Anime Music on the AIRS Ep. 10 – My Personal Journey

Given that this is the 10th episode of Anime Music on the AIRS, I wanted to take a different path and chronicle the major pieces that really turned me into an anime music fan. With that comes an episode with a lot of selections that are more off the beaten path than usual, but the music (at least, in my opinion) is absolutely terrific. Given that there’s a lot more music that shapes my journey, this will be a two-part episode, so enjoy part 1, which takes you all the way up to 2006.

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Anime Music on the AIRS ep. 10

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1:07 – Martian Successor Nadesico – Nadesico Hasshinsu – Takayuki Hattori
5:39 – Love Hina – Love Hina ~ Hinata Inn’s Theme – Masaki Iwamoto
9:31 – Rurouni Kenshin: Seisouhen – Heart of the Sunrise – Taku Iwasaki
13:57 – Gunslinger Girl – TEMA I – Toshihiko Sahashi
19:18 – Fullmetal Alchemist – Brajita – Michiru Oshima
24:03 – Samurai Champloo – Shiki no Uta – MINMI & Nujabes
29:45 – Blood+ – Blood+ The Final Battle – Mark Mancina and Hans Zimmer
34:13 – Genesis of Aquarion – Sousei no Aquarion – AKINO & Yoko Kanno
39:42 – Bartender – CINDERELLA ~Kitaikan~ – Kaoruko Ohtake
43:20 – Honey and Clover – Waltz – Suneohair

Hopefully there’s a lot for you all to discover, but more importantly, enjoy! Part 2 will come once we hit Episode 20. Until then, Episode 11 will focus on piano music. If you have any suggestions/requests, let us know in the comments below!

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Anime Instrumentality's Founder and Editor-in-Chief. As you can probably guess, I'm a big anime music junkie with a special love for composers who've put out some beautiful melodies to accompany some of my favorite anime series. I tend to gravitate towards music in the classical style with Joe Hisaishi and Yoko Kanno being a few of my favorite composers, but I've come to appreciate jazz and rock as anime music has widened my tastes.

13 thoughts on “Anime Music on the AIRS Ep. 10 – My Personal Journey

  • October 2, 2015 at 9:59 am

    Don’t forget “Go where no one’s gone before” by Billy Preston, OP to the 2003 anime Licensed by Royalty.

    • October 4, 2015 at 2:04 am

      Yup, but key words being the first one I’ve heard (did phrase it very carefully) so thanks for tossing that my way!

  • October 3, 2015 at 6:48 am

    That strange feeling, when you know and love all these great music, and you even don’t think you are an “anime man/fun”…

    Suggestions? Well, you know, it’s our favourite Yoko Kanno, Joe Hisaishi, Taku Iwasaki… Incredible powerful piano pieces they have. So “must add” at least one of compositions by every of them. Maybe one by Shinji Orito.

    • October 4, 2015 at 2:02 am

      Thanks for the requests! There’ll definitely be some from each of those except Joe Hisaishi, but only because his stuff seems very YouTube-unfriendly. But yes, good music will forever be good music and I’m glad you enjoyed those selections.

  • October 3, 2015 at 11:20 am

    Hinata Inn’s Theme is so pretty and chirpy! I love it!

    • October 4, 2015 at 2:03 am

      If you ever get a chance to check out the rest of the soundtrack, it’s pretty good. A rare orchestral soundtrack with a lot of fun pieces, especially considering it’s for a harem anime!

  • October 14, 2015 at 1:53 pm

    Looks like people already mentioned the staples (Yoko Kanno, Joe Hisaishi, etc.) I would add a piece from Tenmon to that list (very hard to choose just one). Clannad/Afterstory have some nice pieces, and the main themes for Angel Beats are rather pretty. Otherwise I would suggest the following (although some of them might not be purely piano).

    Nocturne pour Tamaki – Ouran High School Host Club
    Ceramic Heart – Toradora
    Taisetsu na Tomodach – A Certain Scientific Railgun
    Mirai no kioku – The Girl Who Leapt Through Time
    Natsuzora – The Girl Who Leapt Through Time
    Each way – Free: Eternal Summer
    Lament of the Black Bullet – Black Bullet
    Solitude – Amagi Brilliant Park
    Piano solo – Cowboy Bebop medley performed by Yoko Kanno (I know I mentioned Kanno already, and it isn’t technically part of the original soundtrack, but this piece takes my breath away every time)

    I like the different themes that have been explored so far. One style you might want to add to your list would be marches.

  • October 25, 2015 at 8:56 am

    I listened to that episode while walking among the autumn leaves in the forest near home last week, and it was just the perfect setting for enjoying both that Love Hina piece and Rurouni Kenshin’s theme! Damn it, those works were stellar!

    Love Hina really was the first anime I watched back in high school, thanks to a friend’s recommendation, and while I had enjoyed it I hadn’t thought about it in years. At that time I hadn’t paid a lot of attention to the music, too, hence my surprise in hearing that show again in such a good way.

    Rurouni Kenshin’s, just wow. This I never watched, although I keep hearing much good about it.

    As usual, thanks for putting those shows together, they’re a great way of discovering hidden gems I would never have hear otherwise!

    • October 27, 2015 at 12:13 am

      I think that’s been the emerging purpose behind these radio shows in that it can bring to light some really excellent music that might have otherwise slipped under the radar. Good to be able to bring back the memories of shows long past and be surprised at how well their music has aged!

      • November 1, 2015 at 2:01 pm

        I just listened to the full Love Hina OST and really liked it!

        The first songs I listened to on their own were from shows I had an attachment to. They weren’t particularly good, but mostly reminded me of the shows. Love Hina wasn’t even part of this category, and hearing the OST again after all this feels somewhat strange. Now I feel like watching it again 😉

      • November 3, 2015 at 1:16 am

        I think Love Hina is one of those shows that have aged poorly even if it was revolutionary for its time. I’m torn between giving it a nostalgia watch or just letting my feelings of that show simmer through its soundtrack. I guess with my tight schedule, it’ll have to be the latter…. for now!

  • October 26, 2015 at 5:37 am

    Hi there,
    your selectection of song was great. It looks like I will have to re-listen to love hina soundtrack, as it did not catch my ear the first time I watched the show.
    Also, did you know that Ginslinger Girls Thema A was originally not an anime piece ?
    I was in vacations and went to a small chapel to listen to two artists (harp and violin). I was super surprised when I heard Thema A from that violin player, that only played classical song. Guess it must be some sort of classic song too, but I have no idea which one.

    • October 27, 2015 at 12:15 am

      It wouldn’t be the first time that Toshihiko Sahashi has appropriated a piece from the classical canon though it’s usually much more recognizable than TEMA I’s melody. I am curious if someone can point out as to what piece that might be.


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