The long road to Suzumiya Haruhi no Gensou

All anime roads take me home / to the place, where I belong / Evangelion, Ayanami Rei / Take me, anime roads~ I vaguely remember that how hearing Bach’s Air on a String, Pachelbel’s Canon in D, Dvorak’s Cello Concerto in B minor on the Evangelion OSTs (particularly Death and Rebirth) sparked a mini-classical music boom, as evidenced by the purchases of cello-centric CDs on the left column.

Watching Nodame Cantabile has re-ignited that interest, causing me to dig out all my classical music CDs from the aforementioned era. In general, anime fandom – especially when characterized as otaku – tends to focus on obsession with anime to the exclusion of everything else (including other stuff at the base of Maslow’s hierarchy), for me, in the course of anime, I’ve listened to more classical music than I otherwise would have if I had not watched anime. Likewise, learning the basics of photography because of an interest in figurine photography (okay, inheriting a Nikon D200 with 18/200 VR lens was the biggest spur though). Or read a Chinese weiqi beginner’s manual from cover to cover, even though I hate reading in Chinese, because of Hikaru no Go. Or to take a basic course in Japanese language over a lazy but definitely finite and not repeated undergraduate summer. All in all, being an anime fan has enriched my life in some unexpected ways; would love to hear from readers about your experiences in this respect too.

(Aside: I’m also quite glad that I bought the various CDs. I downloaded lots of mp3s too but most of them got wiped out when my last laptop HDD crashed.)

I haven’t listened to the Nodame: Paris OST yet. Waiting until I’ve watched the anime first. Stripey tried to find the first season’s OST during his hunt which bagged one of my favourite StrikerS doujins ever. Good job, bro!

WRT Gensou, I actually thought it was kinda mweh when I heard the Nipponsei rip. Haven’t changed my mind after listening to the CD itself. The best track, as Kurogane pointed out, was definitely Koi no Mikuru no Densetsu. The tracks featuring vocals, particularly Aya Hirano’s, were the weakest. God Knows was a perfectly good rock ballad track, the classical treatment – contra j1m0ne – was both unsuitable and unnecessary. Maybe the orchestra could have made an interesting addition as background support a la Guns N Roses’ November Rain but taking out the electric guitars was just criminal.

2 thoughts on “The long road to Suzumiya Haruhi no Gensou

  1. Reviewed the Haruhi no Gensou fairly recently over on my end and I think the thing that impressed me the most was how the music just came together through those medleys. The transitions weren’t forced and felt really enjoyable, resulting in an excellent package. Needless to say, I’m quite pleased with how it all turned out.

  2. Thanks for pointing out your review. Great stuff! And also solved the nagging feeling as to why I felt I heard the intro to the Muon piece somewhere else before.

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