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zzeroparticle Apr 21, 2014 1:50 AM
Haha, I know what you mean with Romeo x Juliet. The only reason I checked out that anime was because I knew of the composer's reputation and knew he'd craft a solid soundtrack based on his other works. The anime was pretty rubbish and even with the good music, I stopped watching the anime about halfway through.

In terms of Saito Tsuneyoshi, I've enjoyed what I've heard thus far, especially giving him props for one of the few piano concertos ever done for anime (I am, of course, referring to the SHOKO theme from Soukyuu no Fafner). The few tracks that my friend has shown me from idolm@ster Xenoglossia have been enjoyable, though I haven't listened to the soundtrack in its entirety.

Glad to hear from a reader. Finally got my Wind Rises OST review out, though I didn't expect it to take 6 weeks to write >_> Hopefully my next one won't take as long! :3
zzeroparticle Feb 26, 2014 12:21 AM

If I had to fathom a reason why they went with an Eastern European orchestra, my guess is that the costs of recording with a full ensemble is less expensive in Russia than it is in Japan for one that's of comparable quality. And that's not something limited to just Oshima or Yoko Kanno; even certain Ghibli orchestral compilations have been done in Eastern Europe (Princess Mononoke's Symphonic Suite and the Czech Philharmonic has a very good Ghibli album).

In terms of orchestral OSTs, I've been a fan of Hitoshi Sakimoto's score for Romeo x Juliet. You can almost never go wrong with Yoshihisa Hirano either; I really liked his music for Ouran, Death Note and his recent work for the newest Hunter X Hunter is solid. Joe Hisaishi is someone you should never count out with his Ghibli works (Princess Mononoke, Kiki's Delivery Service, Howl's Moving Castle), but neither should you count out Yuji Nomi's work on The Cat Returns. Kousuke Yamashita's efforts on Chihayafuru have been brilliant through and through, but his other soundtracks, like Shion no Ou, are at least worth a shot. Though mixed as of late, early Taku Iwasaki works, like for the Kenshin OVAs are sweepingly dramatic and are probably my favorites. Finally, as you might expect from my gushing about Michiru Oshima, she's been a strong contender as one of my top5 anime composers. Her music for the original Fullmetal Alchemist was what got me started and subsequent works for Sora no Woto and Tatami Galaxy are absolutely lovely.

Long list! Hope you find some gems worth exploring!
zzeroparticle Feb 16, 2014 10:58 PM

Zetsuen is awesome. I really like how Ooshima is able to channel the drama through some really beautiful tracks that really hit hard on the melancholia. It's my favorite soundtrack to come out of 2012's anime by a long shot! :)

As for Horizon... I don't really rate it too highly. Kato's decent, but not entirely consistent. My biases in favor of orchestral fare might also influence how I look at him too.

Hope this helps!