Anime? Check. Ending? Check. English lyrics? Check. Engrish? Negative.
Title: Do You Want To? | Artist: Franz Ferdinand | Show: Paradise Kiss
Paradise Kiss, an anime I've yet to watch (thanks to Jeremy Clarkson and an unaired episode of Top Gear) yet it features a song I really enjoy.
So what makes a great OP/ED for me? Well there are a couple of things I look for, especially for a "baka gaijin" like myself. For starters, I love me some piano, if it's got some then I'm probably all in. Sometimes if someone's voice is like honey in my ears (Minori Chihara for example) then I'm all down to listening to some powerful or strong vocals from certain artists. Accessibility is a major factor as well, by that; I mean how easy it is for me to reproduce the music and sounds. Oh, and the level of "Engrish" in a song can sometimes be what pushes an OP/ED from okay, to freaking great, but that's always going to be subjective from one person to another. Songs sung by character/s (or more accurately the voice actor singing as their character in the song) from the show are enticing as well, especially if you like the character. Oh and how catchy the song is (probably the same as accessibility), you can't go wrong if it's cute and poppy or if it's just got a killer chorus you can't shake off.
Franz Ferdinand, a very talented British band that hailed from Scotland, specifically Glasgow. The song "Do You Want To" is just really good. I mean first and foremost it's rare enough to find a studio that has the money to pay the royalties for a song that is not in the native language of the target audience, secondly, from an incredibly famous and successful band. I want to stress that because of the origins it doesn't automatically qualify this ending as good, as we've seen from previous big named "musicians" being credited for an anime *cough*Backstreets Boy *cough*
Anyway this is just a song I can understand, sing along without sounding crazy and pronounce the lyrics more naturally! It's an amazingly catchy song and an exceptional all-rounder really in terms of your instrument composition which compliments the vocals well.
Now the problem I have is I like to over analyse things I'm familiar with, which leads to me having issues analysing this because I've yet to watch it. Even harder when this ending sequence was made by the spontaneous and experimental man Hiroyuki Imaishi himself (here)
Let's first start with the visuals; we've changed art style on our characters to something a lot more accessible, simplistic yet retaining key details we need to distinguish characters. This is somewhat akin to chibis. Fair play, that means we can already interpret this as something abstract, or non-related to the actual plot since it hasn't adopted the artistic form from the anime. Then we get this really interesting contrast with art style with the magazine covers which seem to have our characters featured on the front cover. My understanding is that it might be each characters idea of beauty (or fashion), each personified by the type of magazine they're featuring in. TIME, Elle etc etc. What's interesting is we find all four main characters in front of another highly detailed realistic portrayal of Marilyn Monroe. Why is it that suddenly a car has to come crashing through the head of hers? Maybe it's reality, something that drives the divide between a fantasy and reality. Notice how we find two of our characters earlier running away from cars in the sequence and here it shows up again. Are they running from something? Is something catching up to them?
Anyway, let's discuss some clever directing in the shape of negative space. The chance we're watching something widescreen is really high. Yet here we have very thin tall objects on screen. We can't possibly stretch the image of the object (a magazine) because it would ruin it, so instead we'll keep the original and have black bars on screen. What does Hiroyuki do? He puts the main thing in focus by placing it in the centre, leaving a lot of negative space on both sides of our screen, which he then fills with the credits! Ingenious isn't it? Simple yet effective in fulfilling the role of an ending credit sequence. He does it with the magazine front covers and with the characters dancing in a coloured background.
Lastly on note, it's interesting how only two characters decide to break through their boxed area, an idea that they can't be caged or contained especially fitting with the rock punk themed character with the guitar isn't it? (or the female character, her booty simply can't be contained)
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