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DragonsRevenge



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PostPosted: Fri May 21, 2010 2:31 pm Reply with quote
I'm listening to Billy Idol's Cry Little Sister, and the lyrics:

A last fire will rise behind those eyes
Black house will rock, blind boys don't lie
Immortal fear, that voice so clear
Through broken walls, that scream I hear

Cry, little sister - Thou shall not fall
Come to your brother - Thou shall not die
Unchain me, sister - Thou shall not fear
Love is with your brother - Thou shall not kill

Blue masquerade, strangers look on
When will they learn this loneliness?
Temptation heat beats like a drum
Deep in your veins, I will not lie
etc..

Work really well for Higurashi, and the music shares the dark atmospheric sound with the series.
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EireformContinent



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PostPosted: Fri May 21, 2010 2:58 pm Reply with quote
I remember that Beatles songs and Last Chrismas were used in Ai Monogatari as theses of some episodes.

The impression that a song that we have heard before would suit perfectly for book/movie that we are watching seems to be pretty common. For example I think that if someone had made a movie based on "Vlad: The Last Confession" he would have to use "Every beat of my heart" as theme song. As you can see that impression can walk in very strange ways. For me to the soundtracks of some series should be includes:
-Natsume Yuujinchou "The Call" preformed by Celtic Woman
-Sailor Moon "Moonlight Shadow"
-Dragon Ball Z "Crying in the Rain" (A-ha) as theme of Vegeta
I will write more as I remember.
Also last time I was watching DBZ Trunks vs Frieza fight my sister was listening overture to "Marriage of Figaro". It was better than original melody!
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rinmackie



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PostPosted: Fri May 21, 2010 3:34 pm Reply with quote
Cry Little Sister is actually by Gerard McMann. And yeah, it'd make a perfect song for an AMV, say for Vampire Knight. (There are actually a few already on Youtube, but most are not that good.) Another song I think would good, is Vampire Weekend's A-Punk. Though exactly what series, I don't know, maybe something hyper, like FLCL or Love Hina.
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Ktimene's Lover



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PostPosted: Fri May 21, 2010 4:20 pm Reply with quote
Chad Kroeger's "Hero" from the 2002 Spider-Man movie would've gone well with the 2001 version of Cyborg 009.
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fist of legend



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PostPosted: Wed May 26, 2010 8:22 am Reply with quote
Billy idol new future weapon

http://www.youtube.com/​watch?​v=​xJZp8cJuDj8
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taske



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PostPosted: Wed May 26, 2010 10:33 am Reply with quote
I think that Funhouse by pink would be a good one.
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vashna



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PostPosted: Wed May 26, 2010 12:08 pm Reply with quote
"Sick Boy" by Social Distortion would be perfect for a major shonen series like Bleach.
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PostPosted: Wed May 26, 2010 8:44 pm Reply with quote
I think the song "Tiger the Lion" by the band The Tragically Hip would be great as an op for Ergo Proxy. The band is pretty popular, but only here in Canada, but I think the song itself is pretty niche. It just seems to evoke an image of a futuristic, desolate world. I have no idea what the song is really about Razz.
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naninanino



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PostPosted: Wed Oct 27, 2010 5:33 am Reply with quote
"Girls On Film" by Duran Duran worked well in Speed Grapher. I also liked "Country Roads" in Whisper of the Heart.

What I would really want to hear is "I Need a Hero", by Bonnie Tyler. It may be cheesy, but it would be perfect for a shounen show.
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vashna



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PostPosted: Thu Nov 04, 2010 12:22 pm Reply with quote
I hope I'm not considered to be bumping this topic. I was thinking 9th at Pine by Less Than Jake has a nice ska sound that would fit a fighting series ala YuYu Hakusho.
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animepuppy



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PostPosted: Tue Nov 23, 2010 4:07 pm Reply with quote
I'd say My Chemical Romances "Part Poison" would work very well for an anime theme, considering it has a girl talking in Japanese in it.
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vashna



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PostPosted: Tue Dec 14, 2010 1:17 pm Reply with quote
That sort of makes sense too, because I've been told one of the My Chemical Romance members is a fan, though I admit to not knowing a whole lot about the band.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 20, 2010 1:48 pm Reply with quote
The attitude of the show is the major factor in deciding what kind of opening theme will work for it. So maybe the question your post made me ask is what western song has an attitude I would like to see an anime fit. DeVotchKa - How It Ends would be great for something dark and serious, honestly it would work great for one of my favorite series Ergo Proxy. Also just about anything on the Strokes Album Room on Fire would be great, part of whats great about the strokes is how upbeat the melody can be while containing some really downer vocals which makes a nice contrast.
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coreye



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PostPosted: Wed Jan 12, 2011 1:39 pm Reply with quote
John Zorn's Naked City "Kaoru".
It shocks me almost that Zorn hasn't really done anything as far as composing music for anime,considering his popularity in Japan.
http://www.youtube.com/​watch?​v=​Nh3temHMd-​s
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RapidEyeMovement



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PostPosted: Tue Apr 19, 2011 7:09 pm Reply with quote
I always thought the Tom Petty song "Rhino Skin" would make a great ending theme for one of the Black Jack series.
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