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good OST(soundtack) = good anime
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I strongly concur, personally I find that if an anime has a really good musical score then it really makes the anime better... though storyline and animation are still very important to me.
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Posted 4/16/11
here is my collection i think all of these are good
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.Hack//Roots is one anime that I can think of where if the soundtrack wasn't there I probably wouldn't have liked it. The music done by Ali Project was excellent and very fitting for that anime. A good soundtrack might make me check out an anime I otherwise wouldn't although it alone can't make an anime good. Theres been a lot of great animes I've watched that have had rather forgetful soundtracks or maybe just 1 good song in it. Good soundtracks are something that can make a good anime great for me though depending on how good the music is.
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Posted 6/20/11
Music is a powerful mood setter and a tension indicator. Any director who failed to understand the importance of music will surely make any movie or anime utterly dull.
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A good anime can become better with a good soundtrack
A terrible anime cannot be made any better by music if its already that bad...

i'd say music is one of those things that just ties everything together in a film/anime. Without sound effects in a flim, it just becomes utterly boring. Try watching an anime without sound or subs, its just a moving picture.

Incidentally my fave soundtracks are:
Sora no Woto OST
Lucky Star OST
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well it could add some plus points, but it's not a definite factor
Posted 6/20/11

Maou068 wrote:

Music is a powerful mood setter and a tension indicator. Any director who failed to understand the importance of music will surely make any movie or anime utterly dull.


This!

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There seems to be a lot of confusion on what OST is, the concept of OST (which is original soundtrack) is that the OST is comprised of ALL the music from a series (or movie).

People are making it out to be that the OST is only the opening and ending songs of an anime series, this is incorrect actually, since the opening and ending songs are only a small part of the whole soundtrack. People should learn to use the concept correctly.

As for the question at hand, yes, I believe the overall music of a series makes it good.
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The soundtrack is part of the show. If it's good it can lift the show, if it's bad it can lower the show. Just as the artwork (animation) can raise or lower the level of the show, and the plot/storyline.

IMO one of the best soundtracks out there is Ergo Proxy. Everything from that series is great. Also, any soundtrack comprised of mostly or all Joe Hisaishi works. By far my favorite composer, does a lot of scores for Miyazaki films.
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AJK30 wrote:

The soundtrack is part of the show. If it's good it can lift the show, if it's bad it can lower the show. Just as the artwork (animation) can raise or lower the level of the show, and the plot/storyline.


This.

The setting and mood set by music plays a big part in making an anime. Just like how a good voice actor can make a character "come to life", or rather, personify the character, fitting music helps to bring a scene to life.

As an example, even the most epic/saddest moments in anime would seem dead and boring without sound or music. Try watching a single scene with sound and then watch it without sound. There is a huge difference in the feelings and experience. (Of course, there are parts where the director deliberately cuts out the music for the atmosphere).

Or also, if there was a genuinely sad moment (as in not a joking, fake one) and you had happy, cheerful upbeat music, the atmosphere would be completely ruined, or vice versa.

A good soundtrack and BGM can help set the atmosphere and lift a "bad" anime, or help raise an anime to even higher heights, but as Ragepanda12 said, it cannot make a terrible anime become "good", unless you're one of those people who watch anime only for the music, just like how some people judge anime purely through factors such as plto development, originality, art, and characterisation. (quite misguided, in my opinion - Anime, and all other multimedia forms, are made through all the elements. You can't just take one and say something is good or bad)
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AJK30 wrote:
IMO one of the best soundtracks out there is Ergo Proxy. Everything from that series is great. Also, any soundtrack comprised of mostly or all Joe Hisaishi works. By far my favorite composer, does a lot of scores for Miyazaki films.


I TOTALLY agree. The Soundtrack for Ergo Proxy made me get into the show even more. It would have kept me interested either way, but with the music they used I was glued to my seat.

As others have said, I think that a good OST can make a good anime better, but a good OST can't make a bad anime worth watching. At least for me, I don't often think about the music at all. It pretty much just helps set the mood. That's why a lot of OSTs work great for the anime they are used for, but aren't all that great to listen to by itself. I think the only OST that I actually like to listen to by itself is the Air Gear OST. Other ones only have like 2 good songs for that.
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AJK30 wrote:
IMO one of the best soundtracks out there is Ergo Proxy. Everything from that series is great. Also, any soundtrack comprised of mostly or all Joe Hisaishi works. By far my favorite composer, does a lot of scores for Miyazaki films.


I TOTALLY agree. The Soundtrack for Ergo Proxy made me get into the show even more. It would have kept me interested either way, but with the music they used I was glued to my seat.

