Anime Piece of the Week: #2 – Love

MAL Keionbu is <3

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One of the best things about the MAL Keionbu (as Smankh so affectionately nicknamed it) is the voyage of discovery that one gets by listening to a plethora of anime music that revolves around a common theme and delving, even if it’s just a little bit, into what we all love so much about the medium and the music that powers the emotions on screen. We’re no strangers to this week’s theme ;) and from my standpoint, there’s no end to the number of stellar pieces that describe love, whether it’s the one shared between individuals, places, or ideals. So with lelangir leading the way on the blog front (and many others leading the way on the thread post front), here are my thoughts on the ten tracks nominated this week:

5 Centimeters Per Second – Sora to Umi no Shi

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The piece starts out timidly and the soft piano melody gives me an image of someone acknowledging their feelings and in that moment, contemplating how to reveal them. As the piece continues, one can hear a certain amount of confidence settling in, indicating that they have an idea as to how to proceed and by the time you reach the climax at 1:01, the piece blooms wonderfully as it kicks into high gear with its expressiveness. The sort of emotional journey that this piece conveys along with “One More Time, One More Chance’s” heartbreaking poignancy, are what made 5 Centimeters Per Second such an unforgettable experience and it definitely makes for a strong track overall.

Gakuen Utopia Manabi Straight – Seioh Gakuen Kouka

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The imagery revolving around Manabi’s performance in the face of apathy is what makes this song particularly powerful and that pretty much lies in the presentation. It’s difficult to forget that moment as Manabi stood there like a beacon of light that pierced the cloak of apathy as she brought her emotions to bear and professed her love for Seioh. The way Yui Horie is able to impart Manabi’s feelings through the song is just spectacular. Everything about it flows naturally and convincingly, especially during the “ah ahhh seioh wo” moment that is nothing short of inspiring.

End of Evangelion – THANATOS ~if I can’t be yours~

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I do like the blues lounge singing atmosphere but wow, the part around 1:57 really threw me for a loop and the only thought I was left with after that moment was how inconsistent this track is. I’ll pass on the weird chantings because they feel a bit too out of place and this track would have done better to remove them outright.

Rurouni Kenshin – Tsuiokuhen – In Memories “KO・TO・WA・RI”

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