History Leitmotif / Anime

14th Nov '17 9:44:52 AM TheNerfGuy
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* ''Anime/PrettyCure'' is positively drowning in Leitmotifs. Every Cure has her own theme music; these are slow and quiet for the more intellectual characters, and cheerful and upbeat for the others. Every complete team has a Leitmotif for when they're kicking some butt, distinct from the opening theme (which in turn is used as a RecurringRiff). Every evil organization has one, and every BigBad as well, including the movie villains. There's one for every Magical Land. Every [[{{Mons}} mascot creature]] has a Leitmotif--usually this is individual, though Coco and Nuts share theirs, and creatures from the movies tend to share themes as well. ''Anime/YesPrettyCure5'' even gave the ''school'' its own Leitmotif.

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* ''Anime/PrettyCure'' ''Franchise/PrettyCure'' is positively drowning in Leitmotifs. Every Cure has her own theme music; these are slow and quiet for the more intellectual characters, and cheerful and upbeat for the others. Every complete team has a Leitmotif for when they're kicking some butt, distinct from the opening theme (which in turn is used as a RecurringRiff). Every evil organization has one, and every BigBad as well, including the movie villains. There's one for every Magical Land. Every [[{{Mons}} mascot creature]] has a Leitmotif--usually this is individual, though Coco and Nuts share theirs, and creatures from the movies tend to share themes as well. ''Anime/YesPrettyCure5'' even gave the ''school'' its own Leitmotif.
7th Nov '17 12:27:15 PM Gamermaster
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* In ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'', if someone has an elaborate TransformationSequence, it will be accompanied by their Leitmotif. Some, like Fate's "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1czXpwyVc9c Flash of Gold]]" or Teana's "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H367cs3Qvo0 Meteoric Marksman]]", are action-packed enough to be used for ThemeMusicPowerUp purposes as well. Others, like Nanoha's "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PR-vzNA1d0Q Raising Heart, Set Up!]]", can't be used anywhere else so she has other character themes for [[DefeatMeansFriendship befriending purposes]], like "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TsSjvKOdL8M Ace of Aces]]".

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* In ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'', ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha'', if someone has an elaborate TransformationSequence, it will be accompanied by their Leitmotif. Some, like Fate's "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1czXpwyVc9c Flash of Gold]]" or Teana's "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H367cs3Qvo0 Meteoric Marksman]]", are action-packed enough to be used for ThemeMusicPowerUp purposes as well. Others, like Nanoha's "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PR-vzNA1d0Q Raising Heart, Set Up!]]", can't be used anywhere else so she has other character themes for [[DefeatMeansFriendship befriending purposes]], like "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TsSjvKOdL8M Ace of Aces]]".
25th Oct '17 3:11:58 AM Chocoroll
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** Both ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED'' and ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny'' gave us more leitmotifs. Whenever Freedom sortied in SEED, it was followed by "METEOR" sung by Creator/TMRevolution, who also did the first opening themes for both shows. When Strike Freedom sortied in SEED Destiny, "Vestige" (also by TMR) started playing. Individual characters also got leitmotifs, Shinn's being "Shutsugeki! Impulse" or a derivative thereof, Kira's being "Tobe! Freedom" from the first series in varying arrangements, and Stella's being variations of her ImageSong "Shinkai no Kodoku".

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** Both ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED'' and ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny'' gave us more leitmotifs. Whenever Freedom sortied in SEED, it was followed by "METEOR" sung by Creator/TMRevolution, Music/TMRevolution, who also did the first opening themes for both shows. When Strike Freedom sortied in SEED Destiny, "Vestige" (also by TMR) started playing. Individual characters also got leitmotifs, Shinn's being "Shutsugeki! Impulse" or a derivative thereof, Kira's being "Tobe! Freedom" from the first series in varying arrangements, and Stella's being variations of her ImageSong "Shinkai no Kodoku".
25th Oct '17 3:11:25 AM Chocoroll
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** Both ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED'' and ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny'' gave us more leitmotifs. Whenever Freedom sortied in SEED, it was followed by METEOR by T.M. Revolution, the band that made the first opening for both shows. When Strike Freedom sorited in SEED Destiny, Vestige (also by TMR) started playing. Individual characters also got leitmotifs, Shinn's being "Shutsugeki! Impulse" or a derivative thereof, Kira's being "Tobe! Freedom" from the first series in varying arrangements, and Stella's being variations of her ImageSong "Shinkai no Kodoku".

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** Both ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED'' and ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny'' gave us more leitmotifs. Whenever Freedom sortied in SEED, it was followed by METEOR "METEOR" sung by T.M. Revolution, the band that made Creator/TMRevolution, who also did the first opening themes for both shows. When Strike Freedom sorited sortied in SEED Destiny, Vestige "Vestige" (also by TMR) started playing. Individual characters also got leitmotifs, Shinn's being "Shutsugeki! Impulse" or a derivative thereof, Kira's being "Tobe! Freedom" from the first series in varying arrangements, and Stella's being variations of her ImageSong "Shinkai no Kodoku".
24th Sep '17 11:08:56 AM nombretomado
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* The GirlsWithGuns trilogy from studio BeeTrain has it's share of examples:

