Macross Frontier OST: Nyan Furo

This is the OST that everyone is talking about. Nyan Furo is the title for the original soundtrack for the highly acclaimed anime, Macross Frontier. Trust my words, this anime OST is the absolute best OST album ever. And I thought Kawai Kenji did well for Seirei no Moribito OSTs. Behind this brilliant music works is the ever fantastic Kanno Youko. Of course, who doesn’t know the industry’s fore-figure, Kanno Youko who stood along side with the likes of Kawai Kenji, Iwasaki Taku, and Joe Hisaishi. However I personally love Kanno’s composing style, which goes for the whole length of orchestral ranges and all the way to jazz – which I enjoy a lot, by the way. Indeed, her composition style is very versatile, making her one of the best anime composers of all time.

Nyan Furo

Now, as for her latest works in Nyan Furo, one of the emphasis she greatly taken care of is the epic-inspired themes in many of the episodes of Macross Frontier so far. Already in the pilot episode released last year, that sense of Hollywood-like orchestral themes playing in the background is indicative enough for anyone who watches it to believe that Macross Frontier is the anime title to look out for, and this is also partly due to the high production value of the series. Besides Kanno’s orchestral pieces, there are also some songs composed by her that were performed by Sakamoto Maaya and Nakajima Megumi. Again, Sakamoto is a notable seiyuu/singer in the anime industry who is famous for her works in The Vision of Escaflowne, Gundam Seed Destiny, and Wolf’s Rain. In contrast, Nakajima Ai is a newcomer with Macross Frontier as her voice acting debut. If you ask me, the producers are putting high hopes in her, considering that Macross is a major anime franchise. Nonetheless, her adorable voice for Ranka Lee has attracted many fans already, thanks to the addictive Nyan-nyan song. Besides that, her performance for Aimo ~Tori no Hito is amazing as well.

Many of the songs performed by them in the anime are featured in this OST album. The OP, Triangular, was new to my ears and took some time for me to adapt to it. But honestly, the OP is amazing except for the last part. Another song from Sakamoto is Diamond Crevasse, which is a great ballad song. The slow tempo may irk a few listeners but once you hit the chorus, you’ll love the song right away. In Nyan Furo OST, Kanno did not assimilate any jazz influence but her piano piece (and she’s always good at it; still can’t forget Yin’s theme song for Darker Than BLACK) is exceptionally amazing in Innocent green. I guess the piano piece would refer to Ranka, given that her hair is green (?!). Though you cannot count this as jazz, track title Private Army is crossover melody, in which I sense a direct reference to Wolf’s Rain. If there are any tracks you might consider on skipping, those would be SMS Shoutai no Uta and Ninji-n Loves You, Yeah! And finally for my favourite track from the album is The Target, which embodies many orchestral pieces and unmistakably tailored to Hollywood-standard production quality.

Just so as to let all of you enjoy this great experience of Nyan Furo, feel free to download the full album here.

7 Responses to “Macross Frontier OST: Nyan Furo”

  1. 1 Loba
    5 July 2008 at 2:39 pm

    Excellent OST! This is going to be the top of my current playlist!

  2. 2 Jay
    10 July 2008 at 2:22 am

    funny I came across this site! ‘cos I’m actually listening to the OST right now. meh! ^_^

  3. 10 July 2008 at 1:44 pm

    LOL! Not so surprising. It’s a good soundtrack to listen to while surfing the net =)

  4. 4 nono-chan
    22 November 2008 at 7:42 pm

    I heard most of the songs and they are just great ❤
    Maaya Sakomoto dosn’t sing Diamond Crevasse. The one who is singing this is May Nakajima (or May’n), the singing voice of Sheryl.

  5. 22 November 2008 at 10:43 pm

    Yeap, and I’m gonna see her at AFA 08 tomorrow! YAY!

  6. 24 November 2008 at 4:27 am

    May’n is Maaya Sakamoto. May’n is her artiste/recording label name. And yes, May’n or Maaya Sakamoto did Sheryl Nome in Macross Frontier. In short, it’s the same person.

  7. 7 Melvin
    8 September 2009 at 3:12 pm

    May’n stands for May Nakabayashi. Not Maaya Sakamoto.

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