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Kenji Kawai
« on: January 02, 2007, 07:43:01 PM »
Kenji is a Japanese composer, best known for his soundtrack to the hit Anime Ghost In The Shell



and Ghost In The Shell: Innocence




He has scored several other Anime titles made by the great Mamoru Oshii.


I recently discovered his work on the Anime Fate/Stay Night, which I am now currently watching. Although the show can be a little hokey at times, the music is nothing short of superb. The best track so far is "Night of Fate".



One of Kenji's strongsuits is his use of percussion, ranging from drums and bongos to chimes and bells. He also prefers sweeping string arrangements that almost sound like they were recorded in the 70s, and it's a very good thing!

You don't have to be a big Anime fan to like his music, though it's helpful, to find his music. Highly recommended.


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Re: Kenji Kawai
« Reply #1 on: January 02, 2007, 09:17:21 PM »
While we're talking anime music, Cowboy Bebop has THE best soundtrack in Anime history. I think I've actually spent more time listening to the soundtrack than watching the episodes (Which I've seen a LOT. :^))


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Re: Kenji Kawai
« Reply #2 on: January 03, 2007, 05:47:06 PM »
To me, nothing beats Sakamoto's theme from The Wings of Honneamisu. Then again, I haven't heard massive amounts of Anime music.
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Re: Kenji Kawai
« Reply #3 on: January 04, 2007, 06:41:18 AM »
While we're talking anime music, Cowboy Bebop has THE best soundtrack in Anime history. I think I've actually spent more time listening to the soundtrack than watching the episodes (Which I've seen a LOT. :^))

The awesomeness of Cowboy Bebop knows no bounds.

The music from FLCL, all by The Pillows, is very good pop punk.


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Re: Kenji Kawai
« Reply #4 on: January 04, 2007, 08:08:31 AM »
The music from FLCL, all by The Pillows, is very good pop punk.

Yatta!  I got the first two soundtracks and was obsessed with the Pillows for awhile.  Now I'm obsessed with Asian Kung-Fu Generation.

They're mostly known in America for doing the opening themes to Naruto and Full Metal Alchemist.  I discovered them through my OnDemand cable service when the Anime Network used to show Japanese music videos.  They showed Loop & Loop and I was hooked.
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Re: Kenji Kawai
« Reply #5 on: January 04, 2007, 12:27:03 PM »
The music from FLCL, all by The Pillows, is very good pop punk.

Yatta!  I got the first two soundtracks and was obsessed with the Pillows for awhile.  Now I'm obsessed with Asian Kung-Fu Generation.

They're mostly known in America for doing the opening themes to Naruto and Full Metal Alchemist.  I discovered them through my OnDemand cable service when the Anime Network used to show Japanese music videos.  They showed Loop & Loop and I was hooked.

Cool. Possibly my only complaint about Fullmetal Alchemist is that the music's nothing special, although it had a couple good opening themes. After Bebop, no anime music can satisfy me.


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Re: Kenji Kawai
« Reply #6 on: January 04, 2007, 03:07:12 PM »
I always liked the opening theme to Bleach.  The series was pretty good for a while too.


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Re: Kenji Kawai
« Reply #7 on: January 04, 2007, 06:44:47 PM »
I'd have to say that my tastes lean towards the music of Visions of Escaflowne and Noir. Very instrumental.
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Re: Kenji Kawai
« Reply #8 on: January 04, 2007, 06:51:55 PM »
Ooh. And Trigun has a kickin' soundtrack. :^)


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Re: Kenji Kawai
« Reply #9 on: January 04, 2007, 09:24:08 PM »
I'd have to say that my tastes lean towards the music of Visions of Escaflowne and Noir. Very instrumental.

You made it through more than one episode of Noir? Kudos. What a waste of time.


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Re: Kenji Kawai
« Reply #10 on: February 10, 2007, 01:40:44 AM »
For those of you who enjoy the Cowboy Bebop soundtracks, and may not know who's responsible for them (unlikely perhaps), and for those who might be interested in trying that music if you never had before (people would be more likely to not know who's behind cowboy bebop's music), then allow me to direct you to the work of Kanno Yoko (or Yoko Kanno depending on if you wish to put the family name first or last), possibly one of the most brilliant music composers of all time, or at least in Japan. She has been behind the music in Cowboy Bebop, the Ghost in the Shell TV series (where Kenji was behind the music in the Ghost in the Shell movies 1 & 2), the Macross Plus OVA & Movie, and many other anime and even game & TV/Movie soundtracks. She's even been involved in a few standard Pop album releases.

A website dedicated to her and her work can be found here: http://www.jameswong.com/ykproject/

This site even includes music samples all over the place in the discography section, so you won't just hear "one or two" examples to judge her music by. Enjoy.


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Re: Kenji Kawai
« Reply #11 on: February 10, 2007, 08:38:14 AM »
The seatbelts rule,  and thats all that needs EVER be said.


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Re: Kenji Kawai
« Reply #12 on: February 10, 2007, 10:16:41 AM »
For those of you who enjoy the Cowboy Bebop soundtracks, and may not know who's responsible for them (unlikely perhaps), and for those who might be interested in trying that music if you never had before (people would be more likely to not know who's behind cowboy bebop's music), then allow me to direct you to the work of Kanno Yoko (or Yoko Kanno depending on if you wish to put the family name first or last), possibly one of the most brilliant music composers of all time, or at least in Japan. She has been behind the music in Cowboy Bebop, the Ghost in the Shell TV series (where Kenji was behind the music in the Ghost in the Shell movies 1 & 2), the Macross Plus OVA & Movie, and many other anime and even game & TV/Movie soundtracks. She's even been involved in a few standard Pop album releases.

A website dedicated to her and her work can be found here: http://www.jameswong.com/ykproject/

This site even includes music samples all over the place in the discography section, so you won't just hear "one or two" examples to judge her music by. Enjoy.


I just recently purchased a DVD of Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, and I was extremely impressed with Kanno's opening theme song: "Inner Universe". It features vocals by Origa, a Russian female vocalist who's sound is absolutely angelic. Awesome stuff!


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Re: Kenji Kawai
« Reply #13 on: February 10, 2007, 03:33:51 PM »
I just recently purchased a DVD of Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, and I was extremely impressed with Kanno's opening theme song: "Inner Universe". It features vocals by Origa, a Russian female vocalist who's sound is absolutely angelic. Awesome stuff!

Well, if you liked that, then prepare to buy Ghost in the Shell TV OST 1 & 2, and the GitS SAC Solid State Society OST, because all three contain that same style song. "Inner Universe" is on OST 1 and it is the opening song for season 1 (SAC), the opening for season 2 (SAC 2nd Gig) is called "Rise" and is on OST 2, and the Solid State Society OST (SSS OST) has not just one, but THREE songs in that style ("Player", "Replica", & "Date of Rebirth"). Heck, just buy all the GitS soundtracks you can find. They're all worth it. I'm oddly fond of the song on the Be Human soundtrack for season 1 that combines fast paced classic style with the dialup sounds of a 56k modem. It's just so fun. :D.

The best of all of those might be GitS SAC SSS OST, unfortunately the worst is probably OST 3 which in my opinion has only one good song, "Dew". Oh, and I also recommend getting the OST's because the tv series openings on the OSTs are all full version songs, and not just cut from the tv show as mere 1:30 length tracks.


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Re: Kenji Kawai
« Reply #14 on: February 21, 2007, 01:38:39 PM »
I'd have to say that my tastes lean towards the music of Visions of Escaflowne and Noir. Very instrumental.

You made it through more than one episode of Noir? Kudos. What a waste of time.

strange. i was just going to ask if anyone saw Noir & if it was any good.  just started full metal alchemist which i like quite a bit.

& yes, Cowboy Bebop's coolness knows no bounds  :)