids: It's So Easy  
So. I have, like, three almost-finished fan fiction recs posts, and - yeah. I just am not getting there on any of them, in part because, well.

See, last night BB pointed out to me that my posting has pretty much not happened lately, and I said, woefully, "I don't have braaaaaaain." (I mean it. If I tried to commit, for example, an act of FF commentary right now, I'd probably end up with a keyboard key stuck up my nose, all, "For reasons that we won't be exploring at this - or any other - juncture, the rest of this post will have to be written without the letter that comes between C an' E. Curse you, tricksy letter!")

So BB said, "Then why not anime vids?"

Wait, wait, that sounded wrong. Lord knows I love the anime vids! I in no way meant to imply that they are suitable solely for the brain-done-gone crowd. They contain deepness! It is possible to write deep thoughts about them! It's just, they're the easiest kind of post for me to write, because, okay, I can't write deep thoughts about them. It's basically an endless repetition of, "Vid shiny. Watch now." I don’t need my brain to type that.

I sense that I'm only getting myself in deeper trouble here. Let's just drop it while I can pretend I have some dignity left, shall we?

Okay, so. Last time I gave you all some basic AMV and anime tips. Here and now I will just reiterate that you’ll need membership at animemusicvideos.org to download these vids, and frankly I recommend you seize that membership. It’s free, they don’t seem to sell their members’ information to Satan’s Spam Service or whatever, and, hey, it’s got enough anime videos to choke a chibi. What more could you want?

Anime Vid Recommendations: The Main Section

Hold Me Now, by Tidirium Studio. Princess Tutu.

laylah recommended this vid to me after the last Festival o’ AMVs, and oh my god there are not thanks enough in this world. I’m kind of embarrassed to admit how many times I’ve watched it since then, except I’m not embarrassed, because it is just that good. And, really, you don’t need to know the plot at all to understand this vid - there are spoilers, but you’d need to have seen the anime to get them. This vid is, in addition to gorgeous and perfectly cut and almost hypnotically wonderful, notable for two main things:
  1. While watching it, and for the first time in our entire lives together, I figured out something visual before BB did. (BB has this weird vid-fu thing. Like, the first Smallville vid we ever watched, back when all either of us knew about the show was that it had something to do with Superman, had a clip of the bridge-car-smash-rescue-”Thank you, God, for sending me this gift of hotness” sequence in it, and BB said, “Oh! That’s how they met.” This was, as you all know, entirely correct, but I still maintain that it’s weird to figure that out based solely on a ten-second clip out of context.) What did I figure out? Well, okay. There’s a duck in this vid. I figured out that the duck is also the girl with the brownish hair, and I figured it out before the vid makes it obvious. You may be rolling your eyes right now, but for me this is a triumph roughly on par with learning to fly.

  2. We became so entranced by this vid that BB is now watching the anime. And I’d give you a plot summary, but it would break us both. (You need brain for this plot. It’s like the complete works of the brothers Grimm with a lot of ballet and some quacking.) Just trust me - it’s got a plot, and it’s a damn fine plot, too. With characters. And ballet. And stuff. You’d probably like it a lot.
A God-awful Small Affair, by Absolute Destiny. Metropolis x Metropolis. (Yes, really. Both Metropoli in one vid.)

The last time I recommended AMVs, I basically demanded that you all go download Urban Ragnarok and watch it a million times and acknowledge it as a true and complete work of genius. (I hope you all did that, by the way. That is so totally going to be on the test to get into heaven.) I believe I also noted that I’ve never seen the anime Metropolis. I have, however, seen the 1926 movie version of Metropolis, and it was kind of like 1930s dentistry: loud, painful, scratchy, mystifying, and with a 40% chance of killing you dead. (Okay, I made that last part up. But, seriously, I had to watch Metropolis, and it had been excessively touted as this Great Work of Genius, and all I saw was a lot of fuzz and random people doing the Funky Chicken in slow motion. Plus the clock. Oh, god, the clock. I theorized at the time that its constant presence was a reminder that you, the viewer, were losing valuable eons of your life that you would never get back watching this unending torment. I still have a deeply unfortunate association between this movie and "'Repent, Harlequin!' Said the Ticktockman.")

