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Finally finished a project that's been percolating for a while -- an alternate version of the X TV OP set to Ali Project's "Ankoku Tengoku." (In my head, there's a chibified X TV series a la "Welcome to Lodoss Island," and its theme is "Peony Pink," but I just couldn't make that work.) I haven't had great luck with YouTube in the past, so I'm hoping this stays up for a while at least.

I actually started working on this sometime last week, when I was feeling frustrated with my CLAMP fanbook picture and iMovie was a welcome distraction. Prior to this, I'd finished one video before -- the first R2 Geass opening footage set to a different song, tweaking the footage ever so slightly so the timing matched up -- but it kept getting taken down. This is my first video where I really played with montage, so it's still kind of an accomplishment.

It's still a bit rough compared to what I'd like. I managed to avoid using any footage with subtitles, but the video quality varies a bit due to the material I had on hand. (This would be one of the first things I'd fix if I decide to tweak it later on.) Also, using iMovie 6 to edit with anything like precision is like an exercise in masochism -- it just doesn't understand why you'd want your clips to stay where you put them, instead of them scudding around every which way when you try to add a new bit. The X TV OP is also a little short, so I had to source additional footage from the TV series, which has a broader color palette.

At any rate, I tried to keep it in the spirit of an OP as much as possible rather than an AMV, like the footage you'd actually see before the episode plays. To that end, I tried to stick with clips that had a lot of visual impact, and put a premium on atmosphere. It was hard to resist using certain clips, like Fuuma drawing the cloth off the Shinken at the tail end of episode 25, and I went back and forth on certain sections dozens of times. (Of course, I had to include Kamui running toward the camera at the end, because all proper animated versions of X include that at least once. Hell, even "CLAMP in Wonderland," kind of.) Overall, it was hard, but I had fun with it.

The Japanese lyrics are available here, via Animelyrics, and you can watch a subtitled version of the original Kamichama Karin OP there as well. That's the version I used when putting the video together. The accuracy might be debatable (notably, the "Maria" that gets translated to "Virgin Mary" is actually "dahlia"), but Hikari no Kiseki was working before the published lyrics were available, so it's understandable. At any rate, the gist of their translation is similar to others that are out there, so I'll extend them my hearty thanks and reproduce the lyrics here:

Darling open your eyes
I want the treasure everyone has been picking at so badly
at the den in the center of this world
You can't escape from here
imprisoned pale-faced prince
for I am the goddess here

You have to fight and poach for everything here
You'll surely fall into the trap I've laid
God, do I want to tear you into pieces
Illnesses that aren't terminal
are poison for your heart
It's like a rose melting in the flames of purgatory
Let's be reborn

A dark Virgin Mary* resides in the nightless sky
Writhe in the quicksand made of
my continuing delusions and reality crashing down

Darling, raise your voice
if you want to return to the Earth
as much as these dark demonic hands of mine want you
then let me tell you, your prayers are dying out
and becoming nothing more than resounding echoes of return in this prison
You are a devil

Your sword of anger towards me and your wounds made of lament
will dissolve, vanish, scatter, and forever be lost here, without a trace

...if you watched the Kamichama Karin clip, does that not seem...a little at odds with the visuals? o_O (Maybe it works if you watch the show all the way through -- I started it but couldn't get past the 3rd episode, despite my love of Koge Donbo.)

At any rate, I think it does all hang together; at the very least, you know X TV is a series involving a brooding pretty boy, swords, dramatically swirling ribbons, and a fuck-ton of feathers. If you watched, I hope you enjoyed it!


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Aug. 2nd, 2009 05:02 pm (UTC)
Wow I LOVED IT! Nice work, I could totally accept this as X's OP, totally!
Aug. 2nd, 2009 05:02 pm (UTC)
Wow I LOVED IT! Nice work, I could totally accept this as X's OP, totally!
Aug. 2nd, 2009 05:13 pm (UTC)
:D Oh, it's so good to hear that! Awesome, thank you!
Aug. 3rd, 2009 03:27 pm (UTC)
So it was yours? Nicely done! Though it somehow that music make X scary... or maybe it's just me...
I hope you don't mind if I've added it to one of my playlists and sponsorized it on alt_video... *hides in embarassment*
Aug. 3rd, 2009 04:01 pm (UTC)
Thank you! :D I know, it's pretty dark. My next X video should be much more upbeat, though, if I can finish it.

I don't mind that you added it to your playlist at all, and thank you for sponsoring it on the comm. This is actually the first I've heard of it, and since it's right up my alley, I went ahead and joined. :D
Aug. 3rd, 2009 04:14 pm (UTC)
Sound interesting. Will it be still an alternate opening or will it be just an AMV?

It's not a very popular community, expecially because I have the bad habit to post many posts so it can fill up people's friend list... Also Alternate OP/ED aren't so popular here as they are in Japan... -_-
Aug. 3rd, 2009 08:16 pm (UTC)
Another alternate OP. (I'm sure at some point I'll do a regular AMV, but alternate OPs are such a kick.)

I'll definitely be watching the comm. It's kind of sad it's not more popular, since aside from ALTs being a lot of fun, the tags make it easy so easy to find them by series. (I see a lot of my favorite Jojo videos have already been posted, and I'm looking forward to exploring some of the older posts. :D)
Aug. 3rd, 2009 08:31 pm (UTC)
YAY! I love alternate OP too! Can't wait to see another one!

^____^ I guess people is more comfortable watching MAD on youtube... (Jojo videos are amazing... I wish I had the patience and the talent to make such incredible video... I hope you'll enjoy yourself!)
Aug. 4th, 2009 11:06 am (UTC)
The video ROCKS! The timing and everything works great as an OP. I've never heard that song before! *instant fan*

(In my head, there's a chibified X TV series a la "Welcome to Lodoss Island," and its theme is "Peony Pink," but I just couldn't make that work.)

ZOMG how awesome would that be?! *roflmao*
(And here I have to admit to listening to 'Peony Pink' a few -thousand- more times than is strictly healthy. So addictive. XD)

I, um, have a dance re-mix version of Prince's 1999 song that is badly tempting to plaster all over the X anime opening & closing sequences (especially the lyrics "they say two thousand zero zero party over, Oops, out of time/ So tonight I’m gonna party like it’s 1999" and then of course there would have to be a blurb popping up saying "Kamui, it's 2009 already! Judgement Day is over, go home!" ...or something along those lines).

Really hoping for more X avatars to dress up. It would be great to have the whole set of seven-each-side and warp them all beyond recognition XD XD XD. You may be amused to see this post...strong recommendation: hover to see the text on all the Clows. *lol*

...the question is, does Fuuma being Kamui's father via cloning, time travel, and reincarnation make more or less sense than Tohru's virgin birth? XD; THESE ARE THE CONUNDRUMS WITH WHICH CLAMP CONFRONTS US.

XD Poor Kamui, as if his choices weren't difficult enough to make. "I have to travel back in time to kill my own grandfather but -- I AM my own grandfather?!"

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