AMV Showdown! Top 23 from Tier 3

We have come to the last 33 AMVs who survived the last two rounds of cuts!

Tier three is a bit complicated because there were SO MANY videos with all around perfect scores. So it became a matter of personal taste. However, not all the videos on this list have perfect scores based on three new criteria from 1-10:

Aestheticism, or the visual quality of the video

Amplification, or if the video amplified its source material

Emotionalism, or how well the video provoked an emotional response

The defining criteria for most of the rankings from this time forward is:

Personal Taste

I thought it was fitting to finally rank most of these videos subjectively. If we didn’t all the videos would get first prize! And that is not what these type of posts are for.

Since there is a lot of ground to cover, let’s get started!

33. AMV – For The Win – Bestamvsofalltime Anime MV by TheBestAMVsOfAllTime

Based on Sword Art Online

I had to take my brother’s word for it when he told me how well this AMV amplifies its source material. Even not knowing anything about Sword Art Online I appreciated the attention to detail put into this AMV’s setup. The visuals are crisp and clear, the message is well thought out, and it sets up the tone of the show very well.

The problem is I don’t have any emotional connection to this show whatsoever. So, when I see it I feel nothing remarkable. It ranks so low on this list because of my apathy. (It’s average for personal taste is 4.5 and it has a 5.5 average for emotionalism.)

My Score: 26

My Brother’s Score: 30,

Average Score: 28

Average Total Score: 98/110

32. Natsume Yuujinchou Amv- Sail by Awolnation by 私はアニメが大好きOtaku

Based on Natsume’s Book of Friends

“Sail” has impeccable timing and tone. It creates a fantastic, never-ending nightmare using various scenes from the anime Natsume’s Book of Friends. The only flaw in its visual quality is the creator’s logo pasted in the middle of the screen. Another issue is how well it amplifies the original show. If someone had never seen Natsume’s Book of Friends before they would be very confused what it is about if they saw this AMV.

Besides this, it is a great AMV!

My Score: 37

My Brother’s Score: 32

Average Score: 34.5

Average Total Score: 104.5/110

31. [Winner Of AKROSS Con 2010] SilentMan – Drawn Dream by AkrossAMV

Based on Natsume’s Book of Friends

“Drawn Dream”, unlike the previous AMV, does a splendid job showcasing what Natsume’s Book of Friends is like. Unlike “Sail” it lacks more of an emotional connection. Its highlight is definitely how the editor penciled in to the music still shots from the show.

My Average Score: 35

My Brother’s Score: 36

Average Score: 35.5

Average Total Score: 105.5/110

30. i’m so sorry [kimetsu no yaiba amv] thanks for +20K subs! by panna amv

Based on Demon Slayer

“I’m Sorry” has great visual, timing, and tone. What it lacked was a lasting emotional impact. Because of this disconnection, the heart for the show felt disjointed a bit, especially for me. I didn’t feel I could really understand what this show was about as someone who has never seen it. It’s cool though!

My Score: 34

My Brother’s Score: 38.5

Average Score: 36.25

Average Total Score: 106.25/110

Those are the only four videos that didn’t score perfectly in Aestheticism, Emotionalism, and Amplification. Now its all about personal taste. Therefore, the upcoming videos are legitimately fantastic videos fans of anime should watch! The only score I’ll be referencing is personal taste along with each videos average total score. (For ties I just ranked the one my brother and I liked better higher.)

29. Psychedelic Limbo – AMV by KazKon

Based on ????

I honestly didn’t think “Psychedelic Limbo” would make it this far, but it did! The editor morphed this video so well! It feels like a crazy, drug induced fever dream and promotes a feeling of mystery and ever-rising panic. It also does a great job evolving through its tone and using spot on timing to draw the viewer in.

That said, I don’t like it AT ALL. It creeps me out. My brother had it on his list of favorites for a long while till he watched it all the way through to the ending. Then he changed his mind.

