The first Western anime music video is widely acknowledged to have been made by Jim Kaposztas in 1982.
It is also productive in ways that other forms of insanity are not. But while mall-goth Harry Potter fanfic and poorly conceived original Sonic the Hedgehog characters have constantly competed for the title of most embarrassing fan content, few have drawn as much scorn as the anime music video.
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It makes sense; why claim something that was created by an uncritical mind fawning over a universe that exists only in ink or pixels? Like good stuff but hate looking for it? Artwork by Jane Kim.
The creators who do actually put effort and creativity into their work, like the VCR-syncers of the 90s did, are the ones who are rewarded at cons and on YouTube. Troy Williams says that most of the OG AMV makers are still in regular contact with each other, communicating through the forums of the central hub animemusicvideos.
VICE Elsewhere. Incredibly, Linkin Park themselves are aware of their legacy in the anime world.
They tried so hard and got so far, but in the end, what do AMVs really matter? He sees them as an intensely personal form of fan art.
Much of this work is discredited by outsiders—and sometimes the artists themselves after a certain age—as juvenilia borne of adolescent angst. Get the best of Noisey, delivered to your inbox every day.
Artwork by Jane Kim Fandom is a form of obsessive madness. They switched to ballots the next year.
Fandom is a form of obsessive madness. As a sidebar: To those who hung around internet communities like Newgrounds, DeviantArt, and various gaming forums in the post-Netscape, pre-social media era, the reputation of AMVs has long been a shameful one.
Lessig envisioned remix culture in his 2008 book Remix: Phil believes that this is the finest fusion of music and anime.