I actually went and read the vid notes for this one before recommending it - Absolute Destiny has a very low likelihood of writing bad vid notes. (I define “bad vid notes” as ones that make you not want to watch the creator’s vids. Or, in extreme cases, ones that make you want to punch the creator in the mouth.) The ones for this vid were, as expected, quite good (Informative! On topic! Entirely wank-free!), but they revealed the horrifying fact that AD likes the 1926 version of Metropolis, and in fact thinks the target audience of this vid is people who haven’t seen the anime Metropolis but enjoyed what we might describe as the live-action Metropolis (for some questionable definitions of the word ‘live’). Possibly the version he saw was better than the 80th generation VHS videotape OMG that I watched. Possibly he is simply frothingly insane. Either way, though, I promise you that you don’t need to have liked, or indeed understood, Fritz Lang’s Metropolis to love this vid. And the creator himself says it’s better if you haven’t seen the anime. In short, you, media fangirl, are likely the perfect person to watch this vid. And it’s really, really good, what is more.

(The clock. It haunts me. As does the goddamned Funky Chicken.)

Sex and Caramel, by Kusoyaro Productions. Noir, Mireille/Kirika.

So. This is a gorgeously sexy femslash (known in anime circles as ‘yuri’) vid. And that alone is reason enough to watch it, and love it, and make it your best fucking friend forever. But wait! There’s more!

Like, okay. This song? In live action, I would consider it nigh unviddable. Really slow songs that are almost all vocals tend to crash and burn in live-action vids. (There are notable exceptions, of course, including a few vidders who seem to be at their best with these kinds of songs. But what you usually get is looooong clips, often way slowed down, where almost nothing happens, and eventually you feel like - look, I’m not making another Fritz Lang’s Metropolis comment here, so just know that in my opinion songs like this can lead to prepare-to-grow-old vids in live action.) And Kusoyaro does, actually, rely heavily on clips without a lot of action in them (in itself another feat, as this particular anime series could be justifiably be described as “action-packed,” and in fact has some scenes that have weird resonance with the movie Mr. and Mrs. Smith). But the vid is not boring. Far from. And that’s because the movement, the action, occurs almost entirely outside the clips, if you see what I mean. (If you don’t see what I mean, you probably will after you see the vid.)

Also. See. In AMVs, you don’t get so much of the “We will now revel in glorious subtext” vids, where vidders do - okay. You know that thing where you cut pieces out of folded paper and it reveals the paper’s inner snowflake? Well, vidders in our part of fandom are remarkably adept at cutting pieces out of source to reveal the inner massive, massive gayness. (Except for those sources that are basically an embarrassment of gay riches. Yes, The Sentinel, I am looking at you.) It's fairly rare to see that in an AMV, though. But this one? Totally does that. It reveals the girl-loving core of the source so well that it completely changes how you view the actual anime. (It really isn’t the incredibly true adventures of two assassins in love. No matter how much my inner shipper wants it to be.)

Mitternacht, by Pwolf. Hellsing, Vampire Hunter D, and Blood: The Last Vampire.

Important note: the version I’ve linked above is the best one. But you will not be able to play it unless you have the latest edition of the VLC player. If you don’t, you should download this Mitternacht instead. This might also be the best course of action if your computer is old, cranky, or prone to fits. (More fits than just the usual “WHY do you make me run Windows? WHY GOD WHY? Taste the blue screen of my rage!” type tantrums, I mean.)

This one was recommended to me by daegaer after my last bout of AMVs, and she was entirely right. Of course, when BB and I watched it, we had never even heard of Blood: The Last Vampire (and, having heard of it now, I can’t say as I have any strenuous desire to watch it). So we had to work out for ourselves that this is a multi-anime vampires-who-hunt-vampires vid. Or, okay, honesty time: BB sussed it out somewhere during the opening sequence. I played Devil’s Advocate until the situation became hopeless:

BB: They’re obviously vampires.
Me: No, wait. I think that one is crazy.
BB: I’m pretty sure you can be both.

