Hi past guests and possible newcomers. My name is Scott and Welcome to Mechanical Anime Reviews I’m going to be honest about two things here. The first one is that I was going to take this month off originally. That was until Lyn unveiled her wonderful theme about music. As a hobbyist musician, this topic spoke to me on quite a few levels. The second one is that I was going to talk about Code Geass last month, but reading a few other people’s OWLS posts helped me change my mind about what I wanted to write. I’m very happy about the way that post ended up going, so no complaints here. Besides, Code Geass slips into prompts regarding music just as easily as last month’s prompt. Well, at least it does according to my mind.
For those of you who haven’t heard of it before, what is OWLS you might ask. Well, that’s an easy question to answer. OWLS, also known as Otaku Warriors for Liberty and Self-Respect, is a group of otaku bloggers who promote the acceptance of all individuals. This is all regardless of gender, sexual orientation, religions, race, and disability. All about humanity for humanities sake. Each Month, our members are given a topic to write about and each of us approaches that through our own personal views. If you want to know more, please click here and look at the OWL’S Blog Page.
In one way, music is form of healing and self-expression. For this month’s topic, we will be exploring some of our favorite musical pieces (anime/drama OSTs, movie soundtracks, music genres and etc.) and how it has impacted our lives and/or reasons why we enjoy listening to it.
Life has a soundtrack
Since this topic is a little shorter then usual, let’s talk about why music is important. Don’t worry, this will end up connected with Code Geass in the end. This is all apart of my plan. Muahahaha.
I want each one of you to think about going to any special event, like a sports game, an awards show, a dance, a charity auction, or whatever you can name. What is something that always needs to be there for it to feel special? The answer is kind of obvious, right? I mean, this month’s OWL post is all about this topic. It’s music. Even if it’s prerecorded music broadcast through speakers, it adds an extra something to any sort of experience. Or you could be one of those people that enjoys flat and boring air with nothing going on. That’s up to you.
No matter what kind of music fills an area, there is always hours and hours of work behind it. I mean, there are some people that just go on youtube using an autotuned device and get famous somehow, but that’s not true music to me. Musicians, Singers, and even Rappers spend hours every day between writing music (some don’t), practicing their music talent, and eventually recording. Even professionals that have the capability to read off the hardest music just by looking at it have years and years of experience behind them. Even prodigies have to put work in to fully access their capabilities. No matter what style of music we enjoy, this is still the truth. I love that about music.
Music in Film Media (AKA Soundtracks)
Continuing the theme of background music, can you imagine watching a tv show or movie without it? Even in the early days of film, you know the silent film days, there was an orchestra that played alongside the film that was playing on screen. Soundtracks and film have been attached together forever. Now days, music is one of the things that sets the emotions or spectacle of each scene. Visual effects and acting are more important, but you can’t capture a scene unless there is music behind it.
Have you ever watched a video on youtube that has the last scene from E.T. without music? It feels so empty and awkward and I feel like everything else would be the same. Music can is a huge calling card for a lot of important franchises like Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, Indiana Jones, and I can keep going with this. What is one of the first things that you think of when it comes to these famous things? Well, I can’t answer for all of you, but for me it’s the soundtracks and themes behind all of them. The stories behind them come next. Ok, let’s talk about Code Geass now.
Can you guys honestly watch Code Geass and not laugh at how bombastisc and over the top it can be from time to time? I mean seriously. There is an incredible amount of over the top speeches, the sweeping arm movements, the nonsensical strategies with secret strategies that came out of nowhere, the powers that some of the most important characters have which add an extra layer to each individual conflicts, and so on. That’s part of why I love this show. These great characters that somehow combined all of this silliness and well-founded drama in one series is purely Code Geass. It’s an experience that you won’t get from many other anime. Still, I think the soundtrack is what makes experience complete as a whole.
This soundtrack is just as bombastic as the show itself. Kotaro Nakagawa’s master work filled with bombastic trumpet fanfares, low brass adding some umph to add as a balance, and many other attributes and musical voices to keep the orchestration. The Master is my favorite piece from the Code Geass soundtrack, because it sells the dramatic moment of conquering the whole world. Ok fine, not every single song is bombastic, but each one fully incapsulates the necessary mood each scene that is provide excellently. If you haven’t watched this show before, you really should. Or you should at least listen to the soundtrack. It’s great!
Thank you for reading this post. If you want to read more, please look at Kate’s post from and look forward to Moonid’s post coming up tomorrow. If you want even more then that, please look at our blog schedule for April here.