I totally forgot my playlist on Christmas day, all I remember is listening to Ayaka’s Sing to the Sky. The rest of the Christmas day playlist I don’t remember anymore.
What other things caught my ear? Well I was rewatching Strawberry Panic, and finally I recognized the piano piece that Shizuma and Nagisa played together for the first time (episode 6). It was La priere d’une vierge by Badarzewska, and I recognized it because it was also on the Best of Best – 2006 – Classical Piano Music playlist that I occassionally listen to. I only recognized it now because I never listened to classical music back when I watched Strawberry Panic. Shizuma also played part of Moonlight by Beethoven. The rest (if any) I don’t recognize due to my limited knowledge of classical piano music.
In the first episode of Hyakko, I also recognized Vivaldi’s Winter I (Allegro non molto), during the lost in the campus sequence. I was really happy I finally recognized it.
On the other hand, one piece was over-used in Touch. I’m talking about Heroique (Polonaise No. 6) by Chopin. Used as the music for Minami’s gymnastics sequence, at first I enjoyed it very much. But after countless repitition, it became annoying. Thank God they changed the music near the end.
For a couple of days now I’ve been listening to the songs that I missed out on these past 2 years. It was only this year that I really started listening and watching the OPs and EDs of the anime I’m watching. I have this habit of fast-forwarding if I don’t like the first few seconds of the OP/ED. And when I do get those OP/ED releases, I usually pay attention only to the particular song that was used in the OP or ED. The only exceptions being Honey and Clover (I&II), Beck, and Simoun. These 3 shows already have excellent soundtracks and it was just natural for me to listen and reminisce. For the rest, I didn’t really care that much.