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My Thoughts on: The Deer King (2022)

*note: This review was originally published on Patreon

I’m sure I’ve mentioned this before, but I’ve been a fan of anime for years and will take almost any opportunity I can to see it in theaters when the chance arrives. Having not seen an anime movie in theaters since Belle (way back at the beginning of this year), I leaped at the chance to see The Deer King when my local theater announced it was holding a screening. 

The Deer King is adapted from the Japanese fantasy series of the same name by Nahoko Uehashi and takes place in a fictional realm dominated by the Kingdom of Aquafa and the Empire of Zol, the latter having recently taken over the former. As tensions simmer between the two nations, the dreaded Black Wolf Fever breaks out, killing hundreds and threatening to kill many more if the mystery behind it isn’t solved. One of these mysteries revolves around how Van, a near-legendary fighter who once defended Aquafa, was infected by the fever and didn’t die. Neither did Yuna, a young girl who becomes like a daughter to Van. The answers to these mysteries will change many things for both nations.

Let’s start with the good things about The Deer King. First of all, the film is beautifully animated. The character design and backgrounds are all gorgeous. The Deer King was directed by Masashi Ando who previously worked on such films as Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke, and Your Name and the Studio Ghibli influence definitely shows throughout the film. Yuna in particular looks like she leapt straight out of a Miyazaki film (and I mean that in a good way). 

The story of The Deer King is….good, but that’s also where we run into one of the film’s big problems. I couldn’t put my finger on what was bothering me at first, but as the story progressed toward the end I felt more and more like we were missing a big chunk of the story. One of the film’s primary antagonists barely gets any screen time, and when he DOES appear it’s built up like this big moment and yet the audience has very little reason to care about this character, not to mention they know next to nothing about him or his motivations. Actually there’s several characters and plot points that this flaw applies to. It’s almost like when they wrote the adaptation of the fantasy series, they left out too much when putting the screenplay together. Put simply: vital exposition is missing and I’m sure a director’s cut with said exposition put back in would improve things greatly.

Also, one other thing that bothered me about The Deer King, as much as I enjoyed it, is that I feel like this film doesn’t quite know what it is. The Black Wolf Fever I mentioned earlier is referred to as both a spiritual curse and a real disease in almost the same breath at times, which was pretty confusing to me. Like, most of the time The Deer King feels like a battle against supernatural forces but then at other times it feels like a medical mystery drama. Both are enjoyable, but the way the movie kept flipping back and forth did it no favors.

However, while the story is flawed in its presentation, I did ultimately enjoy it. There are several good morals in The Deer King about letting go of the past, enjoying found family, and sacrificing for those you love. Basically, I’m willing to overlook the flaws and enjoy the overall whole. If The Deer King is playing near you, I recommend going to check it out, I think you’ll enjoy it.

Let me know what you think about The Deer King in the comments below and have a great day!

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Soundtrack News: ‘Inu-Oh’ Original Soundtrack Available Now

Milan Records has released the Inu-Oh (Original Soundtrack), an album of music from visionary director Masaaki Yuasa’s latest animated feature about a duo of classical Japanese dance theater performers who take medieval Japan by storm when they begin infusing their traditional performances with a taste of glam-rock. 

Available everywhere now, the album features both instrumental score music and original Japanese vocal tracks written by pioneering composer, multi-instrumentalist and turntablist Otomo Yoshihide. A consummate artist whose experience includes everything from experimental noise music and improvised jazz to contemporary classical and avant-garde pop, Otomo Yoshihide was well-equipped to capture the anachronistic quality of the film’s music, which ranges from traditional score numbers featuring the classical Japanese biwa to modern rock operettas with vocals by Inu-Oh character voice actors Avu-chan (of QUEEN BEE) and Mirai Moriyama.

ABOUT INU-OH

From visionary director Masaaki Yuasa, hailed by IndieWire as “one of the most creatively unbridled minds in all of modern animation,” comes a revisionist rock opera about a 14th-century superstar whose dance moves take Japan by storm.

