Hi, my name is Arthur Marsh from Adelaide, South Australia. I’ve enjoyed the music of anime since the days of Marine Boy, Gigantor and Kimba on black-and-white television, and more recently rediscovered the music of anime through the works of Studio Ghibli (including my first blu-ray purchase, Joe Hisaishi in Budokan – 25 years with the Animations of Hayao Miyazaki), and movies like Royal Space Force: The Wings of Honnêamise, Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence and series like The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya. The blu-ray box set of the latter included a concert Suzumiya Haruhi no Gensō which included a singer with amazing diction who turned out to be Minori Chihara. That leads to…
Those of you who have visited the Eminence Website lately should be aware that the website for Eminence’s A Night in Fantasia concert is up and running. My fellow Eminence staff writers over at Original Sound Version have already declared in their post that this concert boasts one of the most impressive groups of video game music composers from both the East and the West. If you’ve checked out the program on the ANiF website, you’ll also notice that it’s heavily slanted towards video game music. So for all VGM aficiondos, it’s a given that music from games like Ace Combat V, Soul Calibur, and Chrono Cross are worth the price of admission alone and that Chiaking’s appearance to sing a song from IDOLM@STER is just the icing on a very delicious cake.
The question then is what this concert offers the anime fan. Well, the anime portion of the program, while not amazingly brilliant, is decent enough with quite a few good picks. I think the big surprise for me was seeing that the music from The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya was going to be on the program and I’m going to guess based on the fact that because Shiro Hamaguchi is credited as the arranger, that we’ll be getting a piece from The String Concert of Haruhi Suzumiya. That’s not a major surprise since Hiroaki Yura, Eminence’s founder, also performed at the Haruhi concert in Japan. I’m also not too surprised to see Hisaishi’s compositions for Studio Ghibli’s films either since they have been performed in the past and the melodies themselves are well-known given that Miyazaki’s films are relatively mainstream (as mainstream as anime can get currently anyhow). So while they’re not getting a bigger cross-section of anime music out there, the series/movies from which they’ve picked have enjoyable music (moreso than your average anime soundtrack), so in that regard, it should make for a good concert. My only regret is that I’ll miss out on it since I don’t see myself traveling to Australia in the very near future.
The concert is scheduled for September 26 and if you’re planning to go and want to secure your tickets, just check the ANiF website.
Also, if anyone is going and is interested in writing a concert report for me, do let me know :p