Cosplay and AMVs are both vibrant subsets of anime fandom, and I feel like cosplay music videos (or CMVs for short) are an overlooked intersection of the two. It’s not something I seek out, but occasionally I stumble across one, and find it a refreshing break from your typical AMV that sources solely from the primary animated work. After you spend enough time in a particular fandom, the animated visuals can get stale and repetitive. AMVs focusing on Asuka’s fight with the mass produced Evangelion series in The End of Evangelion are a dime a dozen, for example. So it’s refreshing to see fans create familiar as well as entirely new visuals through the mediums of cosplay and filmmaking.
“I (Don’t) Need You”, an Evangelion Cosplay Music Video is one such example. Produced by livingyosuke (who also portrayed Shinji) and featuring shino_usagi as Asuka, this music video set to “Strange Boy” by Kerli and explores the chaotic relationship between Asuka and Shinji. The video itself is a frenetic mixture of familiar and new visuals, conveying a slightly broader picture than footage from the original series would allow. Definitely worth giving a watch if you’re looking for a break from conventional AMVs.