As others have said, I think that a good OST can make a good anime better, but a good OST can't make a bad anime worth watching. At least for me, I don't often think about the music at all. It pretty much just helps set the mood. That's why a lot of OSTs work great for the anime they are used for, but aren't all that great to listen to by itself. I think the only OST that I actually like to listen to by itself is the Air Gear OST. Other ones only have like 2 good songs for that.


I listen to the Ergo Proxy soundtrack all the time. Every track is good on it's own IMO. Of course the effect of the tracks is enhanced in the anime, but they are still great on their own.

Princess Mononoke OST is another one I listen to all the time. Specifically, this version of Legend of Ashitaka. BEAUTIFUL. Also the first time I was introduced to the Erhu, which is the most beautiful, yet melancholy instrument I have ever heard:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RtPm5GiJ_iM

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Posted 6/21/11

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AJK30 wrote:

The soundtrack is part of the show. If it's good it can lift the show, if it's bad it can lower the show. Just as the artwork (animation) can raise or lower the level of the show, and the plot/storyline.


This.

The setting and mood set by music plays a big part in making an anime. Just like how a good voice actor can make a character "come to life", or rather, personify the character, fitting music helps to bring a scene to life.

As an example, even the most epic/saddest moments in anime would seem dead and boring without sound or music. Try watching a single scene with sound and then watch it without sound. There is a huge difference in the feelings and experience. (Of course, there are parts where the director deliberately cuts out the music for the atmosphere).

Or also, if there was a genuinely sad moment (as in not a joking, fake one) and you had happy, cheerful upbeat music, the atmosphere would be completely ruined, or vice versa.

A good soundtrack and BGM can help set the atmosphere and lift a "bad" anime, or help raise an anime to even higher heights, but as Ragepanda12 said, it cannot make a terrible anime become "good", unless you're one of those people who watch anime only for the music, just like how some people judge anime purely through factors such as plto development, originality, art, and characterisation. (quite misguided, in my opinion - Anime, and all other multimedia forms, are made through all the elements. You can't just take one and say something is good or bad)


You post on this thread, it becomes a deep discussion...

But seriously, i totally agree with you. A soundtrack is a vital part in an anime, just like a piano is a vital part in a piano piece (no durr...!) But just saying, if I had to pick artwork over music, i would obviously pick artwork. But if the whole storyline was completely stupid, retarded, undefined, whatever insulting words *insert insulting word here* well, obviously that anime is dropped.

Considering, there are anime's out there which were horrible but had one of the best sound tracks. If you wanted a good soundtrack, go for some music anime, like K-on or something. But a bad anime is a bad anime is a bad anime. Nothing will change it. The soundtrack may be good, but if the script, and art, and all the vital parts to making the anime are shitty, then it will always suck.

I kinda feel that i'm contradicting you here, since you say that animes are made through the elements and you cant take one andsay something is good or bad etc...but seriously, if there is something bringing it down, it's bringing it down. I wont ever go up, but if everything else int he anime was good, and you oculd bear through with it, you might just end up liking it, who knows.
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You post on this thread, it becomes a deep discussion...

But seriously, i totally agree with you. A soundtrack is a vital part in an anime, just like a piano is a vital part in a piano piece (no durr...!) But just saying, if I had to pick artwork over music, i would obviously pick artwork. But if the whole storyline was completely stupid, retarded, undefined, whatever insulting words *insert insulting word here* well, obviously that anime is dropped.

Considering, there are anime's out there which were horrible but had one of the best sound tracks. If you wanted a good soundtrack, go for some music anime, like K-on or something. But a bad anime is a bad anime is a bad anime. Nothing will change it. The soundtrack may be good, but if the script, and art, and all the vital parts to making the anime are shitty, then it will always suck.

I kinda feel that i'm contradicting you here, since you say that animes are made through the elements and you cant take one andsay something is good or bad etc...but seriously, if there is something bringing it down, it's bringing it down. I wont ever go up, but if everything else int he anime was good, and you oculd bear through with it, you might just end up liking it, who knows.


I guess I made it too confusing. What I was saying was that people who watch anime and then say, "The art quality was bad, don't watch it" (insert whatever you want into "art"), cannot fully appreciate it as an art form.

There are also plenty of anime that aren't "music" anime that have great soundtracks. As said above, Joe Hisaishi's works are pretty good. Ergo Proxy's was good as well. And now, for my recommendation, "Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei", and, to some extent, most of SHAFT's works.
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No, what i'm saying is basically for the people who might not know too much. The most obvious of all animes that would have had a good soundtrack would have been the ones based on music right? I mean, if a music anime had a shitty soundtrack, it would be redundant to have made it into a music anime, right?
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