The Wizard of Ozaka
|Anime Music Video|
|Title:||The Wizard of Ozaka|
|Date:||1 July 2005|
|Music:||Chicken Run Main Title, John Powell and Harry Gregson-Williams|
|URL:||The Wizard of Ozaka at amv.org (Info & Download) |
The Wizard of Ozaka at Gametrailers.com (Streaming)
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It is extremely clever, using characters and footage from popular anime to create allusions and working towards a couple of hilarious punchlines.
The song used is an instrumental and taken from the Chicken Run soundtrack.
The video is framed as a typical mid-90s Square Enix RPG, (the title screen segues into "Circle Enyx presents"); from its interface to typical fetch quests ("Scarecrow requests: Brain") to interrogating NPCs ("Pro Tip: Talk to all villagers") to the turn-based fight sequence ("+1 Daydreaming!"), complete with a fancy Summon spell (one of the funniest moments of the video), it is recreating the old-school JRPG experience faithfully enough to be incredibly recognizable to fans. It doesn't hurt that the RPG screen texts are tongue-in-cheek allusions ("Go to: Aeris' Grave *spoiler*").
In short: it is a very loving parody.
The "RPG party" is compiled from various sources and often carefully masked (i.e. cut out from the original source and inserted into the new frame) to appear together inside one screen. The list, including notes from the creator can be viewed on the video's AMV.org page.
|Dorothy||Kasuga Ayumu ("Osaka")||Azumanga Daioh|
|The Tinman||Edward Elric||Fullmetal Alchemist|
|The Cowardly Lion||Kon||Bleach|
|The Wicked Witch||Tanizaki Yukari||Azumanga Daioh|
|Scary Wizard of Oz||Hikari Gendo||Neon Genesis Evangelion|
|Actual Wizard of Oz||Hikari Shinji||Neon Genesis Evangelion|
The AMV won the following awards:
- Anime Expo 2005: Best in Show, Best Comedy, Fan Favorite 
- Otakon 2005: Best Humorous/Satirical
- AMV.org's 2006 Viewer's Choice Awards: Most Original Video