We’re back with another installment of Sunday Sounds. Just like last week, I’m coming at you with five of my choice picks of anime-themed music from my personal library, so let’s get this show on the road.
We’re starting off the volume with the last track from the Aldnoah.Zero OST. It’s the last track on the soundtrack and for a very good reason: it’s good. The song is sung entirely in English and, admittedly, I didn’t know that at first until I listened to the song about twenty times in a row. It’s used as an insert song for many of the fight scenes in the show and rightfully so; the song instills a sense of urgency with the lyrics in the chorus:
Burn your soul, neck or nothing
Burn it out ’til you’re losing your reason
Forget the stoned reason to drive it
Just to scribe your existence
Not a crime, your insistence
Die another day
Besides that, the bridge between the verse and chorus helps to make the chorus that much more powerful.
Again (Stereopony Cover)
Now, I am a huge fan of Fullmetal Alchemist, especially Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood; it is my favorite anime. So it stands to reason that “again” by YUI would be my favorite anime opening (hint: it is). But there’s something about a hard pop rock cover that does a song justice. The song is already known for YUI’s fast vocals, as she sings the bridge between the verse and the chorus. However, Stereopony increase the tempo of the song, making that bridge even faster and even more impressive. The guitar riffs add a missed sense of power to the song, just elevating the song to an entirely new level all its own.
A Cruel Angel’s Thesis (Eri Kawai Acapella Cover)
Neon Genesis Evangelion was a hallmark anime, twisting the mecha genre on its head. The jazzy opening of the show did not give credence to the chilling truth that lied behind the show. In my opinion, however, the late Eri Kawai’s cover of this song does it justice. Pure, smooth vocals give hope, yet a chilling feeling as you progress through the song. Harmonized vocals on the chorus create a sense of longing that fits with the overall theme of the show.
unravel feat. Hatsune Miku (dj-Jo Dubstep Remix)
TK from Ling Tosite Sigure
The original version of this song, serving as the opening to Tokyo Ghoul, is a rock song accentuated by piano runs and strings. The dubstep version replaces the rock with synths and the piano with even more gritty synths. The bass in the song kicks hard through said synths, powered by Hatsune Miku’s vocals as they are layered on top of everything else. The song progresses, rising and falling between verse and chorus, before the kicks come in double time towards the end of the song. In all, it’s a very impressive rendition of a song that is very hard to cover, much less change genres.
The Monogatari series is my second favorite anime series. The reason I like this track from the Bakemonogatari OST is because…it’s simple. Not enough songs are simple. It progresses very steadily, adding on an additional layer time and again until the middle of the song where it dips before reaching a climax. Then, at the end of the song it just…drops it all. Now, to most this may seem like a bad thing but, personally, I like it. It leaves a sense of wanting something more.
That’s all for this week folks. Be sure to come back to BentoByte next Sunday for more songs. In the meantime, go through the site and enjoy yourselves!
Here’s those songs one more time:
- [email protected]//LESS – Mika Kobayashi
- Again (Stereopony Cover) – yui
- A Cruel Angel’s Thesis (Eri Kawai Acapella Cover) – Yoko Takahashi
- unravel feat. Hatsune Miku (dj-Jo Dubstep Remix) – TK from Ling Tosite Sigure
- Iroboke Neko – Kousaki Satoru