[pause]

BB: Also, all three of them just popped game face.
Me, losing with as much dignity as ever: I don’t think you’re supposed to call it game face unless it’s Jossverse.

[further pause]

Me, meditatively: You know, it’d be funny to see Angel and Spike up against these guys.
BB: And by "funny," you mean "the end of the world as we know it."
Me: Not necessarily. They could have reasoned discussions! “Guys, guys, guys. We’re all on the same side here.” “You are definitely not on my side. We would not have you.” “Oh, I’m hurt.” “You will be.” “Bloody hell. Can we just skip the oh-so-witty banter and go straight to the fighting?”

(You get eight points if you can identify who said what in that reasoned discussion, by the way.)

Through Time, Through Space, by Koopiskeva/Random Variable Productions. Voices of a Distant Star.

Last time, my brain entered a mode that might best be described as “terminal Koopiskeva vacillation”; I couldn’t choose between Euphoria (Everyone recommends it! With very good reason! It is extremely shiny!) and Waking Hour, which I happen to like better than Euphoria. Euphoria shows off anime vidding better than Waking Hour; Waking Hour is, in my opinion, far more appealing to and accessible to media fans.

Eventually, I used the time-tested strategy of simply not picking either, which was perhaps slightly less than optimal. This time, I’m proud to say, I managed to choose.

Yeah, okay, so technically I chose one that wasn’t on the menu last time, but I don’t care. This is a fabulous vid. It’s the first vid I watched by Koopiskeva, so I kind of imprinted on it, and it’s the one I come back to watch again and again. Also, it’s the most plot-driven of the three, always a bonus when selecting AMVs for media fans. (Okay, no, not exactly. Let’s say instead that I think the plot is the most obvious on the first pass through; plot-wise, it’s basically on par with Waking Hour.) It also draws from an absolutely lovely source - I mean, Waking Hour does, too, but - look. I made my choice, and I’m damn well staying with it. So there.

Although, for the record, you would not in any way be wasting your bandwidth if you elected to download all three.

One thing I promise you: after you’re done watching the vid, you’ll never look at cell phones the same way. I mean, this vid manages to make cell phones and text messaging deeply romantic and touching and sweet, and the way they both hold onto their phones is like, meaning of life stuff, and also the OMG dramatic! moments when the cell phones light up, and - well. This vid (and its source) has mecha and spacecraft and stuff going boom and a freaking war with aliens, but the cell phones are really the focus. And after you see this vid, you will totally understand why that is as it should be. (Hint: the cell phones are the whole relationship for the second half of the source. And “Voices” is a relationship and character driven anime.)

Anime Vid Recommendations Bonus Section: You Get Cookies!

This section is dedicated to vids that I also want you to drop everything and watch, but only for certain definitions of “you.”

The Cookie for People Who Like NC-17 Slash, Slave Stories, and/or Bondage. Intrusion, by Staces. Ai no Kusabi.

Note: this is a wee bit more explicit than your average vid, but less explicit than your average Queer as Folk vid. If you're, like, twelve or whatever, you probably shouldn't download it. (You also probably shouldn't read this LJ. Go frolic outdoors, hypothetical 12-year-old reader! You can develop RSI when you're older.)

So, first, here’s what I know about Ai no Kusabi, which should help you decide if this is the right vid for you. It is a story about this guy (who is blond, which means he’s super high caste on his planet), who rescues this other guy (who has dark hair, which means he’s basically subhuman) from being killed, even though he has no reason to. Dark-haired guy, as a thanks for the rescue type deal, offers to be blond guy’s slave (“pet,” to be precise, and if that word has no special connotations for you, you probably haven’t been in the same fandoms as I have these past few years). There is sexin’. And bondage. And also, of course, Forbidden Love That Very Well Might Change the World. That’s the canon (to the best of my knowledge - I haven’t seen it, though if anyone has time to watch it and provide a better summary, I can get it for you). The vid is - the canon, basically, except shorter and set to Alanis Morissette.

