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Three Great Anime Soundtracks Everyone Should be Listening to

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Well, I still have a few columns left to republish, and what better way to start off the weekend than by recommending some sick tunes for the uninitiated. Today, I’ll be showing off a column from March of 2020…yeah, depressing, but this music certainly is not. Check it out!


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Almost everyone has a niche musical taste. Whether it be an obscure genre, or even just a relatively unknown artist, most have their music that others do not know about. Many anime fans, including myself, can relate to this feeling, largely due to the fact that even many of the people who watch anime do not actively listen to the music that accompanies it. 

Well, I am here to change that. Apart from being a great storytelling medium, anime has an incredible amount of good music, so much so that I had to cut it down to three for the sake of word count and time. Midterms are a pain, and I am screaming internally. Regardless, here are some anime soundtracks you should definitely be listening to. 

“Made in Abyss” – Music by Kevin Pinken

I mentioned “Made in Abyss” on my best of the decade list about a month ago, and a large part of the reason that I did so was on the back of its incredible soundtrack. Indeed, a big reason for the show’s appeal is based on the musical accompaniment to the story. Almost all of the music in the show does a great job matching the tone of the anime. 

Almost all of the credit for this goes to the series’ musical composer Kevin Pinken, who got his breakthrough into anime with “Made in Abyss,” and who is working on the soundtrack for the upcoming animated adaptation of “Tower of God.” While the music of the series never really goes beyond a particular tempo range, generally focusing on slower songs, it still manages to capture the emotion of the series in a way that makes it wonderful to listen to on its own.

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“Re:Creators” – Music by Hiroyuki Sawano

Composer Hiroyuki Sawano is well known within the anime community, even among those who do not know his name. He became relatively famous due to his work on “Attack on Titan,” and to a lesser extent “Seven Deadly Sins,” two shows whose music is both electronically driven and bombastic in its tone—see “Reluctant Heroes” for more on that. 

However, some of his best work came on the soundtrack of “Re:Creators.” The series focuses on the story of characters from various video games, anime and manga coming to life due to the power of another character. 

Its theme is based on the power of people to create universes, and the psychological effect that those universes have on its inhabitants. However, it is also a show with a lot of action, and so Sawano’s style fits it perfectly. There are definitely a lot of tracks worth playing on a long car ride.

“Carole and Tuesday” – Music by Mocky

While it is true that Director Shinichiro Watanabe knows how to make a good show, he also needed the help of Canadian musician Mocky to really make “Carole and Tuesday” shine. As an artist, Mocky brought a lot of his diverse prior experience in order to really enhance the show’s sound, and it is really apparent when you listen to its soundtrack. The series, which centers around the lives of two girls hoping to make it in the music industry, boasts a variety of musical genres, including rock, jazz, hip-hop and even opera. 

However, Mocky can’t take all of the credit. A lot of the soundtrack’s standout pieces include those featuring vocals from the likes of Nai Br.XX, Celeina Ann, Thundercat, Denzel Curry and many others. On top of that, all of those same standout pieces, save for a few, are done in English, making them much more accessible to a wider audience. It is a strange soundtrack to be sure, but one that is definitely worth anyone’s time. 

There are definitely a lot of other great soundtracks, but these three also have the quality of wanting to listen to them even after the show is over. Each of these shows has tracks that will make you want to keep it on loop for the foreseeable future.


Have you heard these soundtracks? if so, how do you feel about them? Let me know in the comments.

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The Best of Us, The Worst of Us, The Lot of Us: Carole and Tuesday

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For as much initial interest as there was in the show, it feels like “Carole and Tuesday” got tossed aside rather quickly. This is to say nothing of the quality of the show. After all, most who finished it thought pretty highly of it, if the cumulative score on MAL is anything to go off of. Rather, the subject matter of the show was something new for both Shinichiro Watanabe as well as anime fans in general.

This is not to say that Watanabe and those who enjoy his works have not experienced social commentary in the past. Pretty much all of his shows have that, especially one of his most recent works before “Carole and Tuesday”: “Terror in Resonance,” which followed the story of two would-be high school age terrorists trying to reclaim their lost lives in any way they can.

Carole and Tuesday,” though, is a much different breed. While it certainly starts out as a in much the same way as his previous work, vaguely alluding to the social ills of the present day, by the second half it turns into a straight up modern allegory about current U.S. politics, doing very little to hide it.

