Anime: Yozakura Quartet ~Hana no Uta~
I seldom open the rift between dimensions (only on weekends) but I have been exposed to enough shōnen anime series to accustom myself to the axiom of thought that all story elements that make the narrative more bad-ass should correspondingly look and sound bad-ass. As such, you tend to hear a lot of digitally-produced ethereal sound effects to accompany a protagonist’s “sure-kill move” or “secret technique” in anime. Thankfully, Yozakura Quartet ~Hana no Uta~ has done its part in disrupting our complacency with this mindset. While definitely mechanized, the sound for Akina’s Tuning and the Elders’ scientifically-produced variant, Esoterism, is wholly on the other side of the eargasm spectrum (And it certainly does seem like the type of noise that would accompany a person’s ejaculation, if anything at all. A variant of the brown noise, if you will.) The complementary screen captures of characters’ pupils void of irises, what could be construed as a signal-less electronic output device and flashes of light that scream vociferous thunderclaps stand testament to the insistently grating dissonance of metal, the God-forbidden Second Coming of dial-up internet cacophony (this time on crack cocaine), the electric migraine that is so graciously and modestly referred to in the show simply as Tuning. Boy is it an earful and with extended exposure, will definitely have adverse effects like it does to our protagonist in the story; but, equally bad-ass nonetheless.