Most anime remakes get all-new songs, but the original Space Battleship Yamato‘s opening was so iconic that Space Battleship Yamato 2199 not having a new version of it would have been unthinkable.
I will be shocked if Super Robot Wars V doesn’t use an instrumental version of this as the Yamato’s music.
“A song that would be the theme song to a TV show about your life”
Dancer in the Dark, composed by Fatman-P and sung by my favorite vocaloid, Megurine Luka.
(subtitled and uploaded by Kisekikui)
I am more optimistic than this song sounds (as my choice for a song I can relate to indicates), but I definitely feel like I’ve been overwhelmed with things that are either beyond my control entirely, or coming in such a barrage that I have to choose my battles and just endure the rest, and feel like I am still being made to suffer for things that, in a just world, would not have consequences that lasted nearly so long. I realize many people have it far worse than me, but then, that’s an even bigger reason to feel the same way. I haven’t forgotten the good or become consumed…but I can’t be sure I wouldn’t have under entirely plausible circumstances.
This song is probably about where I would be if I actually believed that everything in the world is controlled by “God” or “fate”. Since, instead, I accept that some things happen with no intent by anyone, only parts of it are applicable. For example, I know there’s a risk of my emotions either becoming numb overall (or exploding) if I always suppress them at the lowest points in my life, but those points are exactly when I don’t have the energy for the conflict that would come from letting them show.
Fortunately, the more positive interpretation of the song also applies; not giving up on what’s important even if fully succeeding seems so impossible that the obstacles might as well be “God”.
“A song you liked when you were younger”
Child of the 80’s here. That means I grew up with a lot of
toy commercials variable-quality cartoons with catchy theme songs.
I’m not sure what it was about this particular one. Maybe just the shock of how different the way it starts is compared to the TV version made a first impression that stuck for a while, or maybe the fact that the two essentially dueling songs are as different as they are appealed to me. (Case in point.)
Regardless of why, when I was a kid I liked this song a lot more than I do now. (Much like GI Joe itself.)
It’s still the best version of the GI Joe theme, though.
(uploaded by poa9s)
Incidentally, this whole opening sequence has nothing to do with anything else in the rest of the movie.
Voting for the Transformers Hall of Fame is now open through the official Transformers App.
Vote for whoever you want to out of the character categories (and laugh at some of the strangest art and bio choices they’ve ever had), but I want to talk about the one for real-life people. This is the first time they’ve ever had a real person/people be inducted by popular vote, and the category is “Best Musical Act Used In TRANSFORMERS Branded Production” (capitalization Hasbro’s).
However, the voting may be skewed because Hasbro neglected to say what the nominees actually did.
Continue reading Vote for Ford Kinder and Anne Bryant
This is the opening to Headmasters, the first Japanese Transformers series. Actually, the opening is one of the only good things about that particular series.
Last week I said Butter-Fly was once voted the second-best anime opening of all time. In case anyone failed to guess it, here’s number one from the same poll. And it’s not hard to see why.
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Have you heard? They’re making a new Digimon series that goes back to the cast and setting of the original series.
And the oddly-named opening song of Digimon Adventure was pretty special. Koji Wada’s first song and still his most famous, and once voted the second-best anime opening of all time, this song (as well as the evolution song Brave Heart) has been known to cause nostalgia even in those who only ever saw the series as a dub that didn’t keep the music.
Continue reading Awesome music Thursday: Butter-Fly
There has long been a trend in anime of using random pop songs for openings rather than actually having specially made theme songs. Sometimes that works out just fine, other times not so much.
But one day a group of singers who didn’t like that trend got together and formed a group that would specialize in theme songs. And thus JAM Project was born.
Oh, did I mention that all those singers are very talented and that pretty much everything they’ve done as a group has been awesome?
Continue reading Awesome music Thursday: Transformers EVO