Here I want to try something experimental and take a look through my playlists and share and talk about my favorite AMVs. This is not necessarily a “best-of” list because I obviously do not watch every AMV.
It should also be noted that I do not particularly like all of the ones listed below, and some of them are just there to fill space (not that any are bad per se, just some aren’t anything to marvel at). Since there is a lot to get through, I’ll try and keep my reasons brief. Here they are, in no specified order:
Fast and Furious is a franchise near and dear to my heart, and Redline is a kickass eyegasm fest of what I consider to be a close contender to its anime equivalent (if even only for the racing aspect). So, to take the movie and play a song used from a Fast trailer adds another level of enjoyment in this particular video for me.
Lelouch is a fascinating character, and one with a mission on his mind (though his reasons change, the end goal more or less remains the same). And Disturbed’s “Indestructible” feels strangely fitting for a character with such a brilliant, tactician of a mind.
Black Lagoon is such an action-packed thrill ride of an anime, and “Welcome to the Jungle” is such a cool summation of the happenings within Roanapur.
“Click Click Boom” goes well with gun imagery, which is quite prominent in Black Lagoon. To be honest both the AMV and song have lost their touch with me, but still kinda works (very low recommendation at best).
Sticking with Black Lagoon, here’s a more appropriate song befitting of the danger and fun that lurks behind the corners of its crazy violent city.
So much Black Lagoon. Taps into its lens of pariahood.
Bending the rules already, since it’s still debatable as to whether RWBY is anime or not. Not something I care about the semantics of, but for the sake of argument let’s refer to AMV as “Animated Music Video” to cover all the bases. I really enjoyed the editing in this one to match the sounds to the action in the show.
One of my all-time favourite fights from Naruto, and whether or not you think the song fits with the show or Rock Lee’s character (which I do), and despite its mediocrity, I feel the AMV itself is sort of an underdog that I can root for in tune to the song.
Love Kill la Kill. Love Eminem. Great pair here.
Sadness of song matched with the tragic moments of FMAB. Lyrics flow well with transitions here.
Only picked because Zoro proves stronger than the AMV (which serves as a weak presentation of his greatness).
While I do prefer the RWBY version of this song, I had to have DBZ somewhere here, and considering all the feats Goku’s pulled, this song captures that well.
“Invincible” by Adelitas Way to the fast-paced editing of Jormungand… Well done.
If any anime was to capture the madness of “Enemies” by Shinedown, it was going to be Hellsing.
A bright and warm-hearted multi-AMV.
Code Geass. Lelouch commands you to watch it.
An apposite somber song for the cruel and unfair world of SnK.
A personal favourite of mine that makes “We Are Young” by 3OH!3 help connect me back to my time with Soul Eater. Love ones that try and edit scenes to match the lyrics.
Okay…. So maybe that wasn’t the last Black Lagoon AMV, but you’d be remiss in not watching this one.
Maybe skip this one if you’re sick of Black Lagoon at this point (I swear this isn’t on purpose!).
Panty & Stocking + “Na Na Na (Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na)” by My Chemical Romance? YES PLEASE!
Something about “Bad To The Bone” by George Thorogood And The Destroyers that makes the desert landscape and characters of Trigun seem even cooler (which I didn’t think was possible).
Durarara!! High energy anime. Quick transitions to the fast-paced beat of “How Far We’ve Come” by Matchbox Twenty.
Damn. This is probably the best FMAB AMV ever. Oh, and spoilers.
Love Fate/Zero. Love Icon For Hire. Put them together in a well-edited video and I’m sold.
For the lulz.
Holy shit. This makes Soul Eater feel so intense!
Haven’t brushed up on my French in years, but always want to whenever I listen to what I can only describe as an almost punk vibe (considering the edgy lyrics), which acts in perfect unison to the brilliant editing of incredibly befitting scenes from FMAB. Absolute favourite.
While I’m not a fan of Call of Duty (anymore), I can’t help but applaud the combination of the speech from Kevin Spacey over Lelouch and opportune scenes from Code Geass. Bravo.
Can’t help but smile at this one. So light and poppy.
Hello old friend. This was my introduction to Soul Eater from years ago, and I listen to it every October (at least). Still impressed by the ability of whoever edited this to find enough dark scenes from Soul Eater to emulate the lyrics.
No words. Just catchiness.
Bit long, but I can appreciate it trying something even slightly different from most AMVs.
My love for the song might be my bias here, but if there was to be an anime encapsulate it it would be No Game No Life’s unabashed flaunting of what it means to be human.
