Hiroyuki Sawano thread

Elijah Parker
Elijah Parker

Hiroyuki Sawano thread.

Let's talk about the man and his music, his music that is packed with variety from epic orchestrations, light bubbly pop (Light Your Heart Up), and blood pumping comeback songs.

Also
Kill La Kill > Kabaneri > Xenoblade Chronicles X > Gundam Unicorn > Team Medical Dragon > Guilty Crown > Attack On Titan > Sengoku Basara > Blue Exorcist > Aldnoah.Zero > Seraph > Seven Deadly Sins

All urls found in this thread:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ehxzly2ogW4
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AXrODaCYXmc
https://youtu.be/6QomlNU-sO4
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ekykN90Ueq4
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_xb2O5Rc2IY
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LA1pEXaNmBg&t=3m20s
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cDbh3lLi1ZY
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e9DLZ0G7JXM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oUl3kUhc73c
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cM4SZ6AzfMY
Nicholas Reed
Nicholas Reed

I know he's a meme composer but I've only heard Kill la Kill and Xenoblade and both were fine in my books.

Jacob Hill
Jacob Hill

Kabaneri's OST is fucking boring, I barely even notice it.

Liam Allen
Liam Allen

There's a TMD anime or is it just the drama?

Ryan Walker
Ryan Walker

copying yourself is not plagiarism.

Jaxson Bailey
Jaxson Bailey

TMD and Unicorn not on top 2
Kabaneri not on bottom 2
I fucking love Sawano's work but his works after Xenoblade X are absolute dog shit.
Also mind you that he started composing for Xenoblade X back on 2013.

Ian Jackson
Ian Jackson

the KLK soundtrack is possibly the best thing about the show

Gabriel Parker
Gabriel Parker

Sawano in the [NzK] shrieking vocal Tracks era
Variety

Pick one

Luis Brooks
Luis Brooks

KLK and Unicorn had great soundtracks so why is everything else he does so shit?

Samuel Wright
Samuel Wright

Lost any creative spark after Gundam Unicorn.

Gabriel Anderson
Gabriel Anderson

the J-Drama.

Gavin Ward
Gavin Ward

Xenoblade X's music is one of the most unnecessarily shat upon things I've seen in recent memory.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ehxzly2ogW4

Is one of the greatest vidya tracks ever.

Justin Barnes
Justin Barnes

Main menu theme means jack shit. The battle themes are godawful. It's fucking trash. Even low budget games can do better in house https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AXrODaCYXmc

Jackson Cooper
Jackson Cooper

Main menu theme

Thanks for admitting you didn't even play the game, amigo.

Hunter Davis
Hunter Davis

wanting Kabaneri to be on bottom 2
https://youtu.be/6QomlNU-sO4

uh, no.

Austin Hughes
Austin Hughes

I won't say I don't understand some of the criticisms, but I really don't mind them for the most part and on the whole I loved the soundtrack. Silly stuff like the "uh yeah" in New LA at night to the Don't Lose Your Way-esque tracks for tyrant fights were cheesy, yes, but I felt that they added a ton of personality to the game.

Camden Thompson
Camden Thompson

Uncontrollable may make you think "Wait, how the hell does this even fit in the game?" when listening to it without any context, but when fighting a tyrant, the theme gets the blood pumping so hard.

When you're getting to that last 20% HP and your entire party is in the red and the song is just hitting the double chorus.

Damn it feels good.

Joseph Allen
Joseph Allen

falcom
final dungeon
lol

Joseph Price
Joseph Price

Right? The game wouldn't be the same without it. Lots of good environmental tracks too I thought, I like this one a lot:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ekykN90Ueq4

Blake Green
Blake Green

Definitely. Xenoblade X is one of the few open world games I can stand because it's actually a joy to run through the world. The scenery is enticing, the movement is fast and fluid, and the music for everywhere is great.

Zachary Lee
Zachary Lee

Someone hasn't listened to the new Kabaneri OST.

Lincoln Harris
Lincoln Harris

Reminder that everything is out to get you.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_xb2O5Rc2IY

Asher Price
Asher Price

tfw Sawano and Lotus Juice will never do a compilation together

Jace Bell
Jace Bell

BLACK TAR
IT GETS
YOU WHEREVER YOU GOOOOOO

I think X is my favorite ost from him.

Nolan Fisher
Nolan Fisher

Sawano X Lotus Juice collab
Want. Fucking. Want.

Benjamin Perez
Benjamin Perez

it's like i'm watching unicorn.

