Anime OST: Shiki [Full]

Shiki OST Cover

It’s been a while since the release of the Shiki Original Soundtrack Mini Album: Rogue, which gave us only a small preview of the entirety of the Shiki soundtrack, which I thought to be incredible.

Top Tracks

Track # Track Name Comment
#1 Day and Night Day and Night’s sharp and dissonant strings provide the chilling foundation and is complimented by the soft, whispering female vocals. Midway, the violin gives us the weeping and sorrowful tone, backed by more female vocals offsetting the tone with more chills.
#2 Eau de Vie The forceful start of Eau de Vie harshly pushes us into the dramatic and despondent tones of the strings that follow. The vocals, still present, offer us the chilling tones that we heard from Day and Night
#3 Pendulum Pendulum starts off immediately with the chanting of utterly bone-chilling childish vocals accompanied with small bell noises in the back, and then grows into a full orchestra of mixed voices following the same progression, accompanied with the dissonant female vocals that travel from left to right. The pounding drums and bass in the second half join in with the continued chanting giving off a stronger impact than the first half.
#5 Twilight Twilight eases into the chanting of young “la-ing,” that quickly transitions into the long and weeping violins which still carries an ominous tone.
#10 Dance of Death Dance of Death manages a light and lifting melody with the female hissing vocalization. The later half has more female vocalizations that emphasize dramatic moods.
#11 Silent Night Silent Night begins dark and quiet, loosely following the melody of Dance of Death, with dark and looming background noise, and contains new vocalizations including the previous one. About 50 seconds in, it breaks out into dischordant background noise and percussion, the sounds of giggling, bursting brass instruments in the far off distance, growling, and low bass male vocals.
#17 Echo Echo serves as the climactic end to the show which, to that end, uses the strong percussion in the background, led by the violin offering us a dramatic weeping tone begging to go on, while the vocals counterbalance it with it’s powerful and conclusive melody.
#19 Crimson Following the same chord progression as Dance of Death, Crimson uses only the piano in a light and whimsical fashion with an uplifting tone that carries little to no “creep” value that most of the songs carry.

The Art of Losing

Picture this scenario. A buffed up male character with scratches all over his body, slits of blood leaking out from his stomach and across his face. He’s seemingly unconscious until a voice rings in his mind. It softly tells him to get back up on his own two feet. A villain stands over his body, grinning menacingly, perhaps holding his hands at his waist, and then let’s out a bellowing evil laugh. Suddenly, the brutally beaten up character gets up slowly, the villain stops laughing and says in shock, “I- Impossible!”.  And so the main male character pulls out some hidden move that obliterates said villain, before finally collapsing. This is not the art of losing. This is the art of winning. And winning. And winning.

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Anime Review: Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood

So it’s been awhile since I wrote a review, and I know that this was already reviewed by Ven and Racc on a show we did, but I’d like to share my thoughts on what I thought about the series.

Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood, is one of the most highly praised series of anime, reaching the the top ranked charts of anime sites all over the web. It first made its debut in 2009, revitalizing the series as it remained close to the manga adaptation. There was a lot of buzz floating around about how the series had changed its course from the original material, and how it set out to tell the story of FMA as it was meant to be told.

The premise was this: Two brothers have conducted the ultimate taboo of alchemy, as they attempt to perform human transmutation to bring their dead mother back to life. This costs one of the brothers, Ed Elrich, to lose his left leg, and his brother, Alphonse Elrich, to lose his entire being. In an attempt to bring his soul back, Ed binds his brother’s soul to a suit of armor. Now to get their bodies back, the brothers decide to join the military, in search of the philosophers stone, which holds the key to getting back their bodies. In the midst of their search, the Elrich brothers are met with various people who assists them or stand in their way of reaching their ultimate goal.
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