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[Music Monday] Platinum Disco

August 26, 2013, by , posted in Music

I watched all of Bakemonogatari shortly before the Season Season started airing about seven weeks ago and I’m having trouble remembering a time where I have fallen so hard for a series like I did for Bake. Of course, I didn’t stop there and I have now finished Nisemonogatari (it is interesting how it gets easier to spell the names of each series as you watch them. Who knew?) so I have no doubt anyone who has seen it will know this week’s song!

. . . As if the title wasn’t spoiler enough. /)_-

(It is really, really hard to find a TV Size version of the song on Youtube. Like, impossible.

Platinum Disco! One of the many, many things that I love about the Monogatari series is the openings. Each girl (well, most of them, at the time of this writing) have their own opening throughout the series, with Senjougahara, Hachikuji, Kanbaru, Sengoku and Hanekawa getting theirs in Bake while Nise gives one more to Senjougahara and two to each of Araragi’s sisters, Karen and Tsukihi.

As I haven’t been hearing it for long, I’m still trying to make up my mind about Platinum Disco. It is a fun, cheerful and even bouncy song, with the added animation just making you want to fall for Araragi’s little younger sister. At the same time, it feels to me like it’s trying too hard to be cute and bouncy. Maybe I just prefer Staple Stable, heh.

Even so, it’s still a good song for Tsuhiki, and helps to add a mood to her arc near the end of Nisemonogatari. And if you enjoy, do check out the other openings (and endings)! After Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood, the Monogatari series has the best OP and ED themes collections, I believe.

Music Monday – Gatcha!

August 12, 2013, by , posted in Music

Gatchaman Crowds is, without a doubt, the surprising jewel in the current anime season. I wasn’t even going to give it ago until a friend compared it to Tiger & Bunny, and, well, with a great main character, some really nice and colourful animation and a great soundtrack to boot, I’m glad I gave it a go.

But that’s enough about the anime. Let’s talk music! In particular, the Opening theme, ‘Crowds’ by White Ash.

I just love that intro, a series of one beats played on the drums and guitars as it flows into the rest of the song’s melody. I also love how it’s used alongside quick shots of the main characters before revealing the title of the show. It’s a rather upbeat rock song, with an emphasis on the electric guitar to back up the vocals, which is high enough for some people to think it was a woman singing them (for the curious, it’s a guy).

Most surprising (and this is something I just found out while looking for a video link of the opening) is that the majority is in English! I guess it could be attributed to the singer’s accent, although I believe it could be due to the rhythm of the song — a rhythm I had trouble keeping track of at first, which doesn’t happen very often.

Overall, I find it both a great song and a great anime opening, and quite honestly my favourite of Summer season, even with Shingeki’s second opening around. I can’t help but drum to it whenever I hear it and even more unusual, it sort of makes me wanna dance. And as always, with any song that I love, I end up looking up cover versions of the song, with my favourites being a guitar and drum cover.

The band also released a ‘short music video’ version of the song, that can be seen below, which only helps in making more excited and less patient for a full version of the song, not to mention hoping for a ‘making of’ feature on their music video. Like, seriously, how are they getting those two guys to ‘fly’ above the sea?!

Music Monday – Shamisen

August 6, 2012, by , posted in Music

The shamisen.

Also known as ‘sangen’, the shamisen is a three-stringed musical instrument similar in design to the guitar (sometimes referred to as ‘guitah’) and the banjo (only ever referred to as ‘banjo’) native to Japan. It usually sounds like this.

Quite a traditional, Japanese-like sound, right? We have probably all heard the shamisen being played in an anime or film without knowing what it was! (I certainly did). And just because it only has three strings doesn’t mean we can’t have some fancy duels with it.

So what happens when you grab a traditional Japanese musical instrument and let two brothers mix it with a more Western style of music? Enter the Yoshida Brothers!

The Yoshida Brothers are two brothers (as the name would imply…) who mix the quick and percussive Tsugaru-jamisen style with some funky-and-rocky Western music to create some really. Amazing. Music.

What I love about the Yoshida Brothers is their willingness to throw in some drums and guitars and even a bit of piano to their songs, creating a beautiful collection of sounds that is, as far as I’m concerned, unique. With their soothing, relaxing music and fast-paced tracks, the Yoshida Brother have become one of the best musical finds I have found this year, and my go-to-musicians when in need of some inspiration.

And don’t even get me started on what happens when Monkey Majik is added to the equation.

Music Monday – Exams, “Again”

June 11, 2012, by , posted in Music

With exams around the corner (and for some, they’re already here), I wanted to have a song that would inspire or motivate you all to study! Therefore, today we have “Again” by Yui.

I love FMA. I love the story, the character, the soundtrack and of course, the openings and endings – of both anime series, but particularly FMA:B’s. As I watch them I can’t help but feel awed at the animation. This is just me, but FMA:B openings and endings (and the anime itself) have one of best animation I have seen.

Yui’s “Again”, the first opening of FullMetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, is one such example (just look at Ed’s hair being flown around by the wind!), and it works great as an opening it showcases all the main characters plus a small fight scene seen is most of FMA openings and endings (if I recall correctly). And it’s Yui. You can’t go wrong with Yui.

Music Monday – Samurai 7

May 7, 2012, by , posted in Music

Samurai 7 is one of those few anime series that I really, really liked but have not been able to finish watching, mostly due to the lack of episodes in my laptop (or DVDs in my DVD collection… or money in my wallet with which to buy said DVDs.)

You may be asking, ‘how can you like an anime that you haven’t watched’? Well, I have seen some episodes, at least the first three, when they were available on Youtube back in 2006-07. And even if I had not, I can still like it if I know the plot, either by spoiling yourself… or, you know, that little, almost insignificant fact that it’s based on one of the greatest and most influential films ever made.

Then, there’s the music. I can’t say I remember much of the soundtrack, but I certainly remember the opening. “Unlimited” by Nanase Aikawa is one song that I will (most probably) never forget. More due to the memories connected to the song than the song itself, but I still love “Unlimited” despite the memories, which I believe is saying something.

If you’re into Samurai and swords and mecha with a pretty cool opening, then you should check out Samurai 7. If you’re not, then you should still check it out (and unlike me, actually finish it). And while you’re at it, do check Seven Samurai by Akira Kurosawa.