Podcast: Anime Music on the AIRS Ep. 4 – Space Anime Music

On this week’s Anime Music on the AIRS, we touch on space, the final frontier, where epic stories abound across the interstellar void. Thanks again to your feedback and support, especially those of you who’ve tossed suggestions our way and for my team on the back end helping me to make sense of all this. So with that, sit back and we hope you enjoy the show!

Anime Music on the AIRS ep. 4

[audio: AIRS Ep 4.mp3]

0:54 – Kiddy Grade – Stars Century: 0328 – Shiro Hamaguchi
3:52 – Eureka Seven AO – Sparkplug Revolutionary – Koji Nakamura
6:08 – Planetes – Outside Atmosphere – Kotaro Nakagawa
9:20 – Odin Photon Sailer Starlight – Odin – LOUDNESS (requested by @ottocycle)
15:25 – Space Battleship Yamato 2199 – Cosmo Tiger (Wan Dah Bah) – Akira Miyagawa
18:40 – End of Evangelion – Kom Susser Tod – ARIANNE (requested by Menos)
27:22 – Cowboy Bebop – Space Lion – Yoko Kanno
35:18 – Banner of the Stars – Banner of the Stars Opening Theme – Katsuhisa Hattori
40:03 – Glass Fleet – Ooinaru Kibou – Kousuke Yamashita
44:57 – Macross Frontier – The Target – Yoko Kanno
51:24 – Legend of the Galactic Heroes – Hikari no Hashi wo Koete – Kei Ogura (requested by @sherlock_marple)

Again, let us know what you think, whether it’s about the formatting of the show, track selections, or anything else that comes to mind. Also, please feel free to request tracks to be played in future shows and we’ll get in as many as we can! For those looking to do this, the next theme is: traditional Japanese. So that means any shamisen or, god forbid, enka tracks qualify!

If you have other themes you’d like me to place on the docket, feel free to throw your suggestions our way.

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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.

4 thoughts on “Podcast: Anime Music on the AIRS Ep. 4 – Space Anime Music

  • May 14, 2015 at 6:02 am

    A most excellent selection! Actually found my rec to probably be at the bottom of the pack.

    Or maybe I’ve listened to that one too many times for it to resonate.

  • May 14, 2015 at 2:01 pm

    So here come a lot of enka recommendations… LOL, just kidding; fortunately for you I don’t recall any enka tracks used in anime atm and remember only some sung by Kaji Meiko I enjoy. πŸ™‚
    Great selection btw, ‘Space Lion’ from CB is the top track besides the OP and ED songs, although I would have picked ‘The Infinite Universe’ for Yamato 2199 (quite an underrated show that slipped the attention of many). Did you know that they even arranged the Yamato music for a classical orchestra and performed it live?
    As for real recs, the pieces ‘Kanashimi’, ‘Koigokoro’ and ‘Tsnunegihoro’ from the Ayakashi – Mononoke OST by Takanashi Yasaharu are great. Then some tracks from Hisaishi’s music for ‘Mononoke Hime’ should qualify too I guess. I have the new BD release of the movie and the sound quality on it is fantastic, I wish I had comparable quality on a CD. Then there’s his score for ‘Kaguya Hime’ (which as a movie I enjoyed far more than ‘Kaze no Tachinu’) with the main (Koto) theme a good pick probably.
    Natsume Yujiinchou’s soundtracks should provide suitable material too; could maybe even ‘Natsu Yuuzoora’ count as Japanese traditional too? (because of the singing style)
    Soo, that’s all for the moment, have to get to sleep… πŸ˜‰

  • May 14, 2015 at 5:02 pm

    Seriously, this is starting to get properly polished. Keep it up guys!!! Also whoa, thanks for using my request, it’s an honor, even if my pick certainly wasn’t as good as a good bunch of the other songs (I’m looking at you, Space Lion and Odin). Also BotS… Man, this lineup is just great.

    Well, traditional Japanese is a lot easier for me based on my tastes, I’ll admit. Oh god, I really, REALLY want to pick Naraku no Hana (as a weird electropop/industrial take on “traditional”) but that’s a bit of a stretch (unless you want to use it, then please o_o), so I’ll keep it a bit more straightforwardly relevant:

    Clannad – Shoujo no Gensou – Riya

    I love this song so much; both the original and ZTS are just huge. And hey, those taiko drums are about as traditional as it gets haha.

    As for my “Not quite appropriate but fitting the theme” pick for your pleasure:

    Looking forward to the next one!!

  • May 30, 2015 at 4:40 pm

    May’n covered Kom Susser Tod at Animax Musix 2014 Yokohama:


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