Mawaru Penguindrum: Children of Fate


I should first preface this post by telling you that I am an audiophile. I love music. Good music, that is. Anyway, I finally got my hands on Mawaru Penguindrum’s OST Vol. 7, and I must say, it is epic. It seems most music nowadays is obnoxious, loud, and dirty. And by dirty, I’m not referring to explicit. I’m talking about filthy; distorted. Also prevalent is sampling. Gone are the good ol’ days of original music that touches you deeply; music that you sit down and listen to as an activity instead of playing it in the background.

That’s not to say I’m a hipster; I most definitely am not. I enjoy a good amount of pop and electro, and one of my favorite bands is Daft Punk, well known for sampling. In fact, I’d say Daft Punk is really the only group that does the tunes they sample justice. They make some really good stuff, and I would recommend you check them out. But that’s not what I’m here to talk about today. As I’ve said, volume seven of Mawaru Penguindrum’s original soundtrack was recently released, and some of the tracks are just absolutely wonderful.

Specifically, I’m talking about the variations or “remixes” of Unmei no Kotachi. I could not get enough of it when it came out in the first volume of the OST, but what I was really waiting for was that piece that plays in the background of the climax in the last episode. Lo and behold, it’s finally here. Regardless, all of the variations, as well as the “original” are incredible. You really can’t sit through them without getting shivers. Well, that is unless you can. But in any case, I’ve taken the opportunity to put some these pieces up so you can enjoy them as well.

Note: There are four tracks on the playlist.

Enjoyed it? The music really sets the tone for the series very well; it’s just so sublime, serene, and moving. I’m sure the effect is mutual, and the visual part of the anime affected my perception of the audio just as much, but there’s no arguing how beautiful the pieces are. Beautiful music set to a beautiful anime. It’s all just so good. But that’s enough squeeing for now. I’ll let you guys go back to enjoying whatever it was you were listening to before this post. Assuming you did in fact actually hit that play button above, that is.

Random tidbit: Song refers to a piece of music with words; a song without words is a piece.

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3 Responses to Mawaru Penguindrum: Children of Fate

  1. Smiley says:

    I should add that these pieces naturally invoke their own “lyrics”; oohs and ahhs.

  2. moichispa says:

    Great I like posts about music. Music is a really important part of an anime. But it seems people forgives that sometimes. Maybe it is true that maybe because animation is better at digital era they don’t need music too be as efective as it was when anime was done with cels. That’s a pity because you can still use great music and make it work greatly with today’s animation. Ikuhara works can be labelled as Special because he always makes his work’s music be so different and interesting, giving an orchestra to the op singer was surprisingly amazing as the Triple H idea and the whole ost.

    • Smiley says:

      Etsuko Yakushimaru’s songs have always been very unique. I can almost immediately recognize them when I hear them; take Denpa Onna’s ED, for example. But yeah, her work on Mawaru Penguindrum was also ear candy.

      Triple H covering ARB’s music was an interesting move. I ended up liking the covers better than the originals, but perhaps that’s just because I had never heard of ARB before. I suppose this did at least give them a brief revival, though.

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