There’s a chasm of depth to the AMV community; for all that it admittedly relies on preexisting media in the form of anime and music to exist in the first place, editors over the years have found astounding ways to create works that are artistically profound and emotionally challenging. For all that editors used to argue back and forth about whether or not AMVs are “art”, I’ve always been of the opinion that the fact that such disagreements took place at all (and often with emotions running high through the discussions) just solidified that, yes, they are. I don’t care much about people’s opinions on that topic these days, and most people outside of remix culture would probably look down on AMVs as cheap and shallow attempts at creative expression. Whatever. All I know is that I wouldn’t have stayed in this community for as long as I have if I felt that it didn’t offer me some sort of depth of experience that I couldn’t get somewhere else; year after year, I’ve found more and more within the AMV community that pushes me to think critically about the scene and readjust my expectations and presuppositions about it; if you’re new to AMVs, welcome! You’ll find that the hobby has a wealth of nooks and crannies to explore, and miles of depth to lose yourself in, if you know where to look.