Music: “Sora’s Folktale” from Escaflowne: A Girl in Gaea

2000’s Escaflowne: A Girl in Gaea was not particularly great movie, straying too far from and failing to capture the same magic as the superior 1996 anime series. but one thing it did have going for it was this trip-hop remix of the song “Sora’s Folktale”, written and sung in a made-up language by the incomparable Yoko Kanno.

This particular version is only an incidental song sung in a nightclub by Eriya and Naria during their brief cameo appearance in the movie. But it still manages to pack a lot of beautiful, bittersweet, transcendent FEELS in its less than two minutes of run time.

Weekly ED: No Game No Life (No Sora)

I always thought NGNL’s ending to be pleasantly catchy and uplifting, but a bit syrupy sweet. To suddenly yank Sora out of it, leaving Shiro alone, futz with the audio, and dull the colors…that was an awesome subversion of expectations. This clip I just found nicely compares the two versions.

I’m most reminded of two other excellent “remixes” of OPs: Umi Monogatari’s “Dark OP”, one of the saddest and most beautiful OPs ever, IMO (especially in context with the normal one), and Angel Beats! “Rock” OP sung by Yui (LiSA).