Why AMVs Suck

Article — By on August 3, 2011 7:11 pm

This post was written by Dark_Sage. He is Dark_Sage.

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So, I really like AMVs. This is a problem because nearly all AMVs suck. Here are the reasons:

  • Absolute disconnect between the music and the anime. I’m sure you thought mixing “Let the Bodies Hit the Floor” with “Beyblade” was an awesome idea. It’s not.
  • Shit musical taste. If I wanted to listen to Jay-Z, I’d stick my face in a blender and turn it on until I collapsed from blood loss. Why? Because a world in which I actually want to listen to Jay-Z is not a world worth living in. You may substitute Jay-Z with anything in the Billboard Top 100. It’s not shit because it’s popular. It’s popular because it’s shit.

Number of artists on the charts worth listening to

  • Re-used scenes. AMVs are like three fucking minutes. I don’t think you need to recycle content that badly.
  • “Dance” videos with Yogurting, TMoHS OP/ED, and the Lucky Star OP. Stop. Just fucking stop. No AMV can be good if you do this.
  • Subtitles. Hey, dipshits. Stop making AMVs with hardsubbed scripts. If you’re deadset on making your shitty AMVs with hardsubbed scripts, at least make sure they’re in English and not reversed. Yes, I have seen AMVs with Spanish subtitles that were reversed. I had to scrub my eyes with sandpaper afterwards to get the fail off.
  • AMV stands for Anime Music Video. Stop including pictures of yourselves, clips from actual music videos, video game cutscenes, and American cartoons in your videos. Those things are shit, so it makes the AMV shit.

Dear fat lesbians, keep your pictures outta my goddamn AMVs

  • Stop throwing effects around like they’re candy and you’re a pedophile on an elementary school playground. When I see a spazz-out of effects in the beginning of an AMV, I know my eyes are going to get raped worse than women in Africa are. I want to watch an AMV, not a lights show in your creepy father’s basement. (Thank Euphoria for starting this shitty trend.)
  • Multi-anime AMVs. Now, sometimes this can be done right. Like in… Uhh, give me a moment. I’ll think of one. Nope. Can’t. Trust me though, sometimes they’re good. But most of the time it’s just random splices of animes that leads to “My AMV is better because I have more animes in it.” Follow the Anal Principle on this one.

Anal Principle: One dick in an ass is fine. Similarly, one anime in an AMV is fine. It’s kind of hard to make it work well with two in there, but it can be done. When you start getting to three or more, that’s when the trouble starts.

  • Betas. I don’t give a shit about the 30 seconds of the AMV that you have finished. Why would I ever want to watch a 30-second AMV?
  • “AMV Hell”. This series is just Betas strung together by the worst AMV editors around. Who the fuck watches this shit?

You may be wondering if there are any good AMVs left. There are, but they’re all on amvnews.ru… which is Russian. Looks like the Communists won. :(



Ioryogi says:

Linkin Park AMVs are the best.

lol says:


Clearly you need to watch them playlists, theres rarely any uploads from them channels i dislike.

Dark_Sage says:

Let’s see here. I checked out the Dance playlist.

Danger Days – It’s okay. They certainly picked the right anime for this song. They deserve credit for that at least. But a number of the scenes don’t mesh right and it seems the editor thought he/she could get away with it as long as some of the scenes worked right. Not really, but nice try.

Cololor – Just shit. I’m glad the editor knows how to use effects, but he didn’t use them to any purpose. I want my time back.

We Dream We Can – Nothing good about this. It’s an up-tempo song set to K-On. How is this any different from any other K-On AMV? The scenes transition nicely, which is about the best compliment I can give to this vapid attempt.

Say WTF – Unique only in that it tries to ape the success of Bad Apple, but with none of the effort because it only uses outlines. But I like the idea, and it’s simplistically enjoyable, so I’ll give it a pass.

How is this any better than some other random jerkoff’s playlist? Not that I hate you for linking me to this. I’ll certainly be able to find some diamonds in this rubble. But it’s not a very good playlist, all considered.

lol says:

You don’t exactly come across as somebody who gives a damn about amvs tbh, personally though i actually like the mad playlists best.

If you don’t find many in them you like, then theres probably not much hope for you, there all the winners and high rankers from the biggest amv contests, not that am saying that automatically means everyone of them is good…but you won’t find playlists with better consistency.

…but if you do, lemmie know =p.

Dark_Sage says:

I will. I’ll go through it with a fine-toothed comb.

As for AMVs, I’m actually quite serious about loving them. They’re the primary way I find new music and my personal collection is meticulously-organized.

lol says:

I know the owner of all them channels is AceD on BakaBT, am sure he could probably find you stuff to like =x

Dark_Sage says:

If he’s the guy who owned the “BestAMVsOfAllTime” account, he probably wouldn’t be interested in helping me out. Pretty sure I was blocked (which means banned from commenting on Youtube) from three similarly-named accounts. XD

Trey Richards says:

You and I have similar AMV sensibilities. My motivation to make AMV’s has been restored now.

Jukey says:

inb4 dark_sage calls your AMVs crap

Trey Richards says:

I wouldn’t be surprised. That’s why I didn’t link to them.

