If the prospect of seeing anime music like “Ai wo Torimodose” going up against “Toki wo Kizamu Uta” in a popularity contest is something that tickles your fancy, you just might want to check out my latest project that’s kicked up over at the Animusic Tourney.
The idea behind the tourney is simple enough: people go in and nominate a bunch of anime opening, ending, or insert songs that they happen to like. The songs then get seeded according to how people nominate and are then placed in a head to head vote where the song that gets the most votes wins and advances until it falls to some almighty track or succeeds in defeating all other comers to win it all! Along the way, people might discover new tunes to cherish and new artists to fawn over. There might even be some cool discussions that result. No matter what happens though, the primary objective is to indulge in a fun, social exercise.
After all, the most accessible parts of anime music, for better or for worse, are still the opening, ending, and insert songs. They all come up in the anime at a time where they’re allowed to assert their presence, diverting the viewer’s attention somewhat away from the ongoing narrative and on to the sweet combination of vocals and instrumentals. On top of that, there’s so much diversity to be had that the nominations are fairly eclectic, both between different nominations and within nominations. It’s a world where R&B nestles comfortably among J-pop, where grandiose, operatic works have no problem sharing their turf with rap. In other words, a wonderful place to be in.
And after seeing so many messageboard threads where people post their top 10 anison, I figured we’re about due to have an enjoyable little diversion where we can witness the likes of “Uninstall” duking it out against “Tabi no Tochuu” while “Cruel Angel’s Thesis” looks on with a smug expression, content as it sits atop its high perch watching the rabble fight for scraps of votes. For all this to occur, we do need people to head on over and start nominating.
In case this isn’t enough, Aeroblip and I talk about the tourney in the last 20 minutes of the latest podcast at Desu ex Machina. Give it a listen to get an idea of the tone I’m effectively setting (i.e. light and fun, mostly).