Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet Episode 8 – The Musical Component: The Strings in Fairlock’s Passing

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Background: Episode 8 marks the death of Captain Fairlock, the skipper who succeeded in obtaining the loyalty of other sea captains to continue under his banner and journey with the Gargantia. In the aftermath of his death, Gargantia’s captaincy passes on to his foster daughter Ridget, who must contend with those who wish to secede from the Gargantia in pursuit of their own goals.

Analysis: Given its timbre, the violin, with its capacity to draw out a sense of melancholia, has been used to convey sadness borne out of a broken heart or a loved one’s death. It’s this latter aspect that’s worth touching upon for the purposes of looking at episode 8 of Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet, where we have quite a few violin pieces that mark a beloved captain’s passing. The use of violin music to convey the sentiments found in this moment isn’t without precedent; one of the most famous examples is Samuel Barber’s Adagio for Strings, which was played on TV when announcing the death of President John F. Kennedy and performed at the funeral of Albert Einstein. After all, death’s the final word, bringing a plethora of emotions that include pain, sorrow, and uncertainty. Pieces like Barber’s Adagio allow our emotions to manifest in musical form, a medium that can convey thoughts and feelings where words simply would not do. [Read more...]

Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet ED Single – Sora to Kimi to Message – Review

Gargantia ED Choucho

Album Title: Sora to Kimi to Message
Anime Title: Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet (Suisei no Gargantia)
Artist: ChouCho
Catalog Number: LACM-14098
Release Type: OP/ED Single
Release Date: May 15, 2013
Purchase at: CDJapan, Play-Asia

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Valvrave the Liberator OP Single – Preserved Roses – Review

Preserved Roses - Nana Mizuki TM Revolution

Album Title: Preserved Roses
Anime Title: Valvrave the Liberator
Artist: T.M.REVOLUTION, Nana Mizuki, Daisuke Asakura
Catalog Number: ESCL-4052
Release Type: OP/ED Single
Release Date: May 15, 2013
Purchase at: CDJapan, Play-Asia, iTunes, Amazon MP3

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Chihayafuru 2 Original Soundtrack – Review

Chihayafuru 2 Soundtrack Cover

Album Title: Chihayafuru 2 Original Soundtrack
Anime Title: Chihayafuru 2
Artist: Kousuke Yamashita, Asami Seto, Ai Kayano
Catalog Number: VPCG-84939
Release Type: Soundtrack
Release Date: March 20, 2013
Purchase at: CDJapan

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Composer of the Month – Jun Maeda

Jun Maeda

Overview: When you think of Jun Maeda, sob stories that stir one’s heart (critics will label them melodramatic tripe) set in a world where at least some of the cast are dead are what often come to mind. Fair or not, Maeda’s reputation is built on these scenarios which he’s written as part of the visual novel company Key – his author credits include titles such as Kanon, Air, Clannad, and Little Busters! But though his written works are what often stirs the most discussion, Jun Maeda is quite an adept composer who excels at simple, but effective melodies that mesh perfectly with the visual novel’s scenarios, turning up the waterworks and ultimately rendering those moments absolutely unforgettable.

While the aspects of Maeda’s musical repertoire that remain most notable are the themes that he’s composed for Key’s visual novels, one shouldn’t underestimate his ability to write both the music and the lyrics for J-pop either. In the vocal music arena, Maeda’s collaborated with quite a few well-known names, ranging from Lia, to yanaginagi (formerly of supercell) where’s he’s delivered songs that are arguably as memorable as his BGM themes (though this entry will only cover his anime work or visual novels that have been adapted to anime).

So we embark once more (perhaps temporarily) in our composer series. In case you’re here to only listen to the soundclips and not read any of the text, below is the master list of all the pieces featured in this profile entry in order. It’ll save time if you don’t want to have to click through each and every track.

Master List

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