Born to an esteemed family, Inu-oh is afflicted with an ancient curse that has left him on the margins of society. When he meets the blind musician Tomona, a young biwa priest haunted by his past, Inu-oh discovers a captivating ability to dance. The pair quickly become business partners and inseparable friends as crowds flock to their electric, larger-than-life concerts. But when those in power threaten to break up the band, Inu-oh and Tomona must dance and sing to uncover the truth behind their creative gifts.

INU-OH (ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK)

TRACKLISTING –

  1. Birth – Otomo Yoshihide
  2. A Thousand Biwa Players – Otomo Yoshihide
  3. Journey – Otomo Yoshihide
  4. Dengaku – Otomo Yoshihide
  5. Masked Creature – Otomo Yoshihide
  6. Growth – Otomo Yoshihide
  7. Encounter – Otomo Yoshihide
  8. Prayer – Otomo Yoshihide
  9. Divine Sword – Otomo Yoshihide
  10. Soliloquy – Inu-oh (CV: Avu-chan)**
  11. Ghosts of the Heike Clan – Otomo Yoshihide 
  12. INU-OH I – Tomoichi (CV: Mirai Moriyama)**
  13. Burial Mound of Arms – Inu-oh (CV: Avu-chan)**
  14. INU-OH II – Tomoichi (CV: Mirai Moriyama)**
  15. The Whale – Inu-oh (CV: Avu-chan)**
  16. Viewing the Cherry Blossoms – Otomo Yoshihide
  17. Sinister Designs – Otomo Yoshihide
  18. INU-OH III – Tomoari (CV: Mirai Moriyama)**
  19. Dragon Commander – Inu-oh (CV: Avu-chan) & Tomoari (CV: Mirai Moriyama)**
  20. Ending Theme – Otomo Yoshihide

**Denotes vocal track

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Soundtrack News: Milan Records Releases ‘Ranking of Kings’ Original Anime Soundtrack

Milan Records has released RANKING OF KINGS (ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK) by composer MAYUKO (Cells at Work).  Available everywhere now, the album features score music written by MAYUKO for the hugely-popular original anime series nominated for Best Animation at the 2022 Crunchyroll Awards. From Wit Studio and Aniplex, the first 21 episodes of Ranking of Kings are available to stream on Crunchyroll and Funimation now.

Of the soundtrack, composer MAYUKO had the following to say:

“I encountered a wonderful work of art called Ranking of Kings and thought ‘I can make the music for this piece!’ I composed this piece with the feeling that it was the culmination of my life as a musician. Crying to sad songs, dancing to happy songs – a total of 91 tracks created with the characters’ feelings in mind. Along with Bojji’s great adventure, it has been my great adventure. We hope you enjoy every bit of it!”

The people of the kingdom look down on the young Prince Bojji, who can neither hear nor speak. They call him “The Useless Prince” while jeering at his supposed foolishness. How prosperous your nation is, how many powerful warriors it boasts, and how heroic and strong its king is. These are the criteria that factor into the system known as the Ranking of Kings. The main character, Bojji, was born the first prince of the kingdom ruled by King Bossu, who is ranked number seven in the Ranking of Kings. But Bojji was born unable to hear and is so powerless that he can’t even swing a sword. In consequence, not only his own retainers, but also the public, look down upon him as completely unfit to be king. It is then that Bojji finds his first friend, Kage. His fateful encounter with Kage ignites a tiny spark of courage, and Bojji’s life takes a dramatic turn…

RANKING OF KINGS (ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK)

TRACKLISTING – 

DISC 1
1. Ranking of Kings -Main Theme-
2. Ranking of Kings -Yuuki-
3. Bojji no Asa
4. Theme of Bojji
5. Chiisana Keikaishin
6. Hajimete no Kaiwa
7. Theme of Kage
8. Kyuuchi ni Tatasareru
9. Kyojinzoku
10. Idai na King Bosse
11. Teawase
12. Mamono Syugeki
13. Kage no Kanashii Kako
14. Hiyaase
15. Haha no Orgel
16. Onore no Sentaku
17. …Yabai!
18. Saiki Funou
19. Bojji to Kage no Yujyo
20. Ou no Shi
21. Ouhi no Ketsudan
22. Nigasanai
23. Tomadoi
24. Hiling no Doryoku
25. Oikakekko
26. Oniicyan ni Narunoyo
27. Bojji Daiboken
28. Wakai no Dance
29. Daida no Jyuatsu
30. Satsuriku Keikaku
31. Onaji Kanashimi wo Motsu Mono
32. Uragiri