BAM! Baccano! Can’t quite explain how the song works here, but it’s edited so spectacularly that I almost believe you could make any song fit the show if it had the same level of quality.
I’m a Code Geass fanboy, in case that wasn’t clear by now. So, when I see an AMV take it and make the themes of it more melancholic and potent, I feel the need to weep for humanity and all our losses. An exceptional use of the show’s imagery.
A weebtastic holiday-themed AMV. Don’t really care for the song here, as much as the warm and fuzzy scenes from anime.
Hyouka is the perfect anime and Houtarou Oreki the perfect character to embody the song “Fireflies” by Owl City, in my opinion.
Something about the visuals and calligraphy here makes Greenday’s “Troubled Times” feel bizarrely colourful (if that makes sense).
Yu Yu Hakusho and “Diamond Eyes (Boom-Lay Boom-Lay Boom)” by Shinedown. I’d be more surprised I ended up not liking the video.
Kuroko no Basket is the only anime I imagine resonating so powerfully with “Cut Above the Rest”, and I cannot stress how influential both the AMV and song have been for my confidence. Personal favourite of mine.
I know this is supposed to be me explaining why the song and anime work together so well (not that they don’t here), but the song alone is just so… oddly compelling.
Like Haikyuu!!? Like “Boomin’ / Opera Trip Interlude” by TobyMac? Well, this is the AMV for you!
“Cool” doesn’t even begin to describe the amazing duo Lupin the III and Wale – Fashion Week (feat. G-Eazy) make. Strongly recommend if you’re a fan of the anime and rap.
FMAB at its finest. “Come with Me Now” by Kongos really taps into the readable pathos of Ed’s character. Also a personally relatable song (and character).
Join Bruno Mars – That’s What I Like with The World God Only Knows, and you get what you expected. Predictably fitting to put the two together.
Title says it all.
Hmm. “Bang Bang” in complimentary conjunction with Food Wars!? Hilarious perfection.
I couldn’t pick between Yu Yu Hakusho and One Piece for this song, since they both add to it in their own ways, so let’s call this one an incredibly emotional tie. Spoilers for both.
You want “Legion Of Monsters” by Disturbed to dance in a power struggle for domination with Hellsing? You’ve got it! Gravelly greatness!
How could I not include Fall Out Boy on this list? Especially when someone made such an epic AMV using SnK as the backdrop.
Okay hear me out on this one… Can you honestly argue against any of these characters being “gangsta”? I mean, damn.
“Satellite” by Rise Against over Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann may not be as hype as TTGL has proven to be, but it does a great job regardless.
My introduction to both BLR and Icon For Hire. Punk. Emo. Angst. Whatever you wanna call it, it’s still something I can connect to, if even only through memory of my mood at that time.
Best. Black Lagoon. AMV. Ever.
BLR + “All The Things She Said”? *Yuri shipping intensifies*
Adds a disturbingly hilarious take on Oreimo.
Awesome begets awesomeness and the Evil Dead Musical adds to the hilarity of HotD.
AHHHH! MY FEELS! (spoilers for Code Geass)
Zoro owns this song. Period.
“Iron” by Woodkid & Fate/Zero. Fantastical feel to it.
More of a humorous edited style AMV than having a particularly striking song to go with it, but I found it entertaining.
Hunter x Hunter being a spiritual successor of Yu Yu Hakusho in more ways than one it seems (tied with 40. AMV Throwback).
Stein is such a lovably insane character and this song enhances his charm if anything.
Avatar meets “Can’t Hold Us” in such a delightfully wondrous way that I couldn’t help smile all the way.
Ludacris. Saitama. All they do is win.
Pretty meh about this one, honestly.
Chilling sometimes, but beautifully sung and befitting of Fate/Zero, in my humble opinion.
Darker Than Black is cool. “Ignition” by TobyMac is cool. Do the math.
One of the funniest, most entertaining visual spectacles of a cross-over AMV I’ve ever seen. Love it.
Ooooh. Spine-tingling. Kara no Kyoukai’s imagery really enhances the song’s eeriness.
Detective Edward Elric is on the case.
“A Demon’s Fate” by Within Temptation and Madoka Magica. Can’t tell how suitable they are for each other, but I enjoyed them both separately, and think they function well to some degree as a pair.
While I haven’t seen Spice & Wolf at the time of writing this, the combination of its gorgeous aesthetic and world, along with the charming presentation of its characters through imagery alone, and the celtic song “Spanish Lady” is such a sensational experience that I consider it my favourite AMV of all time.
And that’s it. There were a lot of good AMVs to sift through, and while I may not like all of these ones, many are among my favourites. What did I miss?