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    Which anime that you have watched has the best soundtrack?

    I always look good to an anime with a good soundtrack and sometimes I even come across new shows through their soundtracks. My favorite soundtracks are probably between The World God Only Knows and Oreimo. I have other favorites but those stand out the most.

    Now which one is your favorite anime for it's soundtrack?

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    Thanks to Yoko Kanno and the late Origa, my vote would go to Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex and SAC: 2nd GIG, hands down.

    I'm not referring to just the OP or end credits, either.

    Beautiful, unconventional almost otherworldy music that immediately conjures to mind mechanized spider tanks shooting the crap out of each other as well as the Major arm wrestling a helicopter gunship or going stealth after shooting a hostage-taker dead and swan diving out a skyscraper window.

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    One of my favorite animes is Ergo Proxy. My boyfriend bought me the sound track for Christmas. The music is kind of science fiction and eerie sounding. I love it.

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    For me, I absolutely love the soundtracks for the dot hack franchise, though .hack//SIGN is my favorite, overall. I'm also a fan of the soundtracks to shows like Cowboy Bebop and Ghost in the Shell- even if I barely watched the later at all. Yoko Kanno is basically a goddess to me in terms of the music world.
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    The original 1997 Berserk adaption has one of my favorite anime soundtracks by far. It was composed entirely by Susumu Hirasawa, a famous (and very experimental) Japanese electronic musician, who Kentaro Miura (the mangaka of Berserk) would often listen to while drawing the manga, which is why he personally chose him. He has also composed songs for the video games, movie trilogy and the recent 2016 adaption since then.



    He is releasing a new album soon called 'Ash Crow' which is going to have updated versions of all the great Berserk themes, which I couldn't be more excited about!

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    Woo, another fan of Susumu Hirasawa! I do indeed love his work, and I wish the Berserk series had gone on much longer than it did--it left me wanting more. To that end I turned to the manga, but even that had some holes in it at some point (or at least I can't find a site with the missing manga chapters.) Very good soundtrack.
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    I'm also going with Yoko Kanno, but with Cowboy Bebop soundtrack instead. GiTS: SAC soundtrack is right up there for me too. BR you should give Macross Plus a try if you haven't yet. Bubblegum Crisis also has a great soundtrack if your into old school 80's and early 90's rock.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SethClanclan View Post
    Woo, another fan of Susumu Hirasawa! I do indeed love his work, and I wish the Berserk series had gone on much longer than it did--it left me wanting more. To that end I turned to the manga, but even that had some holes in it at some point (or at least I can't find a site with the missing manga chapters.) Very good soundtrack.
    I do as well, but by the end of the anime they had caught up with the manga so there wasn't any material left to cover, and they had kind of written themselves into a corner by not including Puck or Skull Knight. I pray that we'll get a worthwhile adaption of the Black Swordsman one day, since the 2016 anime doesn't cut it at all. If you're still looking for a place to read, MangaSee has all of the chapters in very high quality (and it's the official Dark Horse translation.) c:

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    The best? Amazingly difficult question!

    I have a lot of favorites...but I definitely gotta' throw out FLCL because it's got The Pillows (can't get much more awesome than that). I would also throw out titles in which music not only sets the mood properly, and not only have OST's that stand on their own two feet as true art, but those in which the music is literally inextricable: you cannot have one without the other.

    From overall theme to recurring motifs, the core narrative of RahXephon itself completely revolves around the concept of music in general: to that end, I can't imagine a more daunting task for a musician/composer than to create in actuality that which is evoked in the abstract. Ichiko Hashimoto somehow, someway pulls it off, to powerful and often chilling ends (she must be a musical genius).

    Another honorable mention in this category would be The Legend of Black Heaven, which again not only revolves around the ethos of self-expression and the power of music, but also incorporates actual classic rock n' roll into its plot and soundtrack (the series' OP is literally just John Sykes' "Cautionary Warning").

    And just to cap my horrendously long response, I'll also mention Seikou Nagaoka. I will forever be a huge fan of his work on Tenchi Muyo! and its 'sister series' El-Hazard: The Magnificent World (it's like, no, not just the animation, writing, and directing: even the music of the OVA zenith in the nineties was top tier lol). His tracks gave these series much of their otherworldly charm and originality.
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    It's so hard to choose a favourite but in the end I've gotta go with Neon Genesis Evangelion, I just adore that series and it's music so much. It evokes all the right emotions in me when watching and it does such a fantastic job of conveying the grand scale, horror and sheer epicness of the Angel battles. Even the more intimate moments are accompanied by great emotional and haunting tracks. Just brilliant stuff in my opinion.

    FLCL is another anime with a soundtrack that really hits home for me both emotionally and in terms of just sounding awesome.

    Kow Otani is of course a big favourite of mine too due to his work on the Gundam Wing series and movie as well as Outlaw Star, just beautiful music all around from this guy.

    So many more come to mind,especially for anime movies but I'd rather not ramble on about music as I'm not the best at describing why I love it.

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