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* The GirlsWithGuns trilogy from studio BeeTrain Creator/BeeTrain has it's its share of examples:
14th Jun '17 6:11:37 PM ryanson209
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** SailorMoonCrystal gives the Senshi their own leitmotifs for regular life and transformations.
11th Jun '17 11:53:52 AM nombretomado
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* ''Anime/PrincessTutu'' has leitmotifs for most of the major characters, pulled from (mostly) Romantic-era classical music. Fakir's theme is LudwigVanBeethoven's ''Coriolanus'' Overture, Mytho's theme is the "Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy" from ''Theatre/TheNutcracker'' (and later episodes use Siegfried's Funeral March from Creator/RichardWagner's ''[[Theatre/TheRingOfTheNibelung Götterdämmerung]]'' when he's in danger, as well as "the Immortal Beloved" theme from the ''Siegfried-Idyll'' for his true prince form [[spoiler:which are appropriate since his true name is Siegfried]]), Princess Tutu's is "The Waltz of the Flowers" from ''The Nutcracker'', Drosselmeyer's is the Grande March from ''The Nutcracker'' (often arranged in a minor key and played on an ominous organ), Rue has several piano pieces by Satie for her themes, Ahiru has ''The Nutcracker'' Overture (that has several different arrangements for her changing moods), Edel's organ plays a slowed-down version of "The Dance of the Automatons" from Léo Delibes's ''Coppelia'' ([[spoiler:can you say [[ArtificialHuman foreshadowing]]?]])...even Professor Cat gets one--the Wedding March, of course! This isn't even going into some of the ''other'' leitmotifs used to represent various themes in the anime, or the fact that every episode has its ''own'' major musical theme named in the title card.

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* ''Anime/PrincessTutu'' has leitmotifs for most of the major characters, pulled from (mostly) Romantic-era classical music. Fakir's theme is LudwigVanBeethoven's Music/LudwigVanBeethoven's ''Coriolanus'' Overture, Mytho's theme is the "Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy" from ''Theatre/TheNutcracker'' (and later episodes use Siegfried's Funeral March from Creator/RichardWagner's ''[[Theatre/TheRingOfTheNibelung Götterdämmerung]]'' when he's in danger, as well as "the Immortal Beloved" theme from the ''Siegfried-Idyll'' for his true prince form [[spoiler:which are appropriate since his true name is Siegfried]]), Princess Tutu's is "The Waltz of the Flowers" from ''The Nutcracker'', Drosselmeyer's is the Grande March from ''The Nutcracker'' (often arranged in a minor key and played on an ominous organ), Rue has several piano pieces by Satie for her themes, Ahiru has ''The Nutcracker'' Overture (that has several different arrangements for her changing moods), Edel's organ plays a slowed-down version of "The Dance of the Automatons" from Léo Delibes's ''Coppelia'' ([[spoiler:can you say [[ArtificialHuman foreshadowing]]?]])...even Professor Cat gets one--the Wedding March, of course! This isn't even going into some of the ''other'' leitmotifs used to represent various themes in the anime, or the fact that every episode has its ''own'' major musical theme named in the title card.
8th May '17 2:31:38 PM legendaryweredragon
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* ''Anime/AggressiveRetsuko'' has a DeathMetal leitmotif that start playing and she sings with whenever she gets enraged.
17th Feb '17 8:39:20 AM kyojikasshu
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** Piccolo had a whistling theme in the Japanese original, mostly seen in the movies when he swoops in to save Gohan.

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** Piccolo ''Manga/DragonBall'', which retained its original score in the English dub, had a number of leitmotifs as well. The opening theme, "Makafushigi Adventure", was used as Goku's main leitmotif, while the ending theme, "Romantic Ageru Yo", was Bulma's. The Red Ribbon Army had an appropriately militaristic march as its theme, and the Demon King Piccolo's theme featured, [[ThemeNaming appropriately enough]], a whistling flute (though variations used the melody with different instruments).
** King Piccolo's
theme would carry over to Piccolo Jr., and continued to be used in the Japanese original, mostly seen soundtrack for ''Z''. Piccolo's theme took on a more heroic aspect as his CharacterDevelopment led to his HeelFaceTurn, and it was particularly featured in the movies when whenever he swoops needed to swoop in to save Gohan.or help Gohan. In one triumphant example, during Goku and Piccolo's combined charge on Garlic Jr. in ''[[Anime/DragonBallZDeadZone Dead Zone]]'', Piccolo's theme was combined with Goku's ''Dragon Ball'' theme in an epic manner.
10th Jan '17 4:26:43 PM nombretomado
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*** In one of the 'Deleted Scenes' videos, LittleKuriboh makes fun of this as well, with Tristan having found the remote for Duke's Theme Music. He then proceeds to browse through the several options and eventually chooses the least fitting...that is, after criticizing all the other options. Among those 'criticized' options are the second opening for ''Manga/DeathNote'', the first opening for ''Yu-Gi-Oh! GX'', and the first opening for ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}''.

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*** In one of the 'Deleted Scenes' videos, LittleKuriboh Creator/LittleKuriboh makes fun of this as well, with Tristan having found the remote for Duke's Theme Music. He then proceeds to browse through the several options and eventually chooses the least fitting...that is, after criticizing all the other options. Among those 'criticized' options are the second opening for ''Manga/DeathNote'', the first opening for ''Yu-Gi-Oh! GX'', and the first opening for ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}''.
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