Ouran High School Host Club – Witch Doctor AMV

This post is going to be a work in progress. Periodically I intend to add AMVs that might enhance studies about Japanese culture, hybridization (remixes), anime, manga, multiple literacies, narratives, and art.

Why should AMVs be used in class? The insightful article “Remix: The Art and Craft of Endless Hybridization,” by Michele Knobel and Colin Lankshear provides some answers:

  • “Young people are embracing remix en masse, and it is increasingly integral to how they make meaning and express ideas.” (23)
  • They discuss Lawrence Lessig’s ideas: “Lessig (2005) argues that culture as a whole can be construed as remix. Whenever we comment on, say, a film or a book and discuss it with others,
    we take the original author’s creativity and remix it in our own lives, using it to extend our own ideas or to produce an evaluation.” (22)
  • “From an educational perspective, interesting
    questions might be posed about what gets remixed,
    how items get remixed, when remix begets innovation,
    and the directions this takes.” (26)

Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy 52(1) Sept 08

There are a bunch of AMV’s for the anime Neon Genesis Evangelion using the Pixie’s song “Where is My Mind?” The song would be fitting for many anime programs because they tend to be highly introspective, brooding, and meditative, as well as filled with scenes that seem to stretch time so that it slows down, heightening these human emotions and thoughts.
An interesting activity might be to compare and contrast Neon Genesis Evangelion AMV’s.

Note: The above video has a touch of nudity. Japanese manga and anime tend to be much more mature than American books and videos. The backlash is that American children and teens, due to censorship, are cut off from phenomenal works of art and thought, and are conditioned to deem sexuality as deviant and perverted. Where is the right balance?

This one uses Bleach and has the lyrics on screen (Linkin Park).