|Album Title:||Wolf Children Original Soundtrack or
Ookami Kodomo no Ame to Yuki Original Soundtrack
|Anime Title:||Wolf Children|
|Artist:||Ann Sally, Masakatsu Takagi|
|Release Date:||July 18, 2012|
|Purchase at:||CDJapan, Play-Asia, iTunes|
Compared to the first episode of Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso, the second episode doesn’t have nearly as much music, probably because they’re building the foundation for Kaori and Arima’s relationship. But they did feature a superbly animated violin sequence using yet another Beethoven piece: his Violin Sonata No. 9, commonly known as the “Kreutzer” Sonata. The piece’s first movement was featured as the piece all of the violinists would have to perform at the Towa Music Competition.
So for a more professional rendition, here’s the first movement of the “Kreutzer,” performed by Joshua Bell and Yuja Wang (I’ll be referencing this throughout the post): [Read more…]
Prologue: After Nodame Cantabile, you’d have to forgive me for believing no other anime would attempt using classical music as the backbone for a romantic comedy. But with this Fall season, we have Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso, which has sufficiently impressed me with that very approach, imparting a level of enthusiasm that I haven’t felt since watching Nodame.
Classical music to make a match in heaven? While the two main characters, Kousei Arima and Kaori Miyazono, aren’t even close to being a mature, compelling couple (they’re middle school students after all), the classical music backdrop is enough to get me to stay. It’s worth my while to stick with this series, especially if I can use this soapbox to comment about classical music itself and maybe even give a bit of insight on why the music was used like it was. [Read more…]
Comiket, for those who don’t know, is the largest convention for self-published and produced works in the world. Spanning three days, it is an enormous marketplace held in the Tokyo Big Sight convention center where people sell mainly art and crafts either inspired by anime or in the anime style. Among the goods being sold are tons of CDs produced by a thriving doujin music community. Of course, being in Japan over the summer, I made it part of my plans to check it out. While I couldn’t attend the first day because I was stuck in a cubicle, I did join up with some friends in the area for the second and third.