I accidentally republished these and can’t find a way to get them back in proper order.
Oh well. They were nice posts.
In keeping with the musical theme of my earlier post, an anime does not need to be about music to produce stunning music worthy of many repeat listenings.
Oftentimes the OST will have the extended version of something only hinted at in the show. These gems slip by if you don’t love the show so much you run out and buy the OST CD.
The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya is not specifically a music anime but it has a musical arc. Since it is an incredible anime even without the music, I wanted to include it here. Just listen to this. It has my hands thrumming and wishing desperately I could sing in Japanese even if I can’t understand the words.
I love to hear good vocals. It doesn’t matter what the language is. The human voice is an instrument, the most versatile and impactful instrument in existence. Its purest form is independent of content. This is why we can love a Rock ‘n Roll song without being clear on the lyrics. You can think he sings, “Lit up like a douche another rotor in the night” when he’s really singing, “Revved up like a deuce, another runner in the night.” and still enjoy it as much.
Oh well, back to anime.
One of my favorite OSTs belongs to Rurouni Kenshin. Listen to Kaoru’s Theme from Rurouni Kenshin and tell me if it doesn’t melt your heart!
This is Aoshi’s theme, Warrior Blue. Does it not fill you with sadness?
Kenshin’s theme is extremely calming. It makes me feel at rest in a crazy world.
And this makes me think of strong men in war. Wouldn’t even need to know the title or where it comes from. War of the Last Wolves.
And there is the musical jazz wonderfulness of Cowboy Bebop.
Ballad of Fallen Angels, however, is my personal CBop favorite. Enjoy the contrast between the brutality of Spike’s life and the innocence of the “angelic” music.
Lastly, I’ll mention one of the most popular anime franchises of all time and two opening songs. Inner Universe and Rise, from Ghost in the Shell and Ghost in the Shell S.A.C., respectively. When I’m worried or insecure about something I’m about to do, I’ll often put Rise on loop and crank it through my headphones. It solidifies my determination.
This isn’t an exhaustive list by any means. Very many anime can boast of a great song or two or even a great OST. These are my favorites for the moment. What are yours?