Challenge | Sports Anime: Day 9

Best Soundtrack

Megalo Box

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No contest. This right here will give you major Samurai Champloo vibes. It’s absolutely glorious. It’s got grit, swank and bite. Expect some lo-fi hip-hop, some rock anthems, some rap, some synth-y goodness. You want jazzy bits? We got the brushes and keys ready, so grab a whisky. You want a fanfare? We got a full marching band. On top of that, most songs have several different versions, including: sorrow, acoustic, emotional, instrumental, playful, slow, night, piano, etc. Each version has a totally different feel than the previous. The longest tune is 2:28, and most are about a minute or so.

You can listen to the full OST on YouTube or Spotify.

The OP gives me that 80’s classic rock, classic animation feel. Plus it’s catchy as hell.

That lone wolf lifeeee.

 

Personal favorites (there are a lot of them) include:

The Theme of Gansaku Nanbu: It’s so funky and it has a vibraslap in it. What more could you want?

A day in the life: BASS. Hello!

The Theme of Sachio: Hnnnnngggg. Arguably one of the most iconic tunes in anime in my opinion. The mallet instruments featured are delightful. The breakdown into piano/brushes/jazz gives me life. The wind chimes aren’t cheese, and I ain’t even mad about the snaps.

The Slum City –  COMA-CHI: the spit verses are sick.

The Slum – Shingo Sekiguchi: little Spanish guitar feels. synthy bits.

The theme of Bangaichi: a banger of a tune. The layers in this are just… I’m drooling.

Get up – Michael Kaneko: I feel like I was transported to the 80’s and I love it.

The theme of Yukiko Shirato: did someone say STRINGS? (THE FANFARE VERSION HAS TRUMPETS AND MARCHING DRUMS. THIS IS NOT A DRILL)

The theme of Fujimaki – Shingo Sekiguchi: okay, what basement bar and band did I just stumble into? Seriously, this oozes jazzy goodness.

The theme of Aragaki: the build in this is pretty damn lovely.

The Theme of Mikio Shirato: YES THE STRINGS ARE BACK AND THEY INVITED THE SYNTH TO THE PARTY, TOO.

[“Conflict” is good but also gives me anxiety. the slow version, less so. Same with “Change the situation”, but the synth is nice.]

The theme of Yuri: the synth in this is delicious. The first time I heard it when I was watching the show, I got goosebumps. Real talk.

[“Confession” would be prefect if the snaps were subbed out for some claves. the vibraphone, piano and bass all sound wonderful]

Resolution: is that brass I hear? YES. YES THAT IS DEFINITELY BRASS. That sassy trumpet is what dreams are made of.

Gearless Joe – DJ Baku, COMA-CHI: I’m in a hip-hop video game.

We are Bangaichi – Michael Kaneko: the words are a’ight. But I’m really here for that guitar.

The Beast – COMA-CHI: really well balanced. My head’s bobbin’ to that beat.

Celebration: I’d probably turn the reverb down, but I’m always a fan of a well placed shuffle beat, some nice background vocals, and synths.

The ending – Yosuke Inoue: One part troll. One part electric guitar.

 

Watch on, Annieme-niac!

Annie

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