Star Driver: Kagayaki no Takuto Trailer. With music by…
Earlier today, shinchange poked me on IM with a link to the video below.It was a trailer to the new mecha anime which is going to take over Sengoku Basara 2‘s primetime TV timeslot on 5:00pm on Sundays (Japan time), named Star Driver. I thought I’d post this here as it seems to be positioned as the next big mecha anime thing coming up, what with the huge budget used for securing such a timeslot, and the extremely fluid animation. (Comments after the break!)
And since I usually liked over-the-top, I had a ball of fun out of it. Lots of meta jokes were racing around in my head as well, but I’ll save everyone the rubbish. Nonsense aside, I was quite impressed by the bombastic music which really stood out right from the start of the trailer even though the scenes didn’t flare up into awesome until the middle of the trailer, so I went to check out the staff for this show to find out who’s doing the score. Imagine my surprise when I found out the person was Kousaki Satoru (Haruhi franchise, Lucky Star, Kannagi, Bakemonogatari).
I knew Kousaki’s style to be mostly minimalist and fun, with a focus on complementing the scene at hand and not standing out further than it needs to. One handicap that this approach gives, is that there isn’t much in the way of solo listening, or memorable stuff that gets stuck in people’s heads. This style can be seen from the four aforementioned scores which he had done, though that’s not to say that he isn’t versatile, as he’s got a knack for composing OP/ED songs which turn out be really catchy and endearing, with the latest example being the Working!! OP “SOMEONE ELSE” of course.
And then he comes up with something like that. Needless to say, I’m very happy with this change. And if it becomes the soundtrack to Kousaki where Gurren Lagann‘s soundtrack is to Iwasaki Taku, anime music lovers will have all to gain indeed. My fingers are most certainly crossed!
(Even though he looks like he’s bouncing right back to his usual way of doing things for the score of Ore no Imouto wa Konna ni Kawaii Wake ga Nai, I’m still optimistic!)