Dark_Sage says:

Yeah. I’m extremely jaded when it comes to AMVs. I’ve watched so many of them it’s hard for me not to be. :P

Horo says:


Dark_Sage says:

Yes. Sand Canyon for everything truly takes skill. Thanks be to Japan.

Head of the Lolicon Institute of Fondling Small 2D Children says:

Needs more lolis. Lolis make everything better and I mean real lolis not pseudo lolis, who are really just short flat chested girls in high-school e.g. most of the cast of Lucky Star.

Janice says:

I agree that 99% of AMVs suck. There are only a handful worth

I used to have a collection of about 800 AMVs on my old hard drive which died a while ago. AMVs were my primary way of finding new anime to watch and music to listen to back in the day.

Off the top of my head, here are some of the ones I liked best:

Auriga (Multiple) – This video is the reason I watched Diebuster. Hadn’t heard of it until I this. Good editing and effects. http://www.animemusicvideos.org/members/members_videoinfo.php?v=160388

Dark Sun (Death Note) – Great editing and sick music from E Nomine makes Kira writing names in his book a good AMV.

Whisper of the Beast (Naruto) – Probably my favorite video of all time. Old school Naruto. Groundbreaking 2D editing for an AMV of its time. Added effects greatly improve some scenes over the originals.

From the Ashes (FMA) – Editing flows well with the music. Really enjoy this video.

Toushi (Naruto) – My favorite mindless action AMV. Probably watched it a hundred times over the years.

Buffaloman says:

You want multi-anime AMV, that Trigun/Bebop AMV to Michael Jackson’s Smooth Criminal

amen665 says:

wow….. this is some serious sh1t we have here.

Kriman says:

I don’t really like AMVs but I do like this one:

(Soul Eater AMV This is Halloween)
After watching this I want to watch Soul Eater but I don’t know which fansub to watch.

MatrixM says:

It may be my obsession with The Nightmare Before Christmas but when my brother showed me this a couple of months ago I put Soul Eater just a bit higher on my to read or watch list as well :D

skullking123 says:

this has my approval

Dark_Sage says:


Hagaren Viper’s good, yeah. I was showing my favorite video of his ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x0lW2mjja4w ) to Janice yesterday. Too bad he’s a furfag.

Nodarg says:

This is another pretty good Soul Eater AMV imo…

kazukifafner says:

I actually prefer multi-anime AMVs. Granted, that’s mostly because I’m tired of all the Bleach and Naruto AMVs out there. I figure that if it’s multiple anime, I have a chance at liking it.

But yeah, I agree, the vast majority of AMVs are trash of the highest level.

Daiz says:

So you like AMVs, eh? Then I’ll just leave this, the Best AMV, right here.

KZ says:

the. best. damn. amv. ever. omg.

skullking123 says:

Wow sage you must be really bored

KZ says:

Then why don’t you make a page on all the good AMV’s? I listened to some of the above in the comments, some were good, most were shit.

So what are the good ones in your opinion D_S?

Dark_Sage says:

These are pretty much my go-to ones when I wanna show people that AMVs can be good:
She’s Just Oblivious [TMoHS]
Always Hardcore [FMA]
Life is Beautiful [Various]

But I’m going to assume everyone interested in AMVs has already saw those. “Blah, boring. Excite me.” right? So I think I’ll bring out some of the more interesting ones I’ve seen. Stop me if you’ve seen this shit. I can get much more obscure.

Unique: Play My Game [Kara no Kyoukai]
Action: Crossfire [Black Lagoon]
Sappy: Love Story [Zero no Tsukaima]
Speed: Overload II [Various]
Matching: Handle Bars [Evangelion]

KZ says:

Yup. Seen all those, except for the Kara no Kyoukai one. Nice.

kliqIMB says:

Commenting on these too for the fuck of it. :D

>mfw pop music

True Heroes was really good subject matter wise, but the video was boring.

Blue started off really good, but the more poppy part of the song kind of killed it, imo. Though it def was a good transition.


Another MSI track so I liked the song, but the video was meh.

kliqIMB says:

Disclaimer: I think AMVs are a stupid as fuck concept and agree that 99% of them are shit.

But if the ones you posted were some of the best, I’m still kinda disappoint. First three were terrible, then out of the five batch only the Ensiferum song one was really good because I love them and Black Lagoon. Overload II was pretty good too, I might watch it again and Handle Bars did a good job with the scenes but that song definitely doesn’t go well with Evangelion. The others were pretty garbage and I’m 100% positive Taylor Swift is in the Billboard Top 100.

That being said, I’d still like you to post a few more to see if perhaps you can sway me.

Dark_Sage says:

If you liked Overload, that gives me a place to start. The purpose was to have a wide range of different types so even if someone hated most of it, there might be one they liked. It seems I need to find something that will overwhelm you with effects, speed, and visuals so you don’t get bored.

