This Year in Drama Soundtracks: 2013 (Part 2: Upbeat Edition)
In case you missed the first part of this series, I am gathering songs from this year’s drama soundtracks based on the kind of ‘feel’ or vibes that the songs give me. My first edition was for the “Melancholy” vibe…the kind of songs I’d listen to while I’m feeling kinda blue. This part 2 is centered around a more catchy and upbeat feeling. I couldn’t really think of any other word to describe these songs so… O__O If you can find a better word please do. I feel so lame calling this the ‘upbeat edition’. (Please note that I am kinda clueless when it comes to genres so I just put what I THINK the genre is T_T)
In this Upbeat Edition:
- Yin Yang – Kuwata Keisuke – Saikou no Rikon OST
- Aitai – Suga Shikao – xxxHOLiC Live Action OST
- I Can’t Rely on You – Takeshi Hanzawa/FreeTEMPO – Last Cinderella OST
- 23:59 – Takeshi Hanzawa/FreeTEMPO – Last Cinderella OST
- Every Hero (Short version) – kaho – Miss Pilot OST
- Unknown song – The Pursuit of Happiness OST
Yin Yang – Kuwata Keisuke – Saikou no Rikon OST
Drama: Saikou no Rikon
[Ending Theme Song]
Feeling: Spunky, fun….SNAZZY?
Saikou no Rikon definitely has the best ending theme song & MV HANDS DOWN! Somehow the best word I can use to describe this song is SNAZZY. It is just a lot of fun and when paired with the awesome MV’s it is amazing. Each episode has a slightly different ending MV, all of which are really funny and hot. O__O Really you should just watch all of the ending MV’s for each episode, they are such a hoot to watch, haha!
Aitai – Suga Shikao – xxxHOLiC Live Action OST
Drama: xxxHOLiC Live Action
[Opening Theme Song]
Feeling: Edgy, mysterious
Of course I have to include a song off of the xxxHOLiC soundtrack, bwahahaha!!! This song gives me a very distinct xxxHOLiC-ish feel because it sounds all mysterious and EPIC. You really have to watch it with the opening MV though because I think I feel like it’s epic since the MV lets me stare at the main characters’ faces in SLO-MO. 😛
I Can’t Rely on You – Takeshi Hanzawa/FreeTEMPO – Last Cinderella OST
Drama: Last Cinderella
Feeling: catchy, jazzy, smooth
If you’re a fan of FREETEMPO then you’d know that their songs are SOOO CATCHY! I especially like the piano & violin parts! And I can actually sing along with it! I CAN’T RELY ON YOUUUUUUUUUU! YOU’RE NEVER THERE FOR ME, I CAN’T RELY ON YOUUUUUUUUUUUUU.
23:59 – Takeshi Hanzawa/FreeTEMPO – Last Cinderella OST
Drama: Last Cinderella
Feeling: slow build-up, catchy
This is yet another song off of the Last Cinderella OST, and of course it’s by Takeshi Hanzawa/FreeTEMPO. This is actually an instrumental song and it takes a while for it to build-up, but once you get further and further into the song it just gets better and better. Anyways if you saw Last Cinderella you might remember this is the scene when Hiroto ‘targets’ Sakura while doing his epic slow-mo walk. I think this is one of my favorite songs from this edition because it’s just so catchy. *W*
Every Hero (Short version) – kaho – Miss Pilot OST
Drama: Miss Pilot
[Ending Theme Song]
Genre: pop, soul
I actually didn’t watch all of Miss Pilot but the theme song definitely caught my attention. The singer, Kaho, is actually new to the jpop scene and I love her voice already. It’s very soulful and strong. My favorite part of the song is actually the beginning when kaho sings the opening verse!
Unknown song – The Pursuit of Happiness OST
Drama: The Pursuit of Happiness OST
Genre: pop, instrumental
Literally I searched EVERYWHERE for the title of this song and I couldn’t find it ANYWHERE. I couldn’t even find a clip of it so the only way to share it here was to use a whole part of the episode. O_O” It starts at 11:14 and plays through 12:14. Note that there are also big spoilers haha! Anyways this is one of my favorite songs from The Pursuit of Happiness OST even though I’ve only heard it once or twice. It is also an instrumental but OMG it totally suits the scene so well and I loveeee the ending when it turns into this really swoony romantic melody. *W*
**The song starts at 11:14! Don’t watch this if you haven’t seen episode 8!
So that’s it for part 2 of This Year in Drama Soundtracks. There are only 6 songs here but I think each one of them is quite memorable to me. They all have a very distinct feel to them and I also feel like they are more unique in that they are not all the most popular songs off of the drama soundtracks. I think it’s good to appreciate the instrumental tracks as well as they are usually overlooked in favor of the more well-known theme songs. Also I know this ended up being mainly Japanese songs, erm it just kinda happened that way. O_O”
This Year in Drama Soundtracks 2013
- Part 1: Melancholy Edition
- Part 2: Upbeat Edition