New Jazz Anime with Yoko Kanno

I’m still working on my fairy tale for dVerse Poetics.  In the mean time, I’m also dreaming

English: Yoko Kanno poses for a picture with a...

English: Yoko Kanno poses for a picture with a fan on Otakon 1999. This photo was cropped from original. Thanks goes to author Ferricide. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

about an upcoming anime.  One of the first anime series I ever watched was Cowboy Bebop.  That same creative team is now creating a new series called Sakamichi no Apollo.  Bebop had art, unforgettable characters, humor and to-die-for music by Yoko Kanno.  She is also bringing life to the new series.  Here is a taste of my favorites (from Cowboy Bebop, upcoming Sakamichi no Apollo, and Wolf’s Rain), so we can all have a taste of jazz in our dreams tonight.

Unfortunately the three last video links I had up are no longer available on YouTube.  I suggest searching for Yoko Kanno and adding Wolf’s Rain, Kids on the Slope, Sakamichi No Apollon, or Cowboy Bebop.  Something good will turn up.

Cowboy BebopCover of "Wolf's Rain 1"Music of Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex

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11 Responses to New Jazz Anime with Yoko Kanno

  1. Raven says:

    Ahh … Yousei, this is lovely. Especially Wolf Rain. As a raven, anything wolf is of interest to me. They are ever and forever together. So much so, that wolf studies are nearly always done in tandem with raven studies. This was a pleasure to day. Thank you.

    • Yousei Hime says:

      Wolf’s Rain was a beautiful anime series, but dark and on the depressing side. That song is one of my favorites, for both its poetics and haunting melody. Glad I could share them with you.

  2. brian miller says:

    i hope so as well…

    saw cowboy bebop some…have a kid i work with that is way into manga so i have gotten into that world some….

    • Yousei Hime says:

      Nice to know someone might get a few anime references. Bebop is a classic, having some very American sensibilities to it even with its Japanese roots–scifi, cowboy, afros, jazz, Native American Indians, etc. If you ever have any questions on manga and can’t ask the kid, you can always bounce them off me. 😉 I haven’t read everything by any stretch, but I’m familiar with many series and some of the more popular ones.

  3. Shawna says:

    I saw the manga section at the bookstore Friday night and thought of you. 🙂

    • Yousei Hime says:

      Lol. Resist temptation. They are a delight (to me) to read but prohibitively expensive, since most don’t stop at one, two or even three volumes. Happy to have been in your thoughts though. I’m still composing my fairy tale. Hoping it will be done before the deadline. If not, I’m posting it anyway. 😉

  4. slpmartin says:

    Love the music this Sunday morning…bring on the fairy tale.

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  6. claudia says:

    can’t wait to read your fairy tale poem…smiles

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