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Gunslinger Girl [message #354802] Mon, 23 October 2017 06:27 Go to previous message
Brian is currently offline  Brian
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I recently have been watching the show "Gunslinger Girl" over at
Funimation.ccom, and have been quite enjoying it. I am not going to
review it, I will leave that (reviewing anime) to others, but I will say
that I think it is very well animated. I also really like anime that is
set in the United States (Kaleido Star, Chrono Crusade etc.), Europe
(Gunslinger Girl, Victorian Romance Emma, etc.) and Psuedo-Europe (FMA,
Kino's Journey - and yes, I still say that one is is Pseudo-Europe).

However, I think the single most interesting aspect of show is the
music, specifically the opening and ending theme. The opening theme,
"The Light Before We Land," by the Delgados is one of the rare instances
of an English-language song being the theme for an anime. The song
itself is good, but I like it more because it is quite rare that that
happens, and makes the show "stand out" in a way.

I thought about it and think that I like anime that uses English theme
music for much the same reason I like the settings I described earlier,
they are fairly rarely used in anime.

I did some research (it wasn't graduate-thesis level research, it was
just a quick read of the Wikipedia page and the Allmusic page) on the
Delgados, who played the theme song. They are apparently a Scottish
indie rock band that lasted from 1995 to 2004, and broke up after one of
the founding members quit.

When I first heard the ending song, I thought "this is interesting, the
song is in Italian." Then I got to wondering if I just thought it was
Italian because it was "operatic." So I did some searching, and found
the title of the song, "Dopo il Songo," and the lyrics. It was indeed
in Italian (or at least it looked like Italian to me), and was described
as a "contemporary aria." I am just going to guess that using Italian
music is even more rare than using English music in anime.

In my research, I saw a comment that it is a travesty that they didn't
use the Delgados (or at least English-language music) for the theme of
the 2nd season, and went with the more standard J-pop. I have not seen
the second season yet (I think that is at as well), but I
do not think it is a "travesty," but I do like the fact that the first
season used the English-language theme song and that it would have been
at least intersting for them to do that on the second season.
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