Unfortunately, the source quality is bad. Also, the source itself has an undefinable but, to me, very noticeable ‘80s look to it (and, no, it wasn’t made anywhere near the ‘80s, so I’m as mystified as you are) that makes me kind of giggle, which is why I haven’t watched it. (Plus, I have - this is so pathetic, but do not mock my shame - a hard time following visual sex scenes, especially ones as vague as a lot of these. They’re almost as confusing to me as fight scenes. Yes, this makes 95% of Hollywood’s output a giant sea of confusion for me, but I choose to view it as a bonus. I mean, it takes a lot longer for fighting and sex scenes to get old for me, given that I have to watch them several times - and, often, have a running narration - to figure out what the hell is going on. But this is why I prefer my sex and my violence, not to mention just about everything else, in written form: these scenes lose a lot of their impact when you have someone whispering in your ear, “Okay, that’s the one guy. Remember him? The star of the show? Right. And that’s - do you see the mostly naked girl? The one from earlier, with the briefcase? Okay, she’s over on the couch. Do you see her now? Good. They’re going to have sex.” “What do you mean, how do I know they’re going to have sex? Everyone knows.” “Well, when I said ‘everyone,’ I didn’t mean you.”)

The Cookie for People Who Have a Sense of Humor Like Mine. (And How I Pity You. You Totally Deserve a Cookie.) A Total Waste of 6 Minutes 35 Seconds, by Xstylus/Project Thunderstroke. Serial Experiment Lain, although you really shouldn’t expect this to have anything in common with the actual anime.

Okay. First things first, and this is very important. Do not read the video notes for this one until you’ve watched it. It’s a humor video, and I think knowing what it’s about beforehand would suck all the humor right out of it.

So how do I intend to write a vid summary for it? I totally don’t. Instead, I will tell you what happened to me when I watched it.

Basically, I spent the first minute being confused, the second minute being very doubtful, the third minute being mildly amused, and then the amusement kind of built until I collapsed laughing on my keyboard. Seriously. It played out by itself the first time, with me not even seeing the last bit; I was busy holding my stomach and facing imminent death from acute hypoxia.

But I have no idea if you, specifically, will find it funny. (Best Beloved did, for what it’s worth.) I’m just saying - this nailed me so hard in the primitive thing I use in place of a sense of humor that I almost died. I suspect that this is one of those either you get it or you hate type humor pieces, and I can’t promise you won’t hate it. If you do, you’re probably right to do so. It’s definitely not the best vid ever made. But it has a rustic native charm. And some of the funniest footage ever.

Once you’re done with the vid, go back and read the vid notes. (Not beforehand! I mean it! There’s nothing in here that could be triggering or upsetting for anyone - the worst you’ll face is boredom, but the boredom is about three thousand times more likely if you read the vid notes first - so you don’t need any warnings. Nor do you want them. Trust me on this.) Even if you hated it, still read them; you will find much in there to make you feel better. (And if you loved it, it will prove to you that the joke is exactly what you thought it was.)

The Cookie for People Who Have Watched Fullmetal Alchemist. Tsumibito no Kashou, by Tyler/Fantasy Movies. Fullmetal Alchemist.

In the main vid recs section, I continued to limit myself to vids that work just as well - perhaps better - if you have never seen the source, mostly because I suspect the readers of this LJ generally will not have seen it. (If I’m wrong about that, hey, let me know.) This one is merely shiny if you haven’t seen some of the source, but if you have - well. BB has seen FMA, I haven’t, and our reactions to it were 180 degrees off the first time through. After I realized (read: was told) what was going on, though, my reaction matched BB’s, and that reaction was: Wow. Also, ow. Also, OMG Ed NOOOOOOOO!

I guess I could try to explain what’s going on here, but - no. Just, if you’ve seen the series, you’ll get basically immediately that this is the perfect song for Ed. (The song, for the record, is not in Japanese, even though the title of the vid itself is; the song is half French, half English. And it’s by Placebo. I have no idea what the title of the vid means - anyone out there know Japanese well enough to clear that up?)

