I don’t normally do music (op/ed sequence or otherwise) reviews because:
- I know jack squat about music.
- I know jack squat about music.
Having said that, I was touched by how well these two sequences worked and decided to make a post.
Oh and I am not sure if they are the best op/ed songs this season (they probably aren’t, though they are still very good), but I felt that they did a good job in representing their respective anime.
Mondaiji-tachi ga Isekai kara Kuru Sou Desu yo’s Opening
The opening (or well ending in the case of the first episode) starts of with a quite sentence or two to hopefully alert you to its existence. It then proceeds to play a loud, pumping instrumental section that tells you to start paying attention.
This intro (slow->fast) to an intro is pretty commonplace and nothing that special by itself. It isn’t badly done or anything (especially because the singing is great), but what really caught my attention was the part that followed right after.
The main cast float in the dark with parts of them illuminated by a square while melancholy lyrics on secrets, mirages and hidden truths soar overhead.
The somberness of the scene is accentuated by the almost complete lack of movement and perfected by the little pieces of movement that we do get.
It is a lovely composition.
The composition tells us that there is more to the characters than we might think given their energetic, bubbly personalities. It also tells us that this world, as fun as it might seem, is a bit more dangerous that we’d think and that there are tricks all over the place. Or so I’d like to believe anyway.
The melancholy doesn’t last long though for it is shattered by a girl with a fold-able fan.
And the lyrics switch to more hopeful lyrics on dreams, hopes and distorted dioramas.
Shortly after, the music speeds up, the on screen images move faster. A countdown comes up.
Then some villains and then
It is quite awesome.
By the end of the sequence you are pumped up and looking forward to some kickass action (in theory anyway).
This opening goes from sad to hopeful to triumph. It is a great opening and I really hope the anime ends up being good as well.
Tamako Market’s Ending
The Tamako ending is quite different from the Tamako opening or the show itself.
The show and the opening are quite upbeat and cheerful, the ending is somewhat of a contrast to this.
I wouldn’t call the ending song melancholy, but it is not cheerful either. I can’t quite find the right word to describe it, but it feels like it is somewhere in between , but with a slight bias for the sunnier side.
The song is a recording (hence the RECORD IMAGERY) of life with its ups and downs. It is about how life goes on and on and you flow along with it.
The video works really well with the song. Unlike Mondaiji’s opening, it is a smooth video and it isn’t just a collection of almost static images. The video showcases Tamako walking through her life and that’s pretty much all it shows.
It shows Tamako walking and glimpses of her daily life. Her walk isn’t exciting or full of suspense, action or anything of the sort. It is just another walk through life. This elicits a feeling of peace, serenity and nostalgia which combine to give an overall sense of belonging. This works very well with the anime.
Tamako has a good cast, a funny bird, some great animation but it is the elicited feelings of belonging to something that are most memorable and the ending sequence only amplifies those feelings.
Every time you finish an episode, you are left with a warm fuzzy feeling and then the ending hits. The fuzzy feeling then takes you over and you truly feel at peace.
It really is a great ending song.