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More Anime Soundtracks to Put in Your Playlist

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It is Friday, which means another column to share from my time at my college’s newspaper. This time, I thought it would be fun to return to the topic of good anime soundtracks, and so here are a few more that should absolutely be on a playlist of yours if they are not already. While a certain show that I have talked about in the past is also on this list, I stand by the argument that it has a great soundtrack, so yeah. With that being said, let us begin.


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With increasing access to pretty much every kind of music through the internet and various music streaming services, it feels as though there is a soundtrack for pretty much every point in people’s lives. Now, instead of borrowing CDs, people are sharing playlists on Spotify and YouTube. 

I have said it before, and I am here to say it again. Anime has a number of amazing soundtracks with plenty of “banger” tracks, as the kids say, as well as slower, more reflective moments. Today, I want to share more of those worthwhile soundtracks. Content warning for some of the descriptions below.

“Wonder Egg Priority” – Music by De De Mouse

Those who follow seasonal anime might already be familiar with this new addition to the magical girl genre that recently took the community by storm. “Wonder Egg Priority” follows a group of girls who are transported to a dream world in order to rescue their friends who have died of suicide. The strange and dark nature of the show’s story and animation flows into the series’ soundtrack, courtesy of De De Mouse

The 42-year-old music producer pulled no punches on this project, taking his signature electronic music style and turning it up to 11. From the first episode to the latest, there is a sort of Kinetic energy that permeates the entire work. For the best example of this, check out episodes three and four. While it might be confusing, it will definitely also be exciting.

“Bleach” – Music by Shiro Sagisu

“Bleach” is an anime with a long and complicated history in terms of its quality. However, one element of the show that always felt underappreciated was its soundtrack. There are, of course, many openings that are worth talking about, especially its first one “Asterisk” by Orange Range. However, composer Shiro Sagisu knows how to capture the show’s unique flare. 

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The show’s long run time also came with it a much larger than usually soundtrack, and while there are, of course, the occasionally more generic-sounding songs, some, like “Ichigo’s Theme” help to carve out the show’s identity and give it that extra bit of hype that every good shounen anime needs. 

“Your Name” – Music by RADWIMPS

Maybe it is unfair to compare tv anime soundtracks with movies, but it would be an absolute tragedy to not recommend at least one movie from Makoto Shinkai, as his films are pretty much all about the experience. After all, it would not be a Shinkai film with the backing of RADWIMPS.

The J-Rock group has been around since the turn of the millennium but got international acclaim after their work on “Your Name,” and for good reason. Their unique brand of J-rock is both energetic and musically progressive, building on itself constantly until it reaches a fantastic peak. The film would have been much worse off were it not for this group, and it is definitely good car ride material.

It can be hard to find good music given just how much is available, but for those who are up for trying something new, there are plenty of anime soundtracks worth exploring. 


What other soundtracks did I miss? Let me know in the comments.

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30 Day Anime Challenge Two: Day Three

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It is now day three of the second 30 Day Anime Challenge.

#3: Anime That Overstayed Its Welcome

As much as I enjoyed “Bleach” when I was younger, it definitely has a lot of problems, and I would say that overstaying its welcome was among them as well. Despite its high points, bleach also had a lot of low points towards the end of the anime’s run. Specifically, the substitute arc, which detailed Ichigo’s attempts to regain his powers, while interesting in premise, felt poorly executed and could have just been left out of the anime. It became boring, plain and simple, and needed to stop.


What anime do you think overstayed its welcome? Let me know in the comments below.

If you are interested in reading more from me, check under blog to read my most recent stuff, or look below for some related posts. Also, if you would like to support Animated Observations, consider donating on Ko-fi or through paypal, or pledging on Patreon. You can even support by just liking and sharing this post.

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OWLS December “Miracles” Post: Shonen Protagonists and Creating Miracles

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It is time once again for another OWLS post. This months theme is “miracles,” as described down below:

Tis the season where miracles happen. For December’s theme, we will be exploring faith in anime and pop culture. We will discuss some of the miracles that enter a character’s life during their darkest moments. Some of their questions we will explore is how does a “miracle” change a person’s life? How do we define miracles? Can miracles only happen due to a legend or a mystical being? Or do miracles happen every day, but we just don’t see it?

Also, I want to be sure and give a shout out to a few of my fellow OWLS bloggers: Megan Peoples and Karandi, so be sure to check out their posts as well. With that being said, here is my post:

In much of mythology and religion, miracles are often something delivered to someone in their greatest time of need, when they are helpless and cannot do anything for themselves. In that way, they are a fairly passive phenomenon. Nothing needs to happen for you to receive a miracle, really, other than for you to believe it will happen. This same logic underlies the idea of thoughts and prayers that many offer up after a mass shooting in the U.S. Instead of doing anything proactive, it is much easier for certain groups of people to remain passive and simply do nothing. However, as much as many would like to believe it to be the case, most things that people would consider good to not just appear out of thin air, and, in fact, many people have to work hard for things that others would consider miracles. A lot of Shonen protagonists operate under similar principles.

