It is fairly unusual for me to notice the music in anime unless it really stands out. This is not a bad thing in itself, because not noticing it can be a sign of it blending in very well with the anime itself. Sometimes the music can also stand out so much it actually becomes distracting (which is my biggest concern with the Hunter x Hunter (2011) remake).
But every now and then we have anime with such gorgeous music that I directly look up the soundtrack. It is the kind of music that stands out without detracting from the experience. The music may not always be put to good use by the studio at times, sadly, but it still remains kickass in its own way.
This year had some great new anime OSTs I wish to share with you, one track at a time.
Technically, Mirai Nikki is an anime from last year. It did however, being 26 episodes, continue in the start of this year. Not to mention that this particular tune, which I call the “time to kick some ass” track, first appeared in this year if I am not mistaken.
Appearing up during the final episodes, this track really fit the mood and got me all pumped for Mirai Nikki. It is one of those moments where just everything works. Shit got real and this track helped. The whole soundtrack is pretty good too, but it is this very song that I will remember.
Eureka Seven AO may have been a horrible mess as both a stand-alone and a sequel, but I will always remember its music. It was rarely put to good use and often felt tacked on in certain scenes, but listening to it on its own is amazing.
The music in this sequel has a different approach than in Eureka Seven, which had more focus on being funky and electronic. This time it is more about violins and “seriousness”. It works just as great and gives the franchise a new flavor. Shame it was wasted on such a bad series.
The music in Hyouka is superb, sometimes even borrowing from Johann Sebastian Bach. I have heard rumors that the composer was really fond of Hyouka and one of the reasons it was made in the first place, but I cannot confirm this. His music is wonderful though, to put it lightly.
This is a happy and quirky soundtrack, to say the least. Tsuritama March reminds me of the good times when I watched Tsuritama, something so bizarre as a fishing anime with aliens.
I do not get it. Why has Shigeo not done more music in anime?! Except doing the ED themes from K-ON!, he has only done the music to Itsuka Tenma no Kuro Usagi.
Someone, give this man more work. I get the chills when I hear the music in Shin Sekai Yori, that is how good it is. I love every single second of the soundtrack. I think this is the best anime music from 2012.
These are from every anime OST that hit me this year. We music from series such as Humanity has Declined, Nisemonogatari, Rinne no Langrange, Sakamichi no Apollon and Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere that were great.
For me, this year has been fantastic when it comes to anime music.