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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!)


7 responses to “Star Driver: Kagayaki no Takuto Trailer. With music by…

  1. bonehimer September 5, 2010 at 1:36 am

    SD very well seems like it will over the top but in an almost polar opposite way of GL in which it focused on being manly while SD will be “fabulous.” It will be interesting to see how the OST reflects this two different mindsets.

    • ottocycle September 5, 2010 at 3:47 pm

      Looks like the “fabulous” meme has spread to this corner to the internet too 😛

      I’m inclined to agree with your prediction as well. The Gurren Lagann score really followed the same vein as the show did in that it similarly pushed the limits of current orthodox BGM and went on to create new frontiers, while from the little sample from the Star Driver trailer here we might get to hear new ways of how bombastic orchestral flourishes can be achieved.

      And yes I am implying that it has not been completely achieved so far as of this sample IMO.

  2. zzeroparticle September 5, 2010 at 3:31 am

    I’ve never ever doubted Kousaki’s ability to compose, but it’s just that he’s got a tendency to work it to blend with the scene which kinda leaves it wanting on the standalone basis. But glad to see him go all out with the expressivencess and all that.

    Also, did Kousaki compose the OP for Working!!? I never knew that and kinda assumed that the guy who composed Working!!’s OST also did the OP. Unless both of them work under the group name of MONACA or something.

    • ottocycle September 5, 2010 at 4:22 pm

      I think that at the core, Kousaki’s modus operandi has not changed so far, in that IMO non-subversively “blending it in” for a series of this nature invariably yields a result as heard above. Since we have not seen him work on a series of this nature, I’m *very* pleasantly surprised, but on the same note I’m not wowed per se.

      On double-checking with the OP credits, indeed Kousaki did the Working!! OP in both composition and arrangement.

      Skimming though MONACA’s website, it seems to be an actual incorporated company that specialises in sound/music creation for various forms of entertainment media, with Okabe being Kousaki’s boss and the overall CEO as well. One tidbit you’d might like to know is that Takada Ryuuichi who collaborated on various Namco game OSTs is also in the company (which is why he appeared on the Haruhi movie OST).

  3. ottocycle September 5, 2010 at 5:28 pm

    Also correcting a mistake I made in the post, the latest OP/ED entry by Kousaki isn’t “SOMEONE ELSE”, but the Highschool of the Dead ED6 “Under the Honey Shine” with vocals by Kurosaki Maon.

  4. mshaydown September 6, 2010 at 12:00 am

    GINGA BISHOUNEN pushes the limits of over-the-top but then again the only reason I know what those two words mean is because of a certain humble series called Clannad (namely, Nagisa’s not so humble dad). So the same guy who thought up the insanity of SUMWAN ERUSU is doing the ost for this eh…star doraiba sure sounds like its gonna be one heck of a roller coaster

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