The post at anime diet asked which is better: anime or manga, and I commented that anime offers something that manga cannot: Music. Now this post is not so much about rather or not anime is indeed better than manga (it is) as it is about reminiscing a few of the best scenes in which our experience of it, was greatly enhanced because an insert theme song was supporting it like wind lifting a bird soaring higher and higher.
The past episode of Macross Frontier with Sheryl’s concert leading to the end credit is one recent example. Searching through my iTune library, I found a few other scenes that had captivated me due to the background theme song.
Gundam SEED: Akatsuki no Kuruma by FictionJunction Yuuka
The Gundam franchise has certainly plenty of such scenes. The most memorable one for me is the escape of Kira Yamato & friends and the self-destruction of ORBS after the leader had sent his daughter off to the escape pod.
The song itself would’ve stood strong on its own, but coupled with this scene it became immortal. The slow and melancholic beginning aligns with the heavy mood of an impending invasion. Then the song grows stronger and stronger as the enemy presses on, and picks up speed as the shuttle increases its own speed in racing to outer space. I couldn’t not get this scene and the music out of my head for weeks.
Asatte no Houkou: Kasa by suara
This heartbreaking scene details a flashback to a painful memory of the main character’s past when she lost both her parents to a car accident and then became a burden to her brother. Even though I already knew of her past, my tears still could not be kept in its place when I watched this scene.
School Days: Kanashimi no Mukou e by Kanako Itou
Who can forget this jaw-dropping, face-twitching, WTF-is-wrong-with-these-ppl scene? As if being cancelled just hours before airing because some crazy duddete decided to play sharp objects near her dad’s neck wasn’t signaling us what was installed already, we all had already watched the Youtube clips on the game’s original gruesome endings and were looking forward to it. But yet, this scene shocked me beyond expectation—I still shook a bit every time I see a girl handling sharp objects.
WARNING: Not for the faint of heart.
The water bottle seems to whistle on and on to no end. Then a pause. The theme cues in. And the sound of flesh tearing. More whistling. The music fades for the dialog between Seikai and Kotonoha before it cues in the blood-gushing, gut-busting scene.
Gundam SEED Destiny: Vestige by T.M.Revolution
Every time I walked to a midterm or a final, I would played this song over and over again on my iPod. It pumped me up. Just like Kira in this scene, I was down from the last exam but now I was going to pick up my fight once more. Bakaneko, ikimasu!
Hope you’ve enjoyed my little selection. If you know of another scene with an unforgettable background theme song, what are you waiting for: share it!