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30 Day Anime Challenge Day 9: Anime with the Best Soundtrack

Goddammit.  Another challenge day  that’s going to be a struggle.  Why?  Because I simply love music.  I simply love anime.  I love when anime and music comes together.  Just like with the  favorite opening and ending themes challenges, I just can not think  of that one anime soundtrack that deserves the number one top spot. That how much I love the unity of anime and music.

So, this is how I’m going to do this instead. Rather than me  going through my massive list of my favorite anime soundtracks and songs,  I’m going to discus one of the most  beloved concert scene from an equally beloved anime series that fuses both superior animation and high quality musical performance.

The scene – “God Knows…” from episode 12 of The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya “Live Alive”.

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I have the highest respect for the “God Knows…” animation and the  endless hours of hard work and love that was put into it. I am not saying this as an anime fan right now. I am saying this as a musician (I’m a violinist).  I wish I had the words to describe to you guys on  how much I love the greatly detailed animation, the energetic performance by Aya Hirano (voice actress of series heroine Haruhi Suzumiya), and of course, the audio and music production.

I can relate to Haruhi pouring out her heart, passion, soul, and emotions into her performance:  playing rhythm guitar and singing, expressing herself through body language (bouncing up and down, head bobbing,  rocking her guitar back and forth) and her facial expression (sweating under the bright, hot stage lights, her hair matted, and ending with her panting; struggling to catch her breath after such an intense performance.  This isn’t the normally bossy and aggressive attention whore Haruhi that we’ve known for a the last 11 episodes.

This  is Haruhi – the passionate musician.

Passionate about her musicianship. Passionate about becoming joining with the one that she loves.  It is as if she’s speaking heart-to-heart about Kyon through God Knows…

As if she wants him to know that she wants to be with him.

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‘I send my now passionate feelings-
they melt reality
then just hover there suspended.
There’s no reason for me
wanting to see you.
I pour my feelings into you, lovin’ you’
Haruhi Suzumiya

 The sound  production is just as impressive as the animation itself.   To start, I appreciate how the band starts tuning to key , how Haruhi’s mic picked up her moving  her stand, her footsteps, and adjusting the mic itself.  Next we have sounds of the audience chattering, chants, cheers, and clapping to the rhythm of the beat (in time with song to boot) as if this was a concert going on in real life (with them jamming to the performance itself).  There’s even a short period of time in which the crowd starts to cheer for Yuki’s guitar solo.

Those were nice touches to me.

My only gripe with this animation and music masterpiece is that Kyoto Animation did not use the fully animated God Knows in it’s entirety (meaning animating the full song and not the TV size).    But I assume that they were under a time limit to release the episode so I can forgive them for that.  And they did create a legendary concert scene that anime fans still love and celebrate to this day, so I can’t be so fault them for real.

With that said I hope you enjoy this quick little post!  See ya!

Please do yourself a favor and  watch/listen to both the anime and the live action versions of this song.  I promise you won’t regret it.

 

‘You’re here, and I’m here-
all the others have disappeared.
By sketching the beauty of our fleeting dream,
we’re just tracing our scars’

-God Knows…. (2006 Single)

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ANIME LYRICS ANALYSIS: Limit Break x Survivor (Dragon Ball Super)

The second opening theme song of Dragon Ball Super, performed by Kiyoshi Hikawa (signed with Nippon Columbia).  Debuted in Dragon Ball Super on Episode 77, the start of the Universe Survival Arc.

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Kiyoshi Hikawa

‘Get excited! To space, let’s go!
The latest obsession! Join the flow?
I’ll hold in my hand’

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‘I wanna laugh like a crazy!
I’m used to bein’ confused!’

When you’re so used to going through the same bullshit day in and day out, not receiving any results that makes you happy, you can only just simply laugh as if you’re insane.  Besides, you’re used to dealing with confusion (may it be from general life bullshit or what not).  It’s second nature, why not laugh about it?
‘I can’t get no satisfaction’

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Goku in his Super Saiyan God form.  A form in which he was ultimately unsatisfied with (which lead to Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan, or Super Saiyan Blue).

