First Listen: The music of Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken!<span class="wtr-time-wrap block after-title"><span class="wtr-time-number">4</span> min read</span>

A not-as-trippy-as-you-may-have-thought show of three girls creating an anime. Good anime series require a lot of work, lots and lots of daydreaming / fantasizing and a bucket-load of care and love…

DISCLAIMER: May contain spoilers ahead. May also contain eggs, milk, soy, nuts and the tears of your enemies.

The Opening Theme. A musical frenzy. “Easy Breezy” by chelmico

Watch the full song and discover more on chelmico YouTube channel.

An hors d’oeuvre featuring rap-style vocals, a guitar riff resembling the wild-wild west, a catchy as hell chorus, a soft-core bluegrassy hint and some kick-ass kick samples. Yes, the opening theme is a mixture of a gazillion characteristics handpicked from different decades and genres. The impression I’m left with is that it’s joyful and a bit childlike.

chelmico members, Rachel-Mamikom, tracksuits, white background

Yeah, yeah, hold your horses… Childlike as in it made me think of my usual weekends ~20 years ago, when I was little and was spending my free time watching anime on the living room TV. So, all these influences and characteristics of the opening theme come together because of the vocals on the lower contralto register. The sound fits so well with the story and art of the anime. In my book, it’s one of the unskippable OPs.

Find chelmico here:
Official Website // Twitter // Instagram // YouTube

OST first impressions. by OORUTAICHI

OORUTAICHI lying on big tree/large rock, blurry background, trees and the sunset
Composer, producer OORUTAICHI (source)

The scope from which the soundtrack was written and utilized is quite straightforward. The plot of this anime is the anime-making process itself. The art shows that. The music shows that. And so does the selection of the sound effects. The approach of every single aspect of this anime is the step by step construction -and deconstruction- of the anime production. The soundtrack was used almost as if it was nothing more than temp tracks. To elaborate a bit. The use of rawer and rougher electronic sounds was chosen over more elegant and refined ones. Although the basis of the OST was built on rounder -almost muted at times- sounds, the predominant instruments had a certain spark, almost like an acidic quality to them. But what I enjoyed the most was the sound effects that actually were onomatopoetic mouth sounds. Basically, the actresses were saying made-up words that simulated sounds and used these recordings as the sound effects of their own made-up world. And that’s exactly what made it so vibrant. It was what made our heroines’ fantasy-world come to life. And the cherry on top? Those onomatopoetic SFX were mixed and used just like the ‘normal’ ones would. Music and sound are what bring motion pictures to life. And in this case, they both shone brightly.

Find OORUTAICHI here:
Official Website // Twitter // Facebook

A gentle Ending Theme that packs a punch. “Namae no Nai Ao” by Kami-sama, I have noticed

Watch the full song and discover more on Kami-sama, Boku wa Kizuite shimatta YouTube channel.

Another blend of music styles. If you wonder what would happen if someone combined a guitar riff inspired from power metal, high and breathy J-Pop vocals, the usual rock accompaniment and a song development that includes a number of progressive rock elements… Look no further. The answer is this ending.

"Namae no Nai Ao" music video screenshot, masked person, liquid blue dye in the air
Music unit Kami-sama, I have noticed. Abbreviation: KamiBoku. Not all members are shown here. (source)

That’s the amount of ‘unexpected’ edge and familiarity a new song needs to rise in popularity. Truth is that about half-way in, the melodic line of the vocals has a few peaks mid-phrase that heavily resemble the sound of MYTH & ROID. Another unskippable tie-up.

Find Kami-sama, I have noticed here:
Official Webpage on Warner Music Japan // Twitter // YouTube

TL;DR

  • Both tie-ups raise the quality of the anime and vice versa.
  • Both OP and ED feature a number of elements from different genres.
  • The OST has been composed in a way to appear rougher around the edges and is in sync with the animation.
  • The use and mixing of the mouth SFX were really thought out and gave a nice artistic, yet realistic touch.

Score

8/10★

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