Artistic Director Bobbie talks about the current season and future upcoming videos in this month’s Director’s Podium.
Winter 2016 has finally come to a close (tell THAT to the weather!), so Bobbie lists his favorite OSTs and ones to look forward to next season:
This is hands-down the BEST series of this season. And who IS this woman making the music?! It’s amazing! Young newbie anime composer Kana Shibue brings a 20th-century “old-school” flair to an old-school show with a Yuji Ohno-like (Lupin III) score. Love the use of Japanese instruments for the rakugo moments, but she shines in her hard-bop big band underscoring the historical period and attitude of the main character. Shibue is definitely a composer I’ll be following!
She’s back! Yuki Kajiura does it again with a heart-wrenching score to a heart-wrenching anime. Soft piano melodies reflect the simply-sounding, yet internally complex, emotions felt by the young main characters. It’s a haunting instrumental-only score with strings, glockenspiel, celesta, and flute. Kajiura’s strings have always been exciting: rich counterpoint, interlaced dissonant harmonies, and tons of counter-melodies over a pulsating bass drum. It’s perfect for the mystery of this anime and its delicate topics.
3. 亜人 (Ajin)
English Title: Ajin: Demi-Human
Composer: Yūgo Kanno (Birdy the Mighty, Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure, Psycho-Pass)
Wow – amazing orchestral themes in this very popular anime! Kanno knows how to combine an odd collection of instruments (i.e. organ, rock band, and brass) for a demonic, frightening theme! There’s something to be said about writing full orchestra in octaves with little harmony: it’s amazingly effective for this anime about new races, discrimination, and self-identity. I wasn’t a huge fan of Psycho-Pass, but this has made me a convert!
4. 灰と幻想のグリムガル (Hai to Gensō no Grimgar)
English Title: Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash
Composer: R.O.N ([K]NoW_NAME)/Ryuta Iida (Aquarion Logos, Psychic Detective Yakumo)
Favorite Track: seeds / [K]NoW_NAME
A bad-ass soundtrack of mostly guitar-heavy tunes (and English(!!) rap) and a few soft piano/string moments. R.O.N is a combination of Shiro Sagisu’s chording and phrasing and Taku Iwasaki’s American pop manipulation. This OST would kill any live concert, but I truly wish there was more of it and it was louder during the actual show (though I can understand that having lyrics over dialogue can be confusing).
With probably the best opening this season, Dimension W has a strong sci-fi/adventure score. Shiina is definitely a game composer – using minimalism and reverb in his music for atmosphere and a futuristic vibe. Fujisawa most likely brought in a few more instruments, melodic structures, and rhythmic variations to punctuate the action. But that OP is OG, for realz!!
Stay-tuned next week for my Spring 2016 preview edition!
In anticipation of this month’s big anime tribute, Bobbie has a special Director’s Podium all about Cardcaptor Sakura music!
No music video this week, but we present an early edition of Anime Soundtrack Review No.3! Our AD Bobbie goes through his 10 top favorite anime soundtracks from Winter 2015, with links to purchase released official albums and where to watch anime streaming online!
10. 夜ノヤッターマン (Yatterman Night)
Composer: Tatsuya Katou
9. 美男高校地球防衛部Love! (Cute High Earth Defense Club LOVE!)
8. 神様はじめました (Kamisama Kiss)
Composer: Toshio Masuda
7. ジョジョの奇妙な冒険スターダストクルセイダース エジプト編 (JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders – Battle in Egypt)
Composer: Yuugo Kanno
6. DEATH PARADE
Composer: Yuuki Hayashi
5. 幸腹グラフィティ (Gourmet Girl Graffiti)
Composer: Makoto Yoshimori
3. 純潔のマリア (Maria the Virgin Witch)
Composer: Masato Kōda
2. 東京喰種 (Tokyo Ghoul) √A
Composer: Yutaka Yamada
1. 暗殺教室 (Assassination Classroom)
Composer: Naoki Sato
This week features a two-part special edition of Director’s Podium – Anime Soundtrack Review No.2! Our AD Bobbie goes through his 10 top favorite anime soundtracks from Fall 2014, with links to purchase released official albums and where to watch anime streaming online!
10. Tribe Cool Crew
Composers: avex proworks (Dance Side), A-bee (Drama Side)
9. まじっく快斗1412 (Magic Kaito 1412)
Composer: Taku Iwasaki
8. 牙狼〈GARO〉-炎の刻印 (GARO THE ANIMATION)
7. 怪盗ジョーカー (Kaitou Joker “Mysterious Joker”); JOKER
Composer: Yūsaku Tsuchiya
6. 憑物語 Tsukimonogatari (“Possesstory”)
Composer: Kei Haneoka
5. 棺姫のチャイカ AVENGING BATTLE (Hitsugi no Chaika); Chaika The Coffin Princess
Composer: Seikou Nagaoka
4. 暁のヨナ (Akatsuki no Yona) “Yona of the Dawn”
Composer: Ryo Kunihiko
3. 四月は君の嘘 (Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso) “Your Lie in April”
Composer: Various, Masaru Yokoyama
2. Fate/stay night [Unlimited Blade Works]
Composer: Hideyuki Fukasawa
1. 神撃のバハムート (Shingeki no Bahamut) “Rage of Bahamut”: GENESIS
Composer: Yoshihiro Ike
After celebrating St. Patty’s Day and our director’s birthday, we’re previewing another Anime Soundtrack Review #2 in this month’s Director’s Podium – covering Fall 2014 anime season background music! The spring season is already here so we gotta catch up!
Happy New Year, everyone! We’re so thankful for all the support you’ve given us in our inaugural year. So many plans for the rest of this season … so we’ll let our AD Bobbie talk a bit about “what’s in store for 2015”: