AMV: Sail On

Alright, this is the big one. The six-month beast I’m still actually genuinely proud of making.

So here it is, after months of solid panic. After Narutrix I got challenged a lot to try an actual action AMV rather than the ‘soft option’ of a trailer, and well, I had one planned anyway..

One Piece is an epic series, long running and always fresh, but it hasn’t got the best recognition this side of the pond, barely anyone here had heard of it a year or two ago. Its art style takes more than a little getting used to, and betrays its underlying awesomeness. So here I’m trying to expose a little of that! Do note this is from the original One Piece, not the hacked up American dub version with water pistols, cork guns and no blood. or plot.

This video follows the song largely. as a whole it’s a bit of a rollercoaster ride: you sit back, and let it take you.. or something. Hopefully if you haven’t seen the series it shouldn’t be too confusing, that’s the aim anyway. For those who have seen it, it’s a small slice of profiling the characters, and showing the general pace, action and style of the series, leading to their entry to the Grand Line. That said, I’ve taken footage from all over the shop, even from some of the bleeding-edge raws out at the time.

Fans will be happy to note: This video contains no spoilers, no desert walking, no gratuitous food eating, no annoying filler kids who hate pirates, and above all, no Apis and no sennenryu. Oddly enough it also has no Vivi, huh.. That wasn’t intentional o.O It also lacks Crocodile, I just couldn’t fit him in without spoiling or it not really fitting the video. I also apologise for lack of Jango and Crocus, one day they shall feature in a video of mine, I swear it!

Anything spoilerous in this vid I’ve made sure is completely stripped of context ;) It shouldn’t ruin anything, except possibly *that thing* that the third opening spoils for everyone anyway -_-;;

Sadly Chopper and Robin do feature reasonably little, neither get particularly good action sequences for the most part.. Chopper always ends up looking pretty silly when he’s not going absolutely ballistic, and Robin mostly.. stands there. Great when you’re watching the series, but out of context? looks weak. Apologies to their fans.

The song itself is cool, though makes a lot of references to “the line”, which is damned useful to match to the Grand Line, a large plot point of the series. How handy.

Random facts! For this video I prepared and cut 3,598 clips from 171 separate episodes (not all in sequence), 6 movies and 2 specials. Along with the 5 openings, 15 endings, and 3 game openings I have lying around. There’s also a few chunks of scanned manga and artbook material there too. Along with a random Chopper plushie image thieved from a google image search, because dammit I can’t find a nice Oda coloured picture of the little guy.

That was a clip harvesting run aimed at any future vids I may make though, fret not.. I’m not that mad. This video used approximately 120 clips, from 66 episodes and three of the movies. Plus stills and other bits.

I’ve gone with the vobs -> avisynth script -> segmented avisynth scripts -> mediastudio approach here, so I can turn ivtc and video cleaning filters on and off with a text file, and keep filesizes to a minimum. I had to write a small java program to convert the full VirtualDub jobs list into all the separate avs files, and compile those into fake AVIs for mediastudio.. Ick. It worked in the end though. MediaStudio was not a happy bunny at all, mind. Occasionally it would just decide that all AVS files were, in fact, blank. Restarts were required. Often.

This project was also set back by a hard drive death, due to overheating in the summer, and I’ve had to recompile all the source files three times now -_- (note: make that four. new raws o/) It wasn’t even my hard drive, dammit..

Special thanks to Dythim and the K-F crew for helping me track down those elusive creditless openings, and other bits of help offered, you guys rock.

Thanks to istiv studios too, for inspiring me to track down Masterplan’s album after watching Shounen Bushido :P

Also thanks to those who actually stayed throughout the entire AyaCon AMV exhibition since this was the last one shown :) Damn that room was a lot less full than when it started..

Edit: This is not a freakin’ “all lip-sync video”, in total, counting even the most obtuse of scenes, there’s maybe 20 seconds of what could concievably be called lipsynced footage, 20 out of 285. Smooth, people.

Answers to most common questions:

Yes the song is actually called Sail On, as is the video. I sucked at coming up with an original name, and yes the Masterplan album it’s on is also called Masterplan. Originality all around, people.

If there’s a clip you don’t recognise, chances are it’s either from the Water 7 arc, or it’s from movie 6. What little I could use of movie 6.

Easter egg: see if you can spot why I had to add sweatdrops to Going Merry as they fly off the top of Reverse Mountain ;)

And an easier one: Guess whose hand is grabbing the Gold Roger scroll near the beginning? It’s not Luffy’s, I had to recolour it to look like it was.

Later awarded Best Action / Horror at AnimeDestiny 2005, for which I got the shinest trophy ever:

18 Lemony Comments on AMV: Sail On

  1. William
    June, 14th 2011 at 3:32 am

    I remember watching this like 3 years ago or so. I loved this!

  2. SirAdray
    August, 8th 2011 at 7:54 am

    I watched this AMV years ago and i just watched it again and it still gives me goosebumps on some parts.

  3. loveit
    September, 10th 2011 at 2:44 am

    This is always going to be my favorite OP AMV ever. I never get tired of watching it. Every few years or months I think of it and watch it again and love it just as much. It’s the best AMV to show someone as a general introduction to the awesomeness of OP.

