I started this AMV in 2009, but I was super busy at the time, and I could work on it only very rarely. I finally had it mostly finished in 2011, but I knew I wanted to submit it to an AMV Contest, and only if I could attend the convention; that wasn't possible at the time, so I waited, and still occasionally tweaked the AMV a bit here and there. At the end of 2013, I exported the version that I have now... and literally the next day my trusty old Mac (with Final Cut and all the files on it) died! So, the AMV is forced to be finished, and this is the final, best quality version I have. I am not sure if it is good enough resolution for an AMV contest, and I am not sure if the judges would rate A.F.I. as suitable for a "kid-friendly" contest, but I still figured I would try submitting it, and it was looking like the upcoming Katsucon 2016 would be a good option -- I probably could attend, and it would be their first PG-13 AMV Contest, removing any doubt on that front! -- but it turns out I checked a few days too late, and submissions to the contest were already closed. Considering I've been sitting on the final version of this file for almost exactly two years now, I am ready to share it already! Maybe I'll still try submitting it to Katsucon next year, if they don't mind me just having it posted on our little site here in the meanwhile, but, come on, this is bursting out of me at this point!
The Miyazaki film Howl's Moving Castle is about a young woman named Sophie who is cursed to appear as an old crone. She ends up meeting the mysterious wizard Howl who is similarly afflicted: he has made a deal with a demon and, the more he uses his magic, the more he gradually transforms into a crow-like monster. The world around them is being torn apart by a war fought by other wizards who, likewise, lose their humanity the more they fight. Sophie and Howl both want to break each other's respective curses and keep their little hodgepodge family safe; to do that, Sophie will need to delve into the past and figure out the terms of Howl's contract. A lot of AMVs focus on the more bubbly aspects of the growing romance between Howl and Sophie, and that's fun too, but I wanted to explore the darker side of the story, and Death of Seasons by A.F.I. is the perfect song for it; it includes lots of matching details I could play with in the AMV: crippling apathy, falling stars, world-ending war, and losing yourself to hate.
While I wanted to make an AMV of something for a long time, it was the distinct dearth of Little Nemo AMVs that finally spurred me to figure out how to actually make one of my own. The song Nemo by Nightwish was so perfect, I am surprised that it had not been used for this movie before (I found out later that this song is one of those that gets overused for AMVs, yet somehow Nemo hadn't been put to Little Nemo yet). I worked hard on this AMV off and on for about two years, and then submitted it to the Otakon 2009 AMV contest. To my amazement, it won 1st place in the Drama/Serious Category!
Little Nemo is about a young boy who is invited in his dreams to the magical kingdom of Slumberland; he is an honored guest and even made future heir to the throne! Yet because of his curiosity (and some questionable influences), he opens the forbidden door to Nightmareland, allowing the Nightmare King to launch an attack and destroy the good dreams. It is up to Nemo and a troupe of friendly goblins to face off against the Nightmare King and rescue his friends.
Mewtwo's Origin, the beginning sequence of Pokémon: The First Movie - Mewtwo Strikes Back, tells the story of the friendship between a cloned Pokémon, Mewtwo, and a cloned little girl, Ai. Their friendship is doomed, as the cloned Ai cannot survive; Mewtwo, in deep grief over the loss of his friend, is then sedated, and his memories of the event erased. However, through the rest of the movie there are signs that the now adult Mewtwo still retains vague memories of his childhood. The AMV focuses on this aspect of the story.
The video you can watch here is actually a remastered version of the 2006 original that was rebuilt in 2014. The only changes made to the video have to do with minimizing the repetition of scenes (which was forced by the fact that the song is longer than the actual footage), but it's otherwise the same as the original - just in higher resolution. Here is the 2006 original.
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