10 Favorite Japanese Soundtracks

Because I can’t get enough of lists and because I love OSTs, here’s a quick list of my ten favorite soundtracks from Japan. Check them out if you get the chance.

Ghost in the Shell — 川井憲次 (Kawai Kenji) Sample
Akira — 芸能山城組 (Geinoh Yamashirogumi) Sample
天使の卵 (Tenshi no Tamago, aka Angel’s Egg) — 菅野 由弘 (Kanno Yoshihiro) Sample
9 Souls — dip (Sample)
Paprika — 平沢進 (Hirasawa Susumu) Sample
殺し屋1 (Ichi the Killer) — Karera Musication (aka Boredoms) Sample
リリシュシュのすべて (All About Lily Chou-Chou) — 小林武史 (Kobayashi Takeshi) Sample
千と千尋の神隠し (Spirited Away) — 久石譲 (Hisaishi Joe) Sample
Cowboy Bebop — 菅野よう子 (Kanno Youko) Sample
黒い雨 (Black Rain) — 武満徹 (Takemitsu Toru) Sample

I haven’t listened to a lot of classic film scores, unfortunately — Seven Samurai, Godzilla, etc. –, so this is my top ten currently, although it will probably fluctuate over time (as lists tend to do). But anyway, these are all worth looking into.


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