At the center of this Allegory are the show’s main characters, Carole and Tuesday, who serve as representatives of both the most well off and the least. Of the former, Tuesday is a young girl who wants to play music, but whose politician mom sees it as a waist of time. Realizing that she likely will not be happy in her current situation, Tuesday decided to run away from home, taking a suitcase full of clothes, her guitar, and a dream.

In the middle of downtown Alba City, Tuesday runs into Carole, an immigrant from Earth who wants to make it on Mars, but cannot seem to keep a stable income, and who is only able to stay in the city due to the generosity of a random old man renting out his storage room. The two meet on a bridge, at which point they start making music together, and then immediately run away as they get chased down by a cop.

The two of them mostly get along throughout the series, and they spend the majority of the first half in their honeymoon phase, trying to get their career of the ground and just enjoying making music. However, the second half of the series turns up the drama to 11, as it becomes less about Carole and Tuesday themselves and more about what each of their backgrounds represent.

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Tuesday’s mom, being a prominent politician, decides to run for president on a platform of limiting immigration and restoring Mar’s greatness. Sound Familiar? Not wanting Carole to think ill of her, Tuesday decides to keep this a secret. However, Tuesday is not the only one.

While Carole does reveal to Tuesday that she is an immigrant, she fails to mention that she came illegally, which causes her to worry about the prospects of Tuesday’s mom getting elected. The two eventually find out about the other’s secrets, but ultimately work things out. The show ends with a big musical number featuring most of the cast which serves as a celebration of Mar’s diversity and talent.

Something that upsets me about the ending of the show is the sort open-endedness of it, and the way it seems to imply that if people just come together and talk about things that they will eventually come to understand each other. While I do think that is true for certain people, it does not reflect the reality of U.S. politics, and comes across more as wishful thinking.

Though it certainly highlights the gullible nature of Trump through Tuesday’s mom and her criminal campaign manager, it feels like it is unwilling to make a systemic critique, and lays the blame on individuals instead. The real world problems the series highlights are not going to be solved by making music and holding charity events. Do not misunderstand, it is important to highlight these issues and the way demagogues scapegoat various groups as a way of cementing power. It just feels as though their was a missed opportunity to come to a more radical conclusion.


My own political persuasions aside, how do you feel about “Carole and Tuesday,” both the characters and the show as a whole? Let me know in the comments.

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Top Three Favorite Anime Openings of 2019

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The end of the year is fast approaching, and because of that, I thought it would be good to do a little bit more reflecting. Now, it is safe to say that overall it has been a great year for anime, but it has also been good amazing for anime openings. Time to talk about some of my favorite openings of 2019.

3. Promised Neverland – Touch Off by UVERworld

It did not take long after I started watching The Promised Neverland that its opening became one of my favorite parts about the show. This is not to say that the show is bad, it is actually phenomenal. However, the more energetic nature of the music, combined with the visuals that foreshadow the events to come, make it one of my personal favorites of the year.

2. Dr. Stone – Good Morning World! by BURNOUT SYNDROMES

Dr. Stone honestly has two very good OP’s, but for the purpose of this list I decided to go with the first one, because to me, Good Morning World not only looks more interesting visually, but musically has the same sort of fast paced, fun energy that is present in the series itself, at least for the first half anyway.

1. Carole and Tuesday – Kiss Me by Nai Br.XX and Celeina Ann

Carole and Tuesday was probably the best musical experience I have had all year with an anime, and no I do not just mean that because it was centered around music. It could have been very easily messed up or made haphazardly without any thought and come out terribly. Luckily, sitting at the helm of direction for the show was Shinichiro Watanabe, the man behind Cowboy Bebop and Samurai Champloo, two other series known for their great musical scores. Kiss Me takes everything that the is great about the show’s music and combines into one animated sequence, perfectly demonstrating just why the show it is attached to is so great.


What were some of your favorite openings this year? Let me know in the comments below.

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Final Thoughts: Carole and Tuesday

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It took a while but I finally managed to watch the last episode of Carole and Tuesday, and I have a lot to say about it. So, here are my final thoughts.


Carole and Tuesday is aptly named after its main characters who come from two very different places. Carole is a refugee from earth who is barely making a living in Alba City, the capitol of Mars. Tuesday, meanwhile, comes from a affluent part of Mars, and has a politician running for president as a mother. One day, after realizing that her mother will never approve her desire to make music for a living, Tuesday decides to run away from home. After making it to Alba City and subsequently getting her stuff stolen after arriving, she meets up with Carole on a bridge. The two immediately hit it off after performing together and formally agree to make music together.

Expectations

I try with every show I watch and talk about to keep my expectations somewhat neutral, with varying rates of success. However, given the high profile nature of the show, with it being directed by Shinichiro Watanabe and being about musicians living on Mars, I got pretty excited.

It was incredible sitting down to watch the first episode and have not only a great premise but also an amazing musical scene right off the bat. A lot of different thoughts were running through my head, and I had a lot of hope that this show would live up to the hype of its initial episode, and I am glad to say that, for the most part, it did.

The Music

If there is one thing people have heard about this series even before watching it, it is probably the music, and just how incredible it all is. Which, one might reasonably expect given that it is a show about the lives of two musicians who form a band. However, for those whose tastes tend to be on the pickier side when it comes to music, this show might not be as appealing. The range in genre, while overall pretty big, mainly tends to focus on a more pop sound, which is represented largely in the main characters Carole and Tuesday.

Despite this though, the music overall tends to be really well done, and even the pop sounding stuff sounds much better than a lot of stuff on top forty radio. Denzel Curry specifically did a great job when it comes music of rapper Ezekial. While not having to large an involvement in the show, really only showing up in the later quarter of the show and doing two songs in total, Curry’s voice and more lyrical leanings made it incredibly enjoyable.

I also want to give props to Lauren Dyson, the vocalist for Crystal, for their amazing work. I will totally admit that I have been bumping “Unbreakable” nonstop in my car ever since I heard it while watching the show. For being the only real representation of R&B in the show, she does a fantastic job.

Carole and Tuesday as a Political Conversation

One thing that kind of irked me about the first half of Carole and Tuesday is that the fact that they are on Mars is kind of irrelevant. In fact, for the first twelve episodes, it is only referenced a handful of times, and it is usually only as a reminder of Carole’s past. A lot of the writing just kind of went to waste, that is, until the pieces are put together in the second half.

As the episodes continue it becomes much more obvious that seemingly innocuous background information like the fact that Tuesday’s rich mom is running for president, or that Carole is an illegal earth refuge starts to come into focus. What started as a show about two girls wanting to escape their problems and create music together becomes a much more outwardly criticism of politics of the modern day, specifically in America.

Now for those, who do not think this is in anyway a critique of American politics, tell me if this sounds familiar: A political elite runs for president as an outsider, with the help of a few unsavory figures, running on a platform of destroying trade deals and deporting illegal aliens. While it is true in this instance I am describing Donald Trump, I am also describing Tuesday’s mother, who ends up being the main reason for the outwardly political shift in the show’s story.

Immigration ends up being the main focal point of the later half. Tuesday’s mom, at the behest of her resident shady character and political consultant Jerry promises during her campaign for president of mars that if elected she will deport all illegal immigrants and refugees. This promise, being something that would directly affect both Carole and many of her friends, leads both Carole and Tuesday to work towards creating change.

The Finale

From the beginning of the first episode up until the second to last, the show builds up the final moment of the show, “one that would go down in history on mars.” Part of the reason I talked about expectations earlier on was because of this. A moment in the show so important that the writers decided it was worth building up in the first episode should have a serious impact.

However, I feel like overall it is a bit of a letdown. The final scene features artists from all different walks of life, many of whom Carole and Tuesday meet on their adventures throughout the show, gathering together in secret to stream a live performance of a new song that opposes Tuesday’s Mom’s divisive rhetoric. The song and the performance thereof are both handled really well. Some of the characters animations during the song seem to contradict the very serious nature of the song, however, and makes it a little bit awkward. Still, for a scene that was built up for the entire show, it made me feel a little underwhelmed, largely because of the supposed importance. If the show had made more of an effort to make immigration a more important part of the underlying story, as opposed to starting this arc halfway through, it would have had more of an emotional impact. I will admit that I think this opinion has much more to do with my expectations than the fault of the show itself, although I do think changing those things would have made the show better.

Conclusion

There is a whole lot more I could talk about when it comes to the show, from the subplot with Angela, to the implications and importance of the show’s message, but I would much rather not spoil it. While it does have some noticeable flaws when it comes to things like animation and storytelling, it is an overall worthwhile experience that I highly recommend checking out for yourself.


