Monday Melodic Musings: Contrasting Gunslinger Girl’s Main Themes

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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.

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2 comments on this post.
  1. eternal:

    Interesting… I had heard that the second season was noticeably worse than the first. I think I see what you mean about Il Teatrino’s theme feeling more like accompaniment for a scene; the melody repeats itself and seems to be paced with a visual in mind (speed up for action scenes, slow down for drama). I’m listening to the first season’s theme as I type this and, given my lack of knowledge of instrumental music, I could easily mistake it for a standalone orchestral song. Not to compare it to the classics as a measure of quality, but I mean that I see why the theme is memorable in and of itself.

    Incidentally, I browsed several soundtracks for the Metal Gear Solid series recently and I realized that, even though I liked the music in the games, the only songs that stood out were variations of the main theme. Everything else feels hollow when divorced from the scenes they originally accompanied.

  2. Dave Heuseveldt:

    I have to agree with you: although I like the theme of Il Teatrino, Tema I actually manages to strike me on an emotional level. It really creates the overall atmosphere of the series.

    Very nice article, keep it up. I tend to enjoy these musings if I get around to reading it.

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