|Album Title:||Tamayura Original Soundtrack|
|Artist:||Nobuyuki Nakajima, Yumi Matsutoya, Antonín Dvořák,
Katsutoshi Kitagawa, DEPAPEPE, Maaya Sakamoto, Megumi Nakajima
|Release Date:||December 22, 2010|
|Purchase at:||CDJapan, Play-Asia|
|1. Introduction||Nobuyuki Nakajima||0:42|
|2. Yasashisa ni Tsutsumareta nara||Maaya Sakamoto, DEPAPEPE, Yumi Matsutoya||3:53|
|3. Tamayura ~ Main Theme||Nobuyuki Nakajima||2:41|
|4. Sunaosa||Nobuyuki Nakajima||1:38|
|5. Momoneko-sama||Nobuyuki Nakajima||0:29|
|6. Maiagaru Kimochi||Nobuyuki Nakajima||2:02|
|7. Futoshita Hakken #1||Nobuyuki Nakajima||1:11|
|8. Karamari Karamari||Nobuyuki Nakajima||0:54|
|9. Akogare||Nobuyuki Nakajima||2:04|
|10. Dancing #1||Nobuyuki Nakajima||0:24|
|11. Kioku no Naka ni ~ Main Theme Hensou||Nobuyuki Nakajima||1:46|
|12. Neboke Manako||Nobuyuki Nakajima||1:42|
|13. Pinboke Shashin||Nobuyuki Nakajima||0:54|
|14. Nagusame||Nobuyuki Nakajima||1:38|
|15. Shuppatsu!||Nobuyuki Nakajima||1:57|
|16. Kuresen ni Notte||Nobuyuki Nakajima||1:15|
|17. Futoshita Hakken #2||Nobuyuki Nakajima||1:06|
|18. Ohiru ne||Nobuyuki Nakajima||1:48|
|19. Chiisana Tankentai #1||Nobuyuki Nakajima||1:42|
|20. Kaeranai Hibi||Nobuyuki Nakajima||3:18|
|21. Omoigakenaku||Nobuyuki Nakajima||1:03|
|22. Humoresque||Nobuyuki Nakajima, Antonin Dvořák||1:44|
|23. Natsukashii Kioku||Nobuyuki Nakajima||3:14|
|24. Chiisana Tankentai #1||Nobuyuki Nakajima||2:12|
|25. Yasashii Kaori||Nobuyuki Nakajima||1:31|
|26. Mirai no Jibun e||Nobuyuki Nakajima||3:49|
|27. Dancing #2||Nobuyuki Nakajima||0:36|
|28. Melody ~ Short Ver.||Megumi Nakajima, Katsutoshi Kitagawa||4:32|
|29. Epilogue||Nobuyuki Nakajima||1:02|
Review: Director Junichi Sato’s record with quality anime is mixed, but the common thread that runs through all of his titles is wonderful music. If you’ve read any of his interviews, you’ll notice that he places music upon a high pedestal, thinking, correctly, that it plays a major role in immersing the audience into the anime. This is especially true when he directs iyashikei anime, with its calming, character-centric focus, and healing touch that always hovers about. This wondrous interweaving of healing and music is exemplified most brilliantly in his work on ARIA and its celebrated soundtrack and is demonstrated once more in Tamayura. As Tamayura’s story is smaller in its scope than ARIA’s, so goes its soundtrack. But that smaller scale does not mean a diminishment of quality as its music shines as an example of a simple, yet effective soundtrack.
The theme Tamayura focuses upon is in preserving precious memories, with an emphasis on a girl’s love of photography. This concept leaks over to the soundtrack, which brims with the nostalgia one gets from seeing an old snapshot, taking memories once thought to be forgotten, and unveiling them where they regain their clarity and form once more. “Introduction” depicts this process through its murmuring piano phrases that slowly reveal the crystalline facets of the past until the full radiance of one’s childhood joys are lit and restored by the process of recollection.
As the memories take form, “Tamayura ~ Main Theme” comes in with its twinkling piano introduction and ushers me forward with its sunny disposition. The measured steps amble along with a hop and a skip through a structure far from complicated, but nevertheless gets me into the proper mindset by conveying the characters’ eagerness and joy along with a dab of curiosity as they explore the world around them. This piece, so subdued in its softness and lightness, succeeds in capturing the show’s serendipitous, heartfelt nature as it invites me to share in the characters’ discoveries and moments of happiness.
Tamayura ~ Main Theme
The pleasure that the characters derive from their short journeys is reinforced through tracks like “Maigeru Kimochi” and “Kuresen ni Notte” which bring out their zest for life in similar ways. “Maigeru Kimochi” waltzes with whimsical abandon through a bright and cheery piano melody to establish an atmosphere rolling with delight. This mood is heightened further by the oboe in the second half which exults in the characters’ light, boundless spirit. Augmenting that is “Kuresan ni Notte,” a track that is more sprightly because its staccato melody skips along enthusiastically, but it knows when to slow down to cultivate the rustic setting through the bandoneon’s folksy sound.
“Kuresan ni Notte
When it moves away from the joys that come from days spent romping around with friends, Tamayura’s soundtrack grows more introspective, focusing upon the characters’ hopes as predominantly piano pieces like “Akogare” nudge them gently forwards. As I listen to that track, the image conjured is of the characters making steady progress towards their goals. Its tone is confident, carrying with it a certainty in the passions the characters wish to pursue. This effort culminates in the serenity that “Mirai no Jibun e” radiates. Its piano melody starts slow to depict the characters’ slight hesitation, but the piece sheds that hesitation, growing stronger ever so slowly until the strings resound with the sound of success. The way “Mirai no Jibun e” ends is inspiring, filled with optimism and euphoria, and is uplifting through this expression of hope and joy.
Mirai no Jibun e
Through its slow-paced fare delivered by a mix of piano, acoustic guitar, and strings, Tamayura is yet another strong entry in a long line of wonderful iyashikei anime soundtracks. The music is soft and serene, with a nostalgic air that collects memories thought to be fleeting and exposes them to full view where they can blossom and be cherished once more. It’s altogether fitting for a show centering upon a snapshot of a little girl’s life.
Rating: Very Good