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Carole and Tuesday Episode One Reaction

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Alright, so mini-rant before I talk about the show. I’ve avoided talking about some of the seasonal shows because they have been picked up by Netflix, and have not had an opportunity to watch them. This is because, as an American, I don’t have access to any of their anime simulcasts, which, tbh, is really annoying, and I still have not a modicum of an idea as to why they don’t do this. Point being, I didn’t want to have to pirate anything so I just didn’t watch them. But, at this point, since Netflix has just decided to not to give me or anyone else in America, I just found another way. I still will not promote pirating myself and don’t agree with it, but in this case I don’t blame anyone who does. Anyway, onto the show.


Music in anime is often something that gets explored solely through idol shows like Love Live or Uta no Prince Sama, or otherwise serves as a more cohesive aesthetic like in Samurai Champloo. However, Carole and Tuesday seems to be taking a much different approach to its musical based story.

Set in the future on Mars, where most music is produced by big companies and AI, the show follows two main girls. Tuesday is an upper class girl who’s parents forbid her from playing music, and who, because of this, decides to run away. Meanwhile, in the city of Alba, Carole spends her days trying to find steady work in order to eek out a living in the big city. The two cross paths when Tuesday hears Carole humming and playing her piano on a bridge. The two run away from a cop and meet back at Carole’s place, vowing to take on the world and make music together.

If there is one thing I have learned about the anime industry over the course of my talking about it, it is to trust in the quality of a Watanabe, and Carole and Tuesday certainly does not disappoint. The show’s opening episode brought a lot of things to the table.

The first thing it brings is its excellent animation and color pallet. The city of Alba specifically is colored in a way that makes it exactly as Carole describes it, “a city where nobodies come to be somebodies.” In that way it is very much like the New York City of Mars, serving as a beacon of hope for the tired and distraught. The character designs for both of the main characters are also incredibly cool, especially in the way that they both reflect the characters backgrounds. Tuesday, coming from a more privileged background, wears a fancier dress, while Carole, having nothing to her name other than her keyboard and her pet, wears a simple pear of overalls.

There is also the character of Angela, who seems to serve a contrast, and who seems to be a potential rival to the girls in the future. Angela is a model who is looking to break into the music business, and who does so with the help of Mr. T, a heavy-hitter in the mars music business, who tells Angela that most of the successful musicians in recent history have been AI.

Definitely the most notable scene in the first episode was when Carole and Tuesday started playing music together, at first messily, but then slowly coming together and making a beautiful song.

Overall, it was a great first episode and I definitely excited to see what the rest of the series brings.


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Top Five Anime to Look Forward to in Spring 2019

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The winter 2019 season, as stacked with goods shows as it is, is now coming to a close, it will soon be time once again to embrace a new season, and while Spring does not seem to be as loaded as Winter was, there is still plenty there worth paying attention to.

5. Attack on Titan Season Three Part Two

While I haven’t actually been keeping up with Attack on Titan recently, I am definitely still invested in the series as a whole. The end of the season two and the beginning episodes of season three that I caught have been enough to keep me wondering about the core questions that lie at the heart of the series: What is in the basement? where is Erin’s dad? I want to find these answers because the show does such a great job of keeping these questions relevant.

4. Fruits Basket

I remember being in middle school and having one of my best friends at the time tell me about this series. Since I trusted his opinion a lot I went to check it out. Of course, being a middle school boy and seeing the cute anime school girl and reading the premise, I was immediately skeptical. I am definitely glad that my skepticism was not warranted, because I ended up loving Fruits Basket.

When I heard there was going to be a remake, and that most of the original dub cast was going to be in it again, I was genuinely excited, and still am as of now.

3. Kimetsu no Yaiba

When it comes to evaluating anime, much like I would for anything, I always look to what has come before. Kimetsu no Yaiba immediately sets off Dororo alarms for me, but in a really good way. However, having a similar story does not always mean that a show is going to be boring. As long a story can bring something noticeably different with its storytelling, there is always something to look forward to. Plus, getting the Ufotable treatment always helps.

2. One Punch Man Season Two

The first season of One Punch Man is undoubtedly one of the more interesting shows to come about in the last few years. A story about a super-hero that doesn’t have fun being a hero because he beats almost everyone in one punch. Now, with the second season upon us, as well as a change in hands for the studio behind the show, there remains to be seen a lot about what the show’s second season will bring, but still, it’s pretty hype.

1. Carole and Tuesday

So, let’s see. A futuristic society in which people now inhabit mars, A story focused on two girls, one coming from an extremely low-class background and the other from a wealthy background who want to make music, and animation from BONES. Yeah, I was sold the minute I heard about this show. I honestly have no idea about where the story is going to go, because I am not familiar with the source material, but Carole and Tuesday definitely has me the most hyped.


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