(The high quality version can be downloaded at this site)
Making a music video to explain a series or character can be very difficult. Most of the time, the video has to change to match the song. This can usually drop the quality of the video, especially for people who have seen the series. So what happens when you find a song that fits one of the most iconic anime characters there is? You find a test.
She’s just Oblivious
Haruhi Suzumiya, everyone knows her. Many people want to be her(does that mean they have a god complex?). She’s spastic, psychotic, eccentric, and just plain lovable, and she goes out of her way to make sure everyone knows. “Sharada” by Skye Sweetnam is about a girl with her head in the clouds always doing what she wanted, not caring about the consequences. While everyone kept putting her down, she kept pushing herself forward. A match made in heaven if I ever heard one. So does the video make this perfect combination possible?
Video: Not much to say, the quality is top notch. The choice of Haruhi Suzumiya is almost painfully obvious, since the song describes her to a tee.
Music: The song is the interesting part. The chances of a random pop song fitting an anime character, that even the artist didn’t know about, is unbelievable. Yet it was found, and even has a nice melody for its intro and outro that fits the mood of a japanese animation, coincidence?
Editing: The AMV has very few effects. The noticeable are simple light flashes, a few filters, and some masking. The filters do well to set the mood at the beginning. It gives us a nice peaceful feel to go with the song’s melody. The many quick cuts to match the beat can get tedious, but at the same time make the video work. The many different scenes go well with the lyrics to show off Haruhi’s energetic life. Always jumping from one thing to another, just how Haruhi would act. This video explains her very well for anyone who has not seen the series.
Overall: This video is great. It accurately describes a character, shows her interactions with others, and even goes to show some of her goals. I love when someone is able to make a fantastic video with minimal effects. This described Haruhi Suzumiya better than any other song I have heard.