This show started off with a very, VERY normal premise. And a rather passive MC to boot. But apparently, this was setup to be a yuri anime. The main character’s very girly name simply stuck around and now we have another candidate for the swim team that was on Free! (Gay Swimming). I want to think it’s a smart move. While I have zero qualms with a yuri anime, it reduces its viewer base. Not everyone wants to put up with a yuri anime. Lord knows how many girls can enjoy other girls fawning over each other like they were noodles in a ramen package meant to be cooked together in a hot steamy embrace. Yes, girls are noodles. And guys are saltine crackers. (I’m not sure if I want to keep maintaining the joke. I might get too far into it, like mentioning squid flavo-… nevermind.)
However, there are more important things to discuss! Is it just me, or why does it seem like I simply haven’t been paying attention to the music world behind the cultural bombardment that is anime? The last time I discovered an amazing band via anime was through Mawaru Penguindrum. Coaltar of the Deepers, the guys behind the first ED of Mawaru Penguindrum ain’t a bunch of young ‘uns with an overprocessed sheen from some corporate pushers. CotD’s influences are pretty much my own background of music, which includes My Bloody Valentine.
So, as I sat in my chair waiting for the ED song to roll around for Witch Craft Works, I get blasted with an updated but nostalgic sound that’s way too similar to Peter Gabriel and Yellow Magic Orchestra.
I’m one to watch series for entirely unrelated reasons to the anime itself, and it appears it may happen again. Witch Craft Works, thank you for introducing me to Technoboys Pulcraft Green-Fund. They’re part of that modern mash up of the sound crafters and glitchers from the 80s and 90s. I’d love to mention a tiny hint of Merzbow being in the ED, but that an even more remote link that I’m not sure I could prove. In any case, TPG has an amazing groove not unlike the work coming out of this electronic music boom we’re experiencing here in the USA. Much of the electric and progressive music scene that was developed world-wide during the 80s and 90s comes through the ED (“Witch ☆ Activity”) of Witch Craft Works. That old school YMO sound is there, too. But if you’ve seen YMO perform recently, you’d be surprised at how appropriately modern their music is. (youtube link) It’s always been worth it to work backwards from current musical interests. There’s a giant mountain of treasure in that old soundscape. Give it a try and dig up something.
I enjoy the old school thumps of sine/square wave synthesizers. Harkens those crazy NES songs, like the one for Solstice. Yes, that badass song. Also, someone has a series of videos of a 2011 concert performance by Technoboys Pulcraft Green-Fund. (link)
Man. I sure was link heavy this time. Sorry if the links don’t work for you due to region blocking.