And, hey, if you haven’t seen FMA? You could download this vid anyway, for the sheer shiny of it. It’s gorgeously edited, as all of Tyler’s vids are (or all the ones I’ve seen, anyway), and well worth a watch even if you don’t get the message. But if you do - it’s a gorgeous gut-punch, basically, and it is stunningly wonderful.
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tried to eat the safe banana: Black umbrellathefourthvine on August 13th, 2006 04:09 am (UTC)
Oh, I hear that. I am very impatiently waiting for the VividCon people to get back and start their damn uploading already. But I can in no way resist the lure of shiny anime vids in the meantime.

My solution to the space dilemma was to dedicate an external hard drive to vids, but I can see that might be extreme. It's just - I never saw a download link I didn't like, so I might as well succumb to the inevitable.

*succumbs*
RivkaTrivkat on August 13th, 2006 03:19 am (UTC)
Thanks for the recs! I have to admit, I'd be interested in watching Ai no Kusabi. Is it possible to get it?
RESPECTAWIGGLE MUDDIGGLEelfiepike on August 13th, 2006 03:25 am (UTC)
here is a torrent for it, if you're interested. ← random passerby.
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aliquid stat pro aliquomaygra on August 13th, 2006 03:20 am (UTC)
I love Ai No Kusabi with an unholy passion. That is all.

tried to eat the safe banana: Dinosaurs and sodomythefourthvine on August 13th, 2006 04:17 am (UTC)
I am not surprised. It's basically your Perfect Fandom, except that the fan fiction is already right there on the screen, thus depriving you of the fun of writing it. (And me of the fun of reading it. *whines*)

So, was my summary up there basically correct? It's tough because many of the review sites either a) didn't care what the plot was b) didn't understand what the plot was or c) expected the reader to know the plot already.

I downloaded it, though, and BB has promised to watch it and tell me if I should. Although - this would work for me if it was a story, and I would totally read the Ai no Kusabi fusion in most of my fandoms (John = slave boy! Rodney = Blondie! Or whatever), but I'm betting it will be too visual for me in anime form.
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RESPECTAWIGGLE MUDDIGGLE: goddess.elfiepike on August 13th, 2006 03:29 am (UTC)
just letting you know that some of your links--the ones that link to within your journal and the one to the snowflake link--have extraneous "", or something similar. :D yay, anime vids!
RESPECTAWIGGLE MUDDIGGLE: damn straight boys!elfiepike on August 13th, 2006 03:32 am (UTC)
oh, hello, this is what i actually wanted to say: ai no kusabi probably looks pretty eighties because the comic it's based on was made in the eighties. it's rare (though not unheard of, obviously) for anime to look that different from the manga.

okay, i'll stop commenting now, really. i love your recs! reading them makes me happy!
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cupidsbowcupidsbow on August 13th, 2006 03:51 am (UTC)
Just dropping in to thank you for the rec for Urban Ragnarok. I adored it! I've only recently come to songvids, so it is a brave new world for me. I'm slowly working my way through your recs, and this latest batch sounds wonderful.

Also, if you haven't seen the SGA vid "Dreams" by newkidfan, you must go and download it at once. It's gonna get the Blue Ribbon on rec_room in my next set.
tried to eat the safe banana: Very nearly Rodneythefourthvine on August 13th, 2006 04:48 am (UTC)
I've downloaded it but not yet seen it. (I have a complicated and mostly random system to determine which vids I actually watch in any given period of viewing new vids.) I'm looking forward to it, though; she's been doing some amazing work lately.

And, um - you probably already know this, but I have a vids tag that should get you all the posts in which I've rec'd a vid. I mention this because I recommended some of my favorite vids in all of ever in January of this year, and you totally should not miss them. (And I have yet to find a way to rec some of my other favorite vids, sadly. I have many megabytes of vids waiting for me to magically develop the ability to a) assemble them into a set and b) explain why they're so good. I need another mechanism like the one I used in January - something to allow me to rec without rhyme or reason, basically.)

Out of curiosity - one of the reasons anime vid recommending is so much easier for me than live-action vid recommending is permission, because as far as I know you don't need it to rec AMVs. How are you handling that with your live-action recs? Do you have, like, a magic system? (Ideally one that I could, um, copy.) Because my "magic system" entails writing a separate email to each vidder I want to rec, and that means it takes 11/12ths of forever to assemble a live-action vid recs set.
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eli: protector Edelishavah on August 13th, 2006 04:15 am (UTC)
You. Okay, you need to watch FMA. It needs to happen. Plus, just, oh god, I am never not going to be broken by Ed and Al. Damn it, that vid made me cry again. Oh, Ed.

