Music Mondays: AMV Bleak Friday [Serial Experiments Lain]

Do you remember that awful, awful song by Rebecca Black? The one that kept extolling the glory of Friday? This amv by editor Ileia features a morose, contemplative cover of the same song and sets it against the gritty, bleak background imagery of Serial Experiments: Lain.

The result is both hilarious and unexpectedly emotive. Not a bad way to start off a Monday by far.

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Music Mondays: [ENP] Reflections AMV

AM2“Is it only when you’re in love with another person, that you see them as they really are? And in the ordinary way, when you’re not in love with people, you see only a fragmented version of that being? Because when you’re in love with someone, you do indeed see them as a divine being…and suppose that’s what they are truly? Your eyes have, by your beloved, been opened.”

These are just some of the words that echo across a landscape of imagery and music after the 1 minute point of this touching AMV. Winner at MTAC’s 2014 AMV Contest for Judges Best Artistic, this is one of only a handful of AMVs I’ve watched without connection to the series used, but have enjoyed immensely and repetitiously (ad infinitum up to this point).

There’s something in the distantly retro broadcast voice. Something in every word spoken and in every highlighted, fevered motion framed in vivid color. Something cushioned perfectly between saccharine sweet piano keys and the heartbeat-like, tiptoes-at-the-edge-before-jumping rhythm…that really captures the essence and anxiety and excitement of new love.

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If it’s only when we’re in love with another person that we see people as they truly are…I want to be in love with everyone all the time. Especially if the new vision granted by emotion is as gorgeous and full of feels as this video.

“We don’t say ‘rising in love’. There is in it the idea of the fall.”

Wow. Just wow. And much applause.