Anime Music in the Oddest Places – Bloomberg TV

Vacations allow me to get away from a lot of things and I primarily use that time to undergo urban detox by going camping. For the days when I’m not out in the wilderness, I spend that time watching TV in hotel rooms. It seems like the only time I ever touch the TV is when I’m on vacation. That suits me just fine since I make up for that by watching anime the rest of the year anyhow.

Taking a vacation doesn’t get me away from anime music. I’ll blast video game and anime tunes from my iPod when I drive or fly around the country, and that is to be expected. What is unexpected is hearing anime music come out of a 24-hour financial news station. While I was in Portland, I found myself tuning in to Bloomberg TV and more specifically, a show titled “Conversations with Judy Woodruff.” I was somewhat familiar with Judy Woodruff’s work as a journalist, but I was even more familiar with the theme used for her show. Give it a listen, and no, you don’t need to listen to it in its entirety unless you like Paul Volcker; the first 10 seconds will do.

Well, that was a surprise! Maybe some of you recognized it as a work composed by Ryo Kunihiko for the Victorian Romance Emma soundtrack:

The Season
[audio:Victorian Romance Emma – The Season.mp3]

Now, I didn’t stick around long enough for the credits to roll (it was late and I was tired). All I know is that Charles Tomaras is the show’s sound mixer, which I guess means that he selects the music and puts it all together. Does this mean that either he, or someone on Woodruff’s staff, listens to anime music and might even be an anime fan? Is that person aware of where the melody comes from or was it chosen for the show because it sounds pretty? I’m sure a quick e-mail could answer all of that if I could find out who to contact and how to contact them (the Bloomberg website is labyrinthine in this regard).

Mundane reason or not, as long as Ryo Kunihiko gets a royalty check from Judy Woodruff’s show, that’s all I can really ask for.


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.

0 thoughts on “Anime Music in the Oddest Places – Bloomberg TV

  • April 27, 2010 at 3:52 am

    They turned it into a news jingle. It fits surprisingly well. Haha.

    Assuming you can receive a reply from them, it’s not like they can deny Ryo’s involvement out of embarrassment or else they could be sued for plagiarism.

  • April 27, 2010 at 11:08 am

    Still working on it.

    I did call him on his cell phone yesterday. He told me he didn’t know and that I’d have to call the production staff of the show itself though.

    Also, Aion’s soundtrack is pretty damn awesome. There’s also some Origa goodness in there too!

    Pretty much. I just want a confirmation. Savoring mysteries is kind of fun, but actually getting an answer would be satisfying. I did send them a form message though, so we’ll see!

  • April 27, 2010 at 11:15 am

    Whoa, nice catch. I saw all of Emma and I didn’t even pick up on it. Who would have thought…

  • April 28, 2010 at 10:29 am

    Yeah, it just struck me since I’ve been listening to Emma’s soundtrack on and off for awhile now. Eyes went wide when I heard it and you know the rest =)

    Quite! Makes for a pleasant jingle to say the least.

  • April 28, 2010 at 9:08 pm

    wow~ what a coincidence! lol.
    really nice discovery 🙂

  • April 29, 2010 at 10:58 am

    Talk about it coming out of nowhere. Yeah, I still need to figure out whether my thoughts on this are true or not.

  • May 22, 2010 at 5:25 am

    That’s a pretty neat find! It reminds me that back home in Thailand, a lot of time the soap shows there would have blatant rip-off of all kinds of music from things like Lord of the Rings or Fruits Basket. I would go through that’s a nice theme, to hang on I’ve heard that before to oh my god they really are totally ripping this off that show!

  • May 22, 2010 at 9:42 pm

    Now this reminds me of the need to update since I have found out new facts since then. New interesting facts that will raise a few strange, but fun questions…

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