  4. nert
    September, 10th 2011 at 1:17 pm

    Thanks, everyone! It’s heartwarming to hear people still remember something I’ve made! A lot of love went into that thing, I hope it’ll still get people into OP for years to come ;)

  5. Ajey
    October, 22nd 2011 at 9:01 pm

    gee… it took me FOREVER to finds this after 3 years, and i’ve gotta sat this is the best AMV ever. brings back memories… :3

  6. Syl
    November, 5th 2011 at 5:15 am

    It’s a little bit sad the video on youtube is in 240p.
    Isn’t there a way to upload a better quality?
    Is it a problem with the music?

  7. nert
    November, 5th 2011 at 11:35 am

    Like it says there, yeah. It gets taken down on copyright grounds whenever I upload it – that copy is the only one that appears to survive, probably because of its lower quality..

    Scratch that, appears to be a better copy, shall see how long it survives XD

  8. Joel
    January, 2nd 2012 at 10:14 pm

    Yep. Totally awesome, thanks to you, I got into Masterplan and like tons of their stuff (some is meh but thats music for you), still a big o.p. fan and not sure how I even came across your video but I did and its still amazing. Great job man, pop out another sometime. Theres one video “Saving Nico Robin” which is on par with yours featuring later content.

  9. Goldfish
    March, 5th 2012 at 6:37 am

    I’m a big fan of One Piece and your work. I would like to use this for a youth conference presentation I am doing around encouragement and passion for your dreams and wanted to get permission from you to play this as part of my presentation.

  10. nert
    March, 5th 2012 at 11:36 am

    Goldfish: Sure, feel free!

  11. mika
    July, 2nd 2012 at 3:00 am

    I’m a ridiculously huge OP fan and Sail On is still my favorite OP AMV of all time. It is so perfectly done to encompass the feeling of One Piece and I rewatch it a lot– sometimes years or months between, and sometimes several times in a week. It’s one of the videos I use whenever I want to introduce someone to One Piece without giving away major spoilers.

    It sounds like a crazy amount of work went into this (and you can really tell with the quality of it!) but I have to ask anyway– is there aaaaaany way in the future that maybe there will be another epic OP AMV from you? *puppy dog eyes* I’ve always secretly been hoping there would be another OP AMV like this made for more recent timelines. I know you would do an incredible job if you did. (And if it turns out you have made more OP AMVs since Sail On and I missed them, I’d love the name or link!)

    I’m really glad I came across this blog because I’ve been wanting to ask that question for years lol

    Anyway, regardless– seriously, above par job on this one. I can’t tell you how much I love Sail On. If I ever got to a point where I could have only ever keep a link/copy of ONE op amv, it would be this.

  12. nert
    July, 5th 2012 at 3:41 pm

    mika: I have toyed with a few ideas for some, though it is the sheer amount of work I’d have to put in to subclip the extra several hundred episodes first that stops me ;) Also the way I do things now is quite different and I can’t easily find a way of translating the old clip cuts across so I might have to do everything from the beginning! D:

    Not to say it won’t happen, just not until I can afford to lose another six months of my life ;)

    Thanks for the feedback! Always happy to hear someone else remembers my stuff XD

  13. rey
    August, 28th 2012 at 1:03 am

    Just saw this AMV again after a few years and it reminded my of why I love One Piece and of how much i love your AMV. Thanks you.

  14. mika
    March, 21st 2013 at 3:35 am

    Thank you for the reply, nert! Somehow I must not have seen you’d answered and then just now I was (once again) looking for a video to show someone to introduce them to OP. So I was really happy to see you’d answered me and I’d missed it!

    I can’t blame you for balking at the expenditure of time and not knowing how to go about it all but I’m still hoping SOMEDAY there will be another one :) Thank you again a thousand times over! :D

  15. PTAH
    May, 18th 2013 at 6:42 pm

    As mika said: “I’m still hoping SOMEDAY there will be another one”

    And, obviously, I want to congratulate for the excelence on the making of this AMV.

    After so many years, this still revives me to the thrilling and excitement of this series.

    Thank you !

  16. Mugiwara
    September, 4th 2013 at 12:33 pm

    Totally awesome, thanks to you.
    I’m hoping SOMEDAY there will be another one.

  17. Kiara_kororo
    October, 27th 2013 at 3:28 pm

    I watched this amv for the first time 5 years ago but still it is the best One Piece amv ever! Because of it I’ve started to watch One Piece series and now it is my fovourite anime. So thank you a lot!))

  18. mika
    September, 5th 2015 at 5:00 pm

    nert, out of curiosity… I know years ago you said that the amount of work of clipping the old episodes is what is keeping you from doing another AMV. That makes complete sense! But it occurred to me more recently, there are a lot of One Piece fans… and there are some groups out there where there are a lot of them in one place. What if, rather than you having to do the clips all on your own, a group of One Piece fans considered getting together and doing clips of the series as a group? And then those clips could be used by you to make a new OP AMV? Would that be feasible? I’m not even sure if we could get a group to do that but even 10 years later I think a lot of people think back to Sail On as one of the best OP AMVs, plus I imagine those clips could be used by other AMV creators, so it seems possible some fans might be willing to slowly, over time, exert effort in doing this and putting it all in one place for people to use.

    I’m curious if having some sort of repository for clips like that would be useful or if that’s a stupid/insane idea. I’ve never made an AMV so my idea may make absolutely no sense due to differing programs people might use or whatnot.

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