Sunday Sounds is here for its twelfth volume and I’ve got some neat anime music videos lined up for you. So let’s get this ball going!

Puella Magi Madoka Magica
Cosmic Love – Florence and the Machine

Florence and the Machine gives many memories. Hearing Florence’s smooth voice sing for such a tragic show is ironic since the show is anything but nice. The choice of song adds to this irony since the show deals with loss, grief, and other negative emotions. Yet, putting the two together creates a video that serves as a prime example of suffering. Watching the video, you can’t help but feel the loss that these girls go through as well as the pain that they must endure. It’s dark and tragic and it just works.

Hope of Morning – Icon for Hire

I love the Fate series. Even more, I love anime music videos that capture the feeling of the show for which they are made. From the title of the song alone, it already fits; if you know the story behind the Fate series, this song is an excellent fit. As opposed to the last AMV on this list, this particular AMV is rather fast-paced with many changes that attempt to capture the whole of the show and what it stands for. It does a rather good job at doing so and, honestly, if someone didn’t know what the Fate series was, I’d show them this.

Mekakucity Actors
Yobanashi Deceive – Jin feat. LiSA & MARiA

It was actually recently announced that Mekakucity Actors was set to receive a vocal and sound collection. To lead it off, two anime music videos were produced using scenes from the anime as well as a new cover of two of the songs, one of which being “Yobanashi Deceive.” Separately, LiSA and MARiA are two of my favorite female vocalists, especially when they do work for anime productions. But if the two work together on a song? It’s an entirely different level of love. Their voices synergize so well on this video, which highlights some of the more active scenes in the show, especially the latter episodes.

Neon Genesis Evangelion
Radioactive – Imagine Dragons

This video is actually what got me to watch anime music videos. About a year or two ago, I was browsing my Tumblr dashboard and I happened upon this video and everyone was absolutely raving about it. While it is not on the production quality of the video that is next on the list, do not think that this video isn’t good. In fact, it’s absolutely stellar in its production. The use of scenes for the song chosen help to point out key moments in Neon Genesis Evangelion, especially during the breakdown of the song before it heads to a close.

Monogatari Series
Into the Labryinth – Kraddy

This is, undoubtedly, my favorite anime music video of all time. The amount of effort that went into this production is absolutely astounding, on top of the fact that it uses one of my favorite songs for one of my favorite anime series. The timing of some of the parts of the video match up as the song adds more and more layers. When the drop happens, the video shifts into a new gear, matching the power and intensity of the song as it continues to progress. It captures the feel of Monogatari as a whole while still helping to maintain a sense of freshness. If you’re going to watch any one anime music video in your life, please make it this one.

Thanks for tuning in to Sunday Sounds this week here at BentoByte. Be sure to come back next week for more music lined up straight for you.

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Deionte Coates

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Deionte is a writer and editor for BentoByte from Virginia. He'll watch or read anything once, which allows him to have a very broad taste in anime and manga. Besides those interests, he plays Pathfinder and video games in his spare time.

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