My Score: 3

My Brother’s Score: 6

Average Total Score: 104.5

28.【AMV】Soul Eater『This Is Halloween』by Paulo PT90

Based on Soul Eater

If you have ever seen Soul Eater you might think to yourself, “This is Halloween” seems like the perfect song for it! You’d be right. This AMV is GREAT. It sets up its characters and their varying stages of madness throughout the story in a way that is jaw dropping. Tonally, its the right blend of freaky and exciting.

Now that that’s over, I don’t like watching it. I’ve had to sit through it multiple times now and I’ve determined I appreciate it for its creativity, but will always watch it from a proper distance.

My Score: 2

My Brother’s Score: 10

Average Total Score: 106

27. Game Over – Death Parade AMV by SliceofLife

Based on Death Parade

If there was ever an AMV made for Death Parade, “Game Over” captures this show’s nature as an exceptional psychological horror best. It also carries the dark emotional journeys the characters .experiences as they face each other through varying games.

It’s not as appealing to me as an AMV because of the song but I like its tone and visual message.

My Score: 6.5

My Brother’s Score: 8.5

Average Total Score: 107.5

26. Close To The Sun – AMV – 「Anime MV」by Light Raider

Based on a Variety of Anime

This editor makes such vibrant, happy AMVs. “Close to the Sun” is visually BEAUTIFUL because it treats its source materials well. It carries its viewer on a lovely journey, exploring various examples of light and hope throughout different shows. Not my favorite, but definitely a must see.

My Score: 8

My Brother’s Score: 7.5

Average Total Score: 107.75

25. Vesper | Made in Abyss AMV | Big Contest 2018 by DrPenguin

Based on Made in Abyss

“Vesper” cemented my resolve to watch Made in Abyss. It treats its characters well and enhances the show’s mysterious, dark nature. It also has great build up and flows like a well oiled machine.

My Score: 7

My Brother’s Score: 9

Average Total Score: 108

24. Say My Name – AMV -「Anime MV」by Light Raider

Based on Scum’s Wish (Yeah. . . that’s the real name)

“Say My Name” came out of NOWHERE. At first, I thought it was about unexpected strangers unlucky in love falling for each other. For that reason, I was going to keep it on the last list. That is until I realized what the actual story is ABOUT. (You’d think I could have guessed it from the name). Then my perspective and appreciation for this AMV skyrocketed. The words and images match each other so well. It definitely amplified the show. That’s saying something because the show is awful.

My Score:8

My Brother’s Score: 8.5

Average Total Score: 108.25

23. Mob Psycho 100「AMV」 Cradles by ShiroYasha

Based on Mob Psycho 100

Most AMVs based on Mob Psycho 100 are really loud and fast-faced. “Cradles” has a subtle, mysterious feeling to it. It addresses the show’s emotionality, specifically Mob’s journey to grasp and accept his emotions. The song is not very rhythmic, yet it still manages to have pitch-perfect timing. This is an all around beautifully crafted AMV. Though it isn’t my favorite Mob Psycho 100 AMV I still like watching it and picking out new things to admire.

My Score: 8

My Brother’s Score: 8.5

Average Total Score: 108.25

22. Dreams – AMV – 「Anime MV」by Light Raider

Based on a Variety of Anime

Much like “Close to the Sun”, “Dreams” has an ethereal beauty to it. It has great characterization despite having so many anime featured throughout it. Of the two, I’d say it has more interesting visuals.

My Score: 8

My Brother’s Score: 9.5

Average Total Score: 108.75

21. Baba Yetu [Magi AMV – Anime North Judges Choice] by Glitzer

Based on Magi

“Baba Yetu” is not the song I think of when I see Magi, but it definitely fits once you see this AMV. This video has beautiful choreography. I love seeing AMVs that make it seem like the visuals are dancing to the music. Aesthetically it is also gorgeous in how it presents its characters! I’m amazed this AMV could make me like this show, because I have luke-warm feelings for this anime at best.

My Score: 7.5

My Brother’s Score: 10

Average Total Score: 108.75

20. Cosmic Love {AMV} by Trisieren

Based on Children of the Sea

Usually when I hear this song I think of Howl’s Moving Castle. Though I have my own preferences, this editor used this song to exemplify Children of the Sea‘s gorgeous imagery. For those who have never seen this movie, this AMV is a wonderful introduction.