DISC 2
33. Magic Mirror
34. Miranjo no Yuwaku
35. Hiyaku no Kansei
36. Kishi toshiteno Kejime
37. Tsuyosa no Syomei
38. Bojji Sentoutaisei
39. Kanashimi no Nakade
40. Fushigi na Basyo
41. Daiji na Mono ha Yuki
42. Despa saan!!
43. Trauma
44. Shikeishikko
45. King Daida..?
46. Yuki wo Mune ni Maee
47. Akasareru Shinjitsu
48. Watashi ha Anata wo Mamoremasu
49. Ketsui no Concerto
50. Meifu no Jyokamachi
51. Hitobito no cyosyo
52. Ranking of Kings -Ani to Otouto-
53. Oji no Syakaikengaku
54. Zaininsyu
55. Meifu no Kenou
56. Fujimi
57. Senjyo de Nagareru Chi
58. Warera Shitennou
59. Chiyu no Mahou
60. Kishi no Tatakai
61. Kore ga Sensou da
62. Kurikaesareru Higeki
63. Anoko ha Daijyobu
64. Ranking of Kings -Chiisana Ousama-

DISC 3

  1. Ranking of Kings -Eiyu no Shikaku-
  2. Ouken no Kunou
  3. Senritsu
  4. Sanzu no Kawa
  5. Konoyo no Miren
  6. Hito no Shiawase no Ue ni
  7. Uragiri to Fushin no Kuni
  8. Haha no Gisei Ai
  9. Dakishimetekureru Sonzai
  10. Torimodoshitakatta Egao
  11. Machigai no Hajimari
  12. Kyodai na Chiyu no Maho
  13. Bojji VS Bosse
  14. Ou no Ken
  15. Mamoritai Inochi
  16. Majin tono Keiyaku
  17. Zange
  18. Jibun sae Yokereba
  19. Majin
  20. Ore no Tsuma ni Nattekure
  21. Oinaru Ai
  22. Ranking of Kings -Kokuo Tanjyo-
  23. Kitto Dareka no Yaku ni Tateru
  24. Kieta Tomodachi
  25. Naitara Dame da
  26. Zutto Soba ni Iruyo
  27. Saikai no Yorokobi

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My Thoughts on: Belle (2021)

*note: this review was originally published on Patreon in January

*warning: Minor spoilers about Belle will be discussed below. If you don’t want to know, I highly suggest watching the movie first.

In January I went to see Belle in theaters. This is a movie I’ve wanted to see since last year. In fact, Belle is the reason why I applied to cover the New York Film Festival (though sadly I didn’t get accepted that time).

First, some basic details about the movie before I get into why I absolutely loved it. Belle premiered on July 15, 2021 at the Cannes Film Festival. The film was directed by Mamoru Hosoda whose past films include (but are not limited to): Mirai, Wolf Children, and Summer Wars. The film is loosely based on the Beauty and the Beast fairy tale and, I would somewhat argue, also takes inspiration from Disney’s 1991 adaptation of the fairy tale also.

I’ve rarely found an anime film I didn’t like, but I didn’t expect Belle to completely sweep me off my feet like it did. The animation throughout the film is beautiful, but everything set inside the digital world “U” is drop-dead gorgeous and stunning. I swear the colors pop much more vibrantly during these portions of the story, so much so that when you return to “reality” it feels almost drab in comparison.

And then there’s the story of Belle, my god this story….if I could give all of you one word of warning, do NOT let the fact that this film is loosely (I emphasize LOOSELY) based on Beauty and the Beast temper your expectations about what this film is going to be like. The Beauty and the Beast parallels are only one portion of the overall story, which goes far deeper than I ever dreamed it would. I can’t discuss it in any more detail than that because I don’t want to spoil it, but let’s just say some serious issues are brought up. You should definitely be prepared to cry before the film is over.

Even more than the animation, I think the music of Belle might be the best thing about it. Now, I should note that my first watch through of Belle was with the English dub, so I haven’t heard the original Japanese yet, but the English dub songs are heartbreakingly beautiful. I wasn’t sure how I would react to this film essentially being a musical (Belle the character has several musical numbers throughout the film) but each song is so beautiful I had no trouble getting lost in the music. The songs are just so beautiful, I’ll have to do a soundtrack review for my blog at some point.

