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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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FREEWRITE: Haruhi Suzumiya and Law 6 of the 48 Laws of Power

‘Law 6: Court Attention at All Cost’

-Robert Greene, author of the 48 Laws of Power

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To say that Haruhi Suzumiya (The Melachonholy of Haruhi Suzumiya) is a bit of an attention whore is a grave understatement.  Haruhi lusts for attention.  She demands notability.  She wants all eyes on her like Tupac.  To Haruhi, the world should  and must revolve around only on her. (of course, she’s God after all, so she’s not. She’s not wrong to think that [despite unaware of her godly reality wrapping powers]). Every day, she makes an effort to be noticed, to have people know her name, and who she is.  She doesn’t care if people speak of her in a negative light; it keeps her name circulating. She loves it.

Haruhi  doesn’t want to fade in the background.  She does not want be average, or one of faceless many in the world. Haruhi’s drive is to become extraordinary and different from the rest of the world.  To understand this drive, we must look at her flashback scene from episode 13 of season 1.

‘So I figure I would change myself in middle school. Let the world know that I wasn’t a girl content with sitting around and waiting.’
-Haruhi Suzumiya

As they’re walking home from school, Haruhi tells Kyon the story of her family going a baseball game as a child. Haruhi was amazed at the sight of the overflowing, sold out stadium. She believed that the entire population of   Japan came together at the venue to watch baseball.  When she asked her dad about the number of people in attendance, he told her around 200,000 people. These people, including herself, only made up very small fraction Japan’s population (around 128 million during the show’s original run in 2006).  After returning home from the game,  she did the math, breaking down the attendance , compared it to the entire population of Japan, and discovered that it only made one two-thousandth of the population of Japan.

Haruhi was just one of many. A  drop in the massive and everlasting ocean.

Realizing this, she no longer felt special.  Haruhi was just like everyone else; doing the same shit (brushing her teeth, eating breakfast, going to school, etc.).  Life became boring. What’s life when you’re just like everyone else? Maybe in the world, there was somebody amazing, unique, and extraordinary And yet, it wasn’t her.

At this  revelation,  Haruhi  had to  stand out from the rest of the world. She to get up and demand change by her own will. To  not become content with being average.  She had to make her mark in the world by any means. To court attention at all cost.

 

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Be obsessed or be average.’

-Grant Cardone, American CEO, Author, and motivation speaker

 

Later, Haruhi set out to achieve her dream of being noticed and not average. On her first day of high school, she proudly introduces herself and states that she isn’t interested normal humans.  Rather, she wants to meet with time travelers, aliens, and espers. This caused a stir in her homeroom, making people think just who the fuck is this childish girl, and why does she still believe in such things at the age of 15?

Throughout the series, Haruhi attempts (and mostly succeed at) various actions to be noticed.  She devolved a system to change her hairdo by style (she even went as far to wear a different hair ribbion each day).  She stripped down from her school uniform into her gym clothes, not caring if her male peers were watching. She attempted to join every school club, only to dip out from each and forming her own club: The SOS Brigade. She stole the show at her school festival, filling in for a sick guitarist ( revealing that she’s an amazing musician in her own right). All in the name of courting attention.   She places herself at the center of it all, regardless of what others may think.

It’s her world.  She just want all the attention.

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‘A normal life’s boring’

-Eminem, American Rapper

Haruhi’s World art source:
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