AMV Hell 3: The Motion Picture II: AMV Hell 4: The Last One, Released This Week
I recently caught AMV Hell 4, the sequel to the infamous cult anime AMV this week, which, in a blogpost this April, I called "a tasty, stone soup AMV".
And, like THC says, and I paraphrase, it is one hour and twenty-four minutes of greatness.
But not excellence mind you.
I am a big fan of AMVH3, and I feel, even though #4 was good, it didn't live up to the expectations #3 created.
In the sequel, a lot of the AMV clips were done with parody songs, which are good and funny on their own, but to then draw meaning out of anime clips set to this music, it makes it seem like the AMV submitters to this collaborative project were trying too hard to be funny. The video has some gems with spoofs on commercials including one of the "diabeetus" spokesperson, Wilford Brimley. The running gag (AMVH has some good ones) for this AMV was a spoof on the Imogen Heap single, "Hide and Seek", (Mmmm, whacha say? *Fires Gun*); even the YATTA! song makes an appearance. The best moments are when they use some real music classics and pop refrences, like the opening theme music to Lost and J. Geils' "Centerfold".
Several scenes in the video are overdone. The SHnY "LiveAlive" scene got played far too often (it was used in the friggin trailer for the video afterall!), thank goodness for submitters sending in AMVs from Beck and other anime, showing that Haruhi isn't the only one with a guitar in all of anime. Death Note got played out far too much as well, making up eighteen of the 250-some AMV clips used.
AMVH4 screened first at Anime Weekend Atlanta in late September, where it met with a large audience of otaku who came, in some cases, just to be the first to see the opening night screening of AMVH4.
The AMVH movies are good for a laugh anyway, and have really become a cultural phenomenon in Animedom. They also portray a lot of different anime, which you might use as a catalog, or sampler, if you will, to pick out anime clips you thought looked interesting, and then reference them, and watch the serieses(es)! If you haven't watched the AMVH series yet, scoot on over to the AMV Hell website, where the newest video is available for torrent or direct download.
Here's the first part (of nine):