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Guilty Crown

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Guilty Crown is an anime television series created by Production I.G and first aired in 2011. The story takes place in the year 2039 and is about a young boy by the name of Shu Ouma who obtains “The Power of the Kings” which allows him to draw out another person’s “heart” and use it as a weapon called a “void.” If a void is destroyed, the person who the void had originated from is destroyed as well. Eventually Shu gets caught up with a resistance group known as “Funeral Parlor” which wishes break Japan away from the international organization GHQ.

10 years prior to the story on Christmas Eve of 2029, the “Apocalypse Virus” spreads throughout Japan, but the international organization GHQ conducts martial law and restores order. Ten years later, 17 year old Shu Ouma comes into contact with Inora, the singer of the band Egoist, and accidentally obtains “The Power of the Kings” and gets involved with Funeral Parlor. The anime progresses to show the story of Shu’s involvement with Funeral Parlor and his lost past.

The music in Guilty Crown was composed by Hiroyuki Sawano. The anime’s opening and ending themes were written by Supercell, an 11-member Japanese Pop music group. The opening theme of the anime is “My Dearest” and is sung by Koeda. The ending theme “Departures ~あなたにおくるアイの歌~” is performed by the anime’s fictional band known as Egoist. Chelly, who was picked by Ryo of Supercell, provided the vocals.

Guilty Crown’s music really adds to the emotional impact of the anime. The opening scene of the anime’s first episode (see the above video) is a powerful one. The insert song, Euterpe which is sung by the character Inori who’s  part of the anime’s fictional band Egoist, plays as Shu watches the music video for the song featuring Inori (lead singer of Egoist) unaware of Inori carrying the void genome in her hands and running for her life. The music helps parallel and contrast the opening events of the first episode that are occurring: Shu appears calm and bored as he watches/listens to the music video of Inori singing while Inori is busy running for her life. The music in the anime helps to add to the emotional tension that occurs throughout the anime along with the feeling of momentous triumphs.

Sources:

http://www.minitokyo.net/GUILTY+CROWN

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guilty_Crown

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hiroyuki_Sawano

http://animeost.info/5402/guilty-crown-ost

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Supercell_(band)

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Samurai Champloo

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Samurai Champloo is an anime series created by the company Manglobe. The anime was directed by Shinichirō Watanabe who was also the director of the anime series known as Cowboy Bebop. Samurai Champloo was Watanabe’s first attempt at an anime TV series since Cowboy Bebop and provides great a mix of martial arts and sword action, the Japanese Edo period, and hip hop music, styles, and culture.

The anime series follows the story of two swordsmen, Mugen and Jin, and a young woman by the name of Fuu. Upon being harassed by a group of samurai, Fuu is saved by Mugen and Jin. Mugen believes Jin to be a worthy opponent and begins attacking him. During their fight, a magistrate’s son is killed and the two are captured and are to be executed. Fuu ends up saving them and have them travel with her to find a certain samurai.

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Samurai Champloo’s musical score is mainly composed of hip-hop. The first Samurai Champloo soundtrack, Samurai Champloo Music Record: Masta, was produced by DJ Tsutchie and the hip hop duo known as Force of Nature. The album consisted of 18 instrumental tracks and a ballad sung by Kazami, an R&B singer. Another album, titled Samurai Champloo Music Record: Departure, was produced by the late DJ/Producer Nujabes and an American MC/producer known as Fat Jon. Sometime later, Samurai Champloo Music Record: Playlist (which featured 18 tracks created by Tsutchie) and Samurai Champloo Music Record: Impression (which featured 23 tracks created by Nujuabes, Force of Nature, and Fat Jon) were released. The opening and ending themes of the anime also feature Shing02 and MINMI.

The music in Samurai Champloo is a great combination of chill, relaxing beats and hip hop and really helps add to the intensity of the fight scenes in the anime. The music also really adds to the aesthetic style of the anime and gives it more of a modern twist and feel to it. Though the anime is set in the Japanese Edo era, elements of hip hop culture (such as rapping, people acting like gangsters, and Mugen’s character design) can be seen and the hip hop music is well appropriated for this purpose. This is definitely an anime for those who enjoy action and hip hop music.

Sources:

http://2dteleidoscope.wordpress.com/2009/11/08/tsukikage-ran-vs-samurai-champloo-artificial-pasts/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shinichir%C5%8D_Watanabe

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samurai_Champloo

http://animamundifestival.blogspot.com/2011/07/animated-chat-2011-shinichiro-watanabe.html

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The World Ends with You

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The World Ends with You (which is also known as It’s a Wonderful World in Japan) is a role playing game made for the Nintendo DS handheld system and was developed by Square Enix, the same team who had created another Square Enix title known as Kingdom Hearts, and Jupiter. The team had hoped to create a new game that was different from the Final Fantasy and Kingdom Hearts franchises.

The setting of the game takes place in a fictional version of Tokyo’s Shibuya shopping district. As life goes on in the Realground (RG), those who are the chosen dead are taken to an alternate plane known as the Underground (UG) where the Reapers’ Game takes place. Dead players get the chance to obtain the prize: they can either be brought back to life or choose to transcend and become Reapers. The Composer is a god-like entity that maintains Shibuya while the Conductor tasks other Reapers to obstruct the players. Those who fail to complete a mission will have their existence erased.

The story revolves around a boy named Neku who at first has no recollection about how he died and learns the rules of the Game from his partners Shiki, Joshua, and Beat. It’s later revealed that Joshua had shot Neku and Joshua is actually the composer. Neku is given one last challenge: to shoot Joshua and determine Shibuya’s fate.

The soundtrack for the game was both composed and produced by Takeharu Ishimoto, a Japanese synthesizer programmer and video game at Square Enix. Much of the music in the game uses elements of different genres such as rock, electronic, and hip-hop. Since the beginning, the creators had wished to use a large variety of genres to compose the game’s soundtrack. The different genres would serve to fit the different moods that the different events and areas would give its players. The pre rendered movies were purposely removed and flash styled sequences were put in their place so there would be room to include over thirty songs in the game. In total, approximately ¼ of the game’s ROM is filled up by music.

The music definitely adds a lot to the feel of the game so making room for more music was a good call in my opinion. Much of the music in the game really adds to the atmosphere of the game’s battles and many of the songs are upbeat, fast paced, and catchy which really helps keeping players pumped and sucked into the game. The music also helps add to the emotional impact of the game’s storyline. The game’s soundtrack does an amazing job in combining the elements of different genres to create a distinctive soundtrack that helps to make the game what it is. If for anything, the game is definitely worth checking out for its music.

Sources:

http://www.gamasutra.com/view/feature/132401/postmortem_square_enixs_the_.php?page=2

http://www.tehvidya.com/2011/07/i-quit-twewy/the-world-ends-with-you-cover/

http://ds.ign.com/articles/867/867129p1.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_World_Ends_with_You

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Takeharu_Ishimoto

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