Admittedly, my knowledge of anime prior to Princess Mononoke was pretty much limited to the classical stereotype: I thought it mainly involved violent action set in urban dystopias, with battles between mecha-wearing anti-heroes and pseudo-villains accompanied by throbbing techno scores. And I've come to learn that yes, there's a lot of anime that hews to precisely that line. But I also learned that other kinds of storytelling are possible, and that they often involve other kinds of music – such as Joe Hisaishi's finely textured and classically nuanced orchestral scores, of which Princess Mononoke is one of the finest.
Tuesday, March 08, 2005
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I have an article up at Destroy All Monsters, my first for them in quite a while, about Joe Hisaishi's score to the film Princess Mononoke: