Is there anime with a good, dominating rock soundtrack, sort of like FLCL? It doesn't have to be alternative rock, it can be classic rock or anything else.
People might recommend Bebop since it has a rock/blues soundtrack but yeah, I've seen it.
Macross 7 (dad rock to the max despite being made in like 97, some complain about Totsugeki Love Heart and Planet Dance being played too much but they're still great songs)
Ninja Slayer (some pretty sweet tracks with some pretty great heavy metal guitar work)
Getter Robo Armageddon (pseudo-70s soundtrack with disco and rock alike, Shuurai and Nazo both get played a lot during the second half)
Mazinkaiser SKL (soundtrack by ancient Japanese heavy metal band LOUDNESS)
Also The Pillows are grunge, they feel about as "rock" as Weezer or the Pixies.
Thanks, seen those though.
Actually I haven't seen any of those besides Ninja Slayer. Saw the new Mazinger Z, Mazinkaiser is somehow tied to it?
>Also The Pillows are grunge, they feel about as "rock" as Weezer or the Pixies.
That might be true, I'm not good with these technicalities. I'm rather a casual music listener. I don't go on /mu/ at all btw.
You seem to have seen quite a bit of anime and know a bit more about music. This might be a bit too specific a request, but do you know of any anime with a more progressive rock OST?
>Saw the new Mazinger Z, Mazinkaiser is somehow tied to it?
Mazinger Z is kinda weird. The original TV anime and Shin are both drastically different than the manga in different ways. Shin is more hotblooded and plot heavy, whereas Toeizinger is basically a ghetto version of the manga but with a shit ton of filler (despite the manga just being a bunch of loosely connected stories about Kouji and Mazinger). Mazinkaiser feels the most like the original manga, lifting all the best arcs sans Danube Alpha. Yes, including that shot of Ashura in the shower. Mazinkaiser was originally made for Super Robot Wars, so the OVA is just a cash-in.
Mazinkaiser SKL is spin-off of Mazinkaiser, and it's incredibly detached. Really, the only thing SKL has in common with the original series is the Mazinkaiser, some references to Devilman, and the fact that the main characters looks sort of like Ryouma Nagare and Kouji Kabuto. SKL is also great because for every 20 minute episode, there's 15 minutes of fight scene.
>You seem to have seen quite a bit of anime and know a bit more about music. This might be a bit too specific a request, but do you know of any anime with a more progressive rock OST?
JoJo by technicality. I haven't seen a lot of anime with rock-focused OSTs, let alone prog. Might be because it's a western thing. There are a lot of trashy 80s and 90s OVAs with some more heavy metal soundtracks, but for the life of me I just can't think of any off the top of my head. Madhouse usually delivers
One punch man has one of the best soundtracks I have ever heard. It is so motivating and builds to the point where you want to get dressed up and go out fight for justice yourself
I assume you've already branched out and started looking into other series a particular composer worked on, like Yoko Kanno (Bebop, DTB, GitS), Hideki Taniuchi (Kaiji, Akagi, Death Note), Hiroyuki Sawano (Ao no Exorcist, Kill la Kill, Guilty Crown), Iwasaki Taku (JoJo, Gatchaman, [C]), if not there you have some stuff.
I'm partial to Welcome to the NHK.
Be warned though, in both series the actual rock music happens sporadically, more often than not it's more atmospherical but this also helps them stand out more when they do play. Alternatively, download the OSTs.
Well, I was planning to check it out so thanks.
Yeah, I have seen it. I watch anime on a seasonal basis.
Not exactly, I've been always more interested in checking anime based on their visual direction so I would mainly watch anime based on directors and sometimes animators or character designers.
I have seen all the anime you mentioned though, besides Ao no Exorcist and Guilty Crown. I liked the Kill la Kill soundtrack but I'm not that interesting in checking out Guilty Crown and Ao no Exorcist.
Interestingly enough I really enjoyed the works of composers like Kenji Kawai and Susumu Hirasawa. Though I off course enjoyed Kanno especially her work on SAC, Turn A and Bebop and as mentioned in the OP I liked FLCL's soundtrack. I liked Gatchaman Crowds' soundtrack as well.