atomic_fungus (atomic_fungus) wrote,

#7691: Hana Yori Dango

This evening, I decided I was going to make another omnibus disk, of the later Kansas albums, the four three Styx albums I own, and some anime music. Specifically, the music for Hana Yori Dango.

The HYD anime was amazing. First off, the backgrounds look like they were done in watercolor. The character designs were a bit off-putting at first but they grew on me. The story was engaging and entertaining. But the music--

The basic story is that Tsukushi Makino is a first-year student at an extremely exclusive private high school. I mean, it's where the scions of the rich and powerful of Japan go to high school. And the school is essentially run by the four richest kids in Japan, and their ringleader is Tsukasa Doumyouji. They call themselves the "F4". When someone pisses off F4, he'll get a red tag in his locker, and that's the sign for all the other students to haze and harass--mercilessly--the victim of F4's ire.

Until Tsukushi gets a red tag.

Tsukushi is not your average high school girl; she's tough and resilient and tenacious, and she fights back against F4 and beats them. Mainly because Doumyouji falls in love with her. Before that happens, Tsukushi is seen going to a specific fire escape to decompress; it's her secret hideout. And one day she hears Hanazawa Rui (one of F4) playing his violin, and she's enchanted by it.

...and they picked the worst part of the piece to have him play. Literally twenty seconds after the part of the piece they used (and used and overused) is some of the most sublime violin playing I've ever heard. It ends with the violinist playing this ascending arpeggio which just seems to go higher and higher, impossibly high, before hitting its high note and then falling off a few steps.

There are so many good pieces of music in this series, I could write 50,000 words describing them.

I should find my tapes and watch it again.

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