I began to feel like I’ve been blogging too much for my (beloved) commenters these days, and that’s just no good, so I’ve decided to write about what I feel like on this blog about how I feel about anime. That’s surprising.
Anyway, Ghost Hunt’s ending theme is amazing not only because the music is beautful but also because of the nature of it’s existence. To begin with, I want too look at the ED itself. Technically, the ED doesn’t fit my loose requirements for being a good ED, since the animation is (at the least, at a first glance) lacklustre. Being the slightly ADD afflicted person I am, unless things are moving and constantly flashing across the screen, it’s going to lose my attention quite quickly. That is, if something else isn’t powerful and/or moving enough to make up for the lack of pretty colours. And “Ending Theme” by Toshiro Masuda is just that.
Although you could (as I did) see the animation as lazy, there are so many connotations between the nature of the show and the animation that it doesn’t come off that way. The song is mournful yet beautiful; it reminds me of something simplistic and strangely nostalgic like a music box or lullaby, something which inherently resonates within you. The small multicoloured spheres floating upwards echo the lighter-hearted side of the series (the parts when it’s not trying to disturb you in as many ways as possible. In fact, as of episode 14 I’ve noticed the show becoming more and more frightening. Not Scream or Saw frightening, but still. Anyway, that’s for another time.) Despite what the name of the show implies, far from ruthlessly hunting ghosts, the ending is focused on the spirits moving on and away from these earthly desires. The way the background slowly brightens reflects how they’re being set free from their suffering to continue on to whatever world is next. In short, it perfectly fits the tone of the series.
It’s interesting that the composer for Ghost Hunt also did the opening and ending themes for the show. That in itself is strange to me, since I’m so used to hearing songs from contemporary bands used in anime to either publicise the bands or vice versa. It’s a mutually benefitial relationship in that the two, if they are high quality, go well together etc, assist each other in terms of marketing and advertising. Then again, from this you do get cut and paste situations where the song is simply used for the sake of it being from a popular band, rather than it actually fitting and even accentuating the show (there are many times when I’ve watched a show more for its opening than the show itself. I’m looking at YOU, World Destruction!). That’s all fine and dandy, everyone enjoys good music, but to choose a song in which the lyrics and music fit the show is to create a more cohesive experience altogether.