It’s quite late here and I just finished watching Seton. I was lolling so hard that I thought I’d wake up my deaf kitty. And no, that’s not a joke. He feels the sound waves… To the music, then!
DISCLAIMER: May contain spoilers ahead. May also contain eggs, milk, soy, nuts and the tears of your enemies.
The Opening Theme. NOT a mishap. “Gakuen Soukan Zoo” by Ryouri-bu
The first time I heard it, was a few nights back and I hated it. I really, really hated it to the core. I was thinking of the animal sounds, I saw the animation and I was like “meh” and I was trying to forget the music… But it works so well together. If you watch the first few minutes of the animation before listening to the OP, it’s night and day. Your expression starts changing to the point where you catch yourself thinking “If someone watched me right now, it’d definitely be embarrassing…”. The OP isn’t a masterpiece and it wasn’t meant to be. It’s supposed to bring us laughter and think about all the stupid scenes involving the baka inu [stupid dog]. It’s so theatrical and the music is just the canvas for the craziness of all the characters. Apart from the comedic elements of the foreground sounds, the bass alternating between the tonic and the dominant when combined with the exotic percussion create some Aho Girl kind of gags.
OST first impressions. by Yamashita Yōsuke, Katō Yūsuke, Kawasaki Tomoya
Honestly, I thought that I’d hate the characters from the bottom of my heart, but the OST worked so well with the story that made me get over it. We have really nice, light and playful sounds that when combined with the acting of the seiyuu [voice actors], the sound effects and the visuals, bring the characters to life. The scene I thought best prepares us for the OP is when we get to see the setting and meet the characters of the show. We listen to trills and tremolos… well, really broadly speaking we listen to the (slightly altered) sound of a xylophone playing fast notes, which is meant to be funny. And in goes the opening theme… hehe.
Pizzicato, a broad selection of percussion, plucky bass… they all predispose us for comedy. However, that doesn’t restrict the soundtrack to purely laughter-inducing tracks. There’s that romantic track and then there are the tracks that help bring out inu-chan’s sadness. Point being that there is good diversity that amplifies the soundtrack’s effect.
The Ending Theme. What am I listening to? “Ookami Blues” by Kino Hina
That has to be the best-est-est ending theme of all time. I wonder how many takes it took Hino-san to sing it purposefully out of tune. Honestly, I find it quite hard to sing out of tune. Don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying that I have an angelic voice or something. I just find it hard to sing out of tune on purpose. I’m getting better at it, though. (Yes, I’m practicing.) The song’s exactly what it says it is. It’s something like the highlights of a sad wolf’s life. And frankly, it’s what makes it kinda funny. It’s almost like a nursery rhyme. The lyrics are simplistic, the harmonies are simplistic, the singing is really child-like (with its peak at 00:57; whoa, that’s off) and the arrangement would cater the desires of a kodomo [child]. But that’s exactly the point. It’s not about how you perceive it. It’s about Ranka, the pink-haired chibi [short] wolf-of-a-character. Bottom line, it’s a really good ending.
TL;DR (No. I’m not mad. Don’t you want to know why I’m giving it 4*?)
- It’s not about the music. It’s about the message the music conveys.
- The OP, the ED, as well as the OST are supposed to make us laugh. And they do.
- Although the OP and the ED aren’t good as standalone songs, they are really good opening and ending sequences for this specific anime.
- The mood is exceptionally captured by all musicians.