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Top 1000 Anime Songs – Part 16: DRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR

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Hi again folks. There sure have been a lot of these Top 1000 Anime Songs posts.

I wonder why?

Oh well. Here’s the next one!

Today, I’m adding songs from the Durarara!! soundtrack by Yoshimori Makoto. If you’d like to check out the rest of the list up to now (the first song on today’s post is #883, counting down from #1000), you can find the page here: Top 1000 Anime Songs.

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Durarara!! started off as a light novel series by Ryohgo Narita, which was eventually adapted in various series: Durarara!! and Durarara!!x2. SPOILERS UP AHEAD: The story follows the lives of various people in the area of Tokyo known as Ikebukuro (a real place). The plot revolves around a headless Irish fairy riding a motorcycle searching for her cranium and her delusional scientist “boyfriend”, a combat bartender, a neurotic information broker, and three high school students who respectively control a street gang, an internet-based anonymous gang called the Dollars and a clan possessed by a demonic blade.

Woweeeeeee

Yoshimori Makoto put together a really interesting soundtrack for Durarara!!. Makoto also composed the soundtrack for another Ryohgo Narita light novel anime adaptation, Baccano. As he does for that show, Makoto crafts a soundtrack which does a wonderful job of encapsulating the variety of emotions which are captured within the setting of Ikebukuro, and the characters that make up this little world.

And now, let’s begin!

Note: I think it is best that from now on, I only do explanations for the entry where I feel it very necessary. Sometimes, it feels forced, and this is especially the case for songs from the soundtrack. It is easy to explain a choice of a song when there is some connection to a scene from the show or something like that. However, sometimes it just comes down to “I like this song because it’s creative/interesting/nice sounding etc.” When there is really nothing other than that to say, I see no point in saying it over and over again.

#873. “池袋西口五叉路交差点” (Ikebukuro West Exit Five-way Intersection) composed by Yoshimori Makoto

This is the music which plays for the trailer, and it is definitely what got me to start watching the show.

The sound is just so… strange. It was unlike anything I had ever heard. It mixed whimsy with mystery in a combination that fascinated me. I was hooked.

#872. “笑えるほど卑怯な奴” (Laughable Coward) composed by Yoshimori Makoto

#871. “池袋最強伝説” (The Legend of the Strongest Man in Ikebukuro) composed by Yoshimori Makoto

This is Yoshimori’s take on the crazy blues. In this song I hear a lot of the music that I listened to growing up. There’s the elements of classic rock which eventually were transformed into jazz and the blues, along with some elements that are uniquely Japanese. It is an interesting song that connects personally to me.

#870. “声のない叫び” (Voiceless Scream) composed by Yoshimori Makoto

Who knew you could somehow make stereotypical U.F.O. sounds an instrument? I did not.

#869. “火曜日の夜に” (On Tuesday Night) composed by Yoshimori Makoto

#868. “絵の中の少女” (The Girl in the Drawing) composed by Yoshimori Makoto

One of the most beautiful songs I’ve ever heard. It’s strikingly simple, but remarkably endearing. Very few songs are able to pull at my heart strings after repeat listens, and this is definitely one of them.

#867. “ふたりの憧憬” (Their Aspirations) composed by Yoshimori Makoto

Much like “The Girl in the Drawing”, this song is very beautiful and very simple. The increasing chord progression into minor chords and a slightly faster tempo represent the dramatic tensions of the teenagers as they go through their typical teenager problems. That said, it does a very good job of painting a pretty picture out of melodrama.

#866. “psychedelic parade ~ Theme of Durarara!!” composed by Yoshimori Makoto

#865. “cosmic cycle” composed by Yoshimori Makoto

#864. “躍動する鼓動” (Throbbing Beat) composed by Yoshimori Makoto

Like any place, Ikebukuro has many sides to it. This soundtrack is full of songs which depict a single aspect of Ikebukuro, and this song is just one of them. A fun, upbeat folksy tune acts to depict the friendly and happy daylight side. People go about their lives in the hustle and bustle of the town. It’s a simple and fun tune with no complications.

#863. “ただ、静かに見つめろ” (Also, Watch in Silence) composed by Yoshimori Makoto

#862. “休日の至福” (Holiday’s Bliss) composed by Yoshimori Makoto

In much the same simple style as “The Girl in the Drawing” and “Their Aspirations”, this song does a single thing and it does it well. It just creates a constant atmosphere of winter and magic. Simple.

#861. “微笑みの影” (A Smiling Shadow) composed by Yoshimori Makoto

#860. “追いすがる過去を見つめて” (Watching the Past that Clings) composed by Yoshimori Makoto

#859. “Uragiri no Yuuyake” composed by Yoshimori Makoto

This is the first opening song for the show, much better than OP 2, “Complication”. Never understood the need for the change to be honest, this song is way better. This opening is just badass. It’s high energy, without going super dark or super happy. It is what it is, a great J-Rock song.

#858. “ルージュの伝言” (Rouge no dengon) performed by Miyuki Sawashiro

Now we tread into “Additional album” territory. These next two entries are from the vocal album “DRRR Wrapping!! Character Songs Collection”. This song is actually the opening song to the Studio Ghibli movie Kiki’s Delivery Service, but it’s sung by the Japanese voice actress for Celty Sturlson.

Sure….. but hey, it’s a good song!

#857. “rain tears” performed by Saki Fujita

This song from “DRRR Wrapping!!” is sung by the Japanese voice actress for Ruri Hijiribe.

For the life of me, I don’t remember that character. To be fair, this show has a lot of characters and I haven’t watching it in 5 years.

Alrighty folks, I’m out. Thanks again for reading and have a great day!

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