This is Goku to a tee.  He is consistent with is training for self improvement and he is always seeking new, stronger warriors as he’s not satisfied with his current state of power.  His drive to become stronger and combat against people as strong or stronger than himself is one of the catalyze of the Tournament of Power.

In the real world, this can be applied to anyone with  drive and passion.  People  who reach their personal best want more in life, thus feeling unsatisfied. This create a desire to push themselves to a new heights, to explore new things to curb the thirst as to speak.

(This is my favorite line of the song, as it describes my nature of wanting more in life)

 

‘(woo-hoo) Boredom
(woo-hoo) Becomes a stone
Before it gets too heavy and falls (Let’s fly high)’


Stones are heavy.  Stone can drag you, slowing  down your process or your entire life.  Bored people, people who aren’t doing anything with their lives, are dragged down by it.  When people apply their dreams, drive, passion, and thoughts into action, they do not allow any stones to drag them down.  In fact they refuse to be dragged down.

In short, be obsessed with your passions, or be average and boring.

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‘(woo-hoo) Let’s spread
(woo-hoo) Our wings of excitement’

Open your wings and soar high.  Let others know about your excitement and influence them.
‘Let’s go to the next world’

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Goku achieving Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan

Go to the next level in life.  Do you want to stay in the same place as always  No? Then go do something about it!

‘The door of possibilities is still locked
Oh well, I’ll break through the wall again’

Opportunities.  Advancements.  Desires. At times, they’re locked behind a closed doors, blocking your path to achieve greatness.  Sometimes, you have to force your way to gain what you want in life, may it be breaking down walls or destroying road blocks.  Those who are used to facing roadblocks and locked doors in life just tend to say “screw it” and destroy the barriers as usual.

‘Now! Shoot past the limit! Shout “It’s piece of cake”!
The Invinclbe Me is waiting there’

Again, Goku to a tee.  As Beerus stated in the “Battle of the Gods” movie, Goku is a fighting genius.  A title Goku truly earned has he has shot past his personal limits with his Super Saiyan forms, discovering new forms of Super Saiyan overtime.

In the real world, those who push themselves will always go past their limits, achieving new heights no matter what.

Tupac said it best; “Real niggas do what they wanna do, bitch niggas do what they can do.”

‘Dragon Ball Super!’            

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It’s the name of the fucking anime it’s not deep at all.
‘Even Zen-Oh Sama will be blown away!’

It’s not that deep.  Lord Zen-Oh is a kid who can be impressed very easily.  Granted, he was super excited from watching the exhibition fights earlier in the arc.  Perhaps he will be blown away by the tournament.

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An Evil Angel and Righteous Devil: Dragon Ball Super ED 7 Lyrics Theory Analysis

The Universe Survival” arc of Dragon Ball Super introduce fans to a brand new ending theme song for the series titled “An Evil Angel and Righteous Devil” by Japanese rock band “The Collectors” (ザ・コレクターズ).

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The Collectors.

The song is told in the perspective of a man stuck between an angel and demon with an unnatural friendship.  The man doesn’t know who is right and reflects on the options given to him by the pair. Towards the end he realizes whatever choice he makes will ultimately have the same sorrowful result.

Just like in the film and television industries, the anime industry use lyrical theme songs to narrative the plot for animated series’s arc (season) and Dragon Ball Super is no exception.

As both an anime and music fan I love when the ending theme of an anime provides clues to the story.  Music helps tells the narrative of any show in my opinion. In this post  I will give my analysis on the song and what possible clues and theories it may have in relation to the current arc.

(NOTE: This is all speculation and holds no solid truth to anything for the arc.)

“An angel and a demon are sitting together like friends
I’m in the middle
Which way do I face?”

The friendship of the demon and angel confuses the character.  This results in him not knowing who to face.  Normally demons and angels opposed one another but we have these two just chilling like bros.  It doesn’t help that the angel is evil and the demon is righteous.

It’s a twist on the classic Shoulder Angel and Shoulder Demon trope.  Rather than the angel and demon fighting one another to win you over,  they’re on friendly terms.  Seems pretty suspicious.

Dragon Ball fans have theorized that the angel and demon may have some influences on the Tournament of Power or at the least influences on a certain character.

