Eminence Presents: Project Promise – 10 Years of Makoto Shinkai & Tenmon

project promise

UPDATE: We finally have a review up of the Makoto Shinkai Promise album. Do enjoy the thoughts and opinions in that review!

It’s kind of funny actually. I had already been aware that the Eminence Symphony Orchestra was working on something called Project Promise because I had seen the name come up on Hiroaki Yura’s signature on Eminence’s forums. What I didn’t know was whether it would focus on anime or game music, so when I saw nyoronyolo link to Xcomp Randomness’s post on this latest Eminence project which celebrates 10 years of Makoto Shinkai’s collaboration with Tenmon through an orchestral arrangement of some of the most memorable pieces from Shinkai’s works, I was pretty excited.

The tracklist is already posted on the Xcomp Randomness site and the music covers Tenmon’s stuff from Shinkai’s 5 Centimeters Per Second, Beyond the Clouds: The Place Promised in Our Early Days, and even the short She and Her Cat. Of those works, I’m probably most familiar with 5 Centimeters Per Second, so over the next few days, I’ll be making some time to reacquaint myself with some of those other works, mostly to ponder how exactly the tracks from those works will be arranged. It should be delightful though since Tenmon does have the ability to write simple, but wonderful tracks like in 5 Centimeter’s “Sora to Umi no Shi.”

Sora to Umi no Shi

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Anyhow, people will inevitably have questions about Project Promise and I’ll do my best to see if anyone over at Eminence will divulge more information about this. Omo has come up with a few good ones already and if anyone else has any questions they’d like me to ask, just put them here and I’ll forward the questions on. No guarantees on the replies, but it’s worth a shot anyhow.

Other News:

You may have noticed that as of yesterday, Anime Instrumentality has a new contributor in Jen, who has started things off with an excellent review of Pandora Hearts Original Soundtrack 1. She’s been very enthusiastic about anime music in general and I’m glad to have someone with her passion on board, so join me in giving her a warm welcome to the review staff!

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zzeroparticle Anime Instrumentality's Founder and Editor-in-Chief. As you can probably guess, I'm a big anime music junkie with a special love for composers who've put out some beautiful melodies to accompany some of my favorite anime series. I tend to gravitate towards music in the classical style with Joe Hisaishi and Yoko Kanno being a few of my favorite composers, but I've come to appreciate jazz and rock as anime music has widened my tastes.

5 Comments… read them or add your own.

  1. guuzen says:

    Ah, Makoto Shinkai and Tenmon. One of my favorite duo XD. I am always in awe when looking at Shinkai’s animation, and drifting away with Tenmon’s music.

    Hoshi no Koe was another great show by Makoto Shinkai, though it is just a single episode OVA. I’m not sure if Tenmon worked with him on this, but is a very good watch =).

  2. Reltair says:

    Oh my, I need to get that track – “Sora to Umi no Shi”, it sounds epic. I’ve seen 5cm/sec but I don’t recall this track, guess it’s been too long. As for Beyond the Clouds, I need to listen to some tracks from that as well – can’t recall ughh.

    And welcome Jen! I look forward to reading more of your reviews.

  3. @guuzen
    Yup, Hoshi no Koe’s music was also composed by Tenmon and that show was my very first introduction to Tenmon. The only thing I didn’t like about it were the character designs, but everything else was very very sweet.

    @Reltair
    I’d say that the 5cm/sec soundtrack is pretty good especially with heavyweights like “One More Time, One More Chance.” “Sora to Umi no Shi” isn’t nearly as well known, but as you saw, it’s a solid track all the same. One that deserves more listens at any rate!

  4. Smankh says:

    Huhuhu, at least Sora to Umi no Shi’s having a proper exposition. I’m glad you shared it on AInstrumentality. Again it’s a scheme to get me back on the MALKeionbu, you’re really good at this = )

  5. @Smankh
    Just as planned? Let’s hope for some lengthy arrangements of such fantastic tracks!

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