And in a case of complete emotional whiplash, HAHAHAHA. You know which one. It's, like, totally not-failed experiments in vid editing! Thank you. I think. If you hadn't given us that, I was going to have to go watch Aim For Victory! again or something to recover from the FMA vid, but still. I'm not sure I was breathing by the third repeat, and I know I wasn't by the fourth. Yeah, I need a cookie after that.

...it might not have been the best idea to follow these links while screwed up on cold meds.
tried to eat the safe banana: Sharethefourthvine on August 13th, 2006 04:56 am (UTC)
YAY! You thought the vid was funny, too. I was seriously concerned that no one would find it amusing, and then I would be marked forever as a crazy woman. Crazier. Whichever.

Do not forget "The Need for Speed," should you need a vid to unbreak you; as I recall, you stopped breathing during that one, too. (That makes it sound like we should be presenting "Anime Vids and Self-Induced Hypoxia: A Growing International Threat" at some symposium somewhere, but you know what I mean.) Speaking of which, I have on the other computer a partially-assembled list of AMV recs for you that I never actually gave to you. Do you still want them? Some of them are FMA vids, which I assume you've seen by now. ("Protect me from what I want." Oh, Ed.) Any other anime you'd specifically like to see vids in? I have quite the list. (And please tell me you are watching Hikaru no Go. Please, please, please.)

it might not have been the best idea to follow these links while screwed up on cold meds.

Well, I posted them while screwed up on meds for my post-cold bronchial and sinus crud, so at least you're in the right mindset, here. *bonds*
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Vass: Anthyvassilissa on August 13th, 2006 06:14 am (UTC)
"For reasons that we won't be exploring at this - or any other - juncture, the rest of this post will have to be written without the letter that comes between C and E. Curse you, tricksy letter!"

I had to read through that sentence several times, to make sure that it didn't, in fact, contain The Letter Formerly Known As er, D.

When I (some time in the future) have a newer computer, with a processor that can handle most vids (and when Microsoft stops being such an arse about WMV) I'm so going back and looking at all the recs I've been unable to follow up.
tried to eat the safe banana: Writingthefourthvine on August 13th, 2006 01:34 pm (UTC)
*pleased*

I hoped somebody would check that sentence carefully ('cause otherwise the careful editing I did would've been totally wasted); I should've known I could count on you.

When I (some time in the future) have a newer computer, with a processor that can handle most vids (and when Microsoft stops being such an arse about WMV) I'm so going back and looking at all the recs I've been unable to follow up.

That sucks; there is much goodness here, and we have all this wonderful internettiness, and yet there is no way to get the goodness to you.

Out of curiosity, what sort of computer do you have? I mean, what are the specs? I'm curious about the technological horizon for being able to download and watch vids. I know broadband is an absolute requirement for AMVs (and basically a requirement for LAVs, too), and I know what software is necessary or advisable, but I don't know what the minimum hardware requirements are.
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Milkshake Butterfly: fionavar cover artmilkshake_b on August 13th, 2006 08:51 am (UTC)
I love Princess Tutu to bits. I started watching when it came up on my InDemand solely because octopedingenue spoke so highly of the series, and she's also given me the most perfect description of it ever: "The ballerina princess superhero duck literary crack will EAT YOUR SOUL." (She's also got an icon with Anteaterina that says "I'm not shallow, I'm postmodern." It's beautiful.)

That summation is absolutely perfect and contains a lot of words one does not normally associate with an anime that frequently goes over your head. (Every time I really get one of those little teaser-things before the credit sequence I do a little dance. I'm somewhat embarassed about how rarely that is.) Naturally, my InDemand has kind of ground to a halt and I'm stuck digging in my couch for sufficient change to buy or rent the DVDs, assuming I could even find a place that had 'em.
tried to eat the safe banana: Huh - Mutant Blue Thingthefourthvine on August 14th, 2006 07:56 am (UTC)
Um. What's InDemand? I feel stupid for asking, as I imagine this is something I should know, but even googling and finding the company website did not clear up the question.