One last thought before my conclusions: I am convinced there are parallels between this film and the 1991 Beauty and the Beast film. Look at the interior of the Castle and the dancing sequence and try to tell me the animators did not take inspiration from Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. And I don’t mean that in a bad way either, Disney’s adaptation is iconic, it’s flattering that Belle would include an homage or two to that film.

In conclusion, Belle is a masterpiece of animation and could easily be the best film I see this year. I know we’re only just over two weeks into 2022 but I stand by this statement: the bar has been set so high for best film of the year, it’s going to take a while for anything to surpass Belle in my mind.

Let me know what you think about Belle in the comments below and have a great day!

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Soundtrack News: Milan Records to release ‘Belle’ Original Motion Picture Soundtrack on January 14th

Milan Records has announced the January 14th release of BELLE (ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK – ENGLISH EDITION), an English language version of the Original Soundtrack to Oscar®-nominated filmmaker Mamoru Hosoda’s latest feature. Featuring both score and vocal tracks written by a team of composers led by Taisei Iwasaki and including Ludvig Forssell and Yuta Bandoh, the album includes English versions of vocal tracks originally performed in Japanese, newly recorded in English by Kylie McNeill, who voices ‘Belle’ in the English dubbed version of the film. The album follows the massive success of the original Japanese Edition of the soundtrack, which has garnered over 20 million streams globally since its July 2021 debut.

Belle follows shy, everyday high school student Suzu as she escapes into a virtual world, becoming a globally-beloved popstar named Belle and setting out on an emotional and epic quest to find herself.

Ranging from anthemic pop ballads to emotionally-laden instrumentals, the soundtrack includes original vocal songs written and arranged by Taisei Iwasaki, Ludvig Forssell and Yuta Bandoh as performed in the film by both Suzu and her virtual persona Belle, as well as original score music also written by the trio and Grammy-nominated composer Miho Hazama. The film’s main theme and album opener “U” was written and performed by groundbreaking Japanese act millennium parade led by Daiki Tsuneta, and two of the vocal tracks and recurring themes throughout the film, “Lend Me Your Voice” and “A Million Miles Away” also feature lyrics co-written by Mamoru Hosoda. The English album was produced by Taisei Iwasaki and supervised by Taka Chiyo alongside the team of composers and in collaboration with GKIDS and NYAV Post.


BELLE (ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK – ENGLISH EDITION)

TRACKLISTING –

  1. U – millennium parade, Belle* 
  2. Whispers – Kylie McNeill* 
  3. Slingshot – Miho Hazama, Taisei Iwasaki
  4. Memories of a Sound – Taisei Iwasaki
  5. Blunt Words – ermhoi
  6. Gales of Song – Belle* 
  7. Fleeting Days – Ludvig Forssell
  8. Swarms of Song – Belle*
  9. Alle Psallite Cum Luya – Ryoko Moriyama, Sachiyo Nakao, Fuyumi Sakamoto, Yoshimi Iwasaki, Michiko Shimizu, Kaho Nakamura
  10. Fama Destinata – Belle*
  11. Dragon – Yuta Bandoh
  12. Justin – Yuta Bandoh
  13. Unveil – Yuta Bandoh
  14. Digital Ripples – Ludvig Forssell
  15. Dragon’s Lair – Yuta Bandoh
  16. Lend Me Your Voice (draft) – Kylie McNeill* 
  17. Social Warfare – Ludvig Forssell
  18. Assault – Yuta Bandoh
  19. Lend Me Your Voice – Belle*
  20. #UnveilTheBeast – Ludvig Forssell
  21. Authority and Arrogance – Ludvig Forssell
  22. Scorching the Façade – Yuta Bandoh
  23. The Truth Obscured – Ludvig Forssell
  24. Lend Me Your Voice (humming) – Bentley Griffin
  25. Distrust – Ludvig Forssell
  26. A Million Miles Away – Belle*
  27. Pieces of the Puzzle – Ludvig Forssell
  28. Faces in the Rain – Kylie McNeill* 
  29. Skies of Song – Ludvig Forssell, Kylie McNeill*
  30. A Million Miles Away (reprise) – Belle*

*Denotes vocal track

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Soundtrack News: My Hero Academia Season 5 Soundtrack Available Now

Milan Records has announced the release of MY HERO ACADEMIA: SEASON 5 (ORIGINAL SERIES SOUNDTRACK) with music by composer and arranger YUKI HAYASHI (My Hero Academia: Heroes RisingPretty CureStrawberry Night).

