I really liked one of the tracks in Xam’d and felt that it reminded me of some other composition. I tried really hard to recall it, but failed at the time. Several years later, I accidentally stumbled on the music piece I’ve been looking for! It turned out that it was a theme for “1492: Conquest of Paradise” (Ridley Scott, 1992) by a Greek composer Vangelis. Both compositions are somewhat similar in the beginning, but then diverge substantially, featuring a much more uplifting atmosphere for the live-action film.
Xam’d track plays several times during the series, but the most poignant part in my opinion is in Episode 20: Watered with Tears with the events in the Tessik village and a simultaneous dilemma facing Nakiami. Perhaps, that is why I thought of the “Conquest of Paradise” theme at the unconscious level…
Some anime music compositions are excellent by themselves and can be enjoyed even if you have not seen an anime, but if you did see it, and the scene left a strong impression, the effect is amplified by several folds. This track from Xam’d by Michiru Oshima brings me to tears every time…
Xma’d OST Track 3, Disk 1
胎動の扉が開く (The Door to the Quickening is Opened) by Michiru Oshima
“1492: Conquest of Paradise” theme by Vangelis
What about you? What anime music compositions made a strong impression?