Archive for ‘Anime’

August 22, 2010

Weekly Music Pick – Queen’s Blade Themes

This week’s music pick is an orchestral piece from a fairly recent anime, Queen’s Blade.


Queen’s Blade Main Theme 1

Queen’s Blade is an ecchi series of “visual combat” books, which are essentially books that lets the reader choose the protagonist’s path by turning to the relevant page.

The Queen’s Blade books enjoyed cult success, and in 2009 was made into an anime, enjoying 2 season runs of 12 episodes each. Personally, the anime’s plot was terrible, a stereotypical hero’s journey involving scantily clad women with out of the world proportions. If that does not stretch your disbelief, try a slime shaped in a busty woman that shoots acidic milk out of her mammaries (Melona for those wondering), or fighting that involves more cloth ripping than blood spilled.

What saved the anime from eternal damnation were a few pluses: the pacing is better than most anime and voice-acting is top notch, involving famous names in the field like Rie Tanaka, Yuko Goto and Rie Kugimiya etc. Another major factor is the memorable soundtrack, especially the pieces that play during high tension scenes.

The main theme of Queen’s Blade, simply titled “Queen’s Blade Main Theme” in the OST, is actually 2 songs, part 1 and part 2. The 2 parts differ in the introductory section and the portion prior to the main refrain, mainly because of the situations in which they were used: Part 1 was used in the anime’s introduction while part 2 plays during comebacks from a disadvantageous situation. In both cases, the main theme actually refers to the main refrain, a series of string sections that form a rising crescendo.

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June 21, 2010

Weekly Music: Sekai ga Owaru made ha

This week’s pick comes from the famous Slam Dunk anime back in the mid-90s. Band that performed this song is called Wands (ワンズ), which was disbanded in 2000.


Short version

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May 31, 2010

Weekly Music Pick: Thief

This week’s pick is a 2000 hit from alternative rock band Our Lady Peace (OLP for short).

OLP is a Canadian based band that was started in 1992. Given their obscurity on this side of the Pacific, I only discovered their unique sound through, predictably, an Anime music video.

(Video removed due to term of use violation.)
For those interested in the video, please refer to animusicvideos.org.

The AMV features their 2000 hit “Thief” with animation from the sci-fi series Vandread: The 2nd Stage. The lyrics of the song talks about the agony of witnessing a person suffering through a chronic illness, particularly fitting since the scenes in the AMV come from the episode of Vandread that revolves around a chronically ill child.

The  part that resounds most with  me comes from the refrain, which I will quote below:

It’s a long, long getaway; it’s a long, long getaway.
Make it home again, make it home again.
It’s a long, long getaway; it’s a long, long getaway.

Truly gives the feeling of how “epic-ly” long the journey to recovery can be, and the hope and wishes for those who stay by the side of the patient.

Resources:
Wikipedia Article
Our Lady Peace – Thief Lyrics

May 17, 2010

Weekly Music Pick – Rehearsal

From the award winning manga-turned-anime Cross Game, the fourth ED, “Rehearsal” by Natsuko Kondo. I highly, highly recommend the anime.

Taken from Wikipedia:

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May 5, 2010

Weekly Music Pick: Yui’s Solo Guitar Riff (K-On!!)

Late by a week and a half at least…. but better late than never.

This week’s weekly music pick comes from the latest season of K-On, simply titled K-On!! (note the extra exclamation mark). It comes from the opening minutes of the 1st episode, when Yui begins to practise her guitar strumming skills – a min and a half of pure bliss.

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April 18, 2010

Weekly Music Pick: Song For…

Missed 2 weeks of Weekly Music Picks, for that I have to apologize and explain. Real life (aka) work caught up with me, some major changes gonna occur in the next few weeks, some of which I am looking forward to, others which I had hoped to avoid. With that said, back to the song.

This week’s song comes from Zoids Chaotic Century, a TV anime series that aired from fall 1999 to winter 2000. The pick is the first ending theme by a Jrock group called Dear, entitled “Song For…”, an energetic rock ballad. I always liked this song from the moment I heard it because it fills me with a sense of yearning, a hunger for something I cannot put a finger on.

The song is also famous as the theme for an inspiring Guilty Gear combo video, entitled simply as “Song For…”, featuring 1 of the most eccentric guilty gear characters Zappa.

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March 24, 2010

Weekly Music Pick: Far and Away Theme

Late, but better late than never….

This week’s music pick is from a semi-obscure movie. Called Far and Away, this 1992 movie stars a younger Tom Cruise opposite Nicole Kidman as two Irish migrants trying to make it big in America.

The theme is nameless, and is often simply called “Theme of Far and Away”. There are at least 2 versions, the lighter and more playful version by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, as well as the more formal version, listed below.

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March 8, 2010

Weekly Music: Bokura no Natsu no Yume

This week’s music pick centres around summer. Entitled Bokura no Natsu no Yume by Tatsuro Yamashita, it loosely translates as Our Summer Dream, or more appropriately, Our Dreams of that Summer. The song is the theme/ending song for the anime movie Summer Wars.


Tatsuro Yamashita – Bokura no Natsu no Yume

Considering the unseasonable warmth we are experiencing here, and that the movie was only just recently released in local cinemas, I thought it particularly apt. Trailer for the local release below.

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March 2, 2010

What’s Up People – Many Parodies

For those who don’t recognize the header, it’s the title of Maximum Hormone’s most famous single, What’s Up People. Used as the second opening for the hit anime Death Note, it’s unique for its apologetically hardcore punk sound, rare in a market overflowing with cutesy rabbit-girl-idols and bubblegum pop. The opening itself is inspired, featuring a psychedelic collage of characters, yet using dystopian film noir shadowing techniques to give that dark gritty feel. No one is innocent, with everyone portrayed in shades of gray.


Original Death Note opening video

The madness began with an innocuous trailer for an AMV contest in 2007, featuring a certain famous yellow animal…


2007 AnimeNext AMV Promo clip

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January 30, 2010

Prism – Dennou Coil

It’s been a very long time since I’ve posted anything anime related. Part of the problem lies with this season of anime itself (Warning: rant incoming, not.), while another part also lies with the dearth of forum browsing on my part. It’s an open secret that most, if not all of my anime posts are inspired by writings within the Hongfire community. You can visit them in my hotlinks, and feel free to say hi to me, username neokai.

Now back to the main plot. Dennou Coil, a 26 episode sci-fi anime series released in summer 2007, is a story exploring augmented reality (AR) technologies. For the uninitiated, augmented reality is a field of computer engineering that seeks to blend the virtual and real. An example of augmented reality can be summarized in the vid below.

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