Truth is that I didn’t pay close attention to the anime’s website or any related announcements. It was quite a let down that Pet didn’t air last season. But as soon as I saw its poster, a certain prog rock sound came to mind. But more of that after the introduction of the opening theme…
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The Opening Theme. A faithful translation from image to sound. “Chou no Tobu Suisou” by TK from Ling Tosite Sigure
I came across TK from Ling Tosite Sigure quite a few years ago because of Tokyo Ghoul. Back then, although I was familiar with the main elements of math rock music -namely the rhythmic complexity, the atypical time signatures, the utilization of the entire register and the harmonic dissonance-, I had only heard the words ‘math’ and ‘rock’ together in just one instance in my entire life. The catch is that this term isn’t broadly used; terms like progressive rock or indie rock are more commonly used instead. So, since I liked Tokyo Ghoul quite much, I started getting more and more into math rock. The drawback is that if you’re not into it, you may start thinking that everything’s the same. Well, it’s not.
Fast forward to today. I find invigorating the use of the piano and how it’s combined with the vocals on the upper register, the drums and the slight ‘echo’ effect that’s more prominent in the chorus. Fact is that the ‘extremer’ elements were dialed down on this opening, probably to make it more likable to the general public and less undergroundish and nichey. But I have to say that I’m quite biased on this one. Just think that when I listened to the OP for the first time, my eyes started sparkling from all the excitement.
The Ending Theme. A pluralistic sound. “image _____” by Memai SIREN
I’m a sucker for this kind of music. See? I just confessed to it. It had so many nice elements taken from electronic, metal, J-pop… The mean bass line woke up my rocker self, the drums and electric guitars shook the metalhead within me, while the piano made me wish I was sitting in front of one, playing.
Its last few bars reminded me of Parasyte’s opening theme during the chorus (minus the effect on the vocals track) and the very first few notes from “Ame ga Furu kara Niji ga Deru” (OP2 of The Seven Deadly Sins: Revival of the Commandments), in a good way. As a pianist, I have to say that I got quite pumped up by the piano’s protagonistic role. It’s as if they ticked all the right boxes for me. Again, I have to raise the ‘bias’ flag. Along with TK’s “Chou no Tobu Suisou”, this is one of the singles I’m really looking forward to listening.
TL;DR (now that would hurt my feelings…)
- Intense and emotional opening theme with a psychotic tone that balances all the layers of the composition.
- ED: another good tie-up that doesn’t really fall into the norm of ending themes, which is what makes it stand out.