 Available everywhere now, the album features music written by Hayashi for the fifth season of the critically acclaimed, hugely popular anime series. In addition to the season five soundtrack, Hayashi has scored all four previous seasons of the hit anime television series as well as three corresponding film installments, My Hero Academia: Two Heroes, My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising and My Hero Academia: World Heroes’ Mission.

Yuki Hayashi was born in Kyoto in 1980. Being an active member in a men’s rhythmic gymnastics team in his early years spawned his interest in BGM while selecting songs to complement performances. This led him to begin teaching himself music composition while at university, despite not having a background in music itself. After graduating, Yuki acquired the basics of track making under house techno DJ and sound-maker Hideo Kobayashi and started producing his first range of music accompaniments for dance sports. His experience as a rhythmic gymnast has enabled Yuki to intuitively incorporate an eclectic range of music and produce a unique sound, empowering scenes from TV drama, animation and film.

MY HERO ACADEMIA: SEASON 5 (ORIGINAL SERIES SOUNDTRACK)

TRACKLISTING –

  1. Go, Plus Ultra
  2. So Classmate Were Born Of Worthy Competition
  3. Successor
  4. A VS B
  5. “Quirk”DON-PACHI Great exchange
  6. What To Inherit
  7. The Mission Of The Stealth Hawk
  8. Different Ability Liberation Army
  9. My Villain Academia
  10. Second Coming
  11. Gigantomachia
  12. Mine Woman
  13. TOGA’s nature
  14. Symbol Of Fear
  15. I Don’t Kill My Friends
  16. RE DESTRO
  17. Paranormal Liberation Front
  18. Sound of the Holidays
  19. Sound of the Holidays inst Ver

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Soundtrack News: Shaman King Original Soundtrack Vol. 1 Available Now

Milan Records has released the “SHAMAN KING” ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK VOL. 1 by composer and arranger YUKI HAYASHI (My Hero Academia: Heroes RisingPretty CureStrawberry Night).  Available everywhere now, the album features music written by Hayashi for the recent reboot of the fan-favorite anime series, which will make its US debut on Netflix. 

Yuki Hayashi was born in Kyoto in 1980.  Being an active member in a men’s rhythmic gymnastics team in his early years spawned his interest in BGM while selecting songs to complement performances.  This led him to begin teaching himself music composition while at university, despite not having a background in music itself. After graduating, Yuki acquired the basics of track making under house techno DJ and sound-maker Hideo Kobayashi and started producing his first range of music accompaniments for dance sports.  His experience as a rhythmic gymnast has enabled Yuki to intuitively incorporate an eclectic range of music and produce a unique sound, empowering scenes from TV drama, animation and film.

Those called “Shamans” can interact with gods and spirits compete for the position of “Shaman King” once every 500 years in the “Shaman Fight.”  One of those shamans, Yoh Asakura, is fighting to be the “Shaman King” in this completely new TV animation. 

“SHAMAN KING” ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK VOL. 1

TRACKLISTING – 

  1. Exalted Spiritual Fortitude
  2. SHAMAN KING
  3. SHAMAN KING (Instrumental Version)
  4. OVER SOUL
  5. Yoh’s Spirit
  6. Empathic Heart
  7. Avalanche
  8. Avalanche (Instrumental Version)

You can check out Vol. 1 of the Shaman King soundtrack from Milan Records now!

