Autumn 2010 Anime Season Music Impressions
Having tried out quite a few of the series (read: only watched the first episodes) in the Autumn 2010 anime season lineup, I thought I’d do a quick and dirty list of what I felt about their music so far.
Arakawa Under the Bridge x Bridge: Somehow liking OP2 a lot more than “Venus to Jesus” (OP1) which everyone else seems to like more, maybe it’s just me warming up to Yakushimaru’s vocal a little too slowly though. The accompanying imagery was awesome too. BGM by Yokoyama Masaru (Queen’s Blade) stays in tip-top form as per the first season. Suneohair’s ED2 > ED1 as well, upping the catchiness a fair bit in my opinion, though the live-action kind of gave me the creeps.
Super Robot Wars Original Generations – The Inspector: JAM Project’s OP never lessens on the hotbloodness, but what happened to the melody? There were flashes of the awesome they usually put out though, so looking forward to the full song. Misato Aki ED is unfortunately meh. I’m not won over by the BGM just yet as well, even though that might be Hirano Yoshihisa’s Divine Wars BGM settling in a little too comfortably in my head after all these years. Definitely looking forward to tracks like “Kenkon Itteki” and “Trombe!” in episode 37, you SRW fans know what I’m talking about. 😛
Bakuman: Kobukuro OP has nice harmonies and all, but isn’t it a little boring for a manga battle manga? Somehow I was expecting something like Cross Game‘s “Summer Rain”, as I was quite impressed by that song. BGM and ED made no impression on me, sadly.
Kami Nomi zo Shiru Sekai:
An Engrish OP which remind me of the two -ef- series so much! Sounds so ELISA, even though I have no idea who the vocalist actually is. By now I’ve stopped bothering about the lyrics and am now listening to the tune a lot more though, which is pretty much above average. Definitely nothing outstanding worth more than a few repeats though. This show has the surprise on the BGM by Matsuo Hayato though, with it picking up and grabbing my attention via good usage of tense electronica in one particular scene. The ED didn’t play during the first episode, and I couldn’t be bothered upon finding out that it’s going to be seiyuu stuff.
Ore no Imouto ga Konna ni Kawaii Wake ga nai: If you liked Bakemonogatari/Lucky Star BGM, you’d probably like the one for this show as well. Nothing noteworthy for Kousaki’s usual utilitarian and minimalist scoring, I guess. ED’s average Jpop, nothing much either.
Star Driver – Kagayaki no Takuto: Oh god that Aqua Timez OP sucks, I’d take listening to their Bleach stuff any day. BGM’s living up to the expectations set by the promo video I talked about as well, the music placement is fine, but the music only went on the upswing after the insert song by Tomatsu Haruka titled “Monochrome”, along with the flagship orchestral piece in the promo video. Kousaki and Takada Ryuuichi gave a good account of themselves in that insert song, complementing Tomatsu’s full voice well. Jpop ED by 9nine is catchier than Oreimo’s.
Shinryaku! Ika Musume!: I guess the OP’s meant to be cute, but it’s grating for me actually. Do not want. No one’s bothering too much with the stock BGM by Kikuya Tomoki (Hidamari Sketch) that gets the job done, and ED by Itou Kanae is pretty pedestrian as well, even with the arrangement by Kikuya and marble.
Kuragehime: Even with big names like chatmonchy and Sambomaster on the OP/ED roster, I found those two songs pretty much on the typical side of things, I didn’t like them, but no hate from me either. They’d probably grow on me in subsequent episodes. It took me a rewatch and a deliberate listening ear for me to actually take notice of Yoshimori Makoto’s (Natsume Yuujinchou) BGM score. It’s pretty much standard much standard enjoyable Yoshimori fare, though, nothing too extreme or weird like what he did in Durarara!!, which is probably for the better in a show like this?
Soredemo Machi wa Mawatteiru: Holy cow OP cover of Yamashita Tatsurou’s (Summer Wars‘ ED) first single by Sakamoto Maaya is so infectious in its energy I didn’t even care about its incessant repeating of the same line over and over. Round Table’s BGM score is pretty much what I expected with a repeat of the melodious tunes from their frequent collaborations with the vocalist nino. Definitely enjoyable, even though nothing really grabbed my attention like the bit from Kaminomi. The ED even manages to be fun with a polka-influenced pop-rock number that manages to shift focus away from the utter crap that is Omigawa Chiaki’s singing voice – and that’s quite the feat. I just love how the accordion becomes the refereshing factor of the song distinguishing it from the others out there.
The rest, I have not watched. Yes, even Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt.