One of the most interesting takes on slice of life in a post-apocalyptic setting, White Fox’s thoughtful anime adaptation of Shoujo Shuumatsu Ryokou is a surprisingly deep and often atmospheric experience, and its music is a big part of that. In this mini piece, we’ll be discussing the series’ opening and ending themes and the soundtrack as a whole and how they work together with the story and animation to create the memorable experience that is Girls’ Last Tour!
Super Catchy OP and ED
Girls’ Last Tour OP/ED CD Promo Samples
Starting off with the opening and ending themes we have "Ugoku, Ugoku" and "More One Night" both performed by Inori Minase and Yurika Kubo, the voice actresses for Chito and Yuuri. We at Honey’s have always had soft spot for seiyu sung OP/ED and it works especially well for Girls’ Last Tour because of its intense focus on the solitary duo.
"Ugoku, Ugoku" which means ‘moving, moving’ combines heavy use of synths that move in regular, mechanical rhythm with a steady buildup that fits perfectly with the ever-plodding movement of Chito and Yuuri’s reliable tank-motorcycle hybrid Kettenkrad vehicle and the visuals’ frequent shots of them marching in time with the beat. More subtly, the mixture of the artificial synths with the two girls’ voices mirrors their journey through the largely lifeless world dominated by artificial constructions.
It’s pretty rare in anime for an ED to be more upbeat and energetic than the opening but "More One Night" is a great example of that done right! "More One Night" has a similar emphasis on synths and mechanical rhythm to "Ugoku, Ugoku" but adds a disco-esque flair and fun touches like air horns and clapping to the mix, making it really feel like a party song. The piano in this piece also stands out, making it feel a little comfier and more "natural" compared to the OP.
As original songs made specifically for Girls’ Last Tour, the lyrics of both are very fitting for the series, focusing on their seemingly endless journey and themes of discovery and enjoying life in the moment. Perhaps more importantly, they’re both jams and accompanied by fantastic animations which make them all the more dazzling!
Fitting and Unique Main OST
For a 12-episode series, Girls’ Last Tour has a surprisingly voluminous soundtrack of around 50 tracks. Composer Kenichiro Suehiro, who has also worked on other series like Golden Kamuy, Re:Zero, and Space Patrol Luluco, did a fantastic job with this soundtrack, giving it a full orchestral treatment that really added to the atmospheric, mysterious, and grand-but-unassuming feeling of the series.
The main theme is especially haunting with its beautiful mix of soft strings, harp, flute, and prominent choral singing, the latter of which is used in several other pieces as well and sounds wonderful. True to its partial slice of life nature, this OST includes a lot of more playful songs like "Cheese-tte Nani?" full of instruments like xylophones and pizzicato strings which accentuate the more relaxed and cute moments. There are also a number of piano-focused pieces like "Hazumu Kokoro" and "Kimi wo Omou" that are really lovely, along with piano renditions of the OP and ED.
Overall, this soundtrack perfectly captures the sort of wistful melancholic tone of the series as a whole and exudes a simple elegance that utilizes its excellent, orchestral production in a very focused manner. While it often has a film-like feeling, this is no overblown Hollywood score but a thoughtful application of instruments to fit each situation that feels unique, appropriate, and is also very well mixed.
Sound to Life
While this article is focused on the music, we’d be remiss to not at least mention the excellent sound design of the series which makes Girls’ Last Tour feel all the more immersive and impactful and frequently synergizes with the soundtrack.
A great example of the music and sound design (and story) coming together is with "Amadare no Uta" (Raindrop Song) which served as the ending theme for episode 5. When Chito and Yuuri find themselves caught in a rainstorm, they seek shelter in some wreckage. Bored, Yuuri discovers that the water drops dripping from various crevices make interesting noises when they hit things like their helmets and proceeds to set up a variety of objects. Gradually these become a chorus of echoing droplets that seamlessly transitions to the song proper. This memorable moment showcases Girls’ Last Tour’s attention to detail and respect for music and sound in its storytelling and is an exceptional song its own right with its acapella-style singing with minimal percussion accompaniment, something pretty rare to hear in anime and films in general.
Altogether, Girls’ Last Tour is a series that audiophiles, in particular, will want to check out! From its pop’n opening and ending themes to the rest of its captivating original soundtrack and smart incorporation into the series, the music of Girls’ Last Tour stands out as some of the best in recent years and an enduring aspect of the show’s appeal.
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