History Leitmotif / Anime

11th Nov '16 9:18:08 PM tytoman
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* ''Anime/SenkiZesshouSymphogear'' is ''loaded'' with these, as might be expected from a series full of heroines armed with DiscoTech. For a start, each main character gets a personal battle song for each season, featuring a signature musical influence (Celtic for Hibiki, traditional Japanese for Tsubasa, hard rock for Chris, and so on).
29th Oct '16 8:20:14 AM LadyJaneGrey
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** Synchro Monsters had [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TutgSQS8m30 Yusei's Tuning Theme]] in the dub, although this applied to all Synchros used by the main cast, not just his.
23rd Oct '16 11:32:24 AM nombretomado
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** Leitmotifs were very common in the Faulconer era FUNimation dub. Piccolo had his own theme, usually played whenever he did something heroic (although it was occasionally used at other points). The various story arcs introduced new leitmotifs. Then there's the leitmotif that was first introduced when Goku shows off Super Saiyan 3. It's ostensibly the Super Saiyan 3 theme, but it tends to get played any time the heroes gain an edge during the Buu Saga. Buu himself, of course, has his own, devilishly jovial theme, befitting of a nightmarish trickster. Cell also has a leitmotif that has several different versions, including a really tense version that plays when shit starts hitting the fan.

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** Leitmotifs were very common in the Faulconer era FUNimation Creator/FUNimation dub. Piccolo had his own theme, usually played whenever he did something heroic (although it was occasionally used at other points). The various story arcs introduced new leitmotifs. Then there's the leitmotif that was first introduced when Goku shows off Super Saiyan 3. It's ostensibly the Super Saiyan 3 theme, but it tends to get played any time the heroes gain an edge during the Buu Saga. Buu himself, of course, has his own, devilishly jovial theme, befitting of a nightmarish trickster. Cell also has a leitmotif that has several different versions, including a really tense version that plays when shit starts hitting the fan.
20th Oct '16 8:27:42 AM WaxingName
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* As of Part 3 of''Manga/JojosBizarreAdventure'', the song "Stardust Crusaders" is always accompanied by a NoHoldsBarredBeatdown courtesy of Jotaro Kujo and his Stand Star Platinum...with complimentary "[[BattleCry ORAORAORAORA!]]"

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* As of [[Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventureStardustCrusaders Part 3 of''Manga/JojosBizarreAdventure'', 3]] of''Franchise/JojosBizarreAdventure'', the song "Stardust Crusaders" is always accompanied by a NoHoldsBarredBeatdown courtesy of Jotaro Kujo and his Stand Star Platinum...with complimentary "[[BattleCry ORAORAORAORA!]]"
28th Sep '16 8:22:26 PM Kurogane7
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* As of Part 3 of''Manga/JojosBizarreAdventure'', the song "Stardust Crusaders" is always accompanied by a NoHoldsBarredBeatdown courtesy of Jotaro Kujo and his Stand Star Platinum...with complimentary "[[BattleCry ORAORAORAORA!]]"
6th Sep '16 9:54:18 AM catstuxedo
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* In the dub of ''Anime/KirbyOfTheStars'', Meta Knight is always introduced by a Mexican fanfare.
** He has a similar one in the original, but it's not quite as foreign-sounding.

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* In the dub The English version of ''Anime/KirbyOfTheStars'', ''Anime/KirbyRightBackAtYa!'' plays this trope rather obnoxiously due to 4Kids' subscription to LullDestruction; any and all instances of King Dedede speaking would be accompanied by randomized synth-horn notes, Meta Knight is always introduced by a Mexican fanfare.
fanfare and Tokkori would hardly go anywhere without a mess of screeching violins.
** He has Meta Knight had a similar one leitmotif in the original, but it's not quite as foreign-sounding.



** Leitmotifs were very common in the Faulconer era FUNimation dub. Piccolo had his own theme, usually played whenever he did something heroic (although it was occasionally used at other points). The various story arcs introduced new leitmotifs. Then there's the leitmotif that was first introduced when Goku shows off Super Saiyan 3. It's ostensibly the Super Saiyan 3 theme, but it tends to get played any time the heroes gain an edge during the Buu Saga. Buu himself, of course, has his own, devillishly jovial theme, befitting of a nightmarish trickster. Cell also has a leitmotif that has several different versions, including a really tense version that plays when shit starts hitting the fan.
*** In fact argually leitmotifs weren't as strictly applied in DBZ as most other usages. Captain Ginyu, a minor character from the Frieza Saga, has his own epic theme for when he uses his body-switching technique, that is named after him. However, it was SO epic that it was used throughout the series for moments of awesome, whilst still being called "Captain Ginyu's Transformation". Also the Hyperbolic Time Chamber theme became Gohan's Super Saiyan theme near the end of the Cell Games Saga.

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** Leitmotifs were very common in the Faulconer era FUNimation dub. Piccolo had his own theme, usually played whenever he did something heroic (although it was occasionally used at other points). The various story arcs introduced new leitmotifs. Then there's the leitmotif that was first introduced when Goku shows off Super Saiyan 3. It's ostensibly the Super Saiyan 3 theme, but it tends to get played any time the heroes gain an edge during the Buu Saga. Buu himself, of course, has his own, devillishly devilishly jovial theme, befitting of a nightmarish trickster. Cell also has a leitmotif that has several different versions, including a really tense version that plays when shit starts hitting the fan.
*** In fact argually Arguably, leitmotifs weren't as strictly applied in DBZ as most other usages. Captain Ginyu, a minor character from the Frieza Saga, has his own epic theme for when he uses his body-switching technique, that is named after him. However, it was SO epic that it was used throughout the series for moments of awesome, whilst still being called "Captain Ginyu's Transformation". Also the Hyperbolic Time Chamber theme became Gohan's Super Saiyan theme near the end of the Cell Games Saga.



** Likewise, the alternate Westwood dub (which recycled the bulk of its music from ''Ruby-Spears Mega Man'') had the "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9TAO1l0OEHE The Army Theme]]", which was the default track for power ups or epic fight scenes. It was noted for being played to death in that particular dub, to the point of appearing in nearly every single episode. Countless iconic moments from the Cell and Buu arcs had that tune playing in the background.

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** Likewise, the alternate Westwood dub (which recycled the bulk of its music from ''Ruby-Spears Mega Man'') the Ruby-Spears ''Mega Man'' series) had the "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9TAO1l0OEHE The Army Theme]]", which was the default track for power ups or epic fight scenes. It was noted for being played to death in that particular dub, to the point of appearing in nearly every single episode. Countless iconic moments from the Cell and Buu arcs had that tune playing in the background.



** The strangest part about the dub is that every single situation had its own leitmotif. To the point where I can't remember a single scene where some sort of background music ''wasn't'' playing.

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** The strangest part about the dub is that every single situation had its own leitmotif. To the point where I can't remember there was hardly a single scene where some sort of background music ''wasn't'' playing.
28th Aug '16 10:05:13 AM EDP
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** Sailor Venus is associated with "Venus" (mostly Shocking Blue's original, not the more famous Bananarama cover). This happens mainly in video games, where her theme song tends to be an instrumental remix, but [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DkYdad35qyo her original voice actress published her own cover of the song]] (bonus point for this being perfectly in-character for Sailor Venus).
23rd Aug '16 4:30:36 AM lolcoolj
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** There's also a theme that plays in the English dub whenever Kaiba is hacking computers or doing something similarly badas. It's typically referred to as [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OaxrnUE2WzE "Kaiba Hacking Theme"]].

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** There's also a theme that plays in the English dub whenever Kaiba is hacking computers or doing something similarly badas.badass. It's typically referred to as [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OaxrnUE2WzE "Kaiba Hacking Theme"]].
23rd Aug '16 2:26:09 AM lolcoolj
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** Ron Wasserman's soundtrack for the early FUNimation/Ocean/Saban dub had a much loved [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nJeVdf9OwKM leitmotif which typically played whenever Goku arrived to save the day]]. This is probably the only proper character theme to have emerged from this score, as it tended to recycle its cues for any particular situation.

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** Ron Wasserman's soundtrack for the early FUNimation/Ocean/Saban '90s Saban dub had a much loved [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nJeVdf9OwKM leitmotif which typically played whenever Goku arrived to save the day]]. This is probably the only proper character theme to have emerged from this score, as it tended to recycle its cues for any particular situation.situation.
** Likewise, the alternate Westwood dub (which recycled the bulk of its music from ''Ruby-Spears Mega Man'') had the "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9TAO1l0OEHE The Army Theme]]", which was the default track for power ups or epic fight scenes. It was noted for being played to death in that particular dub, to the point of appearing in nearly every single episode. Countless iconic moments from the Cell and Buu arcs had that tune playing in the background.



** There's also a theme that plays in the English dub whenever Kaiba is hacking computers or doing something similar. It's typically referred to as [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OaxrnUE2WzE "Kaiba Hacking Theme"]].

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** There's also a theme that plays in the English dub whenever Kaiba is hacking computers or doing something similar.similarly badas. It's typically referred to as [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OaxrnUE2WzE "Kaiba Hacking Theme"]].
22nd Aug '16 5:33:17 AM kyojikasshu
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** ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing Gundam Wing]]'' has different themes for, among others, the five Gundam pilots, Relena, Wing Zero, the Mobile Dolls, and Treize. Heero's ("The Wings of a Boy Who Killed Adolesence") and Relena's ("Soft Hair, Clear Eyes") have several remixes, most famously the former's "Codename Heero Yuy" (the next episode preview theme), while Duo's ("Black Wind Inviting Death") and Quatre's ("Looking for Peace Hidden in the Corpse") never actually get used in the show and can only be heard on the soundtrack or in the ''VideoGame/SDGundamGGeneration'' video games.

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** ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing Gundam Wing]]'' has different themes for, among others, the five Gundam pilots, Relena, Wing Zero, the Mobile Dolls, and Treize. Heero's ("The Wings of a Boy Who Killed Adolesence") and Relena's ("Soft Hair, Clear Eyes") have several remixes, most famously the former's "Codename Heero Yuy" (the next episode preview theme), while Duo's ("Black Wind Inviting Death") and Quatre's ("Looking for Peace Hidden in the Corpse") never actually get used in the show and can only be heard on the soundtrack or in the ''VideoGame/SDGundamGGeneration'' video games.games (though other tracks that were actually used in the show use parts of those songs' melodies).
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