Tuesday, January 5, 2010

And Now, for Something Completely Different: A Dancing Duck. Animated

"Princess Tutu AMV - Hold Me Now (Warning: Spoilerific)"

Komichi, YouTube (June 5, 2006)
video, 3:15

"The song is 'Hall Om Mig' or 'Hold Me Now' by Nanne Grönvall. Lyrics can be found here:...
"...This AMV has awards for "Best Action" and "Best of Show" from Anime Boston and "Best Freeform" from Fanime...."

I did a little checking, and Princess Tutu (プリンセスチュチュ) is a television series that ran 2002-2003. The presence of a dancing duck in the video makes sense, actually. The focus character for the series is Ahiru, a small girl in a junior high school beginner ballet program. "Ahiru" (あひる) means "duck" in Japanese. Poor kid.

By the way, the lyrics, like "Så håll om mig ... Kom och håll om mig nu" aren't Japanese. Nanne Gronvall's singing in Swedish. (It's awfully close to Norwegian - or English, for that matter. No wonder the language sounded so familiar.)

Here's another video: same music, different selection of clips from プリンセスチュチュ.

"Princess Tutu Hall Om Mig (NEW)"

Ruby7490, YouTube (February 15, 2008)
video, 3:00


"It took me a month to do and I am very proud of it. The only scenes I used from the other Hall Om Mig Nu video are the promo scenes since the only trailer available for download has such bad quality. Someone very nice sent me the 5 minute Pas De Deux from episode 13 un-subbed. :)

"Unfortunetly, Youtube killed the quality and Youtube also made the video's timing is a little off.

"Episodes in order of appearance:..."

"Youtube killed the quality ... video's timing...."? True, the playback quality isn't (quite) up to the other video's standard - but I think it's quite viewable.

Personally, I pick the 2006 video for overall rhythm and choreography of the elements; the 2008 video for presenting a somewhat clearer story line. I won't identify a 'best,' though, since the two seem to have rather different goals.


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