Artist: Kazami Mioyoru
Over the next few weeks, save for maybe a few short reviews scattered here or there, I’ll be taking a break from individual soundtracks to look back on this past decade from the anime music enthusiast’s standpoint. This sort of reflection is appropriate; after all, it was around 2000 that I became interested in the medium and from there, the interest grew until it’s become the monstrosity that it is now. It all started with the Record of the Lodoss War OVA, expanded with shows like Cowboy Bebop and the Kenshin Tsuiokuhen OVA, and from there, the rest is history. Along the way, I also seem to have picked up a huge obsession for anime music, a habit which has given me a lot of new music to listen to but has also seemingly stunted my musical growth in other genres. Oh well, we all have our vices, right?
Each decade post will focus on one year and will include my thoughts on the music from the shows that were released in that particular year, both the intro/outro themes and the actual soundtracks themselves. Seeing how the soundtrack march will continue onwards, I don’t know if I’ll ever get around to reviewing the great soundtracks of the past, so I figure that now’s a good time as any to ramble on and give those albums their due.
Other writers out there have beaten me to the anime music decades list punch and you can find those below. Do give them a read and enjoy their thoughts on what albums or OP/EDs are worth checking out for those new to the fold or which ones are worth reminiscing over if you’ve been at this hobby for quite some time.
j1m0ne has already tossed down her list of 15 anisong/seiyuu albums that have come out during the last decade. I was delighted to see a few on there that I recognized like Haruka Shimotsuki’s Tindharia no Tane. Others I need to check out, like Nana Mizuki’s ALIVE & KICKING and Yui Makino’s Tenkyu no Ongaku.
Liz Ohanesian over on the LA Weekly’s West Coast Sound blog Synthful has also published her own list of 10 OP/ED themes of this decade. Narrowing such a big list down to 10 is no mean feat, and all of the OP/EDs featured are those that I can say I approve of.
If you made a post with a similar focus and I missed you, do let me know!