My Score: 9

My Brother’s Score: 9

Average Total Score: 109

19. Transmutayshun [FMA:B AMV – Anime Expo Best Action Winner] by Ileia

Based on Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

“Transmutayshun”s timing is impeccable! Plus using The Kongo’s song “Come With Me Now” helps builds a fantastic promotional AMV for this fantastic show! Not my favorite Fullmetal Alchemist AMV, but I love it nonetheless.

My Score: 9

My Brother’s Score: 9

Average Total Score: 109

18. Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood AMV – Glitter and Gold by Neo Solarius

Based on Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

In terms of personal preference, “Glitter and Gold” ranks slightly higher than “Transmutayshun”, mostly because it does such a fantastic job setting tone and showcasing the characters. Also, its timing is impeccable! It’s a fantastic homage for the show.

My Score: 9

My Brother’s Score: 9

Average Total Score: 109

17. Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood AMV – This is war – HD 720p by Gohan

Based on Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

“This is War” is in the running for Best Characterization. It’s amazing how well this editor collaborated the music and imagery to showcase this near-perfect anime. The only thing keeping this AMV back is my personal taste. I am not as much a fan of this song.

My Score: 8

My Brother’s Score: 10

Average Total Score: 109

16. Unity – AMV – 「Anime MV」by Light Raider

Based on a Variety of Anime

Of the four or five collage AMVs featured for this list, “Unity” emotionally impacted me the most. Every time I watch it I get chills! It feels like a music video showcasing the beauty of living.

My Score: 9.5

My Brother’s Score: 9

Average Total Score: 109.25

15. let us be brave; by moved.

Based on Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

“Let us Be Brave” echoes my personal feelings for Fullmetal Alchemist. For me, this AMV encompasses what this show is really about. The fight scenes are amazing, the story is incredibly crafted, and the characters are more than memorable. However, that isn’t what drew me into this show. It had a truly emotional impact on my life and taught me powerful lessons about living. That is what this AMV does.

My Score: 10

My Brother’s Score: 9

Average Total Score: 109.5

14. Demon Slayer | Despicable by S.Yushan

Based on Demon Slayer

This editor managed to capture in a little over a minute Demon Slayer‘s multi-dimensional story building and animation style. Everything about it is impactful and beautiful. However, there is one other AMV for Demon Slayer that is better.

My Score: 9.5

My Brother’s score: 9.5

Average Total Score: 109.5

13. Bleach Amv Emptiness by HeardYouLikeAmvs

Based on Bleach

Behold! The one Bleach AMV that made it through this list! I wanted to find good AMVs for Bleach so bad but I had very little to work with. What I love about “Emptiness” is it’s not about Ichigo. When I was younger I used to think it just paid respect to Ichigo’s fight with Ulquiorra. Now, after seeing it so many times, I know it’s about Ulquiorra and his relationship with Orihime. Not as a romantic relationship but as a bitter sweet one marred by his soul’s hollow state.

That said, “Emptiness” was a great song choice and it showcased its characters and message superbly.

My Score: 10

My Brother’s Score: 9

Average Total Score: 109.5

12. Kimi to Nami ni Noretara「AMV」- Ghost Of You by Vichima

Based on Ride Your Wave

“The Ghost of You” takes you on a jarring, beautiful emotional ride. Much like other featured AMVs, it dances and sings to its audience, leaving behind a wonderful experience especially for fans of the original movie Ride Your Wave. In fact, it could be a promotional video for the movie if the right person found it.

My Score: 9

My Brother’s Score: 10

Average Total Score: 109.5

11. No Friends – AMV – 「Anime MV」by Light Raider

Based on a Variety of Anime

Kudos to this editor for having so many great AMVs with varying themes and featured anime! “No Friends” by Cadmium is now one of my favorite songs! Every aspect of this AMV is lovely, likeable and rewatchable!

My Score: 10

My Brother’s Score: 9.5

Average Total Score: 109.75

That’s it for this list. The next post will feature the top 10 AMVs with straight across perfect scores!

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