Let’s Talk Anime: Music

Michiru from Saekano Opening.
Michiru from Saekano Opening.

(Image is from the opening credits of Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend)

Tonight’s, Let’s Talk, will be a bit different than our first one. One thing that stood out to me while I was writing up that post was the fact that music is very much one outstanding factor that often draws potential fans into anime. Right now, even as I am typing I cannot help but load an anime OST on YouTube and crank it up. Music plays such a role that many memorable anime are often defined by their music. Many people often judge an anime by the music of the opening credits and even the ending credits. Such is the world we live in that song choices are often gut reactions to the shows we watch and therefore influence what we buy. This is not to say everyone is like this. I myself relish a good anime opening from time to time. Even more so than most my friends, as I spend almost every anime viewing session watching the openings to my favorite anime. Call it habit or just the fact that I enjoy fresh jams. Music is something that drives all of us. So, therefore it is natural to assume that any good anime will develop a memorable soundtrack to keep the loyal viewer on the line for as long as they can possibly.

Now these personal examples my not be defined as genre breaking or amazing music but several anime standout for their musical compositions. Here they are in no particular order…

  • Attack on Titan: This soundtrack features heavy rocking tones and a Gregorian Chant style of sound track that adds to the epic scale that is the anime. It’s lyrics even share a German undertone in the form of their two openings, giving their rocking songs a German rock feel. It’s rough, heavy, inspiring and down right intimidating at times.Link to OST: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aM-8CIIqJA0
  • Durarara!!: Holding a psychedelic feel to it, carrying over tunes from it’s younger offspring Baccano!, DRRR!!’s Soundtrack is one of wacky nature, deep undertones and a soft innocent nature. Much like the anime itself, the sound track doesn’t follow a sensible order at times. Each feeds off its own moment and builds into something utterly fantastic.Link to OST: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kewk6nqdgv0
  • Angel Beats: Angel beats was both a humor filled anime and that of a rather heart wrenching tale. The music that accompanies this anime follows a high, yet very somber note through out its run. It is powerful and rather tear invoking. It hits all the high notes in terms of emotional response and engages the audience even further.

Link to OST: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XDJQBhuZucg&list=PL300ktMVZEzp9NYpErqvPBX-DxO0E4h3n

While incredibly diverse, music is key in almost everything we watch or engage in. It helps drive a story, create tensions or fill a scene with romance and love. Music is what often draws the audience back into the fold, its what gives us our bias towards having a favorite anime opening. More often than not the anime openings enjoy rather generous view amounts than the anime itself at times. So, don’t feel bad when you find yourself sitting there enjoying the music more so than the show or rather enjoying that opening sequence time and time again. Fact is that, you aren’t alone. That being said, the music gives you an even greater appreciation for the anime itself and might even help land a lasting memory with you.


1 thought on “Let’s Talk Anime: Music

  1. Yo, this may be an unsolicited rec, but if you want a soundtrack that has the “emotional signifier” thing down, something that really helps to enhance a narrative and help drive emotional beats I’d recommend the Wolf’s Rain OST. I personally can’t get through it without crying. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dTy1PboiM9o&list=PL901B7784FD31F9AB


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