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What are /qa/'s favorite scores for anime and such? Are they mostly comprised of scores for older series or has anything recent really drawn your attention and favor as well? Or, do you even notice the soundtrack while watching?

Also I don't mean an anime with say 1 good track throughout the whole thing with the rest forgettable, but one where the music as a whole is good.


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JRPG music in particular is something I cherish very dearly. One character and theme that has stuck to me for over 20 years is Rena from Star Ocean 2. Motoi Sakuraba has an extremely recognizable style in general, and his work for the Star Ocean, Tales and Valkyrie Profile games are legendary. He also does the soundtrack for the Souls games.

Theme of Rena: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zlP1N7s-MEE
Music Box version (sad moments): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mcZza3_Ng54
Arranged version (off an album): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j5NMakAUE_0

Ah, young love, even if it's for a fictitious video game girl...


Spice and Wolf is up there for sure.


Honestly can't decide between Spice and Wolf and Kara no Kyoukai, both have amazing osts. I would throw LoGH in there too, but that's kinda cheating since it's mostly classical music.


Quite a few anime have really good OSTs and often I don't even think of it much at the time but then I rewatch the anime or youtube recommends me the OST from it and then I realise how good it actually was.

I have not been able to watch anime in over a year for reasons, but the last anime with a really good soundtrack I remember was Kimitsu no Yaiba. And the last game with really good music would be Genshin Impact.


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>I have not been able to watch anime in over a year for reasons
Dude, each TV anime episode is only 23 minutes. Fuck off with that excuse. Not dronest of work drones wouldn't have time to watch it.


My ears tend to be biassed in favor of the whole packaging, so an ok OST can be charmed by the experience of a great show. Great OSTs of great shows which I instantly remember include Hellsing and NHK. A surprisingly good OST for a show under the radar was used in Bocchi's show.


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Never heard the Genshin's soundtrack, assumed it was just generic fantasy stuff. Guess I've got something to listen to.


It's not for that reasons, it's complicated... Don't worry about it.


uah I'd kill for a kebab right now


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Too many to list, mostly series from over a decade ago. The sound is a major part of the viewing experience for me.

Two that I think might deserve more appreciation are Bartender and GA Geijutsuka Art Design Class. In fact, the music is what I like most about these two shows. I like listening to variations of the same motif. Bartender has several repeated motifs, while for GA it might be just the main theme's motif that gets repeated several times. Oh, and the main motif of the OVA ED theme is also used for the next episode preview.

Bartender: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dpGJ_OOh58c&list=PLonNmoP_O6LF_xcrPL287diEa1DkvDa5J&index=1
GA: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B7YR1d72qVw&list=PLZ-5xVKu9PUmUEB0oVRgHxWMG98kOVosW&index=12

I enjoyed the Spice and Wolf soundtrack as part of the anime, but I didn't enjoy it nearly as much when I listened to it on its own, except for the OP and ED themes. On the other hand, for my favorite soundtracks, I enjoy them greatly both as part of the anime and on their own.


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>I enjoyed the Spice and Wolf soundtrack as part of the anime, but I didn't enjoy it nearly as much when I listened to it on its own
Medieval music isn't everyone's cup of tea I guess. I just thought it sounded very interesting and unique. There isn't any other soundtrack like that that I know of.


I can't believe you would kill a fellow human being for something so trivial. You're a monster!


There are two specific ones that come to mind.

First one is Noir. Purely as a soundtrack (i.e. in terms of matching the work, creating a fitting atmosphere, use of leitmotifs, etc.), I think this one is hard to top. Also happens to have probably my favorite OP ever: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gJpHU--A--8


The other one is Rurouni Kenshin. A lot of really lovely guitar pieces. Also happens to have fantastic OPs and EDs. I am sensing a pattern here...


And yeah, I do notice the soundtrack while watching, I just find most of it unremarkable and forget it completely after I finish the series. Can't even remember the most recent one that I liked. Mashiro no Oto, if you count that? Oh yeah, there was a track in Akebi-chan that sounded like You from Higurashi. I know it's a common chord progression, but the contrast was amusing, what with the rural middle school setting and all.


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I maintain that Touka Gettan has one of the all time greatest anime soundtracks. Done by Tada Akifumi, who's written a number of anime soundtracks, but on this one they really gave him carte blanche to write whatever he saw fit for the scene. It's got themes ranging from classical eastern music, classical western music, jazz, hip hop, and there's even a mambo thrown in for good measure. Almost all of the pieces use a range of instruments too, it's surprisingly complex music for what was probably not a very high budget tv show.

agree on Bartender having a great soundtrack too.


