|Album Title:||Chihayafuru Original Soundtrack & Character Song Album 1|
|Artist:||Kousuke Yamashita, Ko-ta, Ko-hey, hidehiro kawai, SADA, Yutaka Shinya, 99RadioService, Asami Seto, Tooru Nara, Yoshimasa Hosoya|
|Release Date:||January 18, 2012|
|Purchase at:||CDJapan, Play-Asia|
This week’s track was one of many that I’d been considering, but chaostangent’s music post effectively made it go to the top of my mind.
Stretch things far enough and sure enough, they’ll snap! That’s the basic lesson that Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei teaches us through Itoshiki Nozomu’s misadventures. Backing him up is a two-dimensional cast that provides all the perspectives you could possibly need to weigh in on the societal issues that this despairing teacher comes across, to hilarious results. Black comedies are a rare sight in the world of anime and I’m just glad that this one saw the light of day since its irreverent treatment of its subject matter is what makes this show’s brand of comedy so enjoyable.
Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei – Itoshiki Nozomu
Satomi Arimori’s immortal eponymous line penned for Martian Successor Nadesico’s OP “You Get To Burning” will always give me a chuckle or two because of its engrishy nature, but that doesn’t hide the fact that Toshiyuki Omori’s composition is catchy and engaging and that Yumi Matsuzawa’s vocals deliver the necessary urgency and inspiration that captures the show’s more serious moments.
While Omori’s music is already enjoyable, what I like even more about Nadesico’s music is how composer Takayuki Hattori uses the opening theme as part of the anime’s BGM. The theme not only materializes in the form of a magnificent orchestral display in “Nadesico Hasshinsu!” but also in the mellowness of “Ima wa Oyasumi wo…,” the subject of today’s musing.
Nadesico – Ima wa Oyasumi wo
This is the inaugural post for a new post series where Anime Instrumentality staff gush or prattle over a piece of anime music. There’s no set structure or format here: it can range from a melodic dissection to random musings about the emotions flowing within the piece. Either way, we hope you enjoy this change of pace as we share our thoughts and dive more deeply into a piece than a soundtrack review would normally allow.
Theme Variation Abe-kun
As I watched Studio Ghibli’s Only Yesterday, I found the transitions between past and present remarkably seamless as Taeko’s journey into the countryside turns into a journey of self-discovery, revealing the joys and frustrations she faced when she was younger and giving us insight into the relationship she has with her family and friends. Together, these memories make up the person she has become and the next step is for her to figure out who she wants to be. [Read more…]