Source: Japan Powered

Take Goku from Dragon Ball Z for example. After he and Piccolo defeated Radditz, they learned that Vegeta and Nappa would be coming to destroy the earth. If Goku had just assumed that a miracle would have happened and that he would be able to defeat them both no problem, then he probably would not have gone and gotten training from King Kai. However, Goku realizes that the power he needs to defeat the two Saiyans is not just going to appear before him, so he goes to work and trains. This also happens later on when Goku needs to visit the planet Namek in order to help his friends obtain the Dragon Balls. He uses the time he has aboard the Spaceship in order to train even more, because of Frieza.

Source: Bleach Wiki

Another great example would be Bleach. Many fans of the show talk about the Soul Society arc, the part of the show in which Ichigo goes to save Rukia, as being one of if not the best part of the show, and with good reason. The story of that arc is great. One of the reasons its great though is because of Ichigo’s training. Ichigo and those around him realize that saving Rukia is not going to be as easy as walking into the Soul Society and taking her back. So, Ichigo prepares by training and eventually becoming strong enough to get her back.

In fact, this idea is by no means limited to Shonen series. One great show from this year that demonstrates this fact is A Place Further than the Universe. The show focuses on Mari, a high school girl who wants to do something incredibly before she leaves high school and becomes engulfed by societal responsibilities, and Shirase, a girl who has been outcast-ed by her classmates because of her goal of making it to Antarctica like her mother. The two work together in order to make their dream come true, even despite the overwhelming odds that they were never going to be able to go.

The point I am ultimately trying to make is whether it be characters in a fictional universe or people in real life, most things do not just happen because they believe hard enough. 99 percent of the time, it takes a lot of hard work and dedication to create our own miracles. But, overcoming the odds and enjoying the fruits of that hard work is what makes them miracles in the first place.

This Week in Anime: Live-Action Bleach, InkyPen, and More…

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I’ll be honest, this week was a lot more interesting for me than the last few weeks. Sure, we got some new anime releases, and as always people writing some awesome stuff, but a lot of interesting things have been announced this week, and I’m just generally excited about what’s to come.

New Releases

Here’s what’s new when it comes to shows.

Shonen-Jump Rom-Com “We Never Learn” Gets TV Anime

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Source: Goboiano.com

On Monday, the official website and Twitter account for the TV anime “We Never Learn” Announced new details about the project. Among these new details are the director of the show, who will be Yoshiaki Iwasaki(The Familiar of Zero, Love Hina). It was also revealed that the screenwriter will be Go Zappa, who screen wrote “Chronicles of the Going Home Club” and that Masakatsu Sasaki will be the character designer. Sasaki has previously done character designs for “Saki” and “A-Channel”

The show’s story will follow a well-educated boy hoping to successfully tutor two girls in order to get them scholarships. The only problem is that the two girls want to study outside of their talents. One is a science nerd who wants to study Liberal Arts, and the other is a reader who wants to be a scientist.

Fairytail Website Releases PV for Upcoming Series Finale

The official website for the Fairytail Anime released a Promotional Video for the final season of the fairytail anime. The video, shown above, gives small details about the new series, like character costumes and a glimpse of the actual story, among a cut of action scenes from the show.

Simultaneously, the site also released promotional art for the next season. The art depicts Natsu and Zeref, two characters who, in the last season, were revealed to be related.

Zeref and Natsu

The series is slated for a release this fall, with the first episode being released in October.

Bleach Live Action Movie Coming to Netflix

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In a video that came out last week, Netflix announced their list of new arrivals for September. The most interesting reveal on that list? Bleach. According to the list, the live-action adaptation of bleach that was released in Japanese theatres earlier this year will be coming state-side. The movie will be released on Netflix on September 14th, according to the same video.

The live action movie covers the first major arc of the Bleach manga, known as the Substitute Shinigami Arc, because of its focus on the main character Ichigo Kurosaki.

New Service “InkyPen” Coming to Nintendo Switch

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A new service called “InkyPen” recently announced that they would be available on the Nintendo Switch. The service is, surprisingly enough, a comic streaming service. As they write on their website, “InkyPen allows you to read thousands of comics from a wide selection of publishers and artists on Nintendo Switch. All content is available upon subscription, no premiums, no piecemeal content.”

This information is also interesting for another reason: the service seems to only be available on the Nintendo Switch. According to the Press Kit available on their website, The Switch is the only device on which the service is accessible.

The Price per month will be 7.99, and will give readers access to over 10,000 different comics and graphic novels, including many different manga series.

Article Shoutouts

Here are so awesome articles from around the web this week.

What’s up with Crunchyroll?

Scott from Mechanical Anime Reviews gives a bit more of a sober take on the recent debacle surrounding Crunchyroll, including their first-ever original series “High Guardian Spice.” Short, but definitely well written. Go ahead and give it a read.

Japanese Literature?

Over on BiblioNyan, there is a great article about 5 books for newbs when it comes to Japanese books. I’ve definitely been more interested in reading Japanese literature, and the books they describe definitely sound awesome. Check it out.


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