In the otaku-sphere, both western and eastern, once you delve far enough into the passion/hobby you start becoming acquainted with seiyuus (voice actors/actresses) and directors (Hideaki Anno, Hayao Miyazaki, Junichi Sato). Once acquainted with them and their works you start singing praise of work they have done both new and old. This can be best described in episode 1 of Genshiken where the guys are talking about various elements that they thought were good in the first episode of Kujibiki Unbalance. For the scene skip to 10:17.Now I think I know my otaku related stuff pretty damn well (not as well as the Japanese Otaku of course) and I rarely find myself in those kinds of conversations.
One of the unsung heroes of the industry which I will be embedding into my brain is Satoru Kousaki. This man is a GENIUS. If you take a look at his works you will notice a few things: 1. The theme songs he has composed and arranged are well known, 2. They are theme songs for some of the most popular anime (fan base wise), 3. They are all REALLY REALLY catchy, 4. I LOVE THEM.
These are songs that we have heard over and over again, seen many youtube parodies, seen many a grown men dressed in sailor outfits dancing to the songs, seen many a choreographed group at a con or tried to start a group, and heard remixes of. Some of us hate the songs but I can still listen to them and try to sing along with fond memories and a faint smile on my face. I usually find myself skipping through the OPs when I marathon shows but with Kannagi, Suzumiya Haruhi, and Lucky Star I found myself NOT skipping them and instead enjoying them. I think that is a great accomplishment as a composer where you can hook people in to your works and influence people to spawn mad offshoots of your work.
Example Kannagi OP:
Okay that was a really bad example and I think I scared some of you but it’s pretty decent.
Satoru Kousaki is the man behind these insanely crack addicting songs and I cannot wait for the next anime he composes a song for. In the future maybe we can see him spread out into a different genre of anime theme songs aside from catchy pop ones (but I’m ok if he keeps making them heh).