Music Appreciation: Ali Project
June 20, 2010
If you’ve ever wanted to hear what German cabaret mixed with Techno would sound like, this post is for you! Ali Project (formerly Ari Project, AKA Ant Purojekuto) consists of the duo Arika Takarano (vocals and lyrics) and Mikiya Katakura (instruments and composition). Since their beginning in 1988, this fierce musical team has delivered their signature sound to many fine anime. As I explained in an earlier post, I’m not going to try to order these songs by “quality”. The intention of this series of posts is merely to spend time appreciating some of the great music of anime, and the artists who made it. I hope you enjoy!
Clamp Campus Detectives [OP] (1997).
If you are only already familiar with the more recent work produced by Ali Project, this one might surprise you. Arika’s voice is lighter (even somewhat childish) by comparison to the dark tone she produces in recent performances. However, the music itself has some signature Ali Project elements, such as the crazy scale runs.
Noir [OP] (2001).
This opening was one of my favorite parts of Noir. The dark lyrics point to the direction the band was moving artistically.
Rozen Maiden [OP] (2004).
This song is absolutely classic Ali Project, and the animation complements it so well. I almost included this one on my post of generalized OP appreciation, but decided that I really needed to do a whole post on Ali Project instead. What can I say about this, besides, “when you get tired of watching this, you should check out this music video for the show’s second season, Rozen Maiden Träumend“.
Maria-sama ga Miteru [OP] (2004).
This one probably is quite surprising, and is a bit of a cheat on my part. This is actually an instrumental by Mikiya Katakura, so it is only one half of Ali Project, although Arika did sing lyrics to this song in the second season. The sound is very unlike Ali Project, but the effect is quite nice, and shows their versatility.
Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion [ED] (2006)
We began with a Clamp production, and so we shall end. In addition to another fine song from Ali Project, this ED had animation in a style unlike the show itself, which made for interesting viewing. BTW, for lovers of this song, there is a longer version as a music video (featuring Arika posing in several crazy outfits, of course).
Anyways, I hope you enjoyed this little appreciation post for Ali Project. If so, you might want to check out their official website.