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Soundtrack News: Hikaru Utada Releases New Single “Pink Blood”, Featured as Theme Song for ‘To Your Eternity’

Milan Records has released Hikaru Utada’s new single “Pink Blood” and its accompanying music video – listen to the track HERE

Featured as the theme song for the anime television series To Your Eternity, “Pink Blood” marks Hikaru Utada’s first time providing the main theme song to an anime television series.  The music video for “Pink Blood” was directed by 谷川英司/Eiji Tanigawa of Creative Lab.TOKYO, and features a more imaginative, conceptual look

“Pink Blood” follows the hugely successful release of “One Last Kiss,” which served as the main theme song to the film Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 THRICE UPON A TIME – listen HERE. Released on March 10, “One Last Kiss” made Hikaru Utada the first-ever solo artist to keep the top spot for three consecutive weeks simultaneously in two of the Oricon chart digital categories. The track also hit the very top in the multi-genre JAPAN HOT 100 chart of Billboard JAPAN, the first time in 10 years for the artist, and it also beat her own record by charting in 33 countries and regions worldwide! The limited edition 12-inch vinyl sold nearly 50,000 units in Japan, making it the top selling vinyl in Japan this year. 

The vinyl is available for preorder now in the United States via Milan Records. 

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Soundtrack Review: Eden (2021)

Milan Records has released EDEN (Music From the Netflix Original Anime Series) by composer Kevin Penkin (Tower of GodMade in AbyssFlorence). Available for preorder now, the album features music written by Penkin for Netflix’s latest original anime series, which follows the last remaining human girl as she navigates an unfamiliar robot-inhabited world. Created by Justin Leach (Ghost in the Shell 2) and directed by legendary Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood director Yasuhiro Irie, Eden debuted on Netflix on Thursday, May 27.

Kevin Penkin, based in Melbourne, is a BAFTA-nominated composer for Japanese animation and video games. He is best known for composing the award-winning score to Made in Abyss, and the music to the BAFTA award-winning game Florence. Kevin moved to London in 2013 to complete a Masters degree in Composition for Screen at the Royal College of Music. During this time, Kevin collaborated with legendary video game composer Nobuo Uematsu on a number of Japanese video game titles, which eventually led him to break into the Anime industry. After releasing his breakthrough score for Made in Abyss, Penkin continued to compose music for Japanese animation, with scores for both The Rising of the Shield Hero and Tower of God.

Thousands of years in the future, a city known as “Eden 3” is inhabited solely by robots whose former masters vanished a long time ago. On a routine assignment, two farming robots accidentally awaken a human baby girl from stasis questioning all they were taught to believe — that humans were nothing more than a forbidden ancient myth. Together, the two robots secretly raise the child in a safe haven outside Eden.

Of the soundtrack for EDEN, composer Kevin Penkin had the following to say:

“Eden is one of those projects that I will cherish forever. The love put into this project not only from the team, but also the musicians, is humbling. Being able to work with people who gave so much trust in the direction of the music is something I will forever cherish. Please enjoy the unique world of Eden, as we combine the unique worlds of a 3D-printed 6-string violin, female voices and electro-acoustic sound-sources. We have tried to put our best foot forward to honor the amazing work of this team.”

The music for Eden is intensely beautiful and not at all what I imagined it would sound like. Though that may be my fault as I saw the story’s premise of two robots caring for a human child and immediately imagined that the music would focus on all of the robots and be more mechanical in nature. However, judging by what I’ve heard, Kevin Penkin went in the opposite direction entirely. The music for Eden is highly reminiscent of the countryside and nature, which makes sense since a) the name of the series references the Garden of Eden and b) the robots in question are programmed to do farm work so they would be out among nature anyway.

Another detail I noticed, and I really need to start asking composers about this is, a lot of these tracks are really short, like 30-45 seconds. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, a track that is less than a minute long doesn’t give you a whole lot of time to get into it. By the time the music really gets going…it’s over. I really need to start asking why some tracks are so short, as these can contain some of my favorite musical ideas, but they stop short when it feels like they could go on much longer.

I also love how the strings come together in this soundtrack. The strings I’m hearing sound so beautiful and unique, this has to be the 3-D printed six-string violin that the composer references. The music this instrument creates is unbelievable: it sounds like a perfect fusion of East and West in that the strings sound like a traditional Western instrument but the music itself is in an Eastern mode. The blending of musical styles creates such a treat for the ears that I literally can’t stop listening to this music.

I highly recommend checking out the music for Eden and I hope you enjoy it.

