Examining the Origins of Eden of the East’s OP

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Once upon a time, in a distant place called England, a band manager spoke with a band.

Manager: “Hey guys, we’ve got some Japanese company that wants you to use one of your songs for the opening music for some show its making – I think they called it an annie-may?”

Oasis Dude One: “Annie-may? Isn’t that stuff those geeks who live in their mother’s basements watch?”

Manager: “Yeah, think I heard something like that. Anyway, one of the guys in Japan likes your music.”

Oasis Dude Two: “Well, everything’s famous in Japan, y’know?”

Manager: “Well, they’re offering £xx for it.”

Oasis Dude One: “Alright, sign us up.”

Seriously, I would like to know how the hell this ended up happening – no offense to Oasis, but its a bit removed from its heydey (although it has been doing better in Britain as of late?), so it seems a bit curious for them to have ended up singing the theme song for a foreign TV show. I myself have never really listened to them, since they were in in America when I was still fairly young.

Anyway, I think there’s no denying that Eden of the East has an extremely sharp OP sequence, as the animation and artistry is top-notch, and the music itself is great – I even downloaded it from iTunes and its been playing in fairly heavy rotation in the background of my doing work, etc. all day. Its easily the best OP song of the entire season (I still think the FMA: Brotherhood OP music is a bit jarring, find the Pandora Hearts OP amusing from a nostalgia perspective, and honestly can’t remember anything else about other OP’s off the top of my head), never mind the animation.

I would like to know how Oasis ended up doing the OP – there doesn’t seem to be anything out there in reportage that says how it happened, just that it did. Ah well.

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11 Responses to Examining the Origins of Eden of the East’s OP

  1. plenty of western songs are used in anime op/eds. see gunslinger girl (the delgados), ergo proxy (soundgarden), and paradise kiss (franz ferdinand)

  2. Kairu Ishimaru says:

    Im thinking that if they were the one who has been offered, the Oasis laughed at first like “What the fuck? Our song will be used at a childish cartoon which are for children? *laughs*” Well I hope not.

  3. justin says:

    they also used radiohead’s ‘paranoid android’ for the first couple of episodes of ergo proxy.

  4. thom says:

    Ergo Proxy ED is Radiohead (Paranoid Android), not Soundgarden.

  5. thom says:

    Also, from your post it sounds like you’re wondering why they made a song for an anime. They didn’t. That song is from the album they released last year. The animation studio just licensed it.

  6. I don’t know if Oasis would even be aware that it’s happening. My grasp on how all this works is admittedly shaky, but the song might already be licensed-to-be-licensed, or something, in Japan. So the director, or whoever, could just pick it, pay up, and use it. I believe (though I could be wrong) that that’s what happened with ‘Girls on Film’ for the Speed Grapher OP (incidentally the Japanese title of ‘Girls on Film’ is Gravure no Bishoujo, which I think puts a different spin on the song).

  7. Shin says:

    What IKnight said. Pretty sure Oasis didn’t specifically wrote Falling Down for the show, the producers just licensed it. Not that I’m complaining of course, since Oasis is among my favorite non J-Pop/Anisong bands. If anything, I’d prefer actual English songs than poorly executed Engrish efforts.

  8. adaywithoutme says:

    @ 21stcenturydigitalboy – Or the first ED for Kuroshitsuji… I’m just waiting for some show to use an R.E.M. song – that’d be sweet.

    @ thom – No, I don’t think they made it for the anime, more like I was just being an ass-hat – but I would like to know more about the process in which anime productions pick out songs and such, particularly when the songs are foreign in origin.

    @ The Animanachronism – It still is funny to try imagining the guys in Oasis sitting around and being told some Japanese cartoon had decided to use their song for its OP.

    @ Shin – Like I said to thom.

  9. omisyth says:

    To be honest, I’m pretty sure that the director of the show just thought that using an English song would be cool and tried to find a song w/ lyrics that had at least some relation to the anime. Oasis are a big name in music and they released a chart topping album recently so…

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