David Price
David Price

And then you can hop in your giant robot with funnels and beam magnum and it'll be like you're playing unicorn.

Adam Bailey
Adam Bailey

KLK
Over Aldnoah or over Freaking Attack on Titan

How can someone get something so wrong?

Wyatt Hernandez
Wyatt Hernandez

You gotta admire his most varied work to date.

Hudson Edwards
Hudson Edwards

Still sucks shit. Kabaneri, Crown, Unicorn and Titan are all superior and more memorable too.

Anthony Ortiz
Anthony Ortiz

Half of KLK's songs sound like pure wubnoise or generic piano music.

Before my body is dry, Blumenkranz, and Light your heart up are the only good songs in it.

Julian Collins
Julian Collins

Ambiguous is the shit

Kayden Myers
Kayden Myers

That's not Sawano, though.

Tyler Kelly
Tyler Kelly

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LA1pEXaNmBg&t=3m20s

Gavin Lewis
Gavin Lewis

no I Want To Know
no Till I Die

Austin Russell
Austin Russell

I thought Light your Heart Up was made by another artist.

Brandon Ramirez
Brandon Ramirez

Go Shiina does Sawano music better than Sawano.

James Clark
James Clark

Go Shiina does everyone's music better than them.

Andrew Robinson
Andrew Robinson

I'm loving the Kabaneri soundtrack right now. The music that's played at the end of episode 6 made me immediately go download it.

Juan Bailey
Juan Bailey

Oh fuck was the full OST already released?
I didn't even realise I missed it

Matthew Long
Matthew Long

Basara and Unicorn will forever be his best works. Ever since Guilty Crown he's had a retarded obsession with overusing vocals.

Chase Rogers
Chase Rogers

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cDbh3lLi1ZY

Logan Perez
Logan Perez

The best thing about Sawano are his track titles.

Nathan Martinez
Nathan Martinez

Kabaneri > Xenoblade Chronicles X > Gundam Unicorn >
this shitty ranking
Into thrash it goes.

Jeremiah Clark
Jeremiah Clark

his music that is packed with variety
Wew lad

Matthew Taylor
Matthew Taylor

+h|S

Thomas Diaz
Thomas Diaz

It's literally guilty crown ost 2.0

Eli Carter
Eli Carter

Gundam Unicorn (Magnum Opus) > Kill La kill > Team Medical Dragon > Xenoblade Chronicles > AoT > Guilty Crown >Blue Exorcist > the rest.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e9DLZ0G7JXM

Eli Sanchez
Eli Sanchez

What are implying? This is garbage and not original at all for Sawano

Hudson Kelly
Hudson Kelly

Hiroyuki Sawano is a great composer. I feel he gets a lot of residual flak from the projects he's worked on that I don't think is really fair to ascribe to him. I also feel some of the actual criticism of his work, by no means all of it, is not really a product of Sawano but of the director of a given project wanting 'The Sawano Soundtrack,' which is naturally going to lead to samey sounding shit.

At the same time, I do feel like a lot of his stuff in more recent years has sort of fallen prey to that. If you listen to the soundtracks to a few of the projects that he's done back to back or shuffled into a playlist, you'll be able to tell that many of his background-ish tracks and even a handful of the main-ish theme tracks sound like half-reorchestrations of the same like six or eight songs and half-new material written in. That's not to say that they are, or that Sawano is lazily slapping together music to ship a product, but I feel like Sawano's recent fame is kind of locking him into a narrow style of music.

Like you look at Taku Iwasaki or Yoko Kanno, for instance, and even though Taku especially has some odd instrumentation preferences that are going to show up in places you might not expect it, you listen to their soundtracks back to back and you (or at least I) don't really get that same kind of vibe.

I dunno. It has been a long time since I've studied music theory and whatnot so I'm probably not explaining things as well as I could.

Camden Rogers
Camden Rogers

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oUl3kUhc73c
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cM4SZ6AzfMY
My favorite Sawano songs.

Jace Walker
Jace Walker

The only possible ranking :

Unicorn > Ao no Exorcist > Guilty Crown / Shingeki no Kyojin / Nanatsu no Taizai > Kabaneri / Kill la Kill > Aldnoah Zero > Owari no Seraph

Didn't watch the other anime he worked on. XCX's OST is between Unicorn and Ao no Exorcist. I'm only judging the music, not how it is used in the game.

Sebastian Martinez
Sebastian Martinez

vocal song in a jrpg
garbage

the 1st xenoblade is superior

Logan Bell
Logan Bell

Why is Nanatsu no Taizai rated so low? I think it's great and different from his other works

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