Randomness Ensues

This AMV Collects So Many Anime Cliches Into So Little Time


Anime clichés are a dime a dozen. Don’t deny it, you know it’s true.

We’re all familiar with the many countless clichés and visual cues that pop up across countless anime titles, be it an elaborate visual feat, or the ubiquitous sweatdrop. We see them, we consume them, and after a while, we begin to just tune them out.

Video creators Monju, Sanche, and Pumpkin decided that there were far too many out there that simply shouldn’t be ignored. In a four-minute music video, the three compiled a simply astounding number of popular and fun tropes into a quirky, kinetic short that just works.

Oodles of popular standbys are present, from dramatic building poses, to acrobatic feats of battle and aerial flips. Some of the segments are familiar to a fault, while it’d be hard to blame people for thinking a few of the featured bits were unique.

The entire feature is fast and fun, and it’s simply astounding to see such a broad range of titles from so many different eras brought together.

About the author

Samantha Ferreira

Samantha Ferreira is Anime Herald’s founder and editor-in-chief. A Rhode Island native, Samantha has been an anime fan since 1992, and an active member of the anime press since 2002, when she began working as a reviewer for Anime Dream. She launched Anime Herald in 2010, and continues to oversee its operations to this day. Outside of journalism, Samantha actively studies the history of the North American anime fandom and industry, with a particular focus on the 2000s anime boom and bust. She’s a huge fan of all things Sakura Wars, and maintains series fansite Combat Revue Review when she has free time available. When not in the Anime Herald Discord, Samantha can typically be found on Bluesky.

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