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Hot take: I don't find the Nagatoro anime interesting at all.

Speaking of 's openings, this chromatic from the chorus is quite addictive:
D♯–D♮–C♯–C♮–B–E–A,
leading into a ii–V–I cadence at the end.

Essentially, it's just a fancy way of turning a B7 chord (the II) into Bm7 (the ii) but this is a vital ingredient to "Shiny Days" being what people call a .

So, the A sections are basically the same with respect to key relations and instrumentation. After four iterations, we arrive at a key one whole step lower than where we started (D to C, C to B♭). The interlude doesn't break the sequence as it modulates back to the previous key (C).

That means: You can actually chain the A sections (and the interlude, if you will) ad infinitum! After 6 iterations, you would end up back in D major.

(Well, in practice it's limited by your instruments' range.)

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Think this is only about repetitions of the same ? Apart from the keys, the is what makes the piece interesting.

The two A sections feature these four types of instrumentation in sequence:
– flutes, glockenspiel and clarinets over pizzicato strings
– bassoon over pizzicato strings, accentuated by triangle and clarinet
– legato strings over bowed staccato strings, accentuated by glockenspiel
– solo oboe over bowed strings

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Sequence of keys in Kigen no Yoi Hakase:
D – B♭ – E – C – [C – E♭ → C] – C – A♭ – D – B♭ – [B♭]
([ ] signify the interlude resp. the coda, the only real modulation in the piece is symbolized by →)

It's basically an ABA , with each A section built upon the intervallic relations
M3↓ – TT↓ – M3↓.

youtube.com/watch?v=wL5hVgLET-

Look here for a very faithful :
youtube.com/watch?v=oK5cGUe8tO
Have fun practising the interlude!

Well, "blue notes" might not be an accurate term for this. How do you call these alterations then? Phrygian-scale inspired lick? Help! I'm not well-versed in at all! Save me!

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Still can't get over the brilliant buildup of the dominant in 's S2 opening, at the end of the bridge. The two blue notes (D♭ and C♭ over a B♭7 chord) and the tightly performing brass section are too good not to get excited about every time.

Full OP: youtube.com/watch?v=pNNwudhgvE

Using a song as ED for the has been a really smart choice if you interpret the genre as somewhat experimental and anarchist:

Having the MC isekai into a spider's body is a parody of the genre.
The MC is constantly fighting against her alleged destiny, abusing the leveling system like you do in a hard video game.
Also, her spider brain works faster than a human brain, like on high bpm.

The full version features more musical surprises: youtube.com/watch?v=lZqbgn3Svm

Granbelm ep 9 spoiler 

After having cited 's Rêverie in episodes 2 (11sec), 3 (58sec), 8 (28sec) and 9 (9sec), shows us how to stage a 3-minute long fight using it as diegetic music. Sadly, 's clip stops before the really interesting parts.

In the , they play about 2/3 of the piece and the unexpected E major section accompanies Kuon's final blows against Suishou.

Seriously, watch just for its sound design and OST.

youtube.com/watch?v=9-WkzPLBZE

The opening of feels like a bunch of loosely connected musical ideas, none of which are developed or built upon for more than a few seconds. It doesn't even mind switching from F major to E major and back (nicely synchronized with the switch to darker visuals).

Like our protagonists' journey. They go from one place to another and while they might rest somewhere for some time, they are always driven to leave after a few days.

youtube.com/watch?v=DGqDymejNQ

Yuru Camp S2E1 spoiler 

That moment when young Rin gets to enjoy the view of Mt. Fuji for the first time (at 11:37). It's accompanied by a leitmotif we already know by heart from S1 (D–A–A–A–B–G–A) and which hasn't appeared so far in S2. Seconds before, the motif gets subtly introduced over Em and C chords, centered around G instead of A. As Mt. Fuji comes into view, we reach the tonic (D major).

This is Rin discovering the joy of camping, set to the "birth" of our beloved leitmotif!

is as strange as :

Many clichéd stories with a few actual gems standing out.
People don't mind hearing a foreign language and reading subtitles/surtitles.
Strange pronunciation and speech patterns.
Tons of weird mannerisms and tropes.
The medium is associated with a whole subgenre of music.
Connoisseurs know how interpret staff lists; actors and directors have cult followings.
Openings/ouvertures are given unusual attention and love.
Everything you see has been timed meticulously.

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This is going to sound like a very strange thing to admit at this point in my life, but I've decided that I do actually like #anime and have liked it all along

What I mean is, outside of it as a marketed genre from the time I was a little kid (excluding some awful titles)

It's sometimes hard to decide whether something you go to and repeat is because of familiarity alone, your friends and family enjoy it, or you actually enjoyed it yourself

I think I actually enjoy watching anime myself

Really love these musical miniatures in . Ever noticed that random downward scale the violins are playing at the end?
youtube.com/watch?v=QK_0DGTOe9

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