It’s here! We’ve narrowed down our favorite anime openings and endings for our upcoming UTAU! Anime Karaoke and Trivia concert on April 22. Songs include:
“BLUE BIRD” from Naruto Shippuden
“Crossing Fields” from Sword Art Online
“Dearest” from InuYasha
“MY SOUL YOUR BEATS” from Angel Beats
“Purachina” from Cardcaptor Sakura
“Smile Bomb” from Yu Yu Hakusho
We’ve included links to videos of the songs and lyrics so you can brush up before your big number (lyrics will be provided at the show).
So many great composers celebrate their birthday’s this week, and we’re starting off with one of our favorites Michiru Oshima. Best known to the anime community for her soundtrack to the first Fullmetal Alchemist anime, Oshima’s classical sensibilities and carefully-crafted melodies can be heard in commercials, theater, TV dramas, films, and video games.
Check-out our top 5 tracks from her discography:
“Chariot’s Theme” (Little Witch Academia, 2013)
Powerful, magical, and “flashy” perfectly sum up the character Chariot and her miraculous theme music. Majestic brass lines and soaring strings fit so well in this new magical girl tale!
“Nostalgia” (Blast of Tempest, 2012)
Oshima’s melancholy OST to this overlooked gem reminds us a little of FMA; but, the classical references within this cue in particular really keep us interested and hungry for more.
“Watashi” no Theme (Tatami Galaxy, 2010)
Oshima certainly knows her way around a violin (she wrote for international soloist Hilary Hahn)! Her jazzy theme for solo violin and orchestra is both heartwarming, mournful, playful, and mature – we love how quick she develops the melody from start to finish.
Sailor Venus ni Make Up (Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon, 2003)
In a style complementary to Takanori Arisawa’s, Oshima’s OST for the live-action version of Sailor Moon is deep, fun, and exciting. Her “Sailor Venus” theme is that old Hollywood sound – classic pop groove played by orchestral instruments. C’est Magnifique!
Братья “Brothers” (Fullmetal Alchemist, 2003)
You probably already know this one! The image song from the classic anime is a beautiful summation of the story and the feelings of the two main characters. You’ll cry, you’ll smile, but mostly you’ll cry.
Today is mega-successful composer and lyricist Stephen Schwartz’s. The New York native is best known for his musical theatre works, the Wicked composer has had a part in creating fantastic music for animation.
Here are our favorite tracks (in no particular order):
“Deliver Us” (The Prince of Egypt, 1998)
The very theatrical opening to DreamWorks animated classic is as powerful as it sounds. Even if you’re not religious, you’ll enjoy Schwartz’s blend of Israeli folk style with modern musical theatre writing of the time.
“Colors of the Wind” (Pochahontas, 1995)
“Can you paint with all the colors of the wind?” – ‘Nuff said. Schwartz has an unbelievably delicate touch with his lyrics in Disney’s mature cartoon from the 90s renaissance.
That’s How You Know (Enchanted, 2007)
Simplicity is very effective in this clever tune from Disney’s self-aware “princess fairy tale.” Schwartz with composer Alan Menken poke fun at their own works within the genre and the combination is “enchanting!”
God Help the Outcasts (The Hunchback of Notre Dame, 1996)
Esmeralda’s somber and haunting tune in one of Disney’s darkest features still brings us to tears. The lyrics smartly question the power of prayer from the viewpoint of a nonbeliever – love it!
Defying Gravity (Wicked, 2003)
Quite possibly his most popular tune! The amazing Act I closer to the very popular musical lives up to its namesake. If you were part of the MT crowd, you know this was the “Let it Go” of its day.
This year’s ANiMATO tribute will be the poetic and beautiful Revolutionary Girl Utena by Chiho Saito! We decided to transform the lush score into work for an intimate sextet of piano, harp, and string quartet. Shinkichi Mitsumune and J.A. Seazer have written some elegant music, and we’re very excited to pay tribute to its legacy!