[Side note before I get started — yes, we enjoyed Sedona very much.  Pictures and comments to follow soon enough in another entry.]

File this under yet another thing that “I knew about”, but little did I know how far the rabbit hole went…

My love of Japanese animation goes way back to Star Blazers in the 1970s… which is originally known as “Space Cruiser Yamato” in Japan. From there, I saw the occasional Lupin bit in the video game CliffHanger and once Robotech came out, I was hooked.

For the unintiated, the big difference between Japanese animation and “American cartoons” was that most Japanese animation projects have a continual, evolving plot unlike the “done in one” American cartoon concept.

Or, instead — they focus on character and seemingly ignore plot — generating comedies so random they defy description.

More under the tag…

So about a couple of years back, Amanda introduced me to the concept of an AMV or Anime Music video in the form of a Cowboy Bebop spliced version of some club song that escapes me (and my search abilities) at the moment.

However, as a quick aside, for those who are familiar with Japanese anime and NOT with Cowboy Bebop, you’re doing yourself a disservice if you’re also a music lover.

Here’s just a taste of Bebop: The Introduction to the Show itself has a very jazzy tune all its own:

Back to the webfind this week: The idea of an AMV is to splice one (or many) Japanese animation sequences to either match the intensity or the literal translation of the lyrics of the song.

I thought – “hey, cool”. And further research of this concept kind of fell by the wayside as things do in life… until today.

What I didn’t know was how much variety and creativity was put into these things…

So today, I discovered a few of these AMV’s that I had to share with the wider Steelaraza audience.

The first is “Going the Distance” by Cake – but it’s got a Macross Plus (think “Top Gun” with big plane-convert-into-a-robot) overlay to it.

And the next thing I knew, I was drawn in…

Or “Mindless Self Indulgence” with Pokemon:
(Warning, some language NSFW = “Not Safe for Work”)

“Mama Said to Knock you Out” with various Japanese anime “beat downs”, also NSFW

Or if Weird Al’s “Dare to Be Stupid” is your thing…

(It’s amazing they actually found animation to match the lyric “Stick your head in a microwave and get yourself a tan”)

There’s more, but that should get you folks started. 🙂

Lastly, there’s a blog forum for the folks that actually make this stuff. Like I said, I have yet to scratch the surface of this stuff.