Through Otaku Eyes / This old dog learns new tracks

Kanta Ishida writes: "I recently went to a concert by Yuki Kajiura, who is known for her musical compositions for late-night anime series such as So Ra No O To or Okami Kakushi.

I love "anison"--or anime songs--so much that I could spend all night singing them. But my repertoire hasn't changed much since the mid-'80s, and I don't know much about recent anison, maybe because they're too difficult for an old man like me to sing. I'm ashamed to say, but that is why I only recently learned of Kajiura, despite her already being a major name among anime fans for incidental music in Mobile Suit Gundam SEED and the opening song for the recent theatrical release of Kara no Kyokai.

On the day of the performance, the 3,000-seat Korakuen Hall in Suidobashi, Tokyo, was packed with twenty-somethings, just over half of whom were men. Though their fashion sense was more modest than flashy, I still felt awkward because, being in my 50s, I must have looked out of place."

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