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Not the best of Hisaishi, but its still damn good

Ghibli is known for excelling in many things, and the score is obviously one of them. Hisaishi pulls off another fantastic soundtrack for The Wind Rises that truly transports you to a time long past our own. In terms of the soundtrack by itself, it has a bit of a repetitive progression, but thats not completly fair to rate on hearing the music itself, its made to be heard while watching a movie after all.

Having watched the dub (sorry dub-haters, this one was actually good for once) the music truly made this film a true beauty and a touching visual marvel that I have not seen out of Ghibli since probably Mononke-Hime. The soundtrack was one of the most pivotal pieces in how the film was great, the scoore truly presented the themes and story of the film well and were truly marvolous and feel-provoking pieces that you don't see in a lot of anime, or even in regular live-action films, and it truly makes the Wind Rises a must see.

So The Wind Rises soundtrack gets a strong 4/5 from me, with a 5 being if it had not been as repetitive at times as it was but hey, Les Miserables had that too and look how that turned out for Mackintosh! Definetely go watch The Wind Rises now, if you like the film and Ghibli scores in general, this one won't dissapoint.

Fitting

Not Hisaishi’s most melodically compelling score, but it evokes nostalgia and longing much more than his previous Ghibli scores - quite fitting for Myazaki’s last film.

"A Heart Aflutter" is my favourite track on this soundtrack. It perfectly captures at once the film’s sweeping showcase of the beauty of flight, as well as the hope of newfound love. It is the first music heard in the trailer, and a theme that I wish was explored more throughout the film, yet perhaps the fact that it only makes one appearance in the film makes it all the more special.

Biography

Born: December 06, 1950 in Nakano, Nagano, Japan

Genre: Soundtrack

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Most celebrated for his alternating touching and dynamic orchestral film scoring with Studio Ghibli animation director Hayao Miyazaki, Joe Hisaishi is a prolific Japanese composer of classical works, film scores, and experimental electronic and animation music. Born Mamoru Fujisawa in Nakano, Japan, Hisaishi began studying the violin at age five and went on to major in music composition at the Kunitachi College of Music. He released his first album in 1981. Titled Mkwaju, it was written for percussion...
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