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Anime Love Hardcore: good songs made great

We cannot deny that music is always an integral part of anime. The best anime series often have great music in them. Tastes for music, however, differ from person to person, and in that sense I’m pretty much open-minded. I have appreciation for the various kinds of music, from slow and pensive mellow, to uppity and happy rock. When I was thus given a chance by Pete of Diskowarp Records to review an album with techno remixes of popular anime songs, I was happy to oblige him. I have a fondness for well-rendered remixes, especially if the remixes are more upbeat techno or electronica renditions of their original songs: I preferred Kamisama no Iutoori’s Z80 remix than its original version, after all.

Rock on.

Rock on.

Overall, I think the album deserves to be bought because of two songs: Sobakasu and Moonlight Densetsu. The rest of the album contains good renditions of their respective classic anime songs, but these two are in my opinion the best remixes of these seminal songs. I didn’t expect Sobakasu was capable of being remixed into something more happy hardcore, since it was already, in and of itself, pretty upbeat. Pete and the album have done so successfully, in my opinion, and it’s pretty difficult to believe that the singer is a foreigner, because she hits the notes very well, and it complements the entire song.

In addition to that, I think the album’s Moonlight Densetsu is the best remix of the song, even trumping that of Nana Kitade’s. It’s really just upbeat and was successfully transitioned into a very upbeat song. I thought the original Moonlight Densetsu was great, don’t get me wrong, but the remix is just the kind of song I want to dance to any time of the day. It really picks one up, and is really just a great song. The same singer (Diana Garnett) rendered the song, and she hit the notes very well.

The rest of the album are made up of decent to good songs, but these two take the cake for awesomeness. The album was able to successfully recreate two great songs, made it totally different, and so much better. I would rate it an 8.5/10 overall, and a certain BUY. More information about the album can be found here.

The Lunar New Year: (4) Music in anime

Thenightsshadow just wrote a new post in his updated blog. I know this because I was talking with him yesterday; the post deals with character music. He quipped:

However, I feel that people have overlooked a gem of the characterization of anime characters; that is, their character music.

This statement reminded me of James Joyce. It’s quite far-fetched, right? Read the rest of this entry ยป