3 Examples of How Anime Add Meaning to Their Respective OP/EDs Themes

Whether they set the mood, deliver sentiments not carried across in dialogue, or accentuate certain themes within a show, anime songs work to add value to a show.

What may get overlooked, however, is that the reverse also applies: anime also add value to their respective OP and ED themes. And I’m not talking commercial value. (That may be topic for another day.) The element that arguably propels a merely enjoyable anisong into something great comes from how intimately the song is tied to the anime.

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No Nukes 2012 day 1 & Chiaki Ishikawa Tokyo live concert 1

Over the weekend of 7-8 July 2012 there were two concerts that I attended in the Tokyo area, featuring some artists who have made a strong impact on music of anime, but to begin…

One of the reasons I purchased the DVD of the anime Royal Space Force: The Wings of Honnêamise was because of Ryuichi Sakamoto’s soundtrack. This lead me to delve further into his past as I revisited the music of his band, Yellow Magic Orchestra (YMO) and its members, and discovered that the bass player, Haruomi Hosono had composed the promotional song for Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind live performance clip, and the soundtrack to Night on the Galactic Railroad. Following further, I found that Sakamoto’s ex-wife Akiko Yano had composed and performed the soundtrack to Studio Ghibli’s My Neighbors The Yamadas and voiced Ponyo’s brothers and sisters in Ponyo. Akiko Yano has also performed piano duets with Hiromi Uehara, who is probably Japan’s foremost jazz pianist. It was one such duet, since taken down from youtube, that led me to buying several CD’s and DVD’s by Hiromi Uehara and got me to check out her performance at the Melbourne International Jazz Festival in June 2012 with her trio.

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2011′s Anime Music in Review – Soundtrack Edition

In August? Man, at this rate, the 2012 music roundup post won’t be released until 2014 at the earliest!


Starting last year, we decided that an anime soundtrack retrospective wouldn’t be a bad idea. Doing so serves two functions: it allows people to get an idea for what stuff we liked and think are worth checking out and it allows us to go over worthy soundtracks that we simply could not find the time to review but still want people to know about. Narrowing the list down to 15 was not going to be an easy task, but we do hope you enjoy what’s in store here.

Do note that clips presented will be played in their entirety. We do hope you discover something new or get to reminisce over some tune that impressed you during the course of last year. And for those who like a long playlist that they can listen to while at work, we’ve included the Master List below.

Master List

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Simoun Original Soundtrack 1 – Review

Album Title: Simoun Original Soundtrack 1
Anime Title: Simoun
Artist: Sahashi Toshihiko, Ishikawa Chiaki, savage genius
Catalog Number: VICL-61964
Release Type: Soundtrack
Release Date: June 21, 2006
Purchase at: Out of Print

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Musical Musing: When Hisaishi and Touhou Collide, Some Miscellany

Doujin games and anime aren’t so far apart that we can apply the statement that ne’er the twain shall meet because the two fanbases do overlap. However, they are far apart enough that you rarely see anyone combining music from games and anime into a fan-made arrangement. After all, much of the doujin music that comes out of Comiket are decidedly non-anime in nature. Ditto with Reitaisai for obvious reasons.

So when I come across a track that combines both, it’s always cause for rejoicing and kaztora’s “チルノの動く城” is one that fits the bill. As you listen to this, you may find yourself surprised to find two familiar themes milling about (moreso if you can’t figure out the translation for the track title!):


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