As the year is winding down, I’ve come to the saddening realization that I’ve done all of one Flying Low entry in 2017, and that back in February. I figured that it might be a good idea to get one more off before I gear up for all my year-end postings, and I wanted to make it something a little different. I came across the editor, LenWidleheyt, early on in my AMV career — he’s only ever made two AMVs, but I somehow stumbled across them and they’ve both earned permanent places in my library. Unfortunately his work was never really remembered, which is an absolute shame because both of these videos reveal both creativity and technical competency beyond what a meager two videos’ worth would suggest.
Excel’s Middle Name steeps itself in Weird, and the song choice (OMC’s “How Bizarre”, oh the nostalgia) certainly allows for it — LenWidleheyt goes full-on, no-holds-barred with the lyric sync, and it’s a credit to his choice of Excel Saga as the anime that he’s able to make almost every strange, off-kilter one-liner work visually. It’s not unlike Copycat_Revolver’s F-Bomb from last year — no matter how specific and unlikely the lyrics are, the anime somehow manages to have a scene that fits.
The result is something that is narratively nonsensical, but just about as much fun as you can imagine a video like this could be. LenWidleheyt goes beyond just brilliant lyric sync, though, and makes use of clever internal sync at every turn, giving the video a satisfying visual rhythm that makes the video doubly fun to watch. I would love to be able to watch this video for the first time, again — the twists and turns that the video takes in its ridiculous scene selection make it an oddly riveting watch, and the moments of blatant humor are fantastic. I don’t know how many times I’ve viewed this video over the years, but it never fails to make me giggle, even knowing exactly what’s going to happen and when.
If you haven’t ever seen this video, I envy you. It’s a stupid, fun, oddball video that thrills in unexpected ways — and while the “unexpected” is what makes it so memorable the first time around, it manages to have an enourmous amount of staying power. I struggle to think of the kind of person who wouldn’t enjoy this (although I’m sure they’re out there). Watch this video and enjoy it, save it, and keep it in your rotation over the coming years. It’ll never disappoint you.