Boogiepop had a pretty uniquely good soundtrack. Don't think I've heard anything like it.


My favorite has to be K-ON, I was going to post a somber piano song from the soundtrack but I can't find it and I don't really remember what it sounds like anymore besides that I really liked it and that it makes me a bit sad to listen to given when its used in the show. Guess that means I'll have to rewatch it again soon.
The Kill Me Baby soundtrack has to be a close second for how weird yet fitting it is


The only anime music I regularly listen to in completeness is the Ghost in the Shell Stand Alone Complex Solid State Society Soundtrack.


in no particular order:

- Armitage III
- Trinity Seven
- Escaflowne
- Card Captor Sakura
- Tsukuyomi Moon Phase
- Akira

also special mention for Ping Pong, although I haven't watched it there's a few tracks I like a lot on the OST


I'm probably in the minority, or maybe it's just that most anime have bland "wall paper" soundtracks, but I almost never notice the music aside from maybe taking note of the OP/ED if they're particularly good. Very rarely do I think much of music. More important to me is sound design.


Most anime don't have a stand-out soundtrack, you're right. But that's not really an anime thing that's more a soundtrack thing in general. Good ones are usually hard to come by.




Mushishi has an incredible soundtrack that really captures the mystical nature of the anime while at the same time being as relaxed as the show tends to be.


Yeah that one is great too, but it might go over some people's heads since it's all soft and relaxing ambiental music.


Not really anime, but in terms of pure atmosphere it's really hard to best Portal's soundtrack.


A challenger appears.


I liked some of that too, anime about idols always has many different songs so at least some of them are bound to be to someones liking.


Welcome to the NHK is the 1st one that comes to mind.
765 has great music too.


pretty good ost for a show that doesn't exist





honorable mention to the bubblegum crisis ost (which is actually longer than the show itself in total)


Genosaiba ost is cool as well





what kind of soldier


A most DANGERAS one


This is the one, that I always return to.
It's like my ears are walking up the stairs to an old room with all my favorite things in it.
Not just this song, but the entire OST.
Kajiura's works as a whole are excellent though; including some of the ones mentioned earlier in thread like kara no Kyokai or for Noir.


I'm pretty sure that in terms of OSTs, there's not really any disparity in the quality of Eastern or Western soundtracks. Music seems to be one of the few things that everyone seems to globally be at similar quality levels for, or at least bgms.


I prefer soundtracks of Japanese games to Western ones though, mostly because Western games are obsessed with trying to emulate Hollywood orchestra and it always sounds bland and uninspired to me.

Also, did you guys know that Automata is getting an anime adaption?


Utena's BGM is godly. Just listen to this track, it sets the tone for the scenes it was used so perfectly. The over dramatization, the sad violin, it all meshes so well to set up the perfect comedy scene.


Noticed a few more. "Suneko" fittingly reprises the opening part of the refrain from Kisaragi's theme, Tomokane and her older brother's themes share two parts but the pieces are arranged differently to match their contrasting personalities, and the pieces "DTBT" (ドタバタ) and "4989" (四苦八苦) sound pretty similar but again are arranged differently in accordance with their titles. Probably missing some more.


KOR had a nice collection of good vocal insert songs that it made sure to make use of.


I love GA too. Have you played the PSP game? It is pretty cozy and emulates well.


I've tried it before for a bit, but I didn't get very far and never got around to finishing it. Part of the reason why might be that I was disappointed that the soundtrack is different. The game soundtrack isn't bad per se, but it feels a bit bland and generic compared to the overall groovier feel of the anime soundtrack. Maybe I'll come back to it someday. I still haven't even read the manga yet, and I definitely want to do that first.
Have you listened to the drama CD that came with the limited edition of the game? You might enjoy it if you're still craving for more GA.


Ah, Monogatari is just so nice in the sound department. So many of these talking anime for some reason neglect their bgm and don't realize just how well it can keep the viewer engaged.


Witchblade had a pretty killer OST


I was watching some kuso seasonals and getting annoyed by my lack of progress through them as I couldn't help but stop and "multitask" something else while ignoring them and leaving them on pause for ages each episode. At some point while listening to older anime OSTs on the side (specifically vid related) I decided to resume the seasonal I was watching. Upon doing so I was instantly able to focus on it better and keep myself somewhat conscious of the contents of the ep as if putting on the music had instantly made the anime 10x better. I tried watching without the music to confirm and realized that it was much more of a bore the second time around. Possibly owing to the fact that instead of a beautiful symphony to accompany the supposedly emotional scene I had been watching, I was instead treated to some generic emotional track of which I can't even recall.