“Either destroy myself or destroy everything else.”

The character has two dire choices.

Choice 1: He could destroy himself to escape the politics of the tournament, the  demon and angel who shouldn’t be friends by nature, and the tournament itself.

Choice 2: Fuck everything else.  Destroy them all for all he cares,

The theme of destruction is interesting in this line and for the arc as a whole.  Remember that the losing teams of the Tournament of  Power will have their universe’s existence destroy.  Survival means destroying all others to protect your universe.  In short: It’s destroy or be destroyed.

They scream it in my ear all night.
Is there a right answer to this?”

All sides are presenting the character with voices but none are the clear, right answer. This is assuming if there are any at all.

An interesting note: The music video of this song portrays a solider at war dealing with the politics behind it. Now, I am not a solider and I have never been in a war.  However I can assume being a solider at war is about making unclear moral choices and questing what you’re doing is right.

 

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Screenshot taken from the music video “An Evil Angel and Righteous Devil”

The Tournament of Power can be seen as a war.  You’re fighting a war to ensure the survival of your people.  As a warrior you must do anything to come back  home safe and alive.

What more is that you’re fighting for not only yourself, not even your love ones, but the universe you live in.  You must kill the opposing sides.  It’s doesn’t matter if the other sides have generally good people.  This is survival.

“The masks of angels on the faces of demons”
The Grand Priest and his children might be demons masquerading as angels.
They may not be literal demons but their actions and personalities may as well paint them as such if they’re the ones orchestrating the tournament.

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Organizing a tournament were the losing teams have their universe destroy and taking advantage of the two Zeno Kings’ innocent and naïve nature are pretty demonic things to do.

Angels, for the most part,  are perceived as good  in fiction. However, good isn’t always righteous.  How can pitting different people against one another for survival can be righteous?  Controlling two childlike beings who do not know better for your own personal greed isn’t good.

“They beckon to me and say to me
‘For the sake of goodness destroy all evil right now'”.

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HOLY SHIT ZAMASU AND GOKU BLACK COMEBACK CONFIRMED! (it’s a joke please don’t take this seriously)

 

The demons and/or angels are attempting to manipulate the character into thinking whatever he is doing is right  because it’s  justice.

Destroying evil for the sake of goodness may seem like a great idea.  However, you must realize people views of what is good and evil differs.   Some views on justice are twisted and perverted.

We saw this with Zamasu and Goku Black in the previous arc.  They believed wiping out humanity and killing the other Gods was “justice”.  Killing others for the sake of justice isn’t justice.  It’s murder.

“They say the world is waiting for me.”

This smells like a false promise from the demons and angels.  They want the character to believe the world needs him as a savoir.  They want to soup up his head to make him think what he is doing is for justice.  He’s doing this for the greater good of humanity .

It’s all bullshit.

While I did say I would focus on the TV size version of the song, there’s a verse in the full size single I found interesting.   It’s a depressing reflective on the impact resulted from the action the character selected to follow through:

Even if angels are demons and demons are angels
Even if the line between justice and evil are muddled
I will not be manipulated to worry about losing or winning
Because at the end of the day, any sort of action will only bring everyone sorrow”

The character knows that whatever action he decides to select at the end on will only cause the sadness for all.  Everyone wants to manipulate the character for their own gain.

It doesn’t even matter if he wins or lose the fight as long as the ones behind everything have their own greedy goals achieved.

Good and evil.  Justice and injustice. War is still war. War and fighting only brings in sadness, pain, and suffering.

War sucks.  Fighting sucks.
REFERENCES:

Music video of “Evil Angel and Righteous Devil”.
It’s a powerful music video even if you do not understand Japanese.

Kanzenshuu announcement article on The Collectors’s and Dragon Ball Super.
Short article detailing the band’s involvement on Dragon Ball Super.  Kanzenshuu is an awesome website for accurate Dragon Ball news in geenral straight from Toei Animation and JUMP Magazine.  They don’t bullshit.

Anime Live Reactions’s Analysis of “Evil Angel and Righteous Devil”
The inspiration for this post lol.  Follow him on YouTube for the most up-to-date and no bullshit accurate news for Dragon Ball Super.