Fragrance [Various]
Clarissa [Minami-Ke]
Running Man [Various]
If nothing else, you’ll love this one.

kliqIMB says:

Well you successfully made me watch an AMV more than once, which is a arduous feat let me tell you. That Clarissa one is probably one of the best things I’ve seen in a while. Fragrance was cool, but it was too long; Running Man was pretty meh. I wonder if maybe I just can’t get into it unless I already know and like the song, as when I saw Clarissa I got all excite.

Dark_Sage says:

So you need something that’s gonna cap out at 2 minutes with speedy music. Man, this is like 21 questions.

Do You Want a Taco? [Various]
Waka Laka [Azumanga Daioh]
Lights Out [Kannagi x Toradora] (Yes, MSI again, but it’s pretty similar to the Clarissa video)

KZ says:

Damn man. Clarissa. Good stuff right there. First time I saw this one. Shit. Awesome!

kliqIMB says:

You’re getting closer and closer to shit I’m actually enjoying and it’s fucking scary. Taco was awesome, because Psychostick is a hilarious “metal” band and I like how they super imposed the taco. Waka Laka’s song made me want to gouge my eardrums out with a rusty spoon so I didn’t make it very far. Lights Out was great as well though, editing wasn’t as good as Clarissa, but still p good. MOAR I DEMAND MOAR!

KZ says:

^ Yeah what he said

Dark_Sage says:

Oh god. You want more? These kinda AMVs aren’t really my specialty, so I don’t tend to save them. They usually only ever hit Tier 2/3 by my standards. Kinda unfortunate for y’all though.

Artillery [FMA]

I think I’m out of ideas. :/

Nodarg says:

This is probably one of the best AMV’s I’ve found so far…


potte says:

> Shit musical taste. If I wanted to listen to Jay-Z, I’d stick my face in a blender and turn it on until I collapsed from blood loss. Why? Because a world in which I actually want to listen to Jay-Z is not a world worth living in. You may substitute Jay-Z with anything in the Billboard Top 100. It’s not shit because it’s popular. It’s popular because it’s shit.

The same reason why I really mad when [gg] changed Sacred7 episode 05 OP with that Chamillionaire’s shit.

Setton says:

I suggest that you should write next article about “why whinners sucks so much”. Thx for listening. Setton out.

KZ says:

Their purpose is to whine. Just as u have done.

Dark_Sage says:

Too easy. :(

Narutard says:

best AMV ever isn’t using any anime at all:

Janice says:

Thanks Narutard, you reminded me of one of my favorite AMVs.

The Wonders At Your Feet (Berserk) – Some very creative animation done to and on top of manga scans from Berserk. Song fits perfectly with the atmosphere.

Janice says:

Trust (Kenshin) – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ObFHZqvQiCg
Frozen (Kenshin) – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ObFHZqvQiCg

Both tell a great story. Tsuiokuhen.

Spenz says:

I couldn’t agree more. To be honest, I don’t really like AMV’s and I believe that my dislike comes from one of your points: disconnection with the music and the anime. It would also help if people could ACTUALLY edit and well, wouldn’t do such a shitty job overall. I do agree that there are a few gems among the cluster fuck of horrid AMV’s, but whatever.

On a side note, I hate how “AMV” isn’t in the title but rather a misleading “OP”, which is what I searched for. Also, tagging an AMV with popular tags that have nothing to do with said AMV, isn’t going to give you a significant view count boost. For example: If I search for anime X and get results for your shitty AMV of anime Y, I’m not going to watch your AMV, dude. /end rant

Fanofde4ever says:

You can’t not like Skittles!

Feericks says:

This isn’t that bad, although it could be my fanboy mentality influencing me.

scineram says:

“Multi-anime AMVs. Now, sometimes this can be done right. Like in… Uhh, give me a moment. I’ll think of one. Nope. Can’t.”

Dear ranting drak_sage, I present you the bestest.


My other favorites:


Ahou says:

I do agree with most of your points. But i personally like effects.

Amv – Vortex: Recycled

AMV – [MEP] Looking Glass 720p

AMV – Hell’s Gate

MatrixM says:

This was an interesting idea, though it’s not an AMV


I remember there was another hellsing amv out theere I liked a lot but I can’t find it.

This one has made me laugh a few times, I couldn’t find the original, perhaps it got taken down.

Eric says:

This is kind of funny. AMV hardly means “Anime Music Video”.

What a real .AMV is a proprietary video format that is a variant of .MPG with fixed quantisation tables and with 16bit audio samples encoded at 22050bps.

Lol, why do people choose to use acronyms for layout styles /forms/etc that are already used withing the subject or whatever?

/inb4 Old post and what I said is hardly related, but IDGAF. This just makes Anime Music Videos suck ass even more.

Emily Evelan says:

So. I need AMVs to watch/listen to. Halp?

Dark_Sage says:

Whoa this post is old.

I can curate some for you if you’d like, but the best resource for high-quality AMVs is Akross — http://akross.ru/ or AMV News – http://amvnews.ru/. The Russians absolutely dominate the AMV field.

moozooh says:

Reviews when? :p

Dark_Sage says:

…sometime. Also, good ambush~

Eric says:

My god. Who else got an email notifying us that mouse080956 left that cancer-ass novel of a comment?

Dark_Sage says:

Normally I don’t delete comments, but good gods what the fuck.

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