It makes me much greater appreciate the effort and talent put into excellent soundtracks. Maybe it could go underappreciated consciously at first, but I'm sure that everyone's experience something with a nice soundtrack is enhanced by it being there significantly.


0079's is absolutely unforgettable with how groovy it is


Took me a few seconds to remember it, but I could hear the trumpets in my head perfectly right before they came on. That groove is hard to forget.


If there's a single thing that serves to nail down emotion, it's music. Make or break stuff.


God, yes. I've been watching Daitarn recently and it's got that same 0079 funkiness too (same composer). Guy passed away recently, I think. RIP.


Absolutely. The first murder scene in Umineko is such a memorable scene thanks to the music, a sharp contrast going from classical music to techno.
Going from Umineko to Ciconia, I was really let down by how lackluster the music felt. The near-climax scene in particular where everybody starts declaring war on each other could have been so much more impactful with the right music.


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Can't believe this thread went so long without mentioning Gunbuster... It's such an amazing OST and the ending track can move me to near tears just listening to it.

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.hack's OST is probably some of Yuki Kajura's best work


How groovy it is
and how bizarre the last third of it gets


You know if there's one thing I think anime as a collective has taken a step back in, it's music. Plenty of great OSTs still, but the truly masterful ones seem to be all in the past.


Maybe it's cheating, but obviously Utawarerumono! It's extremely difficult for me to pick a song to demonstrate, but I guess since I've linked so many over the years I'll go with a battle theme that gives a good impression of its style.
The soundtracks for all three are amazing, but I'm more partial to 2 and 3's shared soundtrack. Most of songs are VN originals, but there's a few anime-only songs. Well, and many of the VN songs never appear in the anime.
I could write many paragraphs (and I already have on kissu) about all of it, but I think I'll refrain from doing that right now. All the emotions you want in song form are there and they perfectly complement the scenes from the silly to the serious to the sad to the inspirational and blahblahblah. How many vocal tracks are there? 20? Then about 50 non-vocal tracks. It really does transport you into another world. Like Utawarerumono's world it's a mix of Asian influences with the usual Western stuff like piano and the like.

I've had most of the vocal tracks playing in the kissu stream pre-stream slot so people checking out any of my streams ahead of time will have heard the amazing vocals by Suara, but the non-vocal tracks are also amazing!
I love its music so much. AND KUON!


Sigh. Like everything else



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(bleh, reposting with fixed links hopefully)
Today is a sports day apparently, so how about some Dodgeball? Technos Japan had some truly amazing soundtracks on the NES and this game is part of the Kunio-kun series of games that had various localized names in the West. River City Ransom, Super Dodgeball, Crash and the Boys, etc.
Some of the songs borrow from known music (like the USSR theme here) while others are original as far as anyone knows.

Super Dodgeball:
USA: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4xi-6X7tmM4
USSR (yes it's that old) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bxqh18h7J5A
Clone team (have to beat the game without deaths until that point from what I remember): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HBqXwm3MGm0
2Player Versus: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a_2xFCHz-wE

The clone team theme really highlights how special these games were. It has THREE different parts which was quite remarkable for a NES theme, or even today's VGM really. These themes really get you excited.

Of course if you would know any Technos Japan theme it would be this one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DoJ7YFUotTA
Actually, screw it LET'S LISTEN TO SOME DOUBLE DRAGON! There's no way this stuff hasn't been hugely influential to video game music for being so early and yet so elaborate and catchy.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_BN3g5OzgUI (this one is interesting for having what is basically a guitar solo)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kQM0QECxhjc (this one is so good)

I remember there was a cover band called the Minibosses that had recordings of some NES stuff like Double Dragon and you'd find it on Kazaa or limewire. Guitars and drums and playing NES stuff in the late 90s and early 00s and you could find it on the information superhighway.


Of course the Atelier series can't be ignored. I have dozens of their soundtracks and it's a fantastic mix of various styles with lots of celtic flair. Tons of piano stuff, tons of vocal stuff, and lots and lots of special albums. Atelier really has a magical, comforting feel to it and its soundtracks contributed greatly to it. Lots of great, relaxing instrumentals for gathering and towns, but hectic, energetic battle themes as well. Perhaps appropriately the music works really well in the background when you're working on stuff like drawing or whatever.
Most people have only played the Arland trilogy since it's widely seen as the highlight, but they're missing out on a lot of other stuff. I know I've talked about Atelier music before, but strangely none of it was in this thread.

I think my favorite song is still Atelier Rorona's... Atelier Rorona. I feel like I've spent at least a combined total of 30 hours listening to it.

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