Monday Melodic Musings: Contrasting Gunslinger Girl’s Main Themes

In most instances, when you have a second season to an anime, chances are they’ll use the same voice actors, the same animation studio, and, of course, the same composer. That’s not quite what happened with Gunslinger Girl. Whereas the first season was animated by Madhouse Studios and scored by maestro Toshihiko Sahashi, Artland animated Gunslinger Girl -Il Teatrino-. Its soundtrack was composed by Kou Otani.

Now, before we go any further, let me preface this discussion by saying that Gunslinger Girl and I have quite the history. Back in the halcyon days of my anime fandom, I never pursued the medium as intensely as I do now; anime was an on-again, off-again activity. But when a friend introduced me to that anime, the narrative was absolutely enthralling and the emotions it stirred within me was something I had not believed was possible from a cartoon. That spark led me to delve further into the medium and, needless to say, I’m pretty happy with where that’s taken me. [Read more…]

Heralding our 4th Year, Some Musings, Some Polling

FOUR MORE YEARS! FOUR MORE YEARS! FOUR MORE YEARS!

Thankfully, there are no such things as term limits here, so we can assert our power over the anime music space with impunity, indefinitely. As long as the quality of anime music continues to stay its course, we’ll be here for a long time to come. After all, the quality of anime may go through cycles, but we’ve yet to encounter any similar sorts of trends in anime music, which has remained remarkably consistent.

From the post title, yes, we are entering our 4th year. Also known as the length of time most people will take to graduate from undergrad. Or how long Pep Guardiola has coached FC Barcelona. Or the lifespan of the almighty Didelphis virginiana when raised in captivity. These inane comparisons only further the idea that four years is a weird spot to be in as far as festivities are concerned. 1 year is a fine milestone. 2-year milestones are also worth celebrating since it’s the only even prime. 3-year anniversaries are worthy because it means you’ve gone through endless trials by fire and have a very good chance at avoiding blog death (as opposed to dying in a blogging accident or something). 5 years is also a fine number and makes it a great moment to dig into our history. But 4? What can we celebrate with 4? Well, there’s never a bad time to reaffirm what we’re all about. [Read more…]

Sakamichi no Apollon: Kids on the Slope Episode 3

I definitely haven’t been loath to willingly, even happily, adjust my expectations when it comes to this show’s music, but, after this episode, rather than accommodating any expectations, I’m beginning to feel that it just isn’t living up to them.

What made Sakamichi no Apollon feel so special in the first two episodes was how intimately the music reflected the characters. The music was an integral part of the narrative, an active member of the story rather than an unavoidable outcome of it, and that was very much the heartbeat of the show.
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Fate/Zero OP Single – to the beginning – Review

Album Title: to the beginning
Anime Title: Fate/Zero
Artist: Kalafina, Yuki Kajiura
Catalog Number: SECL-1092
Release Type: OP/ED Single
Release Date: April 18, 2012
Purchase at: CDJapan

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Sakamichi no Apollon: Kids on the Slope Episode 2

Wow, it’s only the second episode of Sakamichi no Apollon, and I’m already 4 days late? Not a good sign, but I’m only now beginning to realize the brutal pace of weekly episodic posts. On to the episode.

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