Title: Lion | Creator: Ferzit
Songs: Lion | Artist: Hollywood Undead
Anime Used: Tokyo Ghoul
Category: Action, Drama
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Audio/Visual: Visually, Lion was neither impressive nor terrible. It had some moments when the colors and lines were washed out, specifically the scene about 30 seconds into the video that shows Tsukiyama in a white suit, as well as some moments that seemed like they had no purpose, such as when Tsukiyama talks after blocking Touka’s attacks or the close ups of Rize talking. The scene transitions were mostly just sudden cuts, although the one transition that fades as Tsukiyama is dodging Kaneki and Touka breaks the monotony of the sudden jumps from scene to scene well. The most noticeable effect is at the very end of the video - there’s no way you can miss the earthquake simulator as Hinami runs down a crowded sidewalk.
- Score- 5/10
Synchronization: In direct opposition to last week’s AMV, this video does not have great lip-syncing. A lot of scenes are used that involve characters moving their mouths, but the creator does not alter the speed of the video to match the lyrics, resulting in an annoying clash of mouth movement and words. There is very little correlation between both the scene order with the progression of the song and synchronization of scene changes with the music. For instance, the beginning scene changes are not matched with the drums in the song, which would have been a great way to connect the audio and video. In none of the fighting scenes is synchronization used to emphasize or make certain moments stand out, just leaving them as some fighting with background music.
- Score- 3/10
Planning: The creator chose a song and show that match very well thematically, but did not capitalize on that fact. Instead, the AMV focuses on action and fighting. The song’s lyrics fit Kaneki or other characters’ thoughts, with multiple lines connecting to the story, such as “how can I sleep at night if there’s a war inside my head” referring to Kaneki becoming a ghoul but retaining his desire to be a normal human. The scene that showed the most thought was a piece of the opening theme animation where Kaneki falls into the ghoul version of himself then transitions to the white haired Kaneki from the end of the season, which is matched with the lyrics “you were born a lion, and a lion you will stay,” in the AMV, hitting the topic of Kaneki accepting that he is a ghoul. This moment shows that the creator recognized the thematic similarities between the song and the story, yet didn’t go any further than that one scene. The acknowledgement of understanding some shared themes of Tokyo Ghoul and Lion makes me wonder how much thought went into selecting scenes for this AMV, because there is a perfect scene in the last episode of the first season that is all about Kaneki’s sense of loss of both his former personality and his humanity as well as acceptance that he is a ghoul and all of the ramifications of being such.
- Score- 4/10
Themes/Alternate Story: Lion doesn’t offer any alternate story line, but does heavily lean on the themes of loss and acceptance in the show, specifically of Kaneki’s internal struggle about becoming a ghoul. The lyrics of the song match up well with these themes, sometimes seeming like they are from Kaneki’s perspective, sometimes another ghoul’s, but they have to do with ‘not being able to go back’ (loss) or ‘having to be what you are’ (acceptance). This is most directly addressed with the scene from the OP where Kaneki is shown falling and collides with the ghoul version of himself, and then turns into his white-haired form, representing his loss of humanity and his acceptance of being a ghoul. The themes are significantly undercut by the lack of focus on them, specifically through the omission of one specific scene from the final episode of the first season that holds all the symbolism of Kaneki’s situation and thoughts. The flowers shown in his ‘inner world’ of his mind have very specific meanings in Japanese culture that are used to relate Kaneki’s change, and they would have been perfect for this AMV. Basically, Lion acknowledges the themes, but chooses to focus on action instead of loss and acceptance.
- Score- 5/10
Overall, Lion is a decent AMV that is more centered on showing action than hitting the themes hard. The song selection was an excellent match for Tokyo Ghoul, but some of the scene selections didn’t directly fit. It felt as if the creator knew the themes of the song and show well enough to link the two together, but not enough to overpower the urge to focus on “hey look, people fighting!”, which doesn’t fulfill the potential of the match of song and show.
Awards and Other Info: This AMV was not entered into any competitions. For more AMVs by Ferzit, you can visit his YouTube page. For more information on Japanese flower meanings in Tokyo Ghoul, here is an awesome post explaining it: