Friday, July 16, 2010


Disclaimer time: I told you guys once before (back when I posted the mind-blowing Akira OST) that I'm no big fan of anime. But certain works transcend the genre: the aforementioned Akira, Vampire Hunter D and its exploding heads, and just about anything by my boy Miyazaki -- which of course includes his swan song Princess Mononoke. Mononoke, despite its mellow themes, peaceful imagery, and soothing score, is in fact METAL AS FUCK. I'll tell you why: EPIC PAGAN FOREST SHIT, BRO.

Bam! Fist bump.

Joe Hisaishi (right) aka Mamoru Fujisawa aka Delldongo created a masterpiece of a score for said film, one that is effective for the same reason any great film score is: it establishes mood -- whether it be tension, joy, chaos, or serenity -- quickly and effectively, working with the plot to move forward character development and action coherently. Hisaishi has scored over 100 films in his native country, but remains lesser known in western classical/soundtrack circles. Fucking gaijin.

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Aylmer said...

Funny, I'm just not into anime either. I just don't get it and most of it bores the shit out of me. But have you seen "Urotsukidoji: Legend of the Overfiend"? Not bad:


Mister Booze said...

I was always partial to Cowboy Bebop. Love that theme song.

Always thought that Princess Mononoke was the weakest of the Miazaki films. And not to get all pedantic on you but swansong is usually the last work.

Great soundtrack though, and some pretty good visuals. I don't want to see ungrateful; thanks for posting.

Shelby Cobras said...

Yep, I've seen Overfiend, but like 15 years ago. I remember it being pretty brutal.

Mr. Booze, back up off my nuts, bro.

BradethQ said...

For some reason I had a picture of Joe Hisaishi in my head as an older, heavy-set man with glasses... For no particular reason. Probably in my top 3 Miyazaki films. Good schtuff, thanks.