But I can be mildly useful here, even if I'm clueless about things such as InDemand. If you're looking to rent, Netflix carries Princess Tutu, and a month's subscription to that would be a fairly cheap way of getting it - $20. And most online DVD stores carry PT, if you want to buy it, but that way it'd be $20/disc.
Oceana: Rescue Meoceana_ on August 13th, 2006 09:03 am (UTC)
I don' get anime. I tried watching it, I even liked some of it, but I cannot see myself getting into it for a longer time. It's like going to an art museum for me, where you can happily spend two or three hours, and then you start looking at the paitings less attentively until finally your head is full of art and you cannot look at any more paintings for the rest of the day.
At least that's how I react to art museums.

But anime vids? Oh, sweet crack from heaven! I usually just stare and wonder and feel a little bit like what it must feel like when you are on a particularly good drug trip.

But because of my lack of anime knowledge and my too short attention span to get involve in any of the anime fandoms, I wouldn't know where to start to look for anime vids, so I really really appreciate your recs. And hey, this time I even know one of the shows! (Ai no kusabi. Figures.)

Thank you very very much for these!
tried to eat the safe bananathefourthvine on August 14th, 2006 08:03 am (UTC)
I don' get anime. I tried watching it, I even liked some of it, but I cannot see myself getting into it for a longer time. It's like going to an art museum for me, where you can happily spend two or three hours, and then you start looking at the paitings less attentively until finally your head is full of art and you cannot look at any more paintings for the rest of the day.

This is basically how I reacted to anime for a long time (and it's still how I react to some anime, but now some series are much easier for me than any live-action thing could be). I spent a lot of time staring and forgetting to blink and trying to figure out what was up with all the feathers.

It does get easier. For the record. And I firmly believe that AMVs are the path that will get you there, because: Shiny! Pretty! Entertaining even when totally mystifying! They definitely got me to the point of actually getting (certain) anime, and, seriously, many would have said it could not be done.

I love AMVs so fervently that it's kind of embarrassing, actually.

Ai no kusabi. Figures.

Yeah. In retrospect, I shouldn't have expected AnK to be news to my friends list; you people have taste. And by "taste," I mean "a great awareness of male/male sex slavery resources." It's one of the things I admire most about y'all.
Mary Crawford: fingerpointingmarycrawford on August 13th, 2006 09:49 am (UTC)
Oh, frabjous anime recs! I think I've only seen Mitternacht and Godawful Small Affair (much love for both), so I'll definitely be looking at the rest of these.

And I keep meaning to post about this anime vid and forgetting, so I'll rec it to you here, because I think you might appreciate it: Ding Dong by Sivis. It's from an anime I've never heard of, Photon, and it's...well. Cracktastic, hilarious, and strangely compelling. Also, I can't imagine a better song choice for this character. Hee.

Also, if you watch this, please pay special attention to the moment where the leading man has turned into a puppet. And don't hit me. *cough*
tried to eat the safe banana: Black umbrellathefourthvine on August 14th, 2006 08:07 am (UTC)
I am definitely downloading that right this instant, because when you say "cracktastic," I listen. You are a woman who knows her crack.

That sounded bad. I just meant, you know, your Hercules experience gives you a wide - no. There's no good way to get out of that sentence. Suffice to say that I will be downloading Ding Dong instantly.

And I hope you enjoy the other AMVs. Mitternacht and A God-awful Small Affair are both works of genius - obviously - but so are all the others. In fact, I'm currently fighting the urge to go watch Hold Me Now one more time.
Qqe2 on August 13th, 2006 12:46 pm (UTC)
Me: Not necessarily. They could have reasoned discussions! “Guys, guys, guys. We’re all on the same side here.” “You are definitely not on my side. We would not have you.” “Oh, I’m hurt.” “You will be.” “Bloody hell. Can we just skip the oh-so-witty banter and go straight to the fighting?"

Angel; Bloodies; Angel (probably - I hear he grew a sense of irony once he got his own series); Bloodies; Spike, for damned sure.

