After nearly four years of writing about anime soundtracks, we at Anime Instrumentality have collectively come to a realization that in order for us to continue our evolution as J-music fans and hone our insights and analysis, it is necessary for us to explore other media. The only criteria is that it would have to be Japan-specific, so after combing through the gamut of J-music from bunraku scores to visual-kei to Ainu music, we’ve ultimately settled upon J-drama soundtracks.
Part of our goal is to fight back against the rising tide of moe (which is a cancer) and “2D > 3D pig disgusting” sentiments. The most meaningful way to counteract these phenomena is by focusing on a medium that features real people in real-world situations. Thankfully, in analyzing the music, J-drama scores aren’t too wide a leap from anime soundtracks. With so much cross-pollination in the composer department, we feel that exploring J-dramas provides us with a “similar, yet different” feel that we seek.
It also helps that many J-dramas tend to stick to romantic polyhedrons or comedies, giving plenty of opportunities for composers to show off their ability to write soft, tinkly piano music or ratchet up the emotional flow with sustained, harmonious strings that are beautiful and dynamic, with a complexity that rivals Bach’s counterpoint. In fact, we’re confident that these works will be able to withstand the test of time; it’s just that people haven’t had the exposure to them and we’re looking to change that.
After all, when this site started, the goal was to spread the love for an under-appreciated medium. Nearly four years in, we’re pleased with the progress; a recent study shows that anime forum discussions of anime music have increased 218% year over year for the past four years. A 10-year forecast of that trend shows no signs of slowing either, as we’re looking at a 673% compounded annual growth rate and will encapsulate 1000% of all online anime discussions at the forecast’s terminal year. In short, we have done our job there.
Furthermore, we’re not content to relax and we’ll continue to seek new challenges. J-drama OSTs are a logical next challenge. As is our modus operandi, we like to delve into stuff people might not know about. Like the hipsters we are, we are looking for great music from little-known composers from a medium that people probably don’t think a whole lot about. Are you excited like the people in the picture up top? We sure are!
With that in mind, our dedication and goal of providing people with great music to check out has not changed. Only the medium that we’re focusing upon has as we explore new dimensions in our transition from 2D to 3D. On the administrative side, we’ll keep this domain for now, but you can expect that to change sometime in the near-term.