EDEN (MUSIC FROM THE NETFLIX ORIGINAL ANIME SERIES)

TRACKLISTING –

  1. The Garden of EDEN
  2. Genesis
  3. The Capsule Under the Tree
  4. Recharge
  5. Ocean Way
  6. Reprogram
  7. Sunrise Over the Cube
  8. Uncle John
  9. Sara
  10. VR
  11. Valhalla
  12. EDEN 3
  13. Dreams
  14. Chasey
  15. Return to Base
  16. EDEN.Waltz
  17. Sunset
  18. Liz Projections
  19. ZERO
  20. Appledrop
  21. Penrose Steps, A.I. Bloom
  22. Password:
  23. Truth Is
  24. EDEN ZERO
  25. Archive
  26. Mama & Papa
  27. Detonation
  28. Removal
  29. 4
  30. Dr. Fields
  31. Memory Fields
  32. The Place Where Everyone Laughs
  33. SARA GRACE
  34. Rain
  35. Demolition
  36. Red vs Blue
  37. Strawberry Blonde
  38. The Girl in the Field
  39. The Robotic Code of Ethics

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Music from the Netflix Original Anime Series ‘EDEN’ Out Today!

Milan Records today released the EDEN (Music From the Netflix Original Anime Series) by composer Kevn Penkin (Tower of God, Made in Abyss, Florence). Available for preorder now, the album features music written by Penkin for Netflix’s latest original anime series, which follows the last remaining human girl as she navigates an unfamiliar robot-inhabited world. Created by Justin Leach (Ghost in the Shell 2) and directed by legendary Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood director Yasuhiro Irie, Eden debuted on Netflix on Thursday, May 27.

Kevin Penkin, based in Melbourne, is a BAFTA-nominated composer for Japanese animation and video games. He is best known for composing the award-winning score to Made in Abyss, and the music to the BAFTA award-winning game Florence. Kevin moved to London in 2013 to complete a Masters degree in Composition for Screen at the Royal College of Music. During this time, Kevin collaborated with legendary video game composer Nobuo Uematsu on a number of Japanese video game titles, which eventually led him to break into the Anime industry. After releasing his breakthrough score for Made in Abyss, Penkin continued to compose music for Japanese animation, with scores for both The Rising of the Shield Hero and Tower of God.

Thousands of years in the future, a city known as “Eden 3” is inhabited solely by robots whose former masters vanished a long time ago. On a routine assignment, two farming robots accidentally awaken a human baby girl from stasis questioning all they were taught to believe — that humans were nothing more than a forbidden ancient myth. Together, the two robots secretly raise the child in a safe haven outside Eden.

Of the soundtrack for EDEN, composer Kevin Penkin had the following to say:

“Eden is one of those projects that I will cherish forever. The love put into this project not only from the team, but also the musicians, is humbling. Being able to work with people who gave so much trust in the direction of the music is something I will forever cherish. Please enjoy the unique world of Eden, as we combine the unique worlds of a 3D-printed 6-string violin, female voices and electro-acoustic sound-sources. We have tried to put our best foot forward to honor the amazing work of this team.”

EDEN (MUSIC FROM THE NETFLIX ORIGINAL ANIME SERIES)

TRACKLISTING –

  1. The Garden of EDEN
  2. Genesis
  3. The Capsule Under the Tree
  4. Recharge
  5. Ocean Way
  6. Reprogram
  7. Sunrise Over the Cube
  8. Uncle John
  9. Sara
  10. VR
  11. Valhalla
  12. EDEN 3
  13. Dreams
  14. Chasey
  15. Return to Base
  16. EDEN.Waltz
  17. Sunset
  18. Liz Projections
  19. ZERO
  20. Appledrop
  21. Penrose Steps, A.I. Bloom
  22. Password:
  23. Truth Is
  24. EDEN ZERO
  25. Archive
  26. Mama & Papa
  27. Detonation
  28. Removal
  29. 4
  30. Dr. Fields
  31. Memory Fields
  32. The Place Where Everyone Laughs
  33. SARA GRACE
  34. Rain
  35. Demolition
  36. Red vs Blue
  37. Strawberry Blonde
  38. The Girl in the Field
  39. The Robotic Code of Ethics

Enjoy the music of EDEN, which is available now.

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