30 Day Anime Challenge: Day 15

What anime has the best soundtrack?

What is really amusing about my choice for the best soundtrack is that I couldn’t stand the show when it debuted on Toonami. I tried to watch it but it was something about my mindset back then that couldn’t get into the show. A few years later, after I had matured a little bit, I revisited the show only to fall in love with it. But the one thing about this show that stood out the most to me, was the soundtrack. To this day, there are several songs that I listen to when I am happy or going through a rough stop. Mind you, I watched the show nearly 15 years ago. Talk about leaving a lasting impression. My pick for the best soundtrack is Big O.

In my opinion, a great soundtrack should be able to stand on its own without having its media attached to it. There many soundtracks that do that, but I feel like Big O does it the best.

As a huge fan of classical music, this anime already had something going for it. With the general theme of the series paying homage to Film Noir, the music has to be a reflection of that and Toshikiko Sahashi nailed it. I read somewhere that he was chosen for this project because of his vast knowledge of old-school TV dramas here in the west. Sahahi used inspirations from film noir, spy films, and shows like the Twilight Zone to the creator the score.

And my god the original score is an awesome roller coaster of soothing jazzy pieces, beautiful piano performances, and high octane spectacles!

I love the horns in this score. The song instantly sends me back in the time when I was watching as a kid, captivate by one of the many chase sequences. I remember when I bought my first car and I was racing with a friend o f mind. I was jamming to this while weaving through traffic and it was awesome.

The suspense! This song sends you to a world of black and white, investigating a crime scene. I find it amazing that it does this almost immediately. Imagine speaking to your partner at the crime scene about evidence concerning the missing slice of pie!

I love how this conveys the very concept of mystery. It really bone-chilling how it makes you feel lost with a hint of despair for the uncertainty. Unnerving without having context.

Immersive… Powerful… This is how I imagine it would feel being in a court room with thousand judging eyes on me with power acting in the name of someone all powerful. I can feel the weight and magnitude of the song and imagine a situation that would conjure such a feeling. This is one of my favorites for how it makes me feel.

There was absolutely no way I was going to not put this song here. I wish I could hear this song being played by an actual band. Could you imagine hearing his song at a parade? It would be so epic! The galvanizing horns and drums with the emotion of strength being injected into your veins! Oh this fanfare is awesome!

Have you ever had a song that you wished would never end? Like it was so good that every time it came to a close you grew annoyed because all you wanted to was to hear more. But not by just replaying the song but just having the performer continue the melody without pause. This was the song for me. The piano is a truly beautiful sounding instrument and this song highlights that sentiment. The sense of peace that washing over me can’t be explained. It just provokes serenity. I play this song on rainy days and the rains are so enjoyable. This is my favorite version of this melody because of the ambiance in the background and the barebones sound.

Another rendition of Sleep My Dear with more piano. Unlike the original, this song seems to speak to a sense of contentment. In the show, Roger would often narrate to this song while traveling through the city. I discovered that I wasn’t the only one that wished this song was called Paradigm City.

The original version of the song. I don’t have to say anything about this one. I love all the versions of this song.

Those are just some of the standouts to me. The entire soundtrack is filled with memorable music that can be listed to all the time outside of the anime if you favor the genre of jazz. Tears is a magnificent rendition of Sleep My Dear performed on the harmonica. Eternal Life is yet another song that should have been longer! Servant brings the funk in a lively way. And Holy is that high octane spectacle that makes you want to give it your all in the face of strife.

Also, I am only referring to the first original soundtrack. I don’t know what they were thinking with season two but they step away from what made the show so magical in season 2 in theme, tone, and musically.

Thanks for stopping by and reading. I really appreciate it! You guys and gals are awesome.

Until the next post…  

Forgive me for the oddity of his post. The new editor has been resisting my attempts to tame it and been showing its ass and I can’t figure out how to fix it. I promise to update this when I figure it out but as for now, I left with this.

Oh the saxophone just makes you want to melt into the vibes… I’m in heaven! I feel like this song was meant for the sax after listening to this.

4 Comments Add yours

  1. Merlin says:

    Fairy Tail. 🙂

    1. I cant deny Fairy Tale. There is something about their music that makes me feel alive. Especially when their main theme comes on!

      1. Merlin says:

        True! 🙂 And I just love the Celtic rock! 😀

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