Friday, March 18, 2011

SuperPhillip's Favorite Anime Themes - Round Three

It's Friday here at SuperPhillip Central, and what better way to celebrate than with my favorite anime themes? That's a rhetorical question, so you don't have to answer that. On the lineup tonight, we have music from Macross Frontier, Inuyasha, and Sailor Moon, to name a few. Let's get to the wonderful music!

Volume 11: Infinity (Macross Frontier)

From Macross Frontier, comes an anime theme song in the line of Infiinity, a very catchy theme composed by Yoko Kanno. The artist listed is Sheryl Norm starring May'n. I assume either Sheryl Norm or May'n is the character in the anime, and the other is the actual singer of the song in reality. Regardless, Infinity is an intensely powerful theme, don't you agree? Get used to seeing Yoko Kanno on this list as I have stated in the very first volume, she is the queen of music composition in my humble and biased opinion.

Volume 12: Change the World (Inuyasha)

Now some of you might be anal about this, and you know what? That's okay. Perhaps it's proper to call it "InuYasha' with the capital Y. Regardless, I did not like this anime. When it premiered on [adult swim], I gave it the ten episode chance. It did not hook me. The relationship between the ever-annoying Kagome and Inuyasha did nothing for me. Nor did the band of misfits that joined the pair. Nonetheless, this first opening theme for the anime, Change the World, was performed by the J-rock band, V8. Not to be confused with the gross vegetable juice of the same name. I'm going off in a tangent here, and I apologize. The song is a happy rock song with some cool guitar riffs.

Volume 13: Dance of Curse (Vision of Escaflowne)

Dance of Curse is a song featuring a haunting choir, superb vocals, and some stirring strings to go with it all. It truly is a powerful theme most definitely heard during an intense mecha battle between Escaflowne (the hero mecha) and an unfortunate opponent. Yoko Kanno once again shows her range from the jazz, funk, and soul of Cowboy Bebop to the impressive orchestral arrangements of this soundtrack. I know what you putzes are thinking-- how can you see well with your head so far up Mrs. Kanno's ass? That may be a valid question, but there's no doubting the musical prowess found in her work.

Volume 14: Reckless Fire (S-cry-ed)

S-cry-ed starred Kazuma, a character who was an outcast in society, not fit for the rich types. With his powerful arm, he could take it to the best of them. Reckless Fire is the ending theme of the S-cry-ed anime series which was on [adult swim] for a short stay. Then they opted to relegate anime to Saturday nights only while increasing their lineup of unfunny, cheaply-made shows... oh, an Seth McFarlane abominations. Nonetheless, the anime is highly recommended from yours truly if you're a fan of a fast-paced, high-octane anime.

Volume 15: Atashi Datte Futsuu no Onnaoko (Sailor Moon)

Sailor Moon is a guilty pleasure of mine. I originally saw the DIC production on Cartoon Network when it was on Toonami (before Cartoon Network stupidly killed it along with a good chunk of their ratings). Nonetheless, the adventures of a blossoming young girl, a klutz, a bad student, but a superhero all the while. Sure, it took some getting used to-- getting into her new-found powers and all, but once she did, Sailor Moon shined. Then there was the love affair with the charming and handsome, Prince Darien a.k.a. Tuxedo Mask. A fun show to watch through all the arcs save for the final that was not shown in America since it had lesbians. Go figure.

That does it for round three of SuperPhillip's Favorite Anime Themes. What a wild and crazy week this has been-- full of musical treasures and delights! Until the VGMs come roaring your way on Monday, have a great weekend, folks!

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