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Mar 4, 2009 7:20 PM
Anime Relations: Galaxy Angel 4, Jigoku Shoujo Futakomori
More than a month ago, I wrote and shared with you guys some great examples of good opening and closing themes. I promised more and then dutifully forgot completely. School has been kinda busy but that's no excuse to neglect writing about Japanese cartoons in a blog that a whopping 5 people read, right? ;)

The other day I randomly discovered that I never watched Galaxy Angel 4, which was a slight oversight but I didn't actually care that much. The Galaxy Angel naming convention puts the IUPAC organic chemistry nomenclature system to shame (Galaxy Angel 1 4? Galaxy Angel AA 2? X? Galaxy Angel 1,4 diethylbutylether?), so I wasn't even sure if I had seen it, it was the original cast, or if it was even animated. However I am currently rather pleased with it. I like the Galaxy Angel franchise because it's honest. What you see is very obviously what you expect and what you signed up for. The series doesn't try to step over what it is supposed to do and it's just simple laughs. It's not the most manly series in the world but who cares? Enough about the anime, I'll write about it later. On to the actual OP.

Under Title 31 of the United States Code, all Galaxy Angel opening themes must be catchy as hell. Under punishment of death. Angel-tai (the godly cast of Tamura Yukari, Sawashiro Miyuki, Shintani Ryoko, Mika Kanai, and Yamaguchi Mayumi), the very talented voice actresses of the Galaxy Angels sing all the songs. Galaxy Angel's OPs do a great job with giving you a taste of the show. It's fun, silly, dumb, and probably not for our age demography. The opening theme is fast, colorful, upbeat, non-nonsensical, and full of terrible Japanese puns. The fact that I manage to understand some of them without translation notes probably tells me something about how I spend my free time. >.> Anyways, enjoy.

Angel Rock and Roll - Angel-tai (Galaxy Angel 4)

Lets go the other way now and talk about an anime whose mood is around the polar opposite of Galaxy Angel. I am still at a loss of how they made 3 seasons of Jigoku Shoujo. You'd think that people would stop watching when they realized that every episode essentially ends the same way. But in the case of Jigoku Shoujo Futakamori, after every near identical ending is the balls to the wall awesome ending theme. Noto Mamiko's iconic voice is beautiful and the song is pretty catchy. The animation is gorgeous, and the beautiful colors and effects capture the atmosphere of the series. The series is quite a bit of fun if you don't mind the repetition, but the series really shines with its music.

Aizome - Noto Mamiko (Jigoku Shoujo Futakamori)
Posted by kevo | Mar 4, 2009 7:20 PM | 4 comments
Skribbz1990 | Mar 8, 2009 11:25 PM
That Galaxy Angel song is pretty catchy. Can't say I really like the Jigoku Shoujo one. But maybe it's just because I haven't watched the show. It has some pretty pictures though.
Am I the only one who played both songs at the same time?
naikou | Mar 5, 2009 8:14 PM
hahah, so Jigoku Shoujo is just as repetitive in the later seasons...

Have to agree that the they do a good job with the art direction in the series, though. The first OP theme is my favorite out of the ones that I've heard, btw.
philipawalker | Mar 5, 2009 5:05 PM
The intro drums to the opening remind me of Hare Hare Yukai xD
Maybe I'm just crazy xD
I like the ending theme O_O
osakaki | Mar 5, 2009 12:07 AM
I agree about the Jigoku Shoujo music, especially the endings; they're superb. Mamiko's voice is my elixir.

As for every episode ending essentially the same way, yeah, you could make that case, but the interesting part for me is finding out how they get there and the repercussions of that ending. There are a lot of interesting moral questions raised in the series; it's a fun thing to watch alone late at night when you're prone to deep thought/melancholy.