(You probably meant this quiz to be rhetorical, but I badly need to feel smart right now. Does I get any points?)
Q: startrekfuckitqe2 on August 13th, 2006 12:48 pm (UTC)
also:
I have not, thus far, grokked either anime or manga (except for some amazing stuff lynnmonster showed me once, which I adored), but your recs are Making Me Want To Go There. Curse you, Red Baron!
(no subject) - thefourthvine on August 14th, 2006 08:12 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - qe2 on August 14th, 2006 01:43 pm (UTC) (Expand)
cyanei on August 14th, 2006 01:43 am (UTC)
What song is the "Hold Me Now" vid set to? Because if it's the song I'm thinking of, by Jennifer Knapp, it's a Christian song about Mary Magdalene. And that would be cool, but also very odd!
cyanei on August 14th, 2006 01:45 am (UTC)
Also, it is the height of awesome that there is an anime vid set to 'Protege Moi' by Placebo. I must watch that!
(no subject) - jcase on August 14th, 2006 04:40 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - thefourthvine on August 14th, 2006 08:16 am (UTC) (Expand)
Bettybrown_betty on August 14th, 2006 02:05 am (UTC)
I don't think I want to watch Noir, now, if it isn't about those two girls' love epic lovestory.
tried to eat the safe banana: UF indigo girlsthefourthvine on August 14th, 2006 08:27 am (UTC)
Well, according to BB, it may very well be. The Noir thing is this whole mystic duo of women who - well, it surpasseth my understanding, but either they're good assassins or they're evil ones, and either way there's two of them and they're both female.

(Apparently. My lack of brain has made it very difficult for me to understand any of this.)

Also, there's another (set? pair? unit?) of Noir now, and they are definitely lovers.

Plus, Mireille and Kirika share a bed. And Mireille's this cold, emotionless, ruthlessly logical killer who is nonetheless risking her life to help Kirika. And they have touching moments that are especially slashy when you consider that one of them is Logic and Assassinations Girl and the other one is Amnesia and Assassinations Girl.

So now I think it is a story of true love and bullets, but it's still probably Mireille who feels that way about Kirika rather than the reverse. (And the reverse is what the vid is about.) Kirika's issues are kind of inhibiting her at this point.
Iseultiseult_variante on August 14th, 2006 02:18 pm (UTC)
It's so funny to see you reccing anime vids, because I found fandom and slash through anime, ages ago. ;) Looking forward to dling and watching. Hope that your brain comes back soon!
tried to eat the safe banana: Batgirl in glassesthefourthvine on August 14th, 2006 07:41 pm (UTC)
It's interesting to me how much crossover there is; each time I rec anime vids, I find another handful of current or former anime watchers or fans on my friends list. Some of them I've known very well for years and yet they never said a word about their anime interests to me until I started posting anime recs. *eyes maygra*

I think maybe it's time for another who-are-you-where-do-you-come-from poll, with a bit more inclusion of anime and manga. And, conveniently, polls allow me to post even when my brain is gone.

*adds to prospective poll list*
(no subject) - iseult_variante on August 16th, 2006 12:49 am (UTC) (Expand)
ravenbellravenbell on August 16th, 2006 12:45 am (UTC)
My gosh, anime vids... my secret addiction. Thanks for the Tutu vid link - never enough of those.

Must resist urge to innundate you with recommendations....

Okay, just one: Here's Metropolis - Center of the Sun which has spoilers galore, but made me go dammmmnnnn the first time I saw it.
tried to eat the safe banana: Black umbrellathefourthvine on August 28th, 2006 07:03 pm (UTC)
Must resist urge to innundate you with recommendations.

No! Don't resist! Innundate me! Because I've reached the point where I've gone through all the various top-whatever lists, and the recommendations methods produce vids that don't usually do it for me. (Probably because, like, 75% of them are for Evangelion or Naruto. Which, yay, but I'd like to see vids for other anime as well, and neither method seems to get that.)

And I'm going to check out Center of the Sun immediately. I tend to love Metropolis vids, so I'm definitely looking forward to that one.