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My one big dream is to someday produce and direct an anime feature-length movie or OAV series that features a soundtrack of nothing but Country, Cowboy, Western Swing & Hillbilly music. Soundtrack by Uncle Dave Macon, Merle Haggard, The Louvin Brothers, Townes VanZandt, The Original Carter Family, The Spark Gap Wonder Boys & Frank Hutchison getting tight on good red liquor at the Union Square Hotel. I'd do it straight, without a stitch of irony. I would do it as loving and pure as a Hank Snow gospel number. It would have to be an anime show with an equal depth and purity of spirit, and as honest and true as the moon rising over the mountains on a summer's eve.
Mother Maybelle Carter singing "Wildwood Flower" would work in several shows and on several levels; Marmalade Boy; Aa Megamisama; Neon Genesis Evangelion; Shoujo Kakumei Utena; Magic Knight Rayearth; and even Sailor Moon. So would "My Mother The Mountain" or "You Are Not needed Now" by Townes Van Zandt. It's all a wistful dream of mine of course. The reality of it is that when one thinks of Hillbilly.....one can't help but think of....
Ranma 1/2!! That crew is far and away The Beverly Hillbillies of Anime!! Ranma-chan = Ellie May. But enough about me.....
I hope my use of the term hillbilly comes across as affectionate. Because it is, for the most part. I have a deep and abiding love of hillbilly music. And if you can figure out the crazy cuckoo cosmic connection between Roy Acuff's "Wreck On The Highway" and the deaths of Nuriko AND Soi in Fushigi Yuugi, then you know what I mean.....and more power to you.
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