|Album Title:||PING PONG SOUNDTRACK Standard Edition|
|Anime Title:||Ping Pong the Animation|
|Artist:||Kensuke Ushio, Oorutaichi|
|Release Date:||November 26, 2014|
Although episode 3 of Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso has none of the grand performances of the previous episode, it does feature a serendipitous moment that uses a piece from one of my favorite musical conventions: the theme and variations. What typically happens in a theme and variations is that the composer starts the audience off with a theme to serve as the melodic foundation. The composer then plumbs the depths for musical adornments and alterations that together, create a riveting, imaginative affair.
So on this day, after the violin competition, Kousei and Kaori find themselves in a small pastry shop. As the two settle in, they notice a girl playing a familiar French tune from the patisserie’s piano: “Ah! vous dirai-je, Maman,” or, for the rest of us, the melody to “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” (among other things). Kaori immediately recognizes that it’s not just any old version of “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star,” but Mozart’s rendition of it. [Read more…]
Anime music fans have long been spoiled by the sheer quality of anime music that have come out with each passing year. There would always be something special that seizes the year, whether it’s an epic soundtrack or a catchy J-pop/J-rock number that would have us humming the melody forever and a day. So when you have a down year like 2013, it’s only natural to feel a bit slighted.
When OP/ED themes lean towards genericity and soundtracks are either overblown in their pomposity or overly atmospheric to the point of boredom, finding those hidden gems becomes a more trying task. Whether 2013’s musical material represents what anime directors/producers are looking for, or that this is simply a blip upon an otherwise strong musical run and we’ve simply been spoiled, is hard to say. That said, we do bring gems from 2013, and of those gems we’ve unearthed, these are what shine brightest: [Read more…]