After watching AMV Hell Championship Edition a couple months ago, I found I had developed a slight distaste for the AMV Hell series and its various clones. That doesn’t mean the video wasn’t funny; in fact, it was hilarious. It is just that…while I like AMV Hell for its short, odd juxtapositions of music and/or sound clips with anime for effect, I also dislike them for that particular aspect.
If you have ever watched “Robot Chicken”, AMV Hell has the same sort of layout: it has short, humorous scenes and quickly jumps from one to the other to the next. This is one of the series’s best traits as the scene changes after the punchline, preventing that particular joke from getting stale. But with that comedic benefit comes an aesthetic problem that effects me along with (I’m sure) some other people. The “changing channel” sound during the half-second transition between bits disorients me for a second and disrupts the flow of the video.
A strict interpretation of the phrase “Anime Music Video” would lead to a video consisting of anime synced to a single piece of music or sound. Multitracked video might be allowed if the different songs are mixed together with smooth transitions, such as the Reflections of Style series, the DDR Project videos, or the Animix Project.
Maybe I’m analyzing this too much because of course, the AMV Hell style of presentation MEANS to parody it with over-the-top visuals (read: fanservice) and subversive use of normally tame tunes or dialogue. It thrives on the WTF factor. In fact, some of the song/anime pairings could probably make good AMVs themselves, like Yakitate! Japan to “Rye or the Kaiser” (“Weird Al” Yankovic).
Oh, and here’s a bit of “Suzumiya Hell” for you:
It sounds like a hundred finches all panicking at the same time.