Put a Tune to It! Western Songs for Anime

I was tagged again by Chris from Never Argue With a Fish. I know you tagged my main blog, but I think this tag would work better with Iridium Eye, but I’m obviously still accepting the nomination nonetheless. Sorry for the delay. Before I begin with the rules, I’m somewhat obligated to reference this song, Chris. Look at the title and you’ll see why. Interesting fact: Ronnie Martin from Joy Electric was on my first Top 7 List on my blog for musicians that should score movies.

First this tag was originally set in motion by Dewbond over at Shallow Dives in Anime and here’s the rules!

1. Choose any number of western songs (any genre) that you think best sums up an anime or manga of any type or genre.

2. If you want to pick more than 1 from each section that’s fine. Or if you can’t think of one for a specific category that’s fine also.

3. Explain why you think your choices could work. Is it the lyrics? The tune and the beat? Or just the music video?

4. Link back to the original post so I can read people’s suggestions, I’d love to read everyone’s ideas.

5. Include Put a Tune to It in your tags so everyone including myself can find them all easily.

Nominate around 1-5 bloggers. My nominations will be at the bottom.

Let’s go!

Dystopian Themed (Texhnolyze)

I guess it’s obligatory to put at least one Yoshitoshi ABe anime on this list. My choice is “Tomorrow Never Comes” from Irish experimental synthpop/industrial duo VNV Nation. The lyrics work so perfectly as humanity has dwindled and really rings clear in the last few episodes as chaos envelops the city Lux. I’m trying to limit spoilers, but this song fits the despair and intensity of that anime.

Romance (The Place Promised In Our Early Days)

This may seem like a weird choice putting a new jack swing ballad for a Shinkai work, but I believe the lyrics really work in regards to Hiroki and Sayuri. The lyrics and vocal delivery really show that form of not just love in a on-raunchy way, but the aspect of devotion and reliability just really sells the dynamics of these characters. I was on a 90s R&B kick and heard this song. Any other person would have made this some random lovey-dovey song, but the aspect of devotion and friendship made this more interesting than your typical love song. Hiroki wasn’t a fairweather friend. By stormy weather, he went through a war and the threat of multidimensional convergence to save Sayuri.

Shonen (Hunter X Hunter)

Yes, I’m totally aware that The Protomen are a concept band that is all about Megaman. With that being said, this song just really pumps you up and I could easily see it playing during a big fight scene and/or adventure moment. This could work on multiple storylines, but I’m leaning towards the Genei Ryoudan/Phantom Troupe arc where Kurapika is hunting down the gang who assassinated his people.

Dark Fantasy (Shamanic Princess)

Ever used to hearing metal music with bagpipes, violin, tin whistles, and harps? You will now! I wanted to do something unique for this underrated 90s anime OVA series. Eluvietie nails this aesthetic quite greatly with their mix of Celtic instrumentation. Funny enough, they’re not from Ireland or even the UK. They’re Swiss! That sense of magic and action can certainly be encapsulated with this song and anime.

Coming of Age (Kimba the White Lion)

Is it cheating that I’m technically not using a “western” song even if it’s not Japanese or Asian? Maybe, but I don’t care because I listen to music from several continents and I’m probably the first aniblogger to put an African song for an anime pick (and possibly the only one to do so). Imagine that. My choice of “Mbube” by Solomon Linda made way too much sense. The anime takes place in Africa, the title literally means “lion” in Zulu, and oh yeah…This is the same song that “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” PLAGIARIZED FROM! Don’t believe me, just read my review of The Lion’s Share. What do “Mbube” and Kimba have in common? Both of them were stolen by Mickey Mouse! The #OneTrueKing deserves the one true lion song. Solomon and Osamu, you both deserved better than this.

Alright, I hereby nominate…

Al’s Manga Blog


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