After a brief break, The Daily Dose returns in full swing! This week your favorite Japanator editos break down the videos they consider classics. As twisted as some of these choices may be, these are the tracks we go back to time and again. Turn your speaks up for this trip down memory lane!
Marcus Speer - Ai wa Hana, Kimi wa sono Tane (Love is a flower, you are its seed) - Miyako Harumi - Only Yesterday
"In a general sense, I suck when it comes to picking a classic song from "back-in-the-day" that represents Japan as a whole. On the other hand, I'm stupidly useful in getting theme songs from older anime that most of Glorious Nippon's populace has never head of stuck in my fat head. I'm also easily pleased by soapy and melodramatic crap, so believe me when I say that there's a whole lot of Old School anime songs that can bring out your inner softy.
It's kind of tough for me to decide: While the OVA adaption of the 1989 manga Video Girl Ai has one of the most memorable OST's that I can recall thanks to its cheesy J-pop montages and random insert songs that you can't help but dance to, I can't even begin to count how many times I've heard all four of Megazone 23 ending themes (such a great series, part two being my favorite!). I could easily have chosen a song from one of those two perhaps, though I ended up settling with "Ai wa Hana" from the Studio Ghibli film Only Yesterday because it's still sticking with me, literally months after I'd seen it. Probably recognized better in the US as being heard in Napoleon Dynamite, this cover still reminds me of that amazing introspective of Japan and the culture it had not only back in the 1960's, but also the 1980's thanks to an amazingly written and riveting story.
But I could go on all day about the movie itself... let's stick with how amazing of a song this is; its rising moments instantly bring me back to this film, one that preserved the culture of two generations and reminds me of how amazingly beautiful the Japan countryside is. Maybe next time, it'll motivate me to look into more of Japan's